Education Records

We hold archived records from over 300 schools from across North Yorkshire and continue to collect these records to preserve them for the benefit of future generations. These archives relate to Public Elementary Schools, Charity Schools, Grammar Schools and Independent Schools.

Most school archives contain Log Books which can date from the 19th century onwards and contain a daily record of absences, illnesses, inspections, visitors and holidays, along with other notable events.

Pages 21-22 of the Hutton-le-Hole school logbook. The date of each entry is in the left column. Entries include: 
Aug 1st - Gave a lesson on multiplication of fractions to Stan. VI & recurring decimals to Stand. VII
Aug 7th - Gave an object lesson on the "chair" to the Infants and Standard I
S/HTH A page from Hutton-le-Hole school Log Book of 1899 showing a scheme of object lessons including “Boiling water”, “Combustibles” and “Fire”

Many school archives contain admission registers which record the date of a child starting and leaving school along with their last known school, name of parent and place of destination after leaving. This information can be invaluable to those searching for the movement of families between census years. A number of the admission registers we hold have been digitised and can be accessed through the commercial website Find my Past, a list is included at the end of this post.

Example page from a school admission register. Each entry includes: admission number, date of admission, date of birth, name of pupil and parents, residence, last school, years in each standard and date of withdrawal.
S/RM 2/3 Example page from an Admission Register for Richmond Church of England School, 1886-1888

We hold a number of collections relating to the provision of schools and the administration of education throughout the county. The earliest of these records are the records of charity schools found in parish collections, such as the records of Burnsall School which begin in 1605. Parish collections can also contain the records of 19th century National Schools, which in many areas provided the earliest form of elementary education.

Some schools have their own extensive archives such as the Grammar schools of Northallerton, Richmond and Scorton and the Friends School, Great Ayton.

Plan for new school at Westerdale to accommodate 48 children. Shows elevation (brick built building with three windows and a bell on the roof) and ground plan.
NG/SB Plans for a new school at Westerdale, 1870

We also hold the records of a number of School Boards, which were introduced in 1870 to address shortfalls in the provision of elementary education. The Education Act 1902 transferred all or part of the responsibility for the running of schools to County or Borough Councils. We hold the archives of the North Riding County Council as well as some records of the Scarborough and Harrogate Borough Education Committees.

We hold a few school photographs within our collections but many have not survived. Even where photographs are available, they often do not have names included.

Black and white group photograph showing 27 pupils in the Infants class with their teacher
S/SMB Summerbridge School Infants, 1902

Our holdings of school records can be located using our online catalogue, and are mainly under the reference S/. Researchers should be aware that some records that name living individuals may not be made available.

This is a list of the school admission registers from our collections that are available to search and view through Find my Past. The national project to digitise these records focused on the time period 1870-1914. Later records often exist within our collections and many of the digitised admission registers will stop part way through, at 1914, although any accompanying indexes would cover the complete volume.

Ainderby Steeple Church of England Primary School1883-1910, 1902-1913
Aislaby School1900-1912
Allerston National School1875-1912
Appletreewick (Skyreholme) School1873-1913
Aysgarth School1894-1910
Barton Le Street Church of England School1872-1912
Bentham Parochial School1901-1912
Biggin Council School (Parish of Church Fenton)1882-1914
Bilsdale – The School at Chop Gate1877-1911
Bilton Endowed School1884-1914
Bilton Endowed School (Infants)1902-1913
Birdforth Council School (formerly Carlton Husthwaite Board School)1878-1914
Bishop Thornton School1873-1906
Bolton Cum Redmire National School1875-1914
Brandsby Church of England School1877-1913
Burniston & Cloughton School1892-1913
Burton-In-Lonsdale Thornton School1870-1876
Carperby School1870-1912
Chapel-Le-Dale School1892-1812
Cloughton County School1892-1912
Coneysthorpe County Primary School1882-1910
Coniston Cold Church of England School1866-1912
Conistone with Kilnsey Church of England School1865-1911
Cotherstone School1881-1910
Crathorne County Primary School1881-1911
Cropton Undenominational School1865-1912
Deighton Church of England School1878-1906
Embsay School1907-1913
Eskdaleside & Ugglebarnby School, Littlebeck1893-1912
Fairburn CP School1882-1896
Fryup County Primary School1893-1914
Galphay CP School1871-1912
Gristhorpe Church of England School1899-1912
Grosmont Church of England Primary School1883-1913
Halton Gill Church of England1882-1911
Harome Church of England School1900-1912
Harwood Dale Church of England School1892-1914
Hawnby School1882-1914
Hebden Church of England School1874-1911
Howdale School, Levisham1883-1904
Hunsingore County Primary School (Mixed)1866-1913
Hunsingore County Primary School (Infants)1903-1914
Kilburn Church of England School1879-1912
Kildale Church of England School1904-1914
Kirby Knowle Church of England School1873-1911
Kirby Malzeard Church of England School1855-1878
Kirby Malzeard Church of England School (Infants)1905-1913
Kirby Wiske Church of England Primary School1875-1913
Kirk Deighton Church of England School1889-1911
Great Langton Church of England School1902-1913
Laverton Dallowgill County School1887-1910
Low Bentham C.P. School1909-1909
Low Worsall Church of England School1873-1913
Muker Church of England School1881-1908
Myton School1900-1913
New Park County Primary School, Harrogate1904-1914
Newby (Clapham) School1889-1907
Newton Kyme Church of England School1873-1913
Norwood County Primary School1875-1912
Nunnington Church of England School1870-1914
Oughtershaw School1871-1905
Pateley Bridge County Infants’ School1900-1914
Pickering (Methodist) School (Infants)1903-1914
Pickering (Methodist) School1905-1914
Pickering Infants Council / Church of England School1899-1914
Pickering Marishes School1876-1913
Richmond Church of England School (Boys)1849-1873
Richmond Church of England School (Girls)1872-1890
Richmond Church of England School (Seniors)1883-1902
Richmond Church of England School (Juniors)1910-1914
Rievaulx Church of England School1874-1908
Robin Hood’s Bay National/Church of England School1897-1913
Roxby & Borrowby School1887-1913
Ryther Cum Ozendyke Church of England School1904-1912
Salton School1882-1913
Scruton National/Church of England School1889-1914
Sharow Church of England School1882-1904
Silton & Kepwick Church of England School1895-1913
Skelfield School for Girls, Topcliffe1902-1914
Sneaton School1883-1910
Sowerby Church of England School (St Oswald’s) (Boys)1875-1909
Sowerby Church of England School (St Oswald’s) (Girls)1876-1912
Sowerby Church of England School (St Oswald’s) (Infants)1895-1914
The Mount British/County School, Whitby1888-1914
Thirkleby Church of England School1873-1911
Thirsk Council School/County Infant School1876-1898
Thornton Le Moor Church of England School1862-1889
Thornton Steward Public Elementary / Undenominational / Church of England School1890-1912
Wensley National School1875-1909
West Tanfield Church of England School1910-1913
Womersley School1888-1914
Womersley School (Infants)1904-1914
Wrelton School1872-1911
Yafforth Church of England School1892-1913

One thought on “Education Records

  1. Im looking for information on James High he was Master of Chapel-Le Dale school when he died on
    July 2, 1883 he was 35. He would be my 3x great grandfather I believe.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated,

    Barbara Campbell

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