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The History of Stanley British Primary School

ImageStanley British Primary School was originally organized in 1972 as a model classroom housed in a local church. Through a partnership with Metropolitan State College (now Metropolitan State University of Denver) and the federal Model Cities Project, the laboratory classroom was set up to demonstrate the British Primary School (BPS) approach to education. The BPS program grew tremendously in popularity, and the demand for places in the classroom began to far exceed available space.

In the fall of 1983, an energetic group of parents joined forces with BPS teachers in an effort to expand the program. After many months of work, the group purchased the Stanley School building located in the historic Montclair neighborhood. When the school opened in 1984, it housed eighty kindergarten, first, and second graders.

In 1994, another group of dynamic parents, this time hoping to see BPS expand to the middle school years, spearheaded the successful effort to acquire land and facilities at the former Lowry Air Force Base. The fall of 1995 saw the establishment of Stanley's first sixth grade class in the former Officers' Club on a spectacular 10.5-acre campus, with the seventh and eighth grades added by 1997.

In the spring of 2007, the Stanley BPS community gathered to celebrate and honor founding Head Carolyn Hambidge on the occasion of her retirement. Tim Barrier was named Stanley's second Head of School, beginning in the fall of 2007.

The Stanley community has always been committed to expanding the British Primary philosophy in the wider educational community and to serving as a bridge between the private and public sector. There are 15 Denver metro partner schools in the Stanley BPS Teacher Preparation Program - nine public and six private.

From a single classroom serving 28 children in 1972, Stanley BPS has evolved into a thriving school serving over 400 children with an additional 1,176 children served annually through the Stanley BPS Teacher Preparation Program. The Stanley BPS Teacher Preparation Program currently prepares and licenses up to 50 teachers each year. As Stanley BPS continues to expand its horizons and to take on new risks and challenges, there is cause to celebrate its accomplishments and to look forward with excitement to its future.
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