On 1 February 1939 Clutha Valley District High School was opened. This saw the amalgamation of eight small schools; Greenfield, Clydevale, Popotunoa, Wharetoa, Puketi, Awamangu, Waitahuna West and Pukepito from the Clutha Valley area. In 1944 students of Taumata joined the consolidation followed by Tuapeka Mouth in 1948. The secondary school department closed at the end of 1967 and is now known as Clutha Valley Primary School catering for students from Year 0 to 8.
In 2002 the Board of Trustees began the process of redeveloping the school. It because apparent in 2014 that the cost of refurbishing the current school to provide a quality learning environment was going to be excessive. At this stage, the Ministry of Education approved the replacement of the existing school. Finally, after years of negotiation, the Ministry of Education in February 2007 confirmed that they would grant the Clutha Valley Board of Trustees the money to build a new school. Building began in March of that year. The closing ceremony for the old school was held on the afternoon of Friday, 7th December 2008 by the Hon Christ Carter, Minister of Education.