Hereward Primary School began as Hereward School (Infant School and Junior School) between 1952 and 1953. Hereward pupils had a nomadic existence in the first years of the school, starting in Chingford or other areas before moving to Loughton in 1953. Please see the attached file (at the bottom of this page) to read some fascinating information about the very early years of Hereward. We thank for this Mr John Pettigrew, who attended Hereward in those days and was part of the first intake of pupils who began at this very site in 1954.
The Infant and Junior schools merged in 1981 to form Hereward Primary School. In 2003, the school celebrated its 50th birthday with many special events. In 2013, the children in each class participated in exciting units of work in History related to the six decades of Hereward Primary School's existence. It was a great way to celebrate our diamond jubilee.
Why the name?
Hereward was named after an 11th century Saxon leader called Hereward Leofricson, Lord of Bourne, who was more commonly known as 'Hereward the Wake'. He was involved in resistance to the Norman conquest of England. The name Hereward is composed of old English words - 'here' meaning army and 'weard' meaning guard. His mother was the famous legendary figure, Lady Godiva!
During his lifetime, Hereward was known as 'The Outlaw' or 'The Exile.' After he died and had his lands taken over by a family named 'Wake', he begun to be re-named, 'Hereward the Wake' with Wake meaning, 'Wary'.
The Hereward Knot
The knot logo, which Hereward Primary School has adopted, also has a connection with Hereward the Wake. The Wake family used a knot known as the 'Carrick Bend' as their family emblem and incorporated it into the Wake coat of arms. This also became associated with Hereward himself.
Today, the Hereward Primary School knot is a symbol of how everyone needs to work together in order to provide the best possible learning and well-being for all of the children.
Mr John Pettigrew, who attended Hereward Primary School from its inception between 1952 and 1954, visited the school in 2012 for the first time in decades. John reflected, "Despite the passage of time, I saw three specific places of special importance to me. Firstly, my old classroom. I could identify the exact spot where I used to sit. Secondly, I recognised where I sat for school dinners. Lastly, I also saw precisely where I stood in the main hall for daily (and other) assemblies."
As well, John concluded his visit with a very special thought. "I was asked by one of your school newspaper team what was it about Hereward that I liked best of all. This question puzzled me for a while but the answer came to me and it is something I have not thought about for 60 years. The answer is that I was happy at Hereward. We looked after each other and respected each other. I am glad to see that nothing has changed after all this time."