Wray-with-Botton Primary School
The local primary school for Wray and the surrounding area.
Pooley Educational Trust (Wray Endowed School Trustees)
Administers Wray-with-Botton's school founder's endowment and property.
Charity Number: 526306
Charity Commission Overview
Wray Endowed is an unusual primary school in North Lancashire. It is not a church school, though it enjoys excellent relationships with both the parish church and the village chapel. Nor is it a Community Primary School though it is managed and funded by the Local Authority. Instead, it has had a Board of Trustees ever since 1684 under Richard Pooley’s will.
The Trustees own the school buildings and hold monies which they invest for the benefit of the pupils of the school. These days this mainly takes the form of a grant (currently £150) to every child who leaves for the secondary school, provided that they have been at Wray School for at least two years. There are also funds established, originally in the name of EG Smith, which currently award £150 to every young person who has received the first grant, if and when they complete the first year of a degree course at a college or university or a Level 6 apprenticeship scheme. The Trustees can, with the permission of the Charity Commissioners, use capital when it is really needed, and under this heading they supported the building of the additional two classrooms in 2001/2 and playground developments in 2020.
The old instrument of trusteeship dated from 1884 (the second date over the school door) and was hopelessly out of date, since for instance it assumed that the Trustees were also the ‘School Managers’, and could hire and fire staff and dictate the curriculum.
The present Board of Trustees are a Charity registered by the Charity Commission and act under an instrument of government established with the Charity Commissioner. A copy is kept by the school office for public inspection.
There are six Trustees: two representing the ratepayers of Wray, one each representing the ratepayers of Roeburndale, the parish church, the chapel, and the school. In addition, the Board can co-opt two other members. Each trustee holds office for five years..
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Wray Community Support Group
A local support group setup during the COVID-19 outbreak to help those at risk with small task such as shopping, posting letters and other small tasks that they struggled with due to lockdown. It continues to exist providing a forum for the commuinty to ask for help from each other.
Find the group on Facebook