In Education, the Church pioneered-with a Parish School for boys in 1723. The Voluntary Controlled Primary School in Portway is in direct descent, opened in 1964 by Mr. Douglas Gurney Pelly, a great great grandson of Sir John Pelly. Girls were not forgotten. Sarah Bonnell founded her school adjacent to the boys' school in the Churchyard in about 1777. In its history, this school has used different buildings in the area and is now the Sarah Bonnell Comprehensive School for Girls in Deanery Road, Stratford.