Our History & Rocco


'On the eleventh day of January in the year of the Lord one thousand nine hundred and fifty two, Monsieur Guy Eugene Felix Bragard and Mrs. Teresa Amy Barton founded College Saint Pierre in Mrs. Barton's house at 10 Grand Drive, Leigh-On-Sea.'


This is how the birth of what is now Saint Pierre School was announced. That year, the school opened with just three pupils, but that rose to a still manageable five by the end of 1952.


The building which now houses Saint Pierre School at 16 Leigh Road (known as Leonard House) was erected in 1880 as a private house with servant quarters - this is why there are two staircases. There was also a heated winter garden and a bowling green. Leonard House has been a guest house on at least two occasions, a club with a drinking licence, a different school and a nursing home. A local historian recently approached the school to inform us that he was of the opinion that Winston Churchill once visited Leonard House. The house was also home to Beaulieu College which moved there from Rayleigh between 1948 and 1951.


Emerald green was chosen for Saint Pierre's blazer as Mrs. Barton is of Irish descent. Ms. Bragard's Belgian descent is reflected in the school's red, yellow and black tie.


The school's badge was designed by Monsieur Bragard's father and includes:


  • The Rampant Lion – this is considered to be the embodiment of courage, strength and nobleness.

  • The Fleur-de-Lys – this is the emblem of French kings.

  • The Clef (The Key) – this is because Saint Peter holds the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven.

This is why our three school houses are Lion, Fleur and Clef - find out the latest scores in our House Point Competition here.


The school's motto of 'Je tiens bien' (I hold fast) is indicative of the strong moral and ethical values instilled in the children, and it will always be highly valued at Saint Pierre School.

Rocco has been the Saint Pierre School mascot since 2006. He is the personification of the lion that appears on the school crest. He was named Rocco as the French word 'pierre' means 'stone' or 'rock' - very clever!


Rocco is a huge favourite with the children, and he takes part in all school events from Sports Day to Prize Giving, and Rocco is also taken by the children on holiday. He has already been to South Africa on safari to see some of his family, Moscow to visit the Kremlin and Red Square, skiing in the French Alps, sunbathing in Spain, sightseeing in Singapore and to the Millenium stadium to watch the rugby to name but a few trips!


He certainly is a well-travelled little lion, and we hope that he is doing a good job guiding you around our website!


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16 Leigh Road, Leigh On Sea, Essex - 01702 474164 - info@saintpierreschool.com