Collection SB - Croydon School Board

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Croydon School Board


  • 1871 - 1906 (Creation)

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28 vols

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Croydon School Board was first elected on 1 March 1871, following Forsters Elementary Education Act of 1870, which instituted school boards to provide schools. Prior to this Act, education had been the responsibility of the parish council. The boards first meeting was held on 16 March 1871 and elections to the Board were subsequently usually held triennially.

The schools in existence in Croydon at the date of the foundation of the board were endowed schools, a ragged school, industrial schools, parochial schools, National Schools (Church of England), British Schools (Nonconformist), private schools and dame schools. It was the responsibility of the board to supervise the running of all schools, bringing existing schools up to the standard set by the Board of Education and building new schools as required.

By the Education Act of 1902, the School Board was abolished and an Education Committee was set up in its place.

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Retrospectively accessioned 10 September 2001.

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Accession Number: A675

Records of Croydon School Board

Item date: 1871 - 1906

Custodial history: Retrospectively accessioned 10 September 2001.

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See CBC/3 (records of Croydon Education Office) for other School Board records and SCH1 - 158 for records of individual schools. See also The electoral history of the Croydon School Board, 1870 - 1903, by R. J. M. Lister (University of Leicester dissertation, 1972, reference S70 370 LIS) and Croydon Education. Historical notes (Croydon Corporation, 1969, reference S70 37 CRO), in the Local Studies Library.

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