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SAINT STEPHEN'S CHURCH OF ENGLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL*
By the Education Act 1902 the management of Saint Stephen'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 Stephen's Church of England Elementary School* had accommodation for 178 girls and 170 infants.
In 1914 Miss Eleanor Ford was the mistress of the girls' school and Mrs Susan Trend the mistress of the infants' school. The average attendance at that time was 153 girls and 153 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 A Bailey was head mistress of the junior girls 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 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.