Cockfield Primary School was founded in 1856 as a National School to meet the educational needs of the children of Cockfield. The several Victorian additions to the building gave the children facility for schooling to 14 years of age.
As rationalisation and legislation has progressed, the school now serves the needs of the 4-10 year age group from the further villages of Thorpe Morieux, Bradfield Combust, Bradfield St Clare and Bradfield St George.
Due to the School Organisation Review (SOR), pupils will now remain at Cockfield Primary School for their entire Primary Education and will leave after Year 6 to go to Thurston Community College.
There was significant remodelling of the school during 1975/76 which involved co-operation between the community and the Education Authority. This resulted in the splendid hall which is shared between the school and the local community.
Cockfield has four classes with currently no more than 26 children in each class.
The actions of everyone in school have the following aims:
1. To provide a safe, happy, family atmosphere conducive to learning in its widest context.
2. To offer children a broad and balanced curriculum which offers every individual a high standard of achievement academically, physically, socially, morally and spiritually.
3. To establish within the children an awareness of their place in the school, in the community, and in society at large.
4. To encourage within each child a responsible attitude towards themselves and towards others.
5. To encourage the development of confidence within each child and to generate opportunities which will challenge each one to positively extend their experiences.