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King Edward was inaugurated as King Edward Schools because there were two school buildings, one for infants and one for juniors, each with their own head teacher and staff. They were usually referred to as King Edward Infants School or King Edward Junior School, although the term ‘Mixed’ was sometimes used for the Junior School. This continued to be the case right up to 1984, when the schools were amalgamated under one head teacher.

In 1974 Mansfield relinquished its role as the local education authority to Nottinghamshire County Council; although in 1989 this was divided into 8 Areas, one of which was Mansfield and so control effectively returned to the area!

In September 1984 the school became King Edward First School under one head teacher, Mrs Maureen Speer.

Between about 1976 and amalgamation in 1984 the infants’ school seems to have been renamed Titchfield Park Infants School or Titchfield Park First School; the lower building is still referred to as the Park Building.

In 2002, all the schools in Mansfield were re-organised into ‘families’, each feeding into one of the comprehensive secondary schools in the area. King Edward became part of the Brunts Family, along with its surviving sister pre-WWI Board School Newgate Lane, and the post-WWI High Oakham.

The school was partially refurbished and re-opened as King Edward Primary School for the occasion, with a dedication plaque being unveiled in the school hall.

Outwardly, it still looks much the same today as it did then.

When the new nursery building was opened in 2004, the school became known as King Edward Primary School and Nursery.

Titchfield Park, situated between Baums Lane and Nottingham Road, was gifted to the town in 1914-15 by the Duke of Portland (Marquis of Titchfield), as a celebration of the Duke and Duchess's silver wedding and of the coming of age of his heir the Marques. The original park was that part between the River Maun and Nottingham Road, towards the town centre. The land south of the River Maun was incorporated following the removal of the Mansfield Railway sidings, probably in the 1970’s or 1980’s, and now forms the ‘meadow’ section with its avenue of mature Plane/Lime trees alongside the old revetment wall between the lower and upper sidings.

Titchfield Park has always been an important local amenity for the school, visited as a treat or for ‘nature walks’ in the early days of the school and for sponsored walks and ‘fun’ runs more recently. When the Park furniture was replaced in 2002, King Edward children provided the designs for all the cast plaques that decorate the gates and the ends of benches.

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