Webpage created: March 27, 2021
Webpage updated: March 27, 2021
SAINT JAMES THE LESS CHURCH OF ENGLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
By the Education Act 1902 the management of Saint the Less National School was transferred from the Church of England to 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. Saint James the Less Church of England Elementary School had accommodation for 127 boys, 157 girls, and 150 infants.
In 1914 Mr R F Axworthy was master of the boys' school; Miss E Coombs was mistress of the girls' school; and Miss E Waterman was mistress of the infants' school. The average attendance at that time was 92 boys, 118 girls and 135 infants.
The Education Act 1918 raised the school-leaving age to the fourteenth birthday.
In 1937, when the School accepted senior mixed, junior mixed and infants, Mr S G Francis was the head master and Miss AR Mabey the head mistress.
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.