| Brundall School
is difficult to believe now, but until 1969
the population of Brundall was not large
enough to warrant a school, but now it is
celebrating its 50th birthday.
Before that children would go to Strumpshaw,
Blofield, or even Hillside in Thorpe unless
their parents opted to send them to one of the
little ‘dame’ schools within the village. The
Strumpshaw School building can still be seen,
converted into a house, on the left just
before the right turn to the recycling centre
and Strumpshaw Fen.
The first headteacher of Brundall School was
David Capp, who came as a young man in 1969
and stayed until he retired in 1998.
The school in Braydeston Avenue opened with
112 pupils and numbers have fluctuated over
the years resulting in mobile classrooms at
times and actual building extensions at
The original building was in the ‘open plan’
style of the era.
Memories of those at school in Mr Capp’s day
may well feature the annual trip to
Derbyshire, or singing in the choir at St
Andrew’s Hall for the music festival.
Pre-school children have been well served by
various groups for many years now but for
state secondary school education pupils have
to travel to Thorpe St Andrew or Acle.
School, early 1900s
Brundall School, Braydeston
School staff 1975
Reception class 1980
School choir at St
Andrew's Hall, Norwich, in the 1980s
conducted by the headmaster, David Capp