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Sources for Education in Toddington

The following sources relating to education in Toddington are held by Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service. Due to data protection legislation records containing personal details of living individuals will be closed in total, or in part, depending on the nature of the information.

Early Education

  • FAC34 page 37: schoolhouse on the west side of the churchyard: 1652;
  • ABT William Wakelen, schoolmaster, buried: 5th February 1748
  • Z921/1-2: Thomas Gregory - arithmetic book for his daughter Mary and Land tax assessment: 1794-1796
  • AD3622: Thomas Gregory's bill for schooling: 1797-1799
  • WE166: Thomas Gregory, schoolmaster: 1802
  • X254/88/324: print of Thomas Gregory: 1814
  • WE588: William Horley junior, schoolmaster: 1845-1851

Toddington National Infant/Public Elementary Infant School (1954-1926)

  • SDToddington4/6: admission register: 1910-1926;
  • E/IN1/1: Inspector's reports: 1911-1926;
  • SDToddington2/1: logbook: 1914-1926.

Saint George of England School sign

Toddington National/Public Elementary/VC County Primary/Saint George of England VC County Primary/Saint George of Enland VC Lower School/Toddington Saint George's Church of England School (1854-)

  • CRT120/40: brief notes on the National School;
  • Bedfordshire Times: National and Wesleyan Schools being built: 25th November 1854;
  • AD3865/44: plans for school and teacher's house: c.1854;
  • AD532 and P8/29/1: grant of site for the school: 1855;
  • P8/28/10/6: conveyance of site and premises: 1855;
  • SDToddington1/1: logbook: 1863-1890;
  • SDToddington4/2: admission register: 1872-1892;
  • SDToddington4/1: admission register: 1874-1879;
  • Z913/6/1d: meeting concerning school fees: 1878;
  • P8/28/26: photograph of school group and teacher: 1878-1879;
  • SDToddington1/2: logbook: 1890-1908;
  • SDToddington4/3: admission register: 1892-1905;
  • SDToddington10/1: duplicate examination schedules etc.: 1895-1899;
  • SDToddington8/1: reports on the school: 1896-1926;
  • SDToddington8/2: Reports on religious instruction: 1896-1944;
  • SDToddington9/2: pupil teachers examination reports and agreements on engagement: 1896-1901;
  • SDToddington9/3: engagement of Margaret Shepherd as teacher: 23rd October 1899;
  • Z55/1/19: photograph: 20th century;
  • SDToddington6/2-4: reports on evening school: 1900-1907;
  • SDToddington7/1: duplicate returns giving details of number of children, staff, subjects taught etc.: 1900-1939;
  • SDToddington12/9: Annie Walker's homework book: 1901-1902;
  • SDToddington12/10: Annie Walker's homework book: 1902-1903;
  • SDToddington12/1: photograph of school group: 1902;
  • E/SA3/1/2: managers' and inspectors' reports: 1903;
  • SDToddington1/3: managers' minute book: 1903-1927;
  • E/TE5/3: details of teachers: 1904-1908;
  • SDToddington4/4: admission register: 1905-1917;
  • SDToddington6/1: evening school admission register: 1907-1922;
  • E/TE5/4: details of teachers: 1908-1912;
  • SDToddington1/3: logbook: 1909-1923;
  • CTM17/64: loan to the school from the LEA: 1910;
  • SDToddington11/1: register of lettings: 1914-1937;
  • E/IN1/1: inspectors' reports: 1914-1938;
  • SDToddington9/4: details of teachers' and caretakers' salaries: 1915-1938;
  • SDToddington4/5: admission register: 1917-1961;
  • SDToddington12/2: our roll of honour: c. 1918;
  • SDToddington12/8: correspondence: 1918-1939;
  • Z50/141/198: photograph of schoolmaster Charles Thomas: c.1920;
  • P8/28/15/1-7: Photographs of school teacher and children: 1920-1935;
  • SDToddington1/4: logbook: 1923-1945;
  • Z50/142/237: photograph of children: c. 1925;
  • SDToddington12/3: nespaper cuttings: c. 1926-1940;
  • CTM17/76 Mortgage from the LEA: 1927;
  • RDLP2/94: drainage plans: 1927;
  • SDToddington10/2: annual examinations of scholars: 1927-1939;
  • SDToddington5/1: Summary register: 1928-1933;
  • SDToddington12/4: inventory of school furniture: 1930;
  • Z50/142/236: photograph of children: c. 1930;
  • SDToddington9/1: reports on teachers, caretakers and scavengers: 1930-1941;
  • SDToddington12/20: programme of 11th annual Toddington & District Children's Day: 1934;
  • SDToddington12/17: newspaper cutting from Luton News on Toddington: 1938;
  • SDToddington12/12: school class magazines: 1940s-1950s; 
  • W/N3: wartime nursery school: 1940-1945;
  • SDToddington1/5: logbook: 1945-1960;
  • Z913/6/8: a centenary history of the school: 1954;
  • P8/29/2: plan for a new pre-fabricated classroom: 1954;
  • SDToddington12/19: two tickets to centenary celebrations: 1954;
  • SDToddington12/13: The Conger magazine of Toddington VP School: 1954-1970;
  • SDToddington12/6: three schools road safety awards: 1956-1968;
  • SDToddington12/11: Heather Pears' nature study book: 1957-1958; 
  • SMM22: school managers' minutes: 1959-1974;
  • SDToddington12/16: aerial photographs showing the school: c.1960s;
  • SDToddington12/15: photographs of children lying on Conger Hill to hear the witch frying pancakes on Shrove Tuesday: 1961-1973; 
  • SDToddington1/6: logbook, including opening of the new school in 1969: 1968-1977
  • CA2/176: building file: 1961-1970;
  • CA8/192: building maintenance file: 1963-1972;
  • SDToddington12/7: certificate of merit for outstanding service to the National Savings Movement: c. 1970; 
  • CA2/265: building file for day unit for children with partial hearing: 1970-1971;
  • SDToddington12/5: typescript copy of the history of Toddington: 1971;
  • SDToddington12/18: cutting from Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire Life with article on the school: 1976;
  • CA2/908: building project file for nursery unit for children with partial hearing: 1977-1982;
  • E/SE4/3/1: opening of nursery unit for children with hearing difficulties: 1980-1981;
  • E/TE3/4: return of teachin gstaff: 1981;
  • E/TE3/7: return of teaching staff: 1986;
  • E/MS3/2/5: kitchen and other details: c. 1987;
  • E/Pu4/4/192: Prospectus: 1995

Toddington Wesleyan/Public Elementary Wesleyan School (1854-1909)

  • AD3865/45/1-4: plans: c. 1854;
  • Bedfordshire Times: National and Wesleyan Schools being built: 25th November 1854;
  • Bedfordshire Times: opening of Wesleyan School: 10th February 1855;
  • E/SA3/1/2: managers' and inspectors' reports: 1903;
  • MB1299: school managers' minute book (Sunday school post 1909): 1903-1959;
  • E/TE5/3: details of teachers: 1904-1908;
  • SDToddington12/14: photographs of school, children and staff: 1904-1931; 
  • RDLP2/11: plans for toilets: 1905;
  • E/TE5/4: details of teachers: 1908-1912.

Parkfields Middle School sign

Toddington Council/County Primary/County Secondary Modern/Parkfields County Secondary Modern/Parkfields Middle School (1909-)

  • SDToddington12/14: photographs of school, children and staff: 1904-1931;
  • SDToddPark3/1: ephemera: 20th century;
  • SDToddPark2/1: absentee records: 1906-1934;
  • E/TE5/2: details of teachers: 1909-1912;
  • SDToddPark1/1: logbook: 1909-1918;
  • Micf 38/11: logbooks: 1909-1971;
  • E/IN1/1: inspector's reports: 1911-1928;
  • SDToddPark1/2: logbook: 1919-1932; 
  • E/PM4/2/1: prosecution of parents for non-attendance of ten children at the school following reorganisation of Chalton School: 1927;
  • Micf 38/11: admission register: 1929-1969;
  • SDToddPark1/3: logbook: 1932-1946; 
  • SDToddPark1/4: logbook: 1947-1971;
  • SGM30: school governors' minutes: 1955-1973;
  • CA2/138: Building contract: 1959-1969;
  • PY/PH70/1-3: interior and exterior photographs: 1963;
  • CA8/494: building maintenance file: 1967-1981;
  • CA2/325: middle school conversion file: 1969-1972;
  • E/SA1/4/5: file on comprehensive reorganisation: 1971-1976;
  • SDToddPark1/5: logbook: 1971-1982;
  • CA2/384: swimming pool file: 1973-1976;
  • Z50/126/41-48: exterior photographs of the old school buildings: 1979;
  • E/SE4/3/1: information of provision for children with partial heraing: 1981;
  • E/TE3/2: return of teaching staff: 1981;
  • SDToddPark1/6: logbook: 1982-1988;
  • CA10/79: file on adaptations to playground: 1983;
  • CA10/159: file on improvements to home economics facilities: 1983;
  • E/OL1/6/1: participation in foreign schools exchange: 1984;
  • E/TE3/7: return of teaching staff: 1986;
  • E/MS3/2/5: kitchen and other details: c. 1987;
  • SDToddPark1/7: logbook: 1988-1989;
  • E/PU4/4/23: prospectus: 1995