OLD DEVONPORT . UK
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  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: February 14, 2016.
Webpage updated: July 10, 2017

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EDUCATION IN OLD DEVONPORT

MONTPELIER BOARD SCHOOL

It was announced in the Western Morning News on Friday June 7th 1901 that: 'A portion of the new Devonport Board School at Montpelier will be opened for infants on the 17th inst'.

At the end of that week it was reported that 173 children had enrolled on the first day but no arrangements had been made for an official opening ceremony.

Mr W D Davidson was appointed the first headmaster and he remained at the School for thirty years until his retirement in 1931.

It is recorded in the School's first Board of Education inspection report on February 19th 1902 that the children were rather unruly.  It says they 'were not well behaved' and describes then as 'rather backward scholars'.  Discipline had improved by the second inspection report on February 9th 1903, when the Inspectors reported: 'The Master and his staff by their energy and conscientious labour have effected much.'