History of the school

School buildingJohn Stainer School started out as two buildings, built in 1884 and was originally named ‘Mantle Road School’. In 1954 a decision was made to demolish the Junior building, the land was sold off for housing, the school was moved into the Infant building and the school was renamed ‘John Stainer School’. Who was John Stainer? Click below to find out!

John Stainer information

After a very troubled history, and a long period on Special Measures, in 2006 the school was recognized as the third most improved in the country. The 2008 OFSTED gave us 13 outstanding judgements, and finally the inspection in 2012 judged the school to be outstanding in every area.

OFSTED 2012 The school has improved significantly over time. This has come about largely through the skilful leadership of the headteacher, ably supported by a talented staff and highly capable governing body. They share an ambitious vision for continuous improvement, and the result of their work is a harmonious school community which benefits from strong parental relationships”.



Click on the link below to read about an ex-pupil (when the school was called Mantle Road School) who was evacuated during the war! It is a fascinating account, with interesting photographs and letters from that time.

Frank Wallace

We also have two famous singers who are ex-pupils, Gabrielle and Mica Paris!