By will proved 1793, William
Ellis left an annuity of £10 to the minister of
the chapel of the Countess of Huntingdon's
Connexion in Fordham, to educate 5 poor boys
and 5 poor girls. The school so founded had 15
pupils in 1818, the additional pupils probably
feepayers; it was rebuilt in 1859 as a British
mixed school. (fn. 19)
Three small private schools with a total of 31
children were recorded in 1833. Two Sunday
schools, provided largely by the rector and his
family, continued in 1841 when the rector also
paid for children to attend a dame school. (fn. 20)
A Church of England school and a teacher's
house were built in 1849 on land in Mill Road
given by Earl de Grey. In 1851, when it catered
for 70 children, it was united to the National
Society. The National school, which received
annual government grants from 1870, was
enlarged for 144 in 1874 when the British school
closed for lack of funds to expand. Thereafter
nonconformist children had to attend the
National school, as did presumably the few
children remaining in a private church infant
school, which had been recorded in 1871 with
accommodation for 42. (fn. 21) Average attendance
was 134 in 1878, but numbers from 80 to 90
were more usual. Dissatisfied nonconformist
parents routinely withdrew their children from
religious education, and in 1906 an inquiry into
the excessive caning of two nonconformist boys
found the schoolmaster 'somewhat to blame'. (fn. 22)
In 1910 the building was re-arranged to accom-
modate 91 children and 26 infants. In 1946 the
school was reorganized for juniors and infants
only, in 1950 renamed Fordham All Saints'
Church of England school, and in 1952 awarded
Voluntary Controlled status. The number of
pupils decreased to 16 in 1966, but demountable
classrooms were added, increasing the accom-
modation to 90 by 1969 to make room for chil-
dren from the new estate. In 1978 the former
teacher's house was turned into classrooms. (fn. 23)
||For Eight Ash Green school, see above, Copford, Educ.
||E.R.O., D/ABR 28, f. 357; P.R.O., ED 21/5121; Digest Returns of Educ. Poor, H.C. 224, p. 255 (1819), ix (1). For more detail on education in Fordham, see Lewis, 'A Big Round Hand' (2nd edn. 1999): copy in E.R.O.
Educ. Enq. Abstract, p. 275; E.R.O., D/ACM 12.
Returns relating to Elem. Educ. 1871, H.C. 201, p. 446 (1871), iv; P.R.O., ED 21/5121; Nat. Soc. file; Lewis, 'A Big Round Hand' (2nd. edn.), 14, 16-19.
||P.R.O., ED 21/5121; Rep. Educ. Cttee of Council 1877-8 [C. 2048-1], p. 706, H.C. (1878), xxviii; Nat. Soc. file (Fordham school).
||E.R.O., C/ME 5, C/ME 40; inf. from school; above, this par., Intro.