Beam County Primary school is a three-form-entry, local authority community primary school. The age range is from 3 to 11 years (Nursery to Year 6). The school has an on-site after-school provision, which is also the venue for the school’s Breakfast Club. Furthermore, we are fortunate enough to have our own catering staff.
Historically in Essex, Dagenham was an agrarian village and remained mostly undeveloped until 1921, when the London County Council began construction of the large Becontree estate. The population of the area significantly increased in the 20th century, with the parish of Dagenham becoming an urban district in 1926 and a municipal borough in 1938. It has formed part of Greater London since 1965 and is a predominantly residential area, with some areas of declining industrial activity, including the Ford Dagenham plant.
Beam School was one of the elementary schools founded between 1921 and 1939, It was built by the county council.¶Beam schools (Oval Road North) were built in 1933 and were reorganized for juniors and infants in 1951, when the juniors were given new premises. (http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/essex/vol5/pp294-302)
On 10th June 2011, the school’s new build enabled the school to go from two-form entry to three-form entry.
The local community is very diverse, with a mix of nationalities, giving a great variety of languages and social and ethnic mores within the school community. Nearly 70% of our pupils are classified as speaking English as an additional language.
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