The Shirley Village Archive

National School (Building)

Opened 19th May 1845 and enlarged in 1893, by subscription and aided by a parliamentary grant with about 48 pupils.

There was some sort of school prior to this because in 1842, before it opened, William Hawsworth was listed as master.

In 1846 Benjamin Gander was the master with Mary Goodall, mistress.

In 1855 David Brierly was the master with Miss Harriett Mason, mistress.

Mr Davis was master between 1876 and 1879 and also the leader of Shirley Brass Band.

In 1895 Sophia Hort was the mistress. Average attendance was 53.

In 1929 Miss Scott was the headmistress.

In 1912 Margaret Robinson was the mistress. Average attendance was 50.

1917 saw vacancies for both a headmistress (£95 p.a) and a supplementary teacher (£30 to £45 p.a).

Mrs Helen Gilman was the head in 1946 when the Derby Daily Telegraph reported the school was to be closed.

The school closed in 1963. Now converted into two private dwellings.

On 15 December 1830 WA Shirley wrote to RH Cheney: "I have fitted up a school-room, and opened it last Monday for a national school". Where was it?

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