OLD DEVONPORT . UK
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  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: December 21, 2018
Webpage updated: March 31, 2021

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EDUCATION IN OLD DEVONPORT

FORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

By the Education Act 1902 the management of the Ford and Cambridge Road Board Schools were transferred from the Devonport School Board to the new Devonport Local Education Authority, which was actually the Education Committee of Devonport Borough Council.  Although the transfer was supposed to have taken place on Wednesday April 1st 1903, it actually happened on Monday June 1st 1903.  Ford Elementary School had accommodation for 628 boys, 520 girls and 317 infants.

In 1914 Mr Thomas Bickford Tresise was master of the boys' school; Mts Elizabeth M C Jago was mistress of the girls' school; and Miss Edith E McDonald was mistress of the infants' school.  The average attendance at that time was 620 boys, 475 girls and  330 infants.

On and as from November 9th 1914, when Devonport was amalgamated with Plymouth, the School came under the management of the Plymouth Local Education Authority.

The Education Act 1918 raised the school-leaving age to the fourteenth birthday.

In 1937, when the School was taking only senior girls, junior mixed and infant pupils, Miss G M Yeal was headmistress of the girls' school; Mr F R Glanville  was head master of the junior mixed school; and Miss E A Ferguson was head mistress of the infants' school.

It would appear that boys were first admitted to the senior school in 1942, presumably because of the lack of spaces at other schools following the destruction of many during the Plymouth Blitz.  Ford Junior Mixed school received a hit on the tower section, which was completely destroyed.  Ford Senior Girls' School suffered some broken windows and doors but the only direct hit was on the lavatories.

The Education Act 1944 raised the school leaving age to the fifteenth birthday as from Tuesday April 1st 1947 and created Primary schools for the 5 to 11 years olds and Secondary Modern, Grammar and Technical Schools.