Memories of closing Roath school wanted

March 14, 2011 4 Comments »
Memories of closing Roath school wanted

st anne's in roath

Former pupils of a school in Roath are being encouraged to get in touch to celebrate the school’s history.

St Anne’s Church in Wales Infant School will close this summer and headteacher Clare Lewis is appealing for anyone linked with the school’s past to get in touch.

She said: “If you attended St Anne’s School or the former Crofts Street School and would like to come along, please get in touch. We would like to get as many former pupils as possible to come and help celebrate the life of this much-cherished school.”

A celebratory reception featuring past pupils and staff will take place on July 8 at St Peter’s Community Centre.

The school is also looking for old photographs for forthcoming exhibitions and anyone who is able to help or attend any of the events should contact Clare Lewis at the school on 029 2049 0402 or e-mail

A short history of St Anne’s

Opened in 1879, the then Crofts Street National School had 225 pupils aged five to 10 and was built by the Reverend Frederick William Puller, Vicar of Roath, on land donated by a local landowner, Charles Henry Williams. The school provided vital education to local children in the newly formed Roath area of the city as the number of homes and the Cardiff Docks expanded rapidly.

By 1894 the school was extended and in 1899 the school pupil age rose to 12-years-old. With the establishment of the 1902 Education Act, the then denominational school was fully integrated into the state system before becoming St. Anne’s Church in Wales Voluntary Aided Primary School in 1949 and finally, St Anne’s Church in Wales Infant School in 1954.

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  1. Kevin Elson March 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    My first year of schooling was at St.Annes, i remember my Father dropping me off, as he drove away i thought i'd been abandoned!!! I was only at St.Annes for one year as we moved to another part of Cardiff…..

    • yourcardiff March 14, 2011 at 2:03 pm - Reply

      @Kevin – thanks for your comment, make sure you get in touch with the headteacher – they want to hear from everyone and anyone who attended

  2. June Davidson July 21, 2011 at 12:57 am - Reply

    My maiden name was June Thompson & II lived across the road @ 31 Crofts Street and attended St Anne's about 60 years ago. I believe the Head Mistress was a Miss Licence? (Phonetic spelling!). I remember my 1st day of school and watching another pupil, a boy who was very upset at being left alone. Ironically his name was Howard Sad – I've never forgot his name.I also remember using slates & chalk ! I now live in Calgary, Alberta , Canada.

  3. Karen December 14, 2011 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Hello, i am interested in Croft street school, as my Great Grand Father lived opposite the school in 1911 census, and my son now goes there to play group, is there anyone with old pictures or know
    where i can find school references, so i can find wheather my G.Grandfather definatly went there.
    thanks KAren

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