In 1707 Richard Piggott, a local boy who had become a cutler of Westminster, founded the first Shinfield School (now Shinfield Infant & Nursery School). The building was gradually extended by other benefactors and in 1969 the new Junior School was opened just across the road in Chestnut Crescent.

There is a wealth of information about the local community at the Shinfield Parish Council web site where a character statement may also be downloaded.