Institutions: Schools

The Elementary Education Act of 1870 established the framework for the education of all children aged between 5 and 12. After 1880 attendance was made compulsory. Initially the schools were controlled by School Boards. A further Act in 1902 passed control to local education authorities – which in Surrey, as elsewhere, was the County Council.

From the 19th century there were also church schools, often known as National Schools, and other schools which had originally been set up as charities, like the London Orphan Asylum (now Reed’s School, Cobham). Various institutions, such as the Royal Philanthropic Society at Redhill, also cared for children who had fallen into a life of crime. Records of a wide range of Surrey schools are held at Surrey History Centre, Woking.

Click here to read about Stoatley Rough School, founded by Dr Hilde Lion in 1934.

4 thoughts on “Institutions: Schools”

  1. Jeanette Koll says:

    My mother was at Stoatley Rough in 1939 is it still open as a school to walk around ?

  2. John Bland says:

    The wife of Sir Robert Woolley Walden, Chairman of the Metropolitan Asylums Board 1913-19 who lived at Bella Vista, Warlingham (see my post under Warlingham) was Jessie. Her obituary in The Times of 11 October 1918 records that Jessie Walden was Governer of the Whyteleafe County School for Girls under the then Surrey Education Committee. Does this School still exist and do any records relating to the administration of the School pre 1918 survive.

  3. Annette Hughes says:

    Maybe the Old Whyteleafeans can help you, I know their book Semper Fidelis has a picture of the staff and governors at sports day 1914 but it doesn’t name anyone.
    They have a website:

  4. Annette Hughes says:

    I forgot to mention that the school closed in 1978 but the building is still there and it is now Whyteleafe Primary School.

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