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England, Cheshire, School Records, 1796-1950
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Cheshire, England
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Record Description
Record Type School
Collection years 1796-1950
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Record Office, Chester

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains an index to school admission records from the county of Cheshire for the years 1796-1950. These records contain about 1.9 million names from 120 schools. For a list of the schools included in this collection, see Cheshire School Records List.

Schools for the working class were organized by churches in England, primarily by the Church of England in the early nineteenth century. In 1870, the British government took responsibility for education, and by 1880 school was required for children between 5 and 10 years old. The age of mandatory attendance was raised to 12 in 1899, to 14 in 1918, and to 15 in 1948. Between World War I and World War II, working class children attended elementary schools, middle class children attended grammar schools, and upper class children attended public schools.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

School Records may contain:

  • Name of the child
  • Date of admission or re-admission
  • Date of birth

If possible look for an original record. It may contain more information than the indexed record, such as:

  • Admission number
  • Address
  • Name of last school attended
  • Academic progress
  • Date of withdrawal
  • Cause of withdrawal

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Records[edit | edit source]

John Smith England, Cheshire, School Records
Surname Smith
Given Name John
Father's Name Joseph Smith
Birth Date 01 Sep 1875
School Audlem School
Residence Place Audlem, Cheshire, England
Event Date 07 Apr 1879

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