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Little Ouse (Mixed) School (1885-1899)



  • Existence: 1870-04-04 - 1986


The St John Little Ouse National School was the last of three new Littleport schools established by the National Society for Promoting Religious Education between 1869 and 1870, serving the dual purpose of school and Anglican mission church. On it’s opening day, 4 April 1870, forty-one children were admitted with more arriving later in the week under the leadership of Headmistress Clarissa Anne Pointon. In 1885 the Littleport School Board assumed administrative control of the school then known as Little Ouse [Mixed] School. The building itself was cold, uncomfortable and poorly ventilated, consisting of an iron hut measuring 43 feet 6 inches by 16 feet 3 inches. While it was considered unsuitable from the outset it was not replaced until 1927. The school struggled in its early years with poor attendance and a high turnover in teachers and students though academic standards improved between its founding and the end of the 19th century. The school continued to operate in the 20th century as Little Ouse Junior School and later, in 1970, as a village college.

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Logbook of St John Little Ouse National School/Little Ouse [Mixed] School

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10441
Scope and Contents Contains brief notes on the activities of the school from its opening on 4 April 1870 to the late 1890s. Daily entries may include information on admissions and discharges, weather, attendance, examinations, discipline, subjects taught and the observations/recommendations of inspectors. Names of teachers and visitors appear throughout the volume with the names of individual children appearing roughly from the early 1880s. The final pages of the volume jump between dates in the mid-1890s...
Dates: 1870-1899
Conditions Governing Access: Open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library.