In the earlier 17th century children were taught in the church. (fn. 4) There was no
school from the earlier 18th century to the early
19th, and by 1808 a Sunday school held 'some
time back' had also ceased. (fn. 5) An unendowed day
school taught 8 boys and 6 girls in 1815. (fn. 6)
Another school, established in 1829, was by 1831
housed in the incumbent's cottages north of the
church, which were refitted as a schoolroom and
mistress's house. It had 50 pupils in 1831 and
20-30 in 1854; it received pence and £5 a year
from St. John's College, Oxford, but in 1854 was
supported chiefly by the incumbent. In 1834
some children attended dame schools in
Standlake. (fn. 7)
A National school was opened in 1873 in a new,
stone-and-slated schoolroom on former glebe
north-east of the incumbent's cottages, (fn. 8) which
may have remained part of the school until
1891. (fn. 9) The register rose from 32 to 53 within a
year, though in 1876 over half the pupils were
from a short-lived orphanage in Northmoor
where children had been trained for occupations. (fn. 10) A new room was added in 1902 to meet
government requirements, (fn. 11) and in 1907 the
register was 47. (fn. 12) Reports were often critical, and
in 1890 E. W. Harcourt withheld his annual
subscription; (fn. 13) the school was 'admirably conducted' in 1904 but in 1919 was acknowledged
to have 'special difficulty', and pupils were often
judged backward. It became an infant and junior
school in 1929, when 11 children were transferred
to Standlake school, leaving 28 at Northmoor.
The roll was 38 (many of them evacuees) in
1940, 12 in 1945, and 35 in 1955, when the school
was 'happy' and efficient; in 1957 it was forced
to become a single-class school and several children
were transferred elsewhere, but by 1971 the roll
was 26. The school closed in 1981, when children
and equipment were transferred to Standlake. (fn. 14)
A successful night school was noted in 1872. (fn. 15)
||Bodl. MS. Rawl. D. 384, ff. 47-8.
||O.R.O., MSS. Oxf. Dioc. d 559, ff. 141-4; d 562, ff. 159-62; d 707, f. 119; Secker's Visit, III.
||O.R.O., MS. Oxf. Dioc. c 433, f. 153.
||Ibid, b 38, f. 152; b 39, f. 275; b 70, p. 154; St. John's Coll. Mun., ADMIN. I. A.9, p. 118; Wilb. Visit. 104; Educ. Enq. Abstract, H.C. 62, p. 750 (1835), xlii; above, church.
||O.R.O., T/SL 38i, p. 1; ibid. MS. Oxf. Dioc. c 1913, conveyance 1869; O.S. Map 1/2,500, Oxon. XXXVIII. 7 (1876 edn.); illust. in Bodl. MS. Top. Oxon. d 218, f. 198.
||St. John's Coll. Mun., ADMIN. I. A.10, pp. 292, 294; above, church.
||O.R.O., T/SL 38i, pp. 1, 8, 33; Bodl. G.A. Oxon. c 317/12, appeal re St. Denys's Orphanage.
||O.R.O., T/SL 38i, pp. 255, 288, 321 sqq.; Ch. Ch. Arch., MS. Estates 80, ff. 160-16IV.; Kelly's Dir. Oxon. (1903).
||O.R.O., T/SL 38i p. 431.
||Ibid, passim; St. John's Coll. Mun., XV.46.
||O.R.O., T/SL 38i
||Ibid. MS. Oxf. Dioc. c 338, f. 287.