Collection SCH80 - Oval Primary School

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Oval Primary School


  • 1873 - 1984 (Creation)

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8 boxes

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(1873 - 1984)

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Founded as four schools in 1873: Oval Road Senior Boys School opened on 29 April 1873; (the word Road was dropped from the titles of the schools in 1922); Oval Road Junior School and Oval Road Infants School on 29 September 1873 and Oval Road Senior Girls School on 6 October 1873. On 26 June 1905, the senior boys school and the junior school were amalgamated under the senior boys headmaster. During World War One, this school moved to Tamworth Road to make way for Davidson Girls, whose building was in use as a hospital. In May 1918, it transferred to the Adult School, Park Lane. In April 1921, the senior boys school and the junior school were separated and the the senior boys and senior girls schools were amalgamated to form Oval Road Senior Mixed [boysand girls] School. Between April 1930 and September 1931, the buildings of this school were demolished and rebuilt on the same site.The school reopened on 7 September 1931. On 31 August 1948, the school closed and pupils were transferred to Davidson and Tavistock schools. Also in April 1921, the junior and infants schools had been combined under the infants head. Between April 1930 and September 1931, the buildings of this school were demolished and rebuilt on the same site; the pupils being accommodated at St Marys Hall, Oval Road, St Matthews Hall, George Street and Causton Memorial Hall, Cross Street. The new building was occupied on 30 November 1931. On 1 January 1949, the infants and juniors became separate schools and the previous head of the mixed school became head of the new junior school. On 1 January 1981, as a result of falling rolls, the infants and junior schools were again amalgamated under the infants school head.

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Retrospectively accessioned 9 July 2001.

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Accession Number: A759

Further records of Oval Primary School

Governers minutes 1969 - 1978 and 1978 - 1988

Oval Primary Log Book 1985-1997

Oval Primary Admission Registers 1981 - 1997 and 1997 - 2002

Item date: 1969 - 2002

Accession date: 17/12/2003

Acquisition terms: The log books and admission registers are on indefinite loan and are returnable to the Croydon Education Committee or Department or their successors in title, on request and in any event (a) when the material is no longer available for inspection without charge and/or (b) if and when the Library (or the relevant part of it) ceases to be in public ownership.

Access conditions: Log book entries less than 50 years old are closed, and may only be consulted with the permission of the Director of Education until fifty years after the date of that entry. The only exception to this rule is that the Head Teacher or a past Head Teacher of a school is free to examine all the Log Books of that school up to the point where he/she relinquished the Headship.

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Administrative papers: 1872 - 1890, CBC/3/2/51; 1891 - 1903, CBC/3/2/52; 1903 - 1924, CBC/3/2/53; 1924 - 1948, CBC/3/2/54.

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