Board of Education and successors: School History Sheets

ED 185
Board of Education and successors: School History Sheets

School history sheets of the Board of Education and successors.

A sheet was provided to each school for completion with the school name, location, status and size of the school, and the sex and the age range of the pupils: the date of establishment was also required, and the date range of the pieces in the series reflects this date. In the case of a voluntary school (usually a church school), information on ownership of the premises could also be noted additionally. Particulars of statutory proposals involving the school, or of building projects on its premises, were commonly included, and often other details of the school or its organisation.

A few Welsh schools are included.


The records in this series are separated into those of schools closed during the years 1900 to 1983, and those of schools open on 1 January 1984, and then arranged by geographical location of the Local Education Authority.

The date range given in the list reflects the age of the schools rather than the date of the assembly of the information.

Related Material:
Papers relating to individual schools can be found in many ED series.
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Board of Education, 1899-1944
Department of Education and Science, 1964-1992
Education Department, 1856-1899
Ministry of Education, 1944-1964
Physical description:
108 files and volumes
Access conditions:
Subject to 30 year closure
Unpublished finding aids:
A place names index is available. Please speak to staff at the enquiry desk for the precise location.
Administrative / biographical background:

School history sheets were introduced by the Board of Education in the 1920s and were discontinued by the Department of Education and Science in 1983. Today the DES continues to record individual school details on subject files and on computer.

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