Webpage created: February 16, 2016
Webpage updated: March 30, 2021
CORNWALL STREET BOARD SCHOOL
The lease for the former Saint Paul's National School in Cornwall Street, Devonport, was transferred to the Devonport School Board on Tuesday July 20th 1875, when the Board, in agreement with Sir John Saint Aubyn, Lord of the Manor, purchased the reversion of the site in fee-simple.
Although the School is stated to have been opened in August 1875, various alterations were considered necessary and these were not completed until Saturday April 1st 1876. The architect was Mr Moorshead and the contractor was Mr Jenkin. These alterations provided additional accommodation for 54 children and cost £637 14s 3d.
By 1889 the School held 254 children and the average attendance was 84 girls and 120 infants. The Mistress was Miss Martha Congdon while the Infants' school was under Miss Emily Smith.
Following the transfer of education from the Devonport School Board to the Devonport Local Education Authority on Monday June 1st 1903, Cornwall Street Board School became the Cornwall Street Elementary School.