The origins of the school arise from the great flood of 1720 where the money donated to help the residents was chosen to be used to help educate the local children. This and along with some other funds was managed by what became the "Lytham Charities".
The original school at Lytham is said to have been built by Richard Salthouse before there was any endowment for its support, and six shillings a year was paid to Mr. Clifton, the owner of the "waste" on which it was erected. This was used as a school until 1821 when Mr. Clifton thought it was too near the hall. He pulled it down and built a new one at his own expense in Lytham Hall Park. In 1853, the Trustees built a new school to accommodate 250 children, with a Master's house attached and made a grant of £500 towards the cost, provided a further amount sufficient to complete them could be raised. The total cost was £1,027 18s. 7d. towards which £300 was obtained by contributions of the Trustees and others. It closed in 1975 moving to Lytham Church of England Primary School on Park View Road joining with St. John's school.