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Please take a look at our pages specific to each site of Tennyson Road Primary, we as a school, enjoy sharing information about the beginnings of the school with our children, if you have any information or memories of your time at either of the schools, please use the contact page to get in touch! 


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Luton Coat of Arms

The arms were officially granted in 1876.

The bee is the emblem of industry, the hive represents the straw-plaiting industry of which Luton was famous. The wheat sheaf represents agriculture and the supply of wheat straw. The straw-plaiting industry was brought to Luton by a group of Scots under the protection of Sir John Napier of Luton Hoo. The rose is taken from the arms of the Napier family, whereas the thistle is a symbol for Scotland.

The crest shows a hand with a bunch of wheat, either taken again as a symbol of the straw-plaiting, but they may also be derived from the arms of John Whethamsteade, Abbot of St. Albans who rebuilt in the 15th century the chancel of St. Mary's Church in Luton.


 Early Education in Luton

The two Tennyson school sites (Tennyson Council School and Surrey Street Council School) were two of the earliest schools in Luton, which was growing rapidly as an industrial town. 

At the time the education of girls was still far behind that of boys, schools were managed by the town governors, often members of the church, and families had to pay for their child to be educated. 

Many of the schools included a boarding option.