Primary School Records
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- System Reference: XED3
- Document Reference: ED3
- Level: Collection
- Held At: Shropshire Archives
- Access Status: Readers Ticket
- Admin History Since the early 19th century, voluntary schools had been established by the Church of England and Non-Conformist Churches. The non-conformist, non-denominational, British Schools, also known as British and Foreign Schools were founded by Society for Promoting the Lancasterian System for the Education of the Poor (formed in 1808). National Schools were founded by the Anglican National Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church in England and Wales (formed 1811). Because schools were often founded by churches, some school records can also be found in the Parish Collections or with Non-Conformist Chapel records. Where possible we are cross referencing to these. From 1833, these schools could apply for building grants. The allocation of building grants was extended in 1843 to include teachers' houses, desks and apparatus. Plans submitted for grants are kept as a separate series reference XED1/1564 (ED1564). The Managers' Retuns under the 1902 Act are also kept with the Local Education Authority records reference XED1/ED2699 (ED2699). The 1870 Education Act allowed voluntary schools to carry on unchanged, but established a system of 'school boards to build and manage schools in areas where they were needed. While records of the individual schools are in this XED3 series, records of the management of the boards are XED2. Before 1944 primary schools were known ?elementary schools? because that was the only education most people had. The term ?primary school? only came into use as a result of the 1944 Education Act. Information relating to the history of the schools has been taken from the old printed catalogues. The Victoria County History is also worth looking at, especially for history of the school boards.
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