Wray Endowed is an unusual primary school in North Lancashire, as it is not a church school , though it enjoys excellent relationships with both the Parish Church and the Methodist Chapel. Nor is it a Community Primary School though it is managed and funded by the local authority. 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 in the name of EG Smith which currently award £100 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. 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 to the tune of £10,000. They were opened on 01 February 2002.
The old instrument of trusteeship dated from 1884 (the second date over the school door) and was hopelessly out of date, since for instance it assumed that the Trustees were also the ‘School Managers’, and could hire and fire staff and dictate the curriculum.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 Methodist Chapel, and the School. In addition the Board can co-opt two other members. Each trustee holds office for five years.
The current board consists of the following people:
Janet Woodhouse – Wray Ratepayer- June 2019
Robert Partingon – Wray Ratepayer - June 2019
Brenda Mickle – Roeburndale Ratepayer - September 2017
Peter Edge – Holy Trinity Parish Church - June 2020
Peter Gorst – Wray Chapel - June 2018
Anne-Marie Carruthers – School Representative - June 2024
Barry Taylor – Co-opted - June 2019
Ray Lowis – Co-opted - June 2019
Jill Harpley, Clerk
Trustees of Wray Endowed School