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Scampton RAF School opened in 1951 with a very small group of Infant children. The old Officers’ Mess was altered to accommodate them and two Officers’ wives took charge. As numbers grew a Head teacher was appointed and nearby offices were adapted to make classrooms for more children. The following year it was agreed that the demand was such that juniors could also be educated here and so the County  Primary School was established. The new school buildings were officially opened on 24 November 1961 by Alderman Sir Weston Cracroft-Amcotts Kt., Chairman of the Lindsey County Council. The children moved into the new school in January 1962.

In December 1996 after the closure of the camp the new name of Scampton Pollyplatt Primary School was decided upon by  the Governors after lengthy discussions with staff, parents and particularly the children, who found it to be a name that they could associate with. The word “pollyplatt” originates from the name “follyplatt. We are led to believe that folly means a parcel of land on the outskirts of a village and platt is the Roman name for plot. The school itself was sited on Pollyplatt Lane. May 1999 saw the eventual closure of the original RAF Scampton entrance, the opening of a new access road onto Scampton and new access road to school via the newly named School Lane.

The closure of the base has resulted in number of properties being sold privately thus providing the school with a number of pupils from a civilian background. Some service and ex service personnel have also chosen to live on site as it affords reasonably priced accommodation and an attractive and relatively safe environment for their children to grow up in.

The school itself consists of two attractive purpose built areas joined by a covered walkway. One area comprises a display foyer/office, staff room, spacious hall, four classrooms, three sets of toilets, library and storage rooms. The other area consists of three large classrooms, a quiet room, two sets of toilets, storage room, and cooking area.  For those with younger children there is a playgroup within walking distance of the school.

The buildings are surrounded by pleasant large grassy areas with trees and flowering shrubs, wild areas, a herb garden and an environmental pond and two adjacent hard surface playgrounds. There is also a large sports field which provides us with opportunities for football, athletics and the annual sports day extravaganza.