Historical documents from the school can provide enlightening
glimpses of the history of the area, as well as specific family history.
school photos - You may know someone
Brief notes on the school history writen by Mr Len Starkey - Head 1950s 60s- can be found here.
The following pages are copied from old registers and school log
book which was effectively a diary kept by the headteacher.
The next two pages are from from the register and show pupils
entering and leaving the school in the mid 1840's. It can be seen that a great
deal of movement of families into and out of the village went on at this time.
Some children previously attended schools in villages relatively nearby, others
come from Wales, Gloucester and Sussex. The destinations of children leaving
also demonstrate a deal of migration as workers changed employment and had to
John Morris was Welsh speaking and could not read or write English.
The following extract from the School Log Book records the Heads
concern about lateness and poor attendance in bad weather. Punishment seems
to have brought about some improvements.
Then, as now the 'National Curriculum' was taught.
School Inspections are not new, as this extract shows..
'Scarlet fever' and other illnesses are recorded, sometimes
children died of these diseases.
Poor weather could cause the school to close as this extract
covering the bad winter of 1947 shows.
The range of parents jobs, nearly always fathers, includes flax
dresser, carter, coast guard, fisherman, sailor, mechanic, washer-woman, innkeeper.