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Dronfield Junior School
School Lane, S18 1RY Dronfield
01246 413145

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Setting up the School

England's first Education Act of 1870 took the initial step towards making education free and compulsory for all children in the country. School Boards were to be set up in areas where there were not enough voluntary schools to fill the gaps.

On 23rd March 1871 the School Board for Dronfield met for the first time in the Town Hall. They appointed a Mr George to report on the schools in the area, and to go round from house to house to find out how many children there were. He was paid Ł4 for his services.

In July 1871 Mr George reported that there were 181 children between the ages of 3 and 5, and 628 children between the ages of 5 and 13 resident within the parish.

The only schools regarded as suitable were the National School with 102 pupils and the Lower School in the Grammar School with 125 pupils. (There were other schools run by Miss Cole, Miss Wildgoose and Miss Stock, but these were regarded as damp, dark, inefficient or too expensive.)

There were, therefore, 582 children without school places. With Wilson and Cammell building a gigantic new steelworks there would be more families coming into the area.

It was decided to build a school for 600 boys and girls, with a house for the master. Land was purchased at Cross Lane. The total cost of building the school was Ł6051.

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The contents of this page are intended for use within school during ICT lessons undertaken by the children. Visitors are welcome to peruse the contents as they wish, however. 1) The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde 2) Revelation Natural Art - 5 Colour Wash Grid 3) Dronfield Photos: DJS - Aerial View Dronfield Henry Fanshaw School Green Dragon The Library The Parish Church The Peel Monument The Red House Road Sign Dronfield Junior School The Sports Centre 4) King Henry VIII Information 5) Using Search & Replace Exercise - The Birthday Party 6) The Birthday Party - Spell-Checking Exercise 7) Thesaurus Exercise - A Good Deed 8) Class Y5H - Sample Database 9) Basketball League Spreadsheet 10) Creating a Website in Microsoft Publisher 2007 11) UK Weather Data for 2004

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