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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1341
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1851-1871
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.62 linear metres
Name of creator(s): National Society for promoting the education of the poor in the principles of the established church
British and Foreign School Society


Administrative/Biographical history:

Prior to the 1870 Education Act, most elementary education was in the hands of religious societies and reflected the rivalry which existed between the established church and the non-conformists. In 1815 the two most important societies were the "National Society for promoting the education of the poor in the principles of the established church" (founded in 1811) and the "British and Foreign School Society" (founded in 1814). The former taught the liturgy and the catechism of the Church of England, the latter enforced bible reading, but excluded denominational teaching.

The earliest entry by the state into the field education was in 1833 when Parliament voted 20,000, "for the purposes of education", thus initiating the system of the annual grant voted by Parliament. The funds were to be confined to the erection of school buildings and to be administered through the National, and the British and Foreign School Societies. Preference was given to schools in large towns and the grant was available only in cases where voluntary contributions met half the cast of the new school.

The funds granted by Parliament were administered by the Treasury between 1833 and 1839 and subsequently by the Committee of Council on Education until statutory provision for building grants cased in 1870. After the passing of the 1870 Education Act building grants were continued temporarily for those who applied before 31 December 1870.


Scope and content/abstract:

Plans of the following National Schools or British Schools:

Acton National Schools;
East Acton Infants Church of England School;
Ashford National Schools;
Bedfont and Hatton National Schools;
New Brentford National Schools;
Brentford British Schools;
St. Paul's National Schools, Old Brentford;
Turnham Green National Schools;
Ealing Dean National Schools;
St. Mary's Infants National Schools, Ealing;
Winchmore Hill National Schools, Edmonton;
Bulls Cross National Schools Enfield;
Ponders End National Infant School;
St. James Schools. Ponders End;
Feltham National Schools;
St. Mary's National Schools, Finchley;
Cromwell Road National Schools, Friern Barnet;
Friern Barnet Parish Schools;
St. John's National Schools, Whetstone;
St. James' Boys National School, New Hampton;
Hampton Wick National Schools;
Hanwell National Schools;
Harlington and Cranford National School;
Harmondsworth National School;
National Memorial Schools, Harrow;
Greenhill Church of England National Schools, Harrow-on-the-Hill;
Kenton Church of England School;
National and Infant Schools, Roxeth, Harrow;
All Saints National Schools, Harrow Weald;
Sudbury Church of England School;
Wealdstone Infants National School;
Hayes Infants National School;
Southall Schools;
Yeading Church of England School, Hayes;
Hendon National Schools;
All Saints Church of England Schools, Childs Hill, Hendon;
Heston National and Industrial Schools;
Spring Grove District Schools;
Hillingdon Boys' National School;
Hillingdon Girls' and Infants' National Schools;
St. Andrew's National Schools, Hillingdon;
St. Matthew's Church of England School, Yiewsley;
Hornsey Boys' National School;
Hornsey Infants' National School;
St. James National School Muswell Hill;
Hounslow Subscription National Schools;
Hounslow Heath Schools;
Northolt National Schools;
Pinner National Schools;
Ruislip Church of England School;
Northwood National Schools;
Staines British Schools;
Staines Girls' National School;
Tottenham National School;
Hermitage School, Hanger Lane, Tottenham;
Holy Trinity National School, Tottenham;
St. Anne's Boys' School, Hangar Lane, Tottenham;
St. Paul's Girls' National School, Tottenham;
St. Michael's National Schools, Wood Green;
Archdeacon Cambridge's National Schools, Twickenham;
Twickenham Common Infant National School;
Whitton Industrial Church of England School;
West Drayton National School;
Willesden Church of England Schools.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Plans arranged by school.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the City of London.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in November 1976.

Allied Materials

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
June to August 2010.

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