Webpage created: February 13, 2016
Webpage updated: January 25, 2020
DEVONPORT CLASSICAL AND MATHEMATICAL SUBSCRIPTION SCHOOL
Founded as the Dock Classical and Mathematical Subscription School, it was officially opened on the morning of Friday August 10th 1821. The Head Master was the Reverend J Jacob. As the pupils were seated at their desks and the Masters at theirs, it is clear the School had in fact been opened for business a little earlier.
After an introductory speech by the Treasurer, the Head Master issued the badges of office to the pupils. First came the Censor, whose job seemed to be to maintain the list of those attending the School; then came the Prefect, the Chief Monitor, the Prępositi of the Forms, and the Monitors of the classes. There were three Masters in attendance. The boys were then dismissed.
The School became the Devonport Classical and Mathematical School after January 1st 1824, following the change of name from Plymouth-Dock to Devonport. It was situated at the head of Princess Street (sic, previously and later Princes's Street) in 1830. The Reverend H A Greaves BA, from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, was elected Head Master on May 4th 1825.
Although meant for 103 pupils there were 110 in attendance by 1830, when Mr Robert Brindley's "Plymouth, Stonehouse and Devonport Directory" gave a list of the staff: President - Admiral Sir Herbert Sawyer; Vice-Presidents - Captain Sanders RN and Richard Jones MD; Treasurer - Lieutenant J B Collins RN; Secretary - John Hancock; Registrar- G W Hearle; Librarians - Major Graham and J Coffin; Building Surveyors - John Hearle and W Hancock; First Master - Reverend Henry Addington Greaves MA; Second Master - Reverend T Brown AB; Third Master -John Adams; French Master - Monsieur De la Rue; Assistant French Master - Monsieur Hamelin; Writing Master - W R Bennett; and Drawing Master - H I Johns.
The "Madras" system of education was rigidly adhered to.
By 1852, when Mr J G Jonas BA was the Head Master, it was situated at number 23 Trafalgar Place, Stoke.
On January 12th 1853 the final advertisement for the Devonport Classical and Mathematical School appeared in the Western Courier, Western Conservative, and Plymouth and Devonport Advertiser. It stated, amongst other things, that the Reverend John George Jonas BA (1822-1877), was removing to Exmouth House, Stoke, where a new term would start on Tuesday January 18th 1853. In fact, the new term started as a new school also, named the Devonport and Stoke Grammar School.
Mr R N Worth in his "History of Devonport" claims it had been 'long discontinued' by 1870.