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Welcome to John Blow Primary School!

We are a busy but friendly school, with lots going on. This website aims to give you a taster of the school, as well as providing regular updated information for both parents and pupils.

We hope that you enjoy your visit to our website, and that you find any information you are looking for. Please feel free to contact the school direct with any queries you may have.

Thank you for visiting! 

Mrs H Richardson
Head Teacher

School history

The first school in Collingham was the Baptist School founded in 1718. The children were taught to read and write, and were instructed in the principles of Christian religion.

In 1865 a new school was built on Baptist Lane: although described as "mixed", it housed only girls. A Girls' School was also built in South Collingham in 1839. Although named "Collingham Girls' School", it was mixed and by the 1880s was so full that the boys were moved to the Wesleyan School room behind the Methodist church. In 1962 the girls' and boys' schools were closed and children transferred to the new "John Blow Primary School" in January 1963.

The school is named after an accomplished organist, composer and Master of the King's Music, who was born in the former Manor House in North Collingham in 1648.


The present school occupies an attractive site approximately 4 miles from Newark and serves the communities of Collingham, Brough, Danethorpe and Danethorpe Hill.


It was built to the CLASP system, consisting of six classrooms, a large hall, dining area, kitchen accommodation and staff room. A further classroom was added in 1976 and another in 1989. A school office was added in 1991.


Several features have since been developed, notably the provision of a central library area, the conversion of changing and shower rooms into a store and small group room and an outdoor covered area.


The school hall is used for dining, PE, assemblies, musical activities and concerts. Outside there are extensive playing fields, two hard play areas and a multi-use games area (MUGA).


There are currently places for 210 children in the school.