Portrait of a Parish

Village School - Page 11

In 1900 there were two educational establishments in the parish. The Village National School had been opened in 1865 to cater for 72 boys and girls, between the ages of 5 - 11 years. initially situation in Mill Lane, it later moved to the building which is now part of Monkton Combe School, opposite its main entrance.

From 1921, children wishing to continue schooling after 11 years, travelled to Combe Down to attend the school there, which until then was known by its full title of "Monkton Combe Church of England School". Apart from private schools, this was the only secondary education available until the opening of Ralph Allen Secondary Modern School in 1957. The village school closed in 1961 due to falling numbers.

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