The Burston Strike School

‘The Burston Rebellion was a revolt born in the fields, and fought by those that toiled in them.

On April 1st 1914 teachers Tom and Annie Higdon were dismissed from their posts in the rural village of Burston, Norfolk and with it began the ‘longest strike in history’. On that day the children marched around the village with cards hanging from their necks demanding that “We Want Our Teachers Back”.

The banner at the head of the march was inscribed with just one word “Justice”. Sixty-six of the local children had gone out on strike in support of their teachers, and the boycott of the local authority school lasted for the next twenty five years.

THE BURSTON STRIKE SCHOOL 1914 Strike Day 5The Burston Strike School stands as a living monument to working class education and the struggle against rural tyranny – a true free school of the community.’

The latest Burston Strike School news

Below is the five of our latest news items, please see our news page for more.

13 May 1917 Centenary
14 May 10:16 am

13 May 1917 was a grand day in the history of the Burston Strike School as it...

“She Lit the Fire” – New Song by Simon Haines
29 Apr 07:09 pm

With the Burston Strike School soon reaching the centenary that it was officially declared open, the story...

‘To the Departed’ – a poem
23 Mar 10:26 pm

Tom Higdon was eighteen when he’s younger brother William died in 1887, but sixteen years later, after...

‘Bodies without Abodes’ – Pamphlet
23 Mar 07:53 pm

Tom Higdon was born on 21st August 1869 in the parish of East Pennard, Somerset – As...

John Hegley’s Fringe
21 Aug 11:19 pm

John Hegley the renowned poet, musician and humourist has agreed to lead a poetry workshop at Burston...