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Access the records: England, Cheshire, School Records, 1796-1950 .
This Collection will include records from 1796 to 1950.
Most school registers, which are admission and discharge registers, are on printed forms.
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. In 1880, school was required for children between 5 and 10 years old. Fees were required except for the poorest students. Beginning in 1899, children attended until age 12. The age of mandatory attendance was raised to 14 in 1918 and to 15 in 1948. In 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. These records contain about 1.9 million names from 120 schools.
The school registers for Cheshire were used to keep track of children who were admitted. They tracked age, name, and address of the parent; name of the previous school the child attended; the child’s academic progress; and the date and reason for the child’s withdrawal from the school.
The school admission and discharge registers were highly reliable sources about a student’s admission and discharge, and, where recorded, his or her academic progress. The child's name, parent’s names, and place of residence should also be highly reliable. During the indexing process some indexers used the information in the age column for a birth date. Therefore, some information that was entered in the birth field may be incorrectly listed in the index.
For a list of the schools included in this collection see the wiki article Schools Included in the Online Collection: England, Cheshire, School Records, 1796-1950
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
- "England, Cheshire, School Records, 1796-1950." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013; Record Office, Chester.
These records may contain the following information:
- Admission number
- Date of admission or re-admission
- Date of birth
- Given name of child and parent
- Name of last school attended
- Academic progress
- Date of withdrawal
- Cause of withdrawal
How to Use the Records
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- Name of child
- Approximate year of birth and place
- Place of residence
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Using the Information
Use these records to find ancestors’ birthdates, name of a parent (usually the father), and where the family lived. These records will also reveal how long a person stayed in the school and possibly what school he or she attended previously.
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- Use different names in your search
- Search for another child if the child went to the same school with the sibling you are looking for.
- Search for the parents instead of the children
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