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Sources for Education in Wootton

The following list gives all the sources relating to education in Silsoe held by Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service. Due to the terms of the Data Protection Act records containing personal details of living individuals will be closed in total, or in part, depending on the nature of the information.

Wootton church from the north about 1820 [X254/88/277]
Wootton church from the north about 1820 [X254/88/277]

Early Education and General

  • P3/1/1: burial of William Wright, schoolmaster: 1633;
  • ABP/W1667/51: will of Edmund Allen, schoolmaster: 1667;
  • P3/12: payments for schooling made throughout overseers’ accounts: 1786-1811;
  • SB52/2: School Board cash book: 1875-1880;
  • SB52/1: register of School Board mortgages: 1876-1878;
  • SB52/3: School Board cash book: 1880-1896;
  • SB52/5: School Board financial statements: 1894-1903;
  • SB52/4: School Board cash book: 1896-1903.

Wootton Infants School about 1900 [Z50-136-28]
Wootton Infants School about 1900 [Z50/136/28]

Wootton Infants School

  • SDWoottonInfants4: admission register: 1875-1893;
  • SDWoottonInfants1: logbook: 1877-1904;
  • SB52/16: memorandum of conveyance to the School Board: 1883;
  • SB52/17/1: alterations to the school: 1894;
  • SB52/17/2: 21 year lease: 1894;
  • SB52/17/3: new tenancy agreement after addition of two rooms: 1899;
  • SB52/18: return by School Board Clerk to LEA: 1903;
  • E/TE5/1: details of teachers: 1904-1908;
  • SDWoottonInfants2: logbook: 1904-1947;
  • SB17/4: requirement to make a drain from the school: 1906;
  • E/TE5/2: details of teachers: 1908-1912;
  • E/IN1/1: H. M. Inspector’s reports: 1909-1935;
  • RDBP1/320: plans for infants school: 1915;
  • SMM11: school managers’ minutes for Kempston Group: 1924-1937;
  • SMM20: school managers’ minutes for Stewartby Group: 1937-1954;
  • SDWoottonInfants3: logbook: 1947-1953.

West elevation of Wootton Junior Mixed School about 1875 [SB58/9]
West elevation of Wootton Junior Mixed School about 1875 [SB58/9]

Wootton Junior/Lower School

  • P3/8/3: school details in vestry minute book: 1874;
  • SB52/6: school ground plan: c. 1875;
  • SB52/7: first floor plan of master’s house: c. 1875;
  • SB52/8: south elevation of school and master’ s house; c. 1875;
  • SB52/9: west elevation of school and master’s house: c. 1875;
  • SB52/10: block plan: c. 1875;
  • SB52/11: section through school buildings: c. 1875;
  • SB52/12: specifications for building the school and master’s house: 1875;
  • SDWoottonCP1: logbook: 1875-1915;
  • SB52/13: tenders for building the school: 1876;
  • SB52/14: agreement with builder Alfred Long to erect the school (estimate £1,442): 1876;
  • WE1309: draft conveyance of the school: 1876;
  • SN52/15: insurance policy: 1878;
  • Z212: teachers’ certificates: 1879-1889;
  • Z50/142/509: photograph of school group: pre 1896;
  • Z559/2: tape recording of school reminiscences from: c.1901-1909;
  • SB52/18: return by School Board Clerk to LEA: 1903;
  • E/TE5/1: details of teachers: 1904-1908;
  • CTM17/39: mortgage for enlargement of the school: 1905;
  • E/TE5/2: details of teachers: 1908-1912;
  • E/IN1/1: H. M. Inspector’s reports: 1909-1934;
  • SMM11: school managers’ minutes for Kempston Group: 1924-1937;
  • SMM20: school managers’ minutes for Stewartby Group: 1937-1954;
  • Z55/1/91/36: negative of the school: 1950s;
  • CA2/75: primary and infants school building contract: 1960-1961;
  • P3/29/1: report on the case for immediate completion of the new school: 1962;
  • CA2/270-271: sanitary and classroom extension: 1967-1972;
  • CA8/199: buildings maintenance file: 1967-1972;
  • CA2/508: extensions and alterations: 1972-1977;
  • CA8/739: buildings maintenance file: 1973-1982;
  • E/SA1/4/4: plans for the school’s development explained to Wootton Community Association: 1973-1974;
  • CA8/1002: buildings maintenance file: 1976-1984;
  • CA10/50: file of roof resurfacing: 1981;
  • E/TE3/4: return of teaching staff: 1981;
  • E/MS2/1/4: need for an additional lunchtime supervisor: 1985;
  • E/TE3/7: return of teaching staff: 1986;
  • E/MS3/2/2: kitchen and other details: c. 1987;
  • E/Pu4/4/130: school prospectus: 1995.

Wootton Upper School September 2007
Wootton Upper School September 2007

Wootton Upper School

  • E/SA1/4/4: comprehensive reorganisation and creation of the school: 1969-1976;
  • CA2/931/1-9: building project files: 1971-1983;
  • CA2/920: Phase 4 building file: 1976-1982;
  • PY/PH73/1: photographs of the school under construction and on completion: 1977-1978;
  • E/MS2/1/1: numbers of lunchtime supervisory staff: 1978;
  • E/SC3/Gen24: working papers regarding a proposal that the school cease receiving pupils from Robert Bruce Middle School, Kempston taking, instead, pupils from Fulbrook Middle School, Aspley Guise: 1980-1981;
  • E/TE3/2: return of teaching staff: 1981;
  • E/OL1/6/1: participation in foreign schools exchange: 1981-1984;
  • E/SC3/Woo1-3: Debate over Wootton Upper School catchment areas: 1982-1984;
  • E/PM3/2/4: information on Travellers’ children at the school: 1982-1987;
  • E/OL1/1/9: report of LEA Link visit to Cyprus by the headteacher: 1983;
  • E/CU3/13/5-6: establishment of pre-vocational courses: 1985;
  • E/TE3/7: return of teaching staff: 1986;
  • CC/HS3/4/1: storage of chemicals: 1986-1988;
  • E/ME4/2/1: notes on multicultural education at the school: 1986-1990;
  • E/TE2/2/U/12: details of Wootton Upper School: 1987;
  • E/MS3/2/2: kitchen and other details: c. 1987;
  • E/ME7/1/1: brief report on multicultural education at the school: 1988-1990;
  • E/ME6/3/2: school report on multicultural education: 1990;
  • E/Pu4/4/53: school prospectus: 1995.