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By the Education Act 1902 the management of the Stoke 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.

An extension was opened in 1904 after which Stoke or Somerset Place Elementary School had accommodation for 360 boys, 303 girls and 218 infants.

In 1914 Mr John Webber was master of the boys' school; Miss Kate Blewett was mistress of the girls' school; and Mrs Louisa Murray was mistress of the infants' school.  The average attendance at that time was 362 boys, 305 girls and 219  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 Mr A F Chubb was head master of the junior mixed school and Miss H  S Bennett was head mistress of the 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.