Dringhouses Primary School

Last Updated: 18/04/2019

Dringhouses County Primary Schools

St Edward's National School, Dringhouses, was opened in 1849, in a schoolroom, adjacent to the church, which was the property of Mrs Trafford Leigh. The room was used rent free and deficiencies in income were supplied by the benefactress. There were said to be 54 children attending in 1852. In 1853 a new school, on a site adjacent to The Fox public house on the east side of the Tadcaster Road, was erected by Mrs Leigh, from whom it was rented by the managers. The first annual government grant was received in 1854. There were said to be 108 children attending in 1897. In 1901 Dringhouses School Board was formed by order of the Board of Education and in the same year the management of the school had been taken over by the Board. The infants' school was then removed to temporary buildings to relieve the overcrowding in the school. In 1904 the school was transferred to new buildings provided by the local authority (Yorks. WR 9th district) on a site at the end of Mayfield Grove. There was accommodation for 120 in the mixed school and 100 in the infants' school. In 1910 the average attendance was 102 and 50 children respectively. It was then said that gardening had been introduced and that the children tended plots adjacent to the school. In 1923 when the infants' school headmistress retired, the school was amalgamated with the mixed school. In 1937 when the school was transferred to the York education authority there were 153 children enrolled; in 1939 there were 17 children above 11 years of age and arrangements were being made to transfer these to senior schools. After 1949 the school was described as a county primary school; 230 children were enrolled in 1956. The former school building on the east of the Tadcaster Road was then used as a branch public library.
(Ref: http://www.british-history.ac.uk)

 


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