Collection SCH24 - Christchurch (Church of England) Primary School

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Christchurch (Church of England) Primary School


  • 1887 - 1996 (Creation)

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4 boxes

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The school was originally Riddlesdown School, described as the National School for Kenley and Caterham Junction District and situated on the triangle of land between Godstone and Downs Court Roads. On 14 August 1888, the Charity Commissioners agreed the sale of the school and the purchase money was used to erect Purley National Mixed Schools on a different site in Purley High Street. In August 1889, the school moved into its new premises and the Infants and Juniors were separated. The school was renamed Purley National.

The Infants and Juniors from Riddlesdown School were transferred to the new building on 19 August 1889. When the first Headmistress of the Infants, Miss E.A.Bishop, retired 43 years later, the Infants and Juniors were combined on the same site to form Purley Church of England Junior Mixed and Infant School. This was renamed Christ Church (CE) School in 1935.

In 1962 the High Street Purley building was abandoned and the school moved to its present premises.

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Accession Number: A806

Records of Christchurch (CE) Primary School

9 log books: 1887 - 1897 (Riddlesdown National); 1889 - 1905, 1905 - 1922 (Purley National Infants); 1922 - 1932 (Purley CofE Infants); 1913 - 1935 (Purley National Junior School); 1935 - 1940, 1940 - 1949 (Purley CofE JM and I); 1949 - 1957, 1957 - 1993 (Christ Church C of E JM I).

2 admission registers 1946 - 1954, 1962 - 1966

2 registers of corporal punishment, 1908 - 1968, 1968 - 1971.

2 volumes of managers minutes, 1896 - 1913 (Vol. 3), 1913-1926 (Vol.4)

1 volume of PTA minutes (committee 1967 - 1971 AGM 1968 - 1976)

1 volume of managers accounts 1903 - 1920

1 folder containing material relating to 125th anniversary of the school.

1 envelope containing conveyances, appeals, plan of school, authority for sale, 1 sale particular, 1 report and valuation and six site plans for 23 Brighton Road, Purley.

1 large photo of children with sports shield (1932)

1 unmounted photo of new school, 1960s.

1 box containing numerous architects drawings of the Montpelier Road School.

1 copy of architects drawing of High St School.

Item date: 1887 - 1996

Accession date: 17/03/2005

Acquisition terms: All records are returnable to Croydon Education Committee or Department, or their successors in title, if and when the Library (or the relevant part of it) ceases to be in public ownership.

Access conditions: Log books and other records created within a school that contain details about the activities of individual pupils and members of staff are subject to the Data Protection Act 1998. Public access to records so listed, until 50 years after the date of the last entry, requires the written permission of the Director of Education (or their successor in title). The reason for the granting or refusing of such permission should be documented.

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