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Richard Durning's Endowed Primary School

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The school was built in 1692 with £100 left by Richard Durning in his will. For many years it catered for all age groups and was originally planned as a free Grammar School. It did not materialise in this way but became a Public Elementary School and was recognised as such in 1870, the year of the first Education Act. 

The school has since grown in structure and developed its role as a modern primary school. This has been achieved through the efforts and generosity of successive generations of Trustees of Richard Durning's Charity under whose direct guidance the school has developed. Former pupils are eligible for grants from the Charity to further their education after High School.

The area is one of rich farmland and of great historic interest. The school lies at the foot of Bannister Brow, next to the Farmer's Arms in the township of Bispham and receives children from the surrounding villages.