Board of Education and successors: Welsh Department and successors: Registered Files (Various W Prefixes)

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Board of Education and successors: Welsh Department and successors: Registered Files (Various W Prefixes)

Registered files of the Welsh Department of the Board of Education and its successors mainly relating to individual elementary, primary and secondary schools in Wales.

Some files relate to policy matters including the introduction of separate primary and secondary schools in Wales following the 1944 Education Act, the distribution of teachers especially in rural areas with a low population, language policy in schools and the development of teaching through the medium of Welsh, and the effects of the decisions to close many small rural schools, particularly those in Welsh speaking areas.


Alphabetically within county and county borough order, and by file prefix within each transfer.

Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Former references:
in its original department:   WE file series, WN file series, WP file series, WP/S file series, WRS file series and WS file series
Legal status:
Public Record
Board of Education, 1899-1944
Board of Education, Welsh Department, 1907-1944
Department of Education and Science, Education Office for Wales, 1964-1970
Department of Education and Science, Welsh Education Office, 1970-1978
Education Department, 1856-1899
Ministry of Education, Welsh Department, 1944-1964
Welsh Office, 1965-1999
Physical description:
510 file(s)
Access conditions:
Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:
Welsh Office , from 1994
Series is accruing
Publication note:
A number of these files have been cited in Which Nation's Schools by Gareth Elwyn Jones.
Unpublished finding aids:
A key to the file prefixes and abbreviations of schools used in the list is available. Please speak to staff at the enquiry desk for the precise location.

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