Collection SCH101 - St Andrews High School

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St Andrews High School


  • 1862 - 1990 (Creation)

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A church school had been established at St Andrews Church by 1861, possibly in Southbridge Road. On 5 December 1861, the managers of the school applied for aid in building new premises. (Source: Library of the National Society). This explains why St Andrews Mixed Infants and Girls School (opening log book entry 29 December 1862) and St Andrews Post-Infant Boys School (opening log book entry 5 January 1863), in Southbridge Road, are both described as having reopened. In 1866, the latter school closed and the former was split to form St Andrews Girls School [Upper] and St Andrews Mixed Infants School [Lower].

There is a reference also in 1861 to the existence of a small, dirty, ragged school in Old Town, Croydon. On 26 August 1872, an all-age Ragged School had opened there. From 1 February 1893 to 1903, there was a separate infants department. From 1907, the school was known as St Andrews Old Town School. From August 1913, the senior pupils were sent elsewhere and the school became a combined infants and junior school.

In 1894 St Andrews Boys School [Upper] had opened in a new building.

On 31 March 1921, the schools were reorganised. Senior children from St Andrews Old Town School were transferred to St Andrews Girls School [Upper, Senior and Junior] and St Andrews Boys School [Upper, Senior and Junior]. The infants from the main school (St Andrews Mixed Infants School [Lower]), were transferred to the Old Town school, which became St Andrews Old Town Infants School.

On 27 August 1927, the boys and girls schools were amalgamated to form St Andrews Mixed School [Senior and Junior]. On 1 September 1930, the Old Town infants school was merged with the main school and the senior pupils (age 11 and above) were transferred to other schools, which resulted in the formation of St Andrews Junior Mixed and Infants School. On 8 September 1933, senior pupils were readmitted and the school became St Andrews All Age School. On 1 September 1951, the infants and juniors were sent elsewhere and the school became a Secondary Modern, and in 1971, a comprehensive. It remains a Church of England school.

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Retrospectively accessioned 30 July 2001.

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Accession Number: 647

Records of St Andrews High School

Item date: 1862 - 1978

Depositor's Name: The Head Teacher, St Andrews High School

Custodial history: Retrospectively accessioned 30 July 2001.

Access conditions: Log books and punishment registers less than 50 years old are closed, and may only be consulted with the permission of the Director of Education.

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Administrative papers, 1903 - 1924 (includes St Andrews Old Town, 1903 - 1921), CBC/3/2/35; 1924 - 1939, CBC/3/2/65. See also the notes on the school in Croydon School Archives, by Dr Ron Cox, (third report, March 200), in the Local Studies Library collection. There is a brief history of Ragged Schools in Ragged, British, Quaker, Soldier. Nineteenth Century Croydon Schools by Patricia Stone in the Local Studies Library, reference S70 (370) STO.

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