Brian Moseley, Plymouth
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Ker Street Elementary School was the first to be opened by the new Devonport Local Education Authority, which was the Education Committee of the Devonport Borough Council.  This School was a direct replacement for the Devonport British Schools, which had been nearby.  The Infant School in Mount Street had become the Mount Street Elementary School.

It was built on the site of the old Calvinist Chapel, which just before its demolition in around 1902/3 had been the Salvation Army Temple.  The LEA bought the site freehold for 740 plus a further 20 for easements.  Messrs Hine and Odgers designed the new school, which was erected by Messrs Lethbridge at a cost of 2,093.  It was opened by Alderman W Littleton, Chairman of the Devonport Education Committee, on Friday January 1st 1904.

Ker Street Elementary School had accommodation for 188 infants.

In 1914 Miss Alexandra B D Pike was the mistress.  The average attendance at hat time was 187 children.

Following the amalgamation of Plymouth, East Stonehouse and Devonport on November 9th 1914, responsibility for education in Devonport passed to the Plymouth Local Education Authority.

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

In 1935 and 1937 Miss E Barnes was the head mistress.

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.