Collection SCH46 - Fairchildes Primary School

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Fairchildes Primary School


  • 1951 - 1987 (Creation)

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2 boxes

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Retrospectively accessioned 6 June 2001. SCH46/2/5/1 was received with other papers of Mary Neville-Kaye on 17 January 2008.

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Accession Number: A939

Records relating to Mary Neville-Kaye, OBE

Various items:

1) Photograph album of Fairchildes Infants School, compiled to mark Miss Neville-Kayes retirement in 1976 (to be kept in the Fairchildes archive collection (SCH46/2/5)).

2) Booklet kept by Miss Neville-Kaye while a teacher at Overbury Primary School evacuated to Lee, near Ilfracombe in Devon, June 1940 - October 1942. Booklet contains home and billet addresses, national registration numbers, petty cash expenditure, clinic fares, useful addresses, dates of pupil leaving, school holidays and records of pupils reading and multiplication.

3) Four photographs and four postcards of pupils evacuated to Lee.

4) Handwritten Jottings from an Evacuee Teacher (5pp., n.d.)

An order of service for her funeral and some loose photographs were transferred to the Local Studies Library collections.

Item date: 1940 - 1942; 1976

Accession date: 17/01/2008

Administrative history: Mary Alicia Neville-Kaye (16 January 1911 - 17 December 2007) attended Whyteleafe County Grammar School for Girls, 1921 - 1929 (see checked 23 Jan 2008).

Mary joined the staff of Overbury School in September 1939 and was immediately evacuated to Brighton. Following her return to Croydon, she was evacuated to Lee in Devon in June 1940. The log book (SCH1/2/1) records that she rejoined the staff on 11 January 1943.

She was later, briefly, Teacher In Charge (14 June - 30 August 1949) at Overbury before becoming Head of Purley Oaks Infants School (30 August 1949 - 23 July 1954) and then the first Head of the new Fairchildes Infants School, New Addington from 31 August 1954 until her retirement on 09 April 1976.

She was awarded an OBE in 1984 for her forty year service with the St John Ambulance Brigade (see Croydon Advertiser 22 June 1984). At the time of her death she was resident at Whitgift House, Brighton Road.

Custodial history: Donated by Pauline Everett, 17 January 2008.

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