Webpage created: April 02, 2021
Webpage updated: April 02, 2021
SAINT JOSEPH'S ROMAN CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL*
By the Education Act 1902 the management of Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic School was transferred 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. Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Elementary Elementary School* had accommodation for 119 boys, 108 girls and 112 infants.
In 1914 Mr Thomas H Donnelly was master of the boys' school; Miss Sara Longton was mistress of the girls' school; and Miss Catherine Spriggs was mistress of the infants' school. The average attendance at that time was 122 boys, 115 girls and 113 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 Miss C M Drinan was head mistress of the junior mixed and infants' school.
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.
* There is some doubt as to the actual titles
carried by the former Roman Catholic Schools after they were transferred to State
The title used for this School has been assumed on the basis of what happend to former Board Schools.