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The school bombed during the war killing 38 children
A school was first opened in 1896 to educate children on the new Corbett Estate. The present building opened in 1904, with 300 infants on the ground floor, 380 boys on the first floor and 382 girls on the second floor.
In January 1943 the school was bombed at lunchtime. 38 children and 6 teachers died; many more were seriously hurt. There is a commemorative stained glass window in the infant hall and a recently opened memorial garden.
The school was re-built in the early 1950s.
At 12.30 pm, on Wednesday 20th January 1943, Sandhurst School was bombed. According to eye witnesses the pilot waved to the children in the playground as he flew at rooftop height over the school.
Half the building collapsed into aheap of rubble killing 38 children and six teachers. More than 60 children and staff were injured. For two days people picked through the rubble digging out the casualties.