St Nicholas C of E Primary School is situated near to Kenilworth town centre, in close proximity to Abbey Fields and Kenilworth Castle. The school originally opened in School Lane in the summer of 1860 as an infant and a girls’ school and moved to the present site in the Blundells in 1913 as a Council School for infants and mixed age groups. The old school in School Lane continued to be used for infants and juniors only.
In the early 1930s a new school was built on the Blundells site and this became Kenilworth’s first secondary school.
St Nicholas School moved entirely to the Blundells in the 1960s and the School Lane site became home to the new Priors Field School. When this relocated to its site on Clinton Lane, the old school was finally demolished. It is now the site of the Fire Station. The old secondary school building is now St Nicholas C of E Primary School.
Today, St Nicholas has around 420 pupils on roll and prides itself on the quality of experience for children both within lesson time and beyond. It is pleased to accommodate a private nursery with wrap-around care in part of the building. For further details contact Castle Nursery on 01926 851821.
As a former secondary school, the building is on two levels and we are lucky to have a computer suite, library, food technology kitchen and gym. Outside there is an outdoor learning area for Foundation Stage, including a developing sensory garden, as well as a field and playground for Reception and Key Stage 1 children to enjoy. An activity trail to develop gross motor skills and have fun on is situated on the field used by Reception and Key Stage 1. There is also a peace garden which can be accessed by classes as part of the wider curriculum.
We also have a huge field area accessed by Key Stage 2 in the better weather which can accommodate two football pitches, our "Tiny Forest" established in partnership with Severn Trent and our developing wildlife area and Nature Hub. Alongside our award winning school garden, there is a second playground accommodating 2 netball courts, quieter areas for activities such as reading and an outdoor gym and table tennis tables are also available when weather allows.
The school is committed to raising standards and supporting the flourishing of all pupils, whilst supporting our families in the best way we can. Our extensive work to support mental health and wellbeing, begun during the pandemic, has continued to grow and develop, equipping children with the tools to understand and manage their mental wellbeing more successfully.