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SAINT MARY'S CHURCH OF ENGLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL*
By the Education Act 1902 the management of Saint Mary's National School was transferred from the National Society for the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church 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 Mary's Church of England Elementary School* had accommodation for 182 boys, 191 girls and infants.
In 1914 Mr Charles Henry Williams was the master of the boys' school and Miss Jane S Hellyer the mistress of the girls' and infants' school. The average attendance at that time was 178 boys and 164 girls and 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.
Saint Mary's Church of England Elementary School* was closed by 1937.
* There is some doubt as to the actual titles
carried by the former National Schools after they were transferred to State
Many were still known as "National Schools" in their locality.
The title used for this School has been assumed on the basis of what happend to former Board Schools.