Webpage created: April 05, 2021
Webpage updated: April 05, 2021
HOLY CROSS ROMAN CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL*
By the Education Act 1902 the management of the Holy Cross Roman Catholic School was transferred from the Roman Catholic Church the new Plymouth Local Education Authority, which was actually the Education Committee of Plymouth Borough Council. The transfer took place on Wednesday April 1st 1903. The Holy Cross Roman Catholic Elementary School* had accommodation for 124 boys, 120 girls and 130 infants.
In 1914 Father R Conway was master of the boys' school; Sister M Barry was mistress of the girls' school; and Sister M Byrne was mistress of the infants' school. The average attendance at that time was 114 boys, 95 girls and 107 infants.
The Education Act 1918 raised the school-leaving age to the fourteenth birthday.
In 1937 Miss M E O'Brien was the head mistress of both junior mixed and infants.
A new School building was erected in 1937.
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 Roman Catholic National Schools after they were transferred to State
The title used for this School has been assumed on the basis of what happened to former Board Schools.