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MONTPELIER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
By the Education Act 1902 the management of the Montpelier Board School was 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. Montpelier Elementary School had accommodation for 406 children.
In 1914 Mr William T Davidson was master.
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 Mr R E Goodanew was the head master.
On Thursday May 18th 1939, the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor George S Scoble, laid the foundation stone of the new Montpelier Elementary Council Schools. Designed by the City's Architect's Office, the new single-storey building comprised both senior and junior schools to accommodate 360 and 400 children respectively. Alterations to the old Board school building would provide accommodation for a further 300 children. The staff rooms were to be on a small first floor area over the main entrance.
The accommodation provided eleven classrooms and four practical rooms on the southern side. The senior school would also have an art room with two stores, a cookery and laundry room with larder and store, a handicraft room with wood and metal stores, and a science room with adjoining preparation room and store. Open corridors linked the classrooms with four separate entrances. In addition to the headmaster and staff rooms, there were also medical and waiting rooms. There were two assembly halls in the centre of the building, the one for the senior school being equipped with a permanent stage and fitted out as a gymnasium. Shower rooms for the boys and girls were provided in an adjoining block.
Externally the building was faced in multi-coloured bricks with Portland stone dressings and internally it was painted light cream with light green "Granitese" dados. The floors were of polished oak blocks.
Added features were the provision of electric clocks and Rediffusion radio throughout both schools.
The total cost of the new schools and the alterations to the existing building, including furniture, equipment and fees, but excluding the cost of the site, was given as £57,432.
Mr R E Goodanew was the headmaster.
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.