PUBLIC EDUCATION (fn. 1)
The earliest elementary schools in Coventry were
charitable foundations, founded from the end of the
17th century onwards: Baker, Billing and Crow's,
the Blue Coat School, Katherine Bayley's, Southern
and Craner's, and Fairfax's School were all established as the result of charitable endowments.
Southern and Craner's charity for Quaker children
later became attached to the Vicar Lane British
School for girls. (fn. 2) In Allesley, by a trust deed of
1705, Martha Flint gave a cottage and croft and
Richard Eburne an annuity of £6 for the maintenance of a schoolmaster to instruct poor children in
the catechism and the principles of religion, and to
teach them to read English, to write, and to cast
accounts. (fn. 3) A deed perpetuating the trusts was made
in 1812, when the rector became one of the trustees
and it was said that a schoolroom had recently been
built. (fn. 4) At Foleshill a schoolhouse was built in 1750
by the vicar, partly on the churchyard and partly
on the site of two old tenements formerly used for
charitable purposes. (fn. 5) Further property was put in
trust for the education of poor boys by deeds of
1769, 1794 and 1816, and in 1815 a schoolroom for
a hundred boys, which was also to be used as a
Sunday school, was added. (fn. 6) A Stoke Charity School
Committee was in existence by 1818, when it joined
the Coventry Archdeaconry School Society. (fn. 7)
A growing interest in education in the late 18th
century gave rise to the movement to provide
Sunday schools for poor children. In Coventry a
committee which included members of all denominations was formed in 1785 and in spite of
financial difficulties several schools were opened in
rented rooms. After some years the various congregations undertook the provision of the schools and
new buildings, the first of which was the Hill Street
school built in 1799 by West Orchard Congregational chapel, were erected in association with
churches and chapels. (fn. 8)
In 1838 there were fifteen Sunday schools in
Coventry, nine in Foleshill and one each in Radford,
Keresley, Stoke, and Sowe; the total attendance at
these schools was more than 3,500, of whom 3,000
attended schools managed by dissenters. (fn. 9)
Of the two national societies founded in the early
19th century to put into practice the teaching
methods advocated by Lancaster and Bell, the first
to open a school in Coventry was the undenominational British Society. Its Lancasterian Free School
was established in 1811 in a rented building near
St. John's Bridges called 'the Riding School'. (fn. 10)
There were on the books 158 children in eight
classes in 1815, and 260 children in 1830, the boys
paying 1d. a week in 1822. (fn. 11)
A Coventry Archdeaconry School Society was
formed and united with the National Society in 1813
and a school was opened in leased premises in Little
Park Street. (fn. 12) In 1819 130 boys and 80 girls were
said to attend the school. (fn. 13) In 1826 it was said that
for many years the school, especially the boys' class,
had been so overcrowded that it could not properly
be carried on. (fn. 14) A new building, called the Central
National School, in Greyfriars churchyard in
Union Street, was opened in 1826. (fn. 15) The building
was in the Elizabethan style, the schoolrooms
standing on arches with playgrounds beneath, and
consisted of boys' and girls' rooms on each side of a
master's house, accommodating 240 boys and 240
girls. (fn. 16)
Foleshill School joined the National Society in
1817 and with its help built another room to
accommodate 120 girls in 1822. (fn. 17) A school was
established in Walsgrave-on-Sowe by 1821, and it
was thought that the schoolroom built there in 1836
was provided with the help of the National Society. (fn. 18)
About 1826, only a few years after the first National
and British schools, the first Roman Catholic school
was established in a room built in the yard of St.
Osburg's Church in Hill Street. (fn. 19)
As a result of the beginning of parliamentary
grants to the schools of educational societies in 1833
and the widening of their scope when the Special
Committee of the Privy Council was set up in 1839,
National schools began to be more widely established
on a parochial basis. The Stoke school committee,
which had joined the National Society in 1831 and
unsuccessfully sought its assistance in building a
schoolroom in 1832, opened a school in 1833, and
erected a building to accommodate 133 children
with the aid of grants from the National Society and
the government in 1840-1. (fn. 20) At St. John's, where a
Sunday school for boys and a day and Sunday school
for 50 girls had been held in 'an inadequate rented
schoolroom', a new school in Holyhead Road was
built with the aid of grants in 1839. It consisted of a
large room divided by a partition into boys' and
girls' schools, and a house for one of the two
teachers; there was accommodation for 140 boys
and 100 girls. (fn. 21) St. Peter's School was built in the
same way in 1844, and it received other grants for
enlargements between 1847 and 1857; assistance was
also received in 1848 from Betton's Charity. (fn. 22) In
1847 there was accommodation at St. Peter's for
254 children and an ordinary attendance of 100 boys
and 40 girls. (fn. 23) It was said in 1850 that although the
school had been established on the outskirts of the
town among a very poor population and local
subscriptions were small its condition was very
satisfactory. (fn. 24) At Westwood and Binley Church of
England schools were established by private efforts;
that at Westwood was opened in 1838 in a converted
house owned by Lord Leigh, (fn. 25) and that at Binley
was built in 1839 by the Earl of Craven. (fn. 26)
The British Society also took advantage of the
grants to open a girls' school in 1833 in a room
attached to the Independent chapel in Vicar Lane.
This was also attended by the pupils of Southern
and Craner's Charity, which later became known as
the Friends' Gift. (fn. 27) Thereafter the Lancasterian
School became a boys' school and a new building for
it was erected in King Street, also with the aid of a
grant, in 1840. (fn. 28)
The report of the Hand-loom Weavers' Commission gives a comprehensive and detailed account
of both public and private schools in the Coventry
district in 1838. (fn. 29) There were seven endowed schools
including the Bablake School and the Free Grammar
School, the latter being said to be 'appropriated to
the education of the middle and upper classes'. In
addition to the unendowed public schools mentioned
above, there were five infant schools, one of them in
Sowe. Thomas Street Infants' School had been
built in his garden by J. Cash, the Quaker industrialist, in 1835, and first received an annual state
grant in 1872. (fn. 30) There was also a large number of
private or dame schools, 75 of them in central
Coventry, one in Radford, two in Keresley, two in
Stoke, eighteen in Foleshill and three in Sowe; by
far the largest was the day and Sunday school at
Potters Green in Sowe, which had an average
attendance of 160 children. Two hundred and thirtytwo children were attending the endowed schools in
Coventry. The attendance at the unendowed public
schools in Coventry and Radford was 1,118, in
Stoke 50, in Foleshill 103, and in Sowe 75; and at
the private and dame schools, 1,629 in Coventry,
Radford, and Keresley, 30 in Stoke, 296 in Foleshill
and 180 in Sowe. (fn. 31)
In the 1840s differences in Coventry between
dissenters and Anglicans over state schools perhaps
had a delaying effect on the spread of education in
the city. (fn. 32) In 1847 it was alleged that there were
4,000 Coventry children attending no school at all,
while of those attending many did so so irregularly
that they did not advance far. (fn. 33) However by 1851
there were 2,805 children at 58 day schools in
Coventry, of which 17 were public and 41 private,
and 3,913 pupils at 21 Sunday schools. In Foleshill
there were 1,358 children at 23 day schools, of which
15 were public and 8 private, and 2,074 children at
26 Sunday schools. (fn. 34)
A further attempt to provide educational facilities
for the children of the poorest families was made in
these years by the 'ragged schools' movement. The
first such school, attended by 21 children, was held
in 1847. (fn. 35) By 1874-5 there were permanent buildings
at St. Nicholas Place, where an undenominational
day school had been built with the aid of a state
grant in 1842, at New Buildings, and at Spon End. (fn. 36)
In 1897 565 children and 84 teachers were enrolled
with Coventry ragged schools. (fn. 37)
In the years before 1870 there was a steady increase
in the scale of state aid to elementary schools and of
the inspection which accompanied it. Support for
the Central National School declined after St. John's
and St. Peter's schools were built and the school fell
into debt and disrepair. Because the master's house
was not detached from the schoolrooms the Committee of the Council would offer only conditional
assistance. The school was closed in 1853 and
attempts to reopen it or to transfer it to one of the
parishes failed. It was used for a time as a girls'
evening school, but in 1857 the buildings were
offered for lease and in 1867 were being used by a
coach builder. (fn. 38)
The energies and resources of the Established
Church were turned again to parochial schools.
Holy Trinity School, later thought to be the largest
parish school in the county, was built in 1853-4 with
the aid of grants from the state and the National
Society. Opened in 1854, it consisted of boys' and
girls' schools, and a large infants' schoolroom and it
accommodated in all 863 children. There was a
room for adults and evening classes above, which
was then sometimes used for divine service on
Sundays, and there were two teachers' houses. The
school, at the junction of Hales Street and Ford
Street, was stone-built, some of the stones being
from the former city wall. The architect was James
Murray and the style was described as 'of the latter
part of the thirteenth century but treated with considerable taste in the execution of details'. (fn. 39)
From 1848 onwards, and especially after the
closing of the Central School became imminent, the
Vicar of St. Michael's with the assistance of the
National Society opened a number of schoolrooms
in the parish in temporary premises; these included
a room in the 'Rose and Crown' yard, High Street,
a converted shop in Gosford Street, and a building
in Greyfriars Lane which may have been used as a
Church of England Infants' school since 1831. (fn. 40) At
this time the vicar said 'the interest taken in the
education of the working classes is not great; it has
hitherto been deplorably chilling'. In 1854-5 a new
building, with four rooms and two teachers' houses,
in the Early English style, was erected in Much Park
Street designed by James Murray. (fn. 41) A number of
branch schools, however, continued to be used.
There was a branch boys' school until at least 1857, (fn. 42)
and a school in Red Lane, called after 1862 St.
Mary's, received annual state grants between 1858
and 1861. (fn. 43) In 1869 a branch school, confusingly
known as Greyfriars Lane School, was opened in the
old Central National School buildings in Union
Street. (fn. 44)
Hawkesbury School in Walsgrave-on-Sowe was
built in 1860 as part of Hawkesbury mission church;
the building had corrugated iron walls and a slate
roof, and a curtain separated the school from the
church. (fn. 45) In 1862 a new schoolroom was built with
the aid of a grant from the National Society. (fn. 46) Stoke
School received a small grant for improvements in
1858 and thereafter an annual state grant, and the
site of the old workhouse there was bought for the
school in 1860. (fn. 47) It was intended to build a new
school at Westwood in 1853, but instead the old
school was roofed and repaired in 1854, and new
windows were put in in 1856. (fn. 48)
A day school was established at the Congregational
chapel in West Orchard in 1846 and a new schoolroom was built as part of an extension in 1854, but it
did not receive annual state grants until 1872. (fn. 49)
Radford School, which was built in 1863-4 by a
Quaker for use as a Sunday school and day school,
and for services, received an annual grant from
1865. (fn. 50) St. Osburg's R.C. School, which had been
enlarged between 1841 and 1846, (fn. 51) received its first
grants in 1858 and a new building was erected for
the girls' schoolroom in 1860-1. (fn. 52) St. Mary's R.C.
School was opened at about the same time, and an
annual grant was given after a schoolroom was built
in 1862. Until shortly after the First World War
the school buildings were attached to, and the school
run by, a convent of the Sisters of Mercy. (fn. 53)
St. John's School experienced the difficulties as
well as the benefits of the grants system. It was
described by an inspector in 1847 as being in an
unsatisfactory state and the master as untrained and
unsalaried, and was not receiving an annual grant
in 1865. (fn. 54)
As a result of the Education Act of 1870 elected
school boards were set up for Coventry, Foleshill,
and Stoke. Holy Trinity Without and St. Michaels
Without, in which districts Radford was the
only school, were supervised by a Coventry
Union Attendance Committee; there were also
school attendance committees (in Foleshill Union)
for Binley, Walsgrave-on-Sowe, Willenhall, and
Wyken. (fn. 55)
Coventry Board's first schools were in the leased
premises of the ragged schools in Spon Street and
St. Nicholas Place, and in a building in Bishop
Street. (fn. 56) The Spon Street premises remained in use
as classrooms until about 1880. The new Spon Street
School, accommodating 766 boys, girls and infants,
was opened in 1873, (fn. 57) and South Street School,
accommodating 530 children, was opened in 1874. (fn. 58)
South Street was enlarged three times before 1900,
and at Spon Street a building for 320 juniors was
added in 1891. (fn. 59) In 1893 a new board school was
opened in Wheatley Street; the cost and quality of
the school building were the subject of much local
criticism, but when completed the school was regarded as a showpiece of its kind. The average
attendance in the first three months of its existence
was 447 boys, 420 girls and 361 infants. (fn. 60) A school
in Red Lane, accommodating 252 children and 182
infants was built in 1895 and enlarged in 1898. (fn. 61)
Foleshill School Board opened Edgewick School in
1876 and Foxford in 1877; (fn. 62) in 1887 the board took
on lease a building belonging to the Congregational
chapel at Little Heath for use as a boys' schoolroom,
and in 1893 built a new school there. (fn. 63) An infants'
school in Paradise Street was added in 1894. (fn. 64) The
accommodation of these four schools in 1898-9 was
1,358. (fn. 65) Stoke Board School was built in 1875 and
enlarged in 1893 and 1898, the accommodation being
increased to 331. (fn. 66)
After much local agitation for the provision of a
school at Earlsdon, a British school was opened there
in 1882, receiving its first annual grant in 1884. (fn. 67)
The buildings, which were also used for meetings,
were held on lease, and the infants' classroom was
attached to a laundry. The attendance during the
years of its existence as a British school was about 90
to 100. In 1888, because of financial difficulties, it
was taken over by a specially created school board.
This was dissolved in 1890 when the district became
part of Coventry. (fn. 68)
A number of Church of England schools continued to have difficulty in maintaining the standards
demanded by government inspectors. St. John's,
which was again given an annual grant after 1872,
had fallen into a very dilapidated state by 1884-5
and the Sunday schools were said to be in a 'hopeless
state' of inefficiency. In 1884 a new building with
accommodation for 500 children was erected with the
assistance of the National Society in Dover Street. (fn. 69)
Stoke C. of E. School received an annual state grant
from 1858 to 1871, but this was discontinued when
the school refused to accept the 'conscience clause'
in the new regulations. (fn. 70) The school closed in 1871,
and when reopened in 1872 was declared to be inefficient and in disrepair; Stoke School Board was
then formed to provide a better school. (fn. 71) The church
school was, however, enlarged in 1874-5 with the aid
of a grant from the National Society, and after 1887
again received an annual grant. (fn. 72) Walsgrave National
School, which had to close for a short time in the
1850s because of financial difficulties, was also
deprived of its annual grant between 1871 and
1886. (fn. 73)
In the period between 1870 and 1902 there was,
in spite of the difficulties which faced some schools,
a successful attempt by local churches to provide
accommodation for children who might otherwise
have been catered for in board schools. St. Thomas's
School was built in 1870 and enlarged with help
from the National Society in 1881. (fn. 74) St. Mark's
School was built in 1872 with the aid of a grant from
the National Society, and various extensions were
made between 1875 and 1896. (fn. 75) All Saints School
was built with the aid of a state grant in 1876-7 and
extensively altered and enlarged between 1893 and
and 1895. (fn. 76) Willenhall Church School was built in
1884 and opened in 1885, when there were 24 boys
on the books, (fn. 77) and Longford Church School in
Foleshill was built in 1893 and received an annual
grant in the next year. (fn. 78) In 1874 a new building was
erected for Allesley School, which had benefited by
several bequests, and the school thereafter also
received an annual grant. (fn. 79) A new building was
erected, with the assistance of the National Society,
for Westwood School in 1871. (fn. 80) In 1893 a parish
school was provided for Christ Church in the old
Central National School buildings in Union Street
which had been in use as the branch school of St.
Michael's, known as Greyfriars Lane School, but
this was taken over by the school board in 1897, and
after repairs and alterations re-opened as Union
Street School in 1898. (fn. 81)
Apparently between 1891 and 1893 the British
Boys' School in King Street came to an end and its
premises were taken over by the British Girls'
School, whose building in Vicar Lane was closed. (fn. 82)
From 1881 to 1893 a school for 90 children was
maintained by the Coventry Cotton Company. (fn. 83) In
1898 a member of the Cash family opened a school,
accommodating 40, for the children of workers in his
factory at Kingfield. (fn. 84) The other school owned by
Cash, that in Thomas Street, was in difficulties in
1894 but was enlarged in 1895, and a proposal that
the school board should take it over in 1897 came to
nothing. (fn. 85) Radford School, which was rebuilt by its
owner in 1878, was taken over by the school board
in 1893. (fn. 86)
Both Roman Catholic schools were enlarged in
this period. The accommodation at St. Osburg's
was increased from 171 to 520 in 1875, (fn. 87) and between 1872 and 1875 accommodation for 142 infants
was added at St. Mary's. (fn. 88)
The Education Act of 1902, transferring the
functions of the school boards to the local authorities,
lessened the difficulties of the voluntary schools by
giving them controlled status. Additional accommodation, however, was made necessary by the rising
population and the reduction, in 1908-9, of the
approved accommodation in existing schools. This
was provided almost entirely by the local authorities,
so the attempt to keep a balance between denominational and board schools failed. Between
1902 and 1915 seven new council schools (fn. 89) and two
temporary schools were opened, and nine were enlarged, Radford and Stoke Council Schools being
largely rebuilt. (fn. 90) The only council school to be closed
was Union Street, the old Christ Church and St.
Michael's building. (fn. 91) Two Church of England
schools, Binley and Holy Trinity, were closed, and
another, St. Thomas, was taken over by the council
and closed shortly after. (fn. 92) All Saints School was
considerably reduced in size as the result of reassessment, and St. Michael's as the result of improvements in accommodation insisted upon by the
Board of Education. (fn. 93) Of the old undenominational
schools, the British Girls' School in King Street
was transferred to the council in 1909 and closed in
1911, the girls being transferred to Radford School, (fn. 94)
and West Orchard School was transferred to the
council in 1904 and closed in 1906. (fn. 95)
The 1902 Act gave councils power to supply
secondary education, and as the two endowed
grammar schools already existed for boys, Coventry's
first step was to provide a school of a similar type for
girls. Barr's Hill, a house built in the 1850s, was
bought by the corporation in 1907 and extended and
refitted to provide accommodation for 250 girls.
There were 120 girls on the roll when the school
opened in 1908 and 250 by 1913. The council
provided 120 free places, the remainder being feepaying. (fn. 96)
In 1914 there were in Coventry 40 council schools
with 15,300 children on their rolls, fifteen Church
of England schools with 2,744 children, and four
Roman Catholic schools with 724 children, a total of
59 schools and 18,730 children. (fn. 97) By 1918 there were
60 schools and 20,249 children. (fn. 98) A serious overcrowding problem during the First World War,
when little new building could be done and many
new families came to Coventry to work in the
factories, was partly alleviated by the numbers of
children who were allowed to do full- and part-time
work. Towards the end of and after the war huts
were erected at many schools and some barrack sites
were taken into use. Between 1915 and 1919 there
was a school at Wheatley Street for the children of
Belgian refugees, and in 1916 a new Roman Catholic
school, St. Elizabeth's, was opened.
The Education Act of 1918 and the Hadow Report
of 1926 gave local authorities the responsibility of
providing separate senior accommodation, and many
schools were reorganized into junior and senior
departments. At the same time, in 1928 and 1932
boundary extensions brought fourteen schools into
Coventry Education Committee's area and the rising
population of Coventry continued to present
problems of school provision. Between 1918 and
1939 ten new schools and one temporary school
were opened by the local authorities. Two new
Roman Catholic schools were built, the Sacred Heart
School (1924) and Christ the King (1938), the
accommodation at St. Mary's and St. Osburg's
being at the same time reduced; new infants'
accommodation was also added to St. Elizabeth's.
Thirteen of the council schools were reorganized in
this period, some of them several times; in the
process new departments were added to Frederick
Bird School and John Gulson School, and departments at South Street and Wheatley Street disappeared. Of the Church of England schools, only
one, Allesley, was enlarged; six were reorganized,
St. Michael's being reduced to two departments.
St. Peter's, which was reported by an inspector to
be in a very bad condition in 1919, was transferred
to the council in 1920, reduced to one department
in 1923, and closed in 1930. Two of the last surviving
undenominational schools, Kingfield and Thomas
Street, were closed in 1921 and 1922.
During this period the council continued the
provision of secondary schools begun with the
opening of Barr's Hill. Another girls' school, Stoke
Park, was opened in 1919. A Junior Technical School
and a Junior Commercial School, both at first
attached to Coventry Technical College, were
opened in 1919 and 1936; the latter was known from
1949 to 1955 as Churchfield High School. A Junior
Art School, attached to Coventry College of Art,
was opened in 1930.
During the Second World War most of the
Coventry schools were closed or evacuated, and later
at various times reopened under temporary arrangements. Some twelve schools were substantially
damaged or destroyed, among them Hill Farm
School, which was opened in 1940 only to be largely
destroyed in 1941, and John Gulson, the severely
damaged buildings of which were demolished in
1957. New permanent or temporary buildings have
since been erected on all the sites.
At the same time the continuing increase in
population became still more rapid. The school
population rose from 26,645 in 1946 to 42,211 in
1952 and 48,221 in 1956. An immediate problem was
the 'bulge' of children born in the 1940s. This was
passing out of the junior schools in the period 1954-
1957, and it was hoped that the numbers of children
attending junior schools would then fall, enabling
much of the temporary accommodation to be closed.
The secondary-school population, however, continued to rise, partly as a result of the 1944 Education Act.
The problem of accommodation was further
accentuated in Coventry by the physical growth of
the city. As the city has grown outwards the pattern
of attendance in the various schools has changed, the
population remaining stable or falling in the older
areas and rising in the newer, while the public
transport system of the city has made the revision of
school 'catchment areas' difficult. The large modern
estates on the outskirts of the city with their high
child populations have presented a particular
All these factors meant that after the war a vast
building programme, particularly of secondary
schools, was necessary, and this was seen by the city
council as an opportunity to replan the educational
system. A detailed development plan, first drawn
up in 1946, was approved by the Minister of Education in a revised form in 1953. The main feature of
this plan has been the provision of 'comprehensive'
schools to replace the secondary 'selective' schools
and the secondary modern schools and departments.
There were eight such schools in 1964.
As a temporary measure secondary selective
schools were formed from the senior departments
of John Gulson School in 1942 (for boys) and of
Wheatley Street School, known as Priory High
School, in 1945 (for girls). The first new post-war
secondary schools were The Woodlands and
Caludon Castle Comprehensive Schools. The Woodlands, a school for boys, opened in 1954 with 300
first-year boys and all the boys then attending the
Junior Technical and Templars Secondary Schools.
The school was accommodating 1,400 boys by 1964.
Caludon Castle Boys' Comprehensive School
opened in 1954 and included the boys of John
Gulson Selective School. There were 1,154 boys on
the roll in 1954 and 1,400 in 1964. The former
Foxford School was reorganized as a mixed comprehensive school in 1953. The numbers on the roll
were 324 in 1953 and 652 in 1956, and by 1964 they
had risen to 1,360. Coundon Court Girls' School
was opened as a selective school in 1953; it used
premises in the former Keresley Industrial Hostel
from 1953 to 1954 and Coundon Court House from
1954, and became a comprehensive school in 1956
after the completion of additional buildings. The
numbers rose from 120 in 1953 to 750 in 1964. Lyng
Hall Girls' Comprehensive School was opened in
1955 with 690 girls on the roll, including 330 of the
Priory High School. A total of 1,080 girls was
attending the school in 1964. Whitley Abbey Mixed
Comprehensive School was also opened in 1955. It
was formed by merging the Churchfield High School
with 240 children from Cheylesmore Secondary
Modern School and 240 new entrants. The pupils
still working in the Churchfield School premises
were transferred to the new school buildings in 1958.
There were 971 children on the roll in 1956 and
1,150 in 1964. In 1957 it was intended that the
children of Barr's Hill and Stoke Park Girls' Schools
should be accommodated in new comprehensive
schools, but by 1961 it had been decided, in view of
the substantial increase in the city's birth rate, that
the schools should be continued 'for the foreseeable
future', and they were still in existence in 1964.
The Junior Art School, attached to the Coventry
College of Art, was, however, discontinued in 1959.
Most of the 22 secondary modern schools or departments in existence in 1957 were intended to become
junior, infant, and nursery schools and establishments of further education but 18 were still being
used as secondary modern schools in 1964. Since
1946 31 junior and infant schools have been built in
Coventry, and many of the existing schools have
been enlarged and reorganized. Among the secondary schools were St. Mary's R.C. School in Raglan
Street, which was being used as a temporary
secondary school until it was closed in 1958, and the
boys' and girls' departments of the new Ullathorne
R.C. School, where there was also a secondary
selective department. The two secondary modern
departments of the Cardinal Wiseman School,
another Roman Catholic school of a similar type,
were opened in 1958 and 1959 and the grammar
section was opened in 1961. The new Blue Coat
Church of England School was opened in 1964. A
school at Wyre Farm, near Kidderminster, used as
an evacuation camp in 1940, was later reorganized
as a secondary boarding school for boys and renamed the City of Coventry School.
A special school (fn. 99) was opened in premises in
Wheatley Street School left vacant on the opening
of Barr's Hill in 1908, and an open-air school for
weak and ailing children was started on the roof of
Centaur Road School in 1916. Corley Residential
School began as a small camp school, but in 1918
became a permanent school for delicate children.
In 1930 the Paybody School for Crippled Children
was opened by the Coventry Crippled Children's
Guild in association with the Board of Education.
The house called Town Thorns at Easenhall, given
to the city in 1939, was used as a children's home
until 1954, when it became a temporary residential
school for educationally subnormal children. In
1953 the Wheatley Street Special School, for a time
called the Grove School, became the Alice Stevens
Special School in new premises in Ashington Grove,
and in 1954 the Baginton Fields School for partially
sighted and physically handicapped children was
opened on Stonebridge Highway. Three Spires
Special School was. begun in the former Junior
Commercial School premises in Brays Lane in 1957.
A school for physically handicapped children was
opened at Whitley Hospital (1962) and for maladjusted children at Cromer's Close Hostel (1955)
and Fir Tree Lodge (1962).
Further education of a formal kind in Coventry (fn. 1)
has always been predominantly vocational in
character and intimately connected with the city's
industries. Anxiety about French competition in the
ribbon trade was one of the main factors in the
establishment of a branch in Coventry of the School
of Design which had been started at Somerset
House in 1838. The Board of Trade offered an
initial £300 and an annual grant of £150 for three
years provided that the rest could be raised locally.
The Coventry School of Design was opened in a
former ribbon warehouse on St. John's Bridges in
1843. Masters were appointed by the Board of
Trade and government prizes awarded annually for
pupils' work. (fn. 2) When government grants were
augmented in 1859, the school urgently needed
larger accommodation. The government added £560
to the £2,000 which had been raised by public appeal
and a new School of Art was opened in Ford Street
in 1863. The building housed several classrooms, a
modelling room, a room for exhibitions, and a
library, (fn. 3) and was of multi-coloured brick with stone
dressings. It was designed by James Murray in the
Venetian Gothic style, made popular by the writings
of John Ruskin. Figures carved over the four front
windows and doorway represented the occupations
- architecture, ceramics, engineering, painting, and
sculpture - which the work of the school was
intended to benefit. (fn. 4) But many of the designs produced were concerned with the local trades of
watch and silk-making. (fn. 5) The School of Art was
recognized as an especial factor in the boom in
Coventry's trade in the 1870s, following the FrancoPrussian War and the development of fancy and
figured ribbons. (fn. 6)
The School of Art, however, only catered for one
side of the silk industry and the 1878 exhibition
proved that Coventry lagged behind the continent
in technical instruction. A meeting was called by the
mayor in 1883 in response to petitions from manufacturers and artisans and £2,000-£3,000 was
promised for a technical school in Coventry. (fn. 7) The
Technical Institute was opened in 1887 in two
vacant ribbon factories in Earl Street which were
donated by David Spencer, the ribbon manufacturer. It was founded with the object of spreading
'a more thorough knowledge of those principles of
art and science which underlie the industrial work of
the city and its neighbourhood' and instruction was
given in tool-making, weaving, and watch-making.
Some government grants were received but it was
largely dependent on donations and tuition fees. (fn. 8)
When the old Coventry Institute was amalgamated
with the new Technical Institute in 1888, the
proceeds from the sale of the old buildings went to
the new foundation. (fn. 9) David Spencer died in the
same year, leaving £20,000 in trust as the Spencer
Industrial Arts Trust. The trust paid for most of a
considerable extension to the Technical Institute in
1894 and created a scholarship in 1908 to be awarded
to pupils of the institution, by then called the
Technical College. A second scheme in 1924 created
another Spencer scholarship. (fn. 10)
Financial responsibility for further education,
however, was passing to the local authorities at the
end of the 19th century. In 1890-1 £667 was
allocated for technical education in accordance with
the Local Taxation Act of 1890. A rate of 1d. in the £
was levied in 1893, yielding £385 for the School of
Art and £887 for the Technical Institute. (fn. 11) In 1895
the corporation took over the School of Art, which
was then in financial difficulties. (fn. 12) Under the Education Act of 1902 the council, as the local education
authority, assumed control of the School of Art,
which became known as the Municipal School of
Art, and the Technical Institute, which became the
Technical College. (fn. 13) It was also providing continuation schools both before and after the First World
War. (fn. 14)
A new building for the Technical College was
designed by A. W. Hoare and opened at the Butts
in 1935. The building has two main fronts of
classical design. It originally contained laboratories
for physics, mechanics, engineering, and various
branches of metallurgy, chemistry, and biology and
many workshops for engineering, textiles, foundry,
and heavy machinery. (fn. 15)
There was little further development until after
the Second World War when, especially during the
last decade, there has been considerable building of
new and expansion of old institutions. The City of
Coventry Training College for teachers was opened
in 1946 in Canley as an emergency college for men
students housed in premises which had been built
as a war-time hostel. Women students were first admitted in 1948. Building has been more or less continuous on the 30-acre Canley site and by 1964 there
were 765 students, two-thirds of whom were women. (fn. 16)
Although the School of Art was damaged by
bombing in 1940, (fn. 17) it continued to be used by the
painting and decorating departments while the rest
of the school's activities were carried on in temporary
premises. A new building for the school, now called
the College of Art, was opened at Cope Street in
1954 with an annexe at Hill Crest, Radford Road, and
at the former Provident Dispensary in Priory Street. (fn. 18)
In 1964, when the college was housed in five
buildings, work began on another new building on a
5¼-acre site between Cox Street and Gosford Street
near the new Lanchester College of Technology. By
1964 the college provided courses in art and design
and vocational subjects. (fn. 19) By 1964 the Technical
College had departments in mechanical engineering,
electrical engineering, building, science, mathematics, business and general studies, catering, and
homecrafts. (fn. 20) There was, however, need for technical
training of a higher standard and the Lanchester
College of Technology, named after Frederick W.
Lanchester, the engineer and car manufacturer, was
officially opened in 1961. The main 7-story block in
Cope Street was begun in 1957 and already in use by
September 1960 when the first students were enrolled. The college offers advanced courses in
technology, science, engineering, and business and
management studies. (fn. 21)
Coventry was first suggested as the site for a
new university in 1951 (fn. 22) but it was not until 1963
that two architects - Alan Goodman, of Grey,
Goodman and Associates of Belper and London,
and Arthur Ling, the Coventry city architect -
were appointed and building began. (fn. 23) The city
council provided a 200-acre site between Kenilworth
Road and Gibbet Road and both the city council and
Warwickshire County Council agreed to levy a 1d.
rate to help finance the project. (fn. 24) The buildings are
incomplete (1965) but the first students were
enrolled in 1964.
Henley College of Further Education, built on a
14-acre site at the corner of Henley Road and
Henley Mill Lane, was opened in 1964 to serve as
a technical college for the east and north-east of the
city and as a youth centre for the Bell Green area. (fn. 25)
The following list includes all schools except private, nursery, and special schools. Schools are listed under
the first known name with cross-references where there are significant alternatives or changes in name. Name
changes are listed under 'principal changes' except for certain automatic changes, e.g., from National to
Church of England and from British to Undenominational after 1907; from Board to Council following the
Act of 1902. Sources of information are cited in the form of bracketed figures which refer to the correspondingly numbered entries in the list at the end of this section.
||British and Foreign Schools Society
||Church of England
||denotes separate departments
||denotes organized as one department
||Date of opening
|ALDERMAN'S GREEN, Alderman's Green Rd.
||Orig. JM & I; 1956 JM/I
|ALDERMOOR FARM, Pinley Fields, Stoke Aldermoor
||JM & I
||JM & I
|ALLESLEY HALL, Winsford Ave.
||JM & I
||See Free School, Allesley
|ALL SAINTS N., Far Gosford St. (Vecqueray St.)
||Orig. B/G/I; 1895 M/I; 1933 JM & I
||1895 separate I sch. opened; 1954 took controlled status, (1, 10, 11, 12, 37)
|ALL SOULS R.C.
||See Earlsdon R.C.
|ANNIE OSBORN, Henley Rd. (Wyken Croft)
||JM & I
||For the history of the sch. before 1908, see V.C.H. Warws. ii. 320, 329. Building developments in 1912, 1938, 1958, 1963. A hist. of the sch. is published in a special edition of the sch. magazine, The Wheatleyan (1956).
|BAKER, BILLING AND CROW'S CHARITY, The Drapery, Bayley Lane
||For the history of the sch., which was closed in 1901 when the endowment, as Black Gift, passed to Bablake Sch., see V.C.H. Warws. ii. 321, 370-1.
|BARKERS' BUTTS C., Banks Rd.
||Orig. SB/SG/JM & I; 1947 SB/SG
||1940 damaged in war and sch. evacuated; 1947 became Sec. Mod. sch. (1, 12)
|BARR'S HILL, Radford Rd.
||1916, 1927, 1936, 1951, 1957 enlarged and improved. (12, 38, 39)
||Orig. B/G; c. 1738 B
||For the history of the sch., which was closed in 1889 when the endowment, as Blue Gift, passed to Bablake Sch., see V.C.H. Warws. ii. 373 and W. G. Fretton, My School and its Schoolmasters.
|BELL GREEN, Roseberry Ave.
||JM & I
||Closed after 1851. (1, 16, 27)
||See Baker, Billing and Crow's Charity Sch.
|BINLEY, Brinklow Rd.
||1873 enlarged as Binley N.; 1913 closed and replaced by Binley C. Sch. (q.v.). (10, 11, 12, 16, 27)
|BINLEY C., Brandon Rd.
||Orig. M/I; 1949 SM/JM & I; 1959 JM & I
||1959 SM transferred to Binley Park Comp. Sch. (q.v.) (1, 11, 12)
|BINLEY PARK COMP., Brandon Rd.
|BISHOP ST. BD.
||Opened in leased premises of ragged sch. (possibly Rood Lane Sch., q.v.). By 1886 only a private sch. for B in Bishop St. (11, 37)
|BISHOP ULLATHORNE R.C.
||See Ullathorne R.C. Sch.
||See Baker, Billing and Crow's Charity Sch.
|BLUE COAT, Priory Row
||Founded as a charity sch.; 1856-7 rebuilt on same site which was found to be that of the W. end of the medieval priory ch.; Jan. 1940 closed; 1964 new M Comp. sch. on Charterhouse site opened using endowment from old sch. (2, 4, 6, 12, 27, 28, 37, 40, and ex inf. Mr. J. W. Docking).
||See Bayley's Charity Sch.
||See Broad St. C. Sch.
|BROAD ST. C.
||Orig. B/G; 1929 SB/SG
||1949 became Broad Heath Sch. (1, 11, 12)
|BROADWAY C., Broadway, Earlsdon
||Orig. B; 1934 SB; 1961 JB
||1934 JB transferred to and SB taken from Centaur Rd. C. Sch. (q.v.); 1961 SB transferred to and JB taken from Hearsall Sch. (q.v.). (1, 12)
|CALUDON CASTLE COMP., Axholme Rd., Wyken
|CANLEY C. (TEMP.), Prior Deram Walk, Canley
||Orig. JM & I; 1950 JM/I
||1950 closed and rebuilt as Henry Parkes Sch. on same site. (1,12, 19)
|CARDINAL WISEMAN R.C., Potters Green Rd.
||Orig. SB; 1959 SB/SG; 1961 SB/SG/Sel.G
||1959 Sec. Mod. for G opened; 1961 Grammar Sch. for G opened.(12)
||See St. Osburg's R.C. Sch.
|CENTAUR RD. C., Earlsdon (Bristol Rd., Kingston Rd.)
||Orig. B/G/I; 1934 SG/JB/I; 1961 SM/I
||1934 SB transferred to and JB taken from Broadway C. Sch. (q.v.); 1949 became Hearsall Sch.; 1961 JB transferred to and SB taken from Broadway C. Sch. (q.v.). (1, 11, 12, 19, 20)
||See Well St. Central Sch.
|CENTRAL N., Little Park St.
||1826 moved to Greyfriars Churchyard, Union St.; 1848 assoc. with St. Michael's N. Sch. (q.v.); 1853 closed; 1869 reopened as branch sch. of St. Michael's; then called Greyfriars Lane Sch.; 1880 united with Nat. Soc.; 1893 became Christ Church Sch. (q.v.). (1, 2, 4, 6, 11, 13, 15, 27, 28, 36, 37, 40)
|CHACE, Robin Hood Rd., Willenhall
||Orig. JM & I; 1956 JM/I
||1956 a separate I sch. opened. (12)
|CHARTER (TEMP.), Charter Ave.
||JM & I
|CHEYLESMORE C., Mile Lane
||Orig. B/G/I; 1927-32 SB/SG/JM & I; 1942 SB/SG; 1964 SM
||Opened as continuation of Union St. Sch. (q.v.); 1940 damaged in bombing; 1942 reopened as Sec. sch.; 1955 many pupils transferred to Whitley Abbey Sch. (q.v.). (1, 11, 12)
|CHRIST CHURCH C.E., Union St.
||Opened in buildings of former Central N. Sch. (q.v.); 1897 taken over by School Board; 1898 opened as Union St. Sch.; 1911 closed, premises used as Sunday sch. and pupils transferred to Cheylesmore C. Sch. (q.v.). (1, 9)
|CHRIST THE KING R.C., Westhill Rd., Radford
||Orig. M & I; 1953 JM & I
||See Junior Commercial Sch.
|CHURCH LANE C. (TEMP.), Old Church Rd., Foleshill
||Opened in Wesleyan chapel building; 1909 closed and used as I annexe for Foleshill Sch. (q.v.). (1, 11)
|COPTHORNE SEC. MOD., Copthorne Rd., Coundon
|CORPUS CHRISTI R.C., Ernesford Grange
||JM & I
||Sch. for children of employees; 1893 closed. (1, 11)
|COUNDON C., Southbank Rd.
||Orig. JM & I; 1955 JM/I
||1955 separate I sch. opened. (1, 12)
|COUNDON COURT GRAMMAR, Northbrook Rd., Coundon
||Orig. Sel. G; 1956 CG
||1956 became a Comp. sch. (12)
|COUNDON COURT JUNIOR, Hollyfast Rd., Coundon
||JM & I
|COURTHOUSE GREEN, Bell Green Rd., Court House Green
||See King Henry VIII Sch.
||See Parochial Union Sch.
||See Baker, Billing and Crow's Charity Sch.
|EARLSDON BR., Cromwell St., Earlsdon (Earlsdon Ave.)
||Orig. M & I; 1927-32 G/I; 1936 JG/I
||1888 became a Bd. sch.; 1890 and 1908 rebuilt. (1, 11, 12)
|EARLSDON R.C., Abercorn Rd., Chapel Fields
||Orig. M & I; 1953 JM & I
||1936 became All Souls R.C. Sch. (1, 12)
||See Wyken Colliery Sch.
|EDGWICK BD., Cross Rd., Edgwick
||Orig. M & I; 1927-32 JM & I; 1954 JM/I
||(1, 11, 12, 38)
|FAIRFAX'S CHARITY, Spon St.
||Orig. B/G; c. 1783 B
||Founded by gift of Sam. Fairfax; 1814 sch. opened in Spon St.; 1887 absorbed, as Green Gift, in Bablake Sch. (q.v.) under Char. Com. Scheme. (2, 4, 6, 27, 28, 38, 40)
|FAR GOSFORD ST., Harnall Place
||Closed between 1854 and 1860. (6, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31)
|FLETCHAMSTEAD (TEMP.), Fletcham stead Highway
||Orig. JM & I; 1953 I
||1960 closed. (12)
|FOLESHILL, Old Church Rd., Foleshill
||Orig. B; 1822 B/G; 1887 B/G/I; 1896 M/I; 1936-8 JM & I
||1815 rebuilt; 1817 joined Nat. Soc.; 1822 and 1888 enlarged; 1948 took voluntary controlled status; used former Church Lane C. (Temp.) (q.v.) Sch's building as I annexe. (1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16)
|FOLESHILL INFANTS' N., Foleshill Rd.
||Built adjoining St. Paul's Church; closed after 1889. (6, 42)
|FOLESHILL PAROCHIAL UNION
||1853 closed. (7, 29)
|FOLLY LANE C., Stoke
||Orig. B/G/I; 1945 JB/JG/I; 1947 JM/I
||1948 moved to Humber Rd. as Gosford Park Sch. (11, 12)
|FOXFORD BD., Hurst Rd.
||Orig. M/I; 1953 CM
||1953 became a Comp. sch. in new buildings in Grange Rd. (1, 11, 12, 23)
|FREDERICK BIRD C., Swan Lane
||Orig. M/I; 1913 B/G/I; 1921 SB/SG/JB/JG; 1928 SB/SG/JM/I; 1962 SM/JM/I
||(1, 11, 12)
||See Sir Thomas White's Sch.
|FREE SCHOOL, ALLESLEY, Birmingham Rd.
||Orig. B; 1812 B/G; 1874 M & I; 1949 JM & I
||For the history of the sch. before 1908, see V.C.H. Warws. ii. 371. 1874 rebuilt as Allesley N. Sch.; 1930 enlarged; 1964 closed. (1, 2, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 27, 39, 41)
||See King Henry VIII Sch.
||See Southern and Craner's Charity Sch.
|GOSFORD PARK, Humber Rd.
||See Folly Lane C. Sch.
||Orig. 1; 1853 G
||1853 leased premises used as branch of St. Michael's N. Sch. (q.v.); 1855 closed on opening of Much Park St. premises. (6, 27, 40)
|GRANGEHURST, HURST Rd.
||JM & I
||See Fairfax's Charity Sch.
|GREEN LANE C.
||Orig. JM & I; c. 1952 JM/I
||1951 became Stivichall Sch. (1, 12, 19)
||Orig. I; 1853 G & I; 1855 I
c. 1848 assoc. with St. Michael's N. Sch. (q.v.); 1856, 1869 still in existence as branch sch. of St. Michael's. (11, 15, 27, 28, 40 map)
|GREYFRIARS LANE, Union St.
||See Central N. Sch.
|HAWKESBURY, Hawkesbury Lane (Lenton Lane)
||Orig. M & I; 1908 I
||Established as part of St. Matthew's mission church; 1862 joined Nat. Soc. and sch. built; 1951 became controlled sch. (10, 11, 12, 15, 38)
||See Centaur Rd. C. Sch.
|HEN LANE C.
||Orig. SB/SG; 1959 SM
||1948 became Whitemoor Sch. at Briscoe Rd. (1, 12, 19)
||See Canley C. (Temp.) Sch.
|HILL FARM C., Foster Rd., Radford
||1941 badly damaged by bombing. (12)
|HOLBROOK LANE C.
||Orig. B/G/I; 1936 JB/JG/I; c. 1956 JM/I
||1948 became Holbrook Sch. (1, 11, 12, 19)
|HOLY FAMILY R.C., Penny Park Lane
||JM & I
|HOLY TRINITY N., probably in the church
||By 1836 closed.(14)
|HOLY TRINITY N., Hales St. (Ford St.)
||Orig. B/G/I; 1914 B/G
||1915 closed, (1, 10, 11, 12, 15, 37, 40)
|HOWES, Palermo Ave., Stivichall
|INFANTS', Greyfriars Lane
||See Greyfriars Lane Sch.
|JOHN GULSON C., Leicester Causeway (George St.)
||Orig. B/G/I; 1931 SB/SG/JM & I; 1939 SB/JM & I; 1942 SB; 1955 JM & I
||1935 joined by SM from Red Lane Sch. (q.v.); 1936 joined by SB from Wheatley St. Sch. (q.v.);1940 damaged in war, SB transferred to Red Lane Sch. as a separate unit, JM & I absorbed in other schs.; 1942 reopened as Sel. Sec. sch.; 1954 closed and SB transferred to Caludon Castle Comp. Sch. (q.v.); 1955 rebuilt and opened as a primary sch.(1, 11, 12)
|JUNIOR ART, Ford St.
||1940 damaged by bombing and moved to Technical College; 1942 moved to new premises in Hill Crest (Radford St.); 1959 closed. (12)
|JUNIOR COMMERCIAL, Technical College, the Butts
||1947 moved to former premises of Stoke Park Sec. Sch. (q.v.) in Brays Lane; 1949 became Churchfield High Sch.; 1955 merged with Whitley Abbey Sch. (q.v.). Premises used as an annexe to Whitley Abbey until 1958 when taken over by Three Spires Special Sch. (12, 19)
|JUNIOR TECHNICAL, Technical College, Earl St.
||1935 moved to new Technical College at the Butts; 1948 became Technical Sec. Sch.; 1954 closed and merged with the Woodlands Comp. Sch. (q.v.). (12)
||See Bayley's Charity Sch.
|KERESLEY GRANGE, Waste Lane, Keresley
||JM & I
||1949 enlarged. (12)
|KING HENRY VIII, Whitefriars Lane
||For the history of the sch. before 1908, see V.C.H. Warws. ii. 318-29. 1941 largely destroyed by bombing; 1950-1, 1956-8 rebuilt; 1961, 1963 extensions. A history of the sch. has been privately printed in King Henry VIII School, 1545-1945. See also pp. 139-40.
|KINGFIELD BR., Narrow Lane (later called Kingfield Rd.)
||1921 closed and replaced by Narrow Lane C. Sch. (q.v.). (1, 10, 11, 12)
|KING ST. BR. BOYS
c. 1891 closed and premises taken over by Vicar Lane Br. Sch. (q.v.) and became King St. Br. Girls Sch. (q.v.). See also Lancasterian Sch. (1, 27, 40)
|KING ST. BR. GIRLS
||1911 closed and G transferred to Radford C. Sch. (q.v.). See also Vicar Lane Br. and King St. Br. Boys Schs. (1, 9, 10)
|LANCASTERIAN, Riding School Yard, St. John's Bridge
||Orig. B/G; 1833 B
c. 1814 became a British Sch. but retained original name; 1833 G moved to Vicar Lane Br. Sch. (q.v.); 1840 closed and new sch. opened at King St. (q.v.). (6, 13, 17, 28, 40)
|LIMBRICK WOOD, Broad Lane
|LITTLE HEATH INDEPENDENT, Chapel Lane (later called Old Church Rd.)
||1887 B; 1900 M; 1911 M/I; 1923 JM & I
||Opened as a Sunday sch. attached to Little Heath Congregational chapel; 1846 became a British Sch.; 1887 became Little Heath Bd. Sch.; 1893 rebuilt on new site E. of Congregational chapel and original premises used as a Sunday sch.; 1950 enlarged, (1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 38)
|LONGFORD C.E., Hurst Rd., Foleshill
||Orig. M; 1913 M/I; 1938-53 JM & I
||1951 became controlled sch.; 1963 closed. (1, 10, 11, 12)
||See Windmill Lane C.
|LYNG HALL COMP., Blackberry Lane
|MANOR PARK C., Ulverscroft Rd., Cheylesmore
|MARTHA FLINT'S CHARITY
||See Free School, Allesley
|MOSELEY AVE. C.
||Orig. JM & I; 1954 JM/I
||1952 enlarged as Moseley Sch. (1, 12, 19)
|MOUNT NOD, Ettington Rd.
||JM & I
|NARROW LANE C., Narrow Lane (later called Kingfield Rd.)
||Orig. SM/JM; 1945 JM & I
||1931 became Pridmore Rd. C. Sch.; 1941 S dept. destroyed in bombing; 1956 enlarged as Pridmore Sch. (1, 11, 12)
||See Central N. Sch.
|NEW BUILDINGS, The Armoury, New Buildings
||Orig. B; c. 1883 B/G
||Opened as ragged sch.; closed after 1902. (18, 38)
|OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION R.C., Hawthorne Lane, Tile Hill North
||JM & I
|PARADISE BD., Paradise St. (later called Station St. East)
||1907-8 enlarged; 1959 closed. (1, 11, 12)
|PARKGATE, Park Gate Rd.
|PAROCHIAL UNION, Coventry Workhouse, Brickiln Lane
||Closed after 1853. (7)
|POTTERS GREEN, Ringwood Highway
||JM & I
||See Narrow Lane C. Sch.
||See Wheatley St. Bd. Sch.
|PRIORY SEC. MOD., Ford St.
||Opened in premises previously occupied by Priory High Sch. (q.v.). (12)
|RADFORD BR., Radford Rd.
||Orig. M/I; 1915 SM/JM; 1927-1932 JM & I
||1878 rebuilt; 1893 became Radford Bd. Sch. when probably moved to present site (Lawrence Saunders Rd.); 1911 enlarged and joined by G from King St. Br. Sch. (q.v.); 1941 buildings destroyed; 1950 reopened in new buildings. (1, 11, 12, 19, 38, 40)
||See Christ the King R.C. Sch.
||See Wyken C. (Temp.) Sch.
|RED LANE BD.
||Orig. M/I; 1907 B/G/I; 1931 SM/JM/I; 1935 JM & I
||1898 enlarged; 1935 SM transferred to John Gulson C. Sch. (q.v.); 1949 called Stanton Bridge Sch. (1, 11, 12, 19, 38)
|RED LANE N.
||Opened as branch sch. of St. Michael's N. Sch. (q.v.); 1862 name changed to St. Mary's N. Sch.; c. 1872 closed. (11, 33, 40)
|RICHARD LEE, Hipswell Highway
|ROOD LANE, Bishop St.
||Possibly identifiable as Bishop St. Bd. Sch. (q.v.); closed after 1902. (18)
|ROSE AND CROWN YARD, High St.
||Leased premises used as branch of St. Michael's N. Sch. (q.v.); 1855 closed on opening of Much Park St. premises. (11, 15, 40)
|SACKVILLE ST. C. (TEMP.)
||Opened in parochial room leased from St. Peter's Church; opened in Jan. and closed Sept. 1905 when replaced by Frederick Bird C. Sch. (q.v.). (1, 11)
|SACRED HEART R.C., Harefield Rd., Middle Stoke
||Orig. M & I; 1953 JM & I
||1953 S transferred to Ullathorne R.C. Sch. (q.v.); 1954 half the rest of the school transferred to St. John Fisher R.C. Sch. (q.v.). (1, 11, 12)
|ST. CHRISTOPHER'S, Allesley Old Rd.
|ST. ELIZABETH'S R.C., Stanley St. (later called St. Elizabeth's Rd.), Edgwick
||Orig. M & I; 1953 JM & I
||1953 S transferred to Ullathorne R.C. Sch. (q.v.). (1, 11, 12)
|ST. JOHN FISHER R.C., Kineton Rd., Wyken
||JM & I
|ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST'S N., Holyhead Rd.
||Orig. B/G; 1884 B/G/I; 1924 SM/JM & I; 1945 M & I
||1884 rebuilt in Dover St.; 1940 I classroom destroyed by bombing; 1954-5 repaired on being given aided status. (1, 10, 11, 12, 16, 27, 37, 38, 40)
|ST. MARK'S N., Stoney Stanton Rd.
||Orig. M & I; 1931 JM/I; 1939 JM & I
||Extensions between 1875 and 1896; 1909 100 children transferred to John Gulson C. Sch. (q.v.); from 1949 to 1955 used an annexe at St. Mark's Institute, Leicester Causeway. (1, 10, 11, 12, 15, 37)
|ST. MARY'S N., Red Lane
||See Red Lane N. Sch.
|ST. MARY'S R.C., Raglan St., Hillfields
||Orig. B/G; 1884-91 M/I; 1949 SM
||1862 schoolroom built; run by the Sisters of Mercy until 1920; 1875, 1921, and 1930 building alterations; 1940 damaged by bombing and pupils accommodated in Wheatley St. (q.v.) and South St. (q.v.) schs.; 1949 S pupils returned to Raglan St.; 1952 J went to new sch. in Lansdowne St. (St. Mary's R.C. Junior, q.v.); 1953-8 S transferred to Ullathorne R.C. (q.v.) and Cardinal Wiseman R.C. (q.v.) schs.; 1958 closed. (10, 11, 12, 39, 40)
|ST. MARY'S R.C. JUNIOR, Lansdowne St.
||JM & I
||See St. Mary's R.C. (Raglan St.). (12, 19, 39)
|ST. MICHAEL'S I
||See Greyfriars Lane Sch.
|ST. MICHAEL'S N.
||Orig. B/G/I; 1853 B/G/G & I; 1855 B/G/I; 1928 JM & I
||Opened in association with Central N. (q.v.) and Greyfriars Lane (q.v.) schs.; 1853 housed in leased premises in Rose and Crown Yard (q.v.), Gosford St. (q.v.), and Greyfriars Lane; 1855 Rose and Crown Yard and Gosford St. closed and new sch. opened in Much Park St.; Greyfriars Lane (q.v.) continued as a branch sch.; 1948 became controlled sch.; 1958 Much Park St. closed and sch. rebuilt in Frankpledge Rd. (1, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 40). See also Red Lane N.
|ST. NICHOLAS PLACE BR.
||Used as a ragged sch.; closed before 1870 although appears in list of Parl. grants until 1904, possibly initially as board sch. Premises used as a Sunday sch. (1, 18, 37)
|ST. OSBURG'S R.C., Hill St.
||Orig. B/G; 1875 B/G/I; 1939 M & I; c. 1962 JM & I
||1841-6, 1860-1, and 1875 enlarged; 1940 damaged in war. (6, 10, 11, 12, 27, 38, 40)
|ST. PATRICK'S R.C., Deedmore Rd., Potters Green
|ST. PETER'S N., Yardley St., Hillfields
||B/G/I; 1923 JM & I
||1857 and 1873 enlarged; 1920 transferred to C.; 1930 closed. (1, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 27,40)
|ST. THOMAS MORE R.C., Watercall Ave., Stivichall
||JM & I
|ST. THOMAS'S P., the Butts
||M & I
||1881 and 1894 enlarged; 1882 joined Nat. Soc.; 1908 transferred to C.; 1910 closed. (1, 10, 11, 12,15)
|SHERBOURNE HOUSE I||
||See Thomas St. U. Sch||
|SIR THOMAS WHITE'S, Swanswell Terrace
||Charity Sch. for daughters of deceased freemen founded out of proceeds of Sir Thomas White's loan fund; 1919 closed. (13, 34, 37, 40)
|SOUTHERN AND CRANER'S CHARITY, Vicar Lane
||1820 schoolroom built; c. 1850 closed and G transferred to Vicar Lane Br. Sch. (q.v.). (4, 6, 27, 28, 40, 41)
||See South St. Bd. Sch.||
|SOUTH ST. BD., Little South St.
||Orig. B/G/I; 1936 JM; 1956 JM & I
||1897 enlarged; 1956 extensive alterations when became South fields Sch. (1, 9, 11, 12)
||Closed after 1850, possibly after 1871. (6, 8, 27)
||Sunday sch. or private sch.; by c. 1869 ragged sch. in Spon St. but uncertain whether in same premises as earlier sch.; 1873 became Spon St. Bd. Sch. (q.v.). (1, 9, 12, 13, 18, 36, 37)
||See Spon St. Bd. Sch.||
|SPON ST. BD., Chapel Lane, Spon End
||Orig. B/G/M/I; 1906 B/G/I; 1936 M/I; 1951 JM & I
||Opened in leased premises of Spon St. Ragged Sch. (q.v.); 1891 and 1903-6 enlarged; 1940 damaged by bombing; c. 1947 called Spon Gate Sch. (1, 9, 12, 13, 18, 36, 37)
|SPON ST. RAGGED||
||See Spon End Sch.||
||See Red Lane Bd. Sch.||
|STATION ST. WEST C. (TEMP.)
||1921 closed. (1, 11, 12)
||See Green Lane C. Sch.||
|STOKE BD., Stoke Row (Briton Rd.)
||Orig. M & I; 1912 B/G/I; 1927-1932 SB/SG/JM/I
||1893, 1898, 1912 enlarged. (1, 11, 12, 38)
|STOKE HEATH C. (TEMP.), Valley Rd., Wyken Grange
||Orig. I; 1926 M/I; 1931 JM/I
||1926 temp. sch. closed and reopened at Heath Crescent as Wyken Grange C. Sch.; 1929 name changed to Stoke Heath C. Sch.; 1940 damaged by bombing; 1949, 1953, and 1957 enlarged. (1, 11, 12)
|STOKE N., Stoke Green
||Orig. B/G; 1900 M/I; 1937 JM & I
||1841, 1860, 1874-5, and 1900 enlarged; 1948 became controlled sch. (1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 27)
|STOKE PARK SEC., Brays Lane, Stoke
||1945-7 moved to Dane Rd. and premises in Brays Lane taken over by Junior Commercial Sch. (q.v.). (12)
||See Whoberley C. Sch.||
|THE WOODLANDS COMP., Broad Lane, Tile Hill
|THOMAS ST. U., the Butts
||Orig. I; c. 1900 M/I; 1913 I
||1895 enlarged; 1922 closed. (1, 6, 10, 11, 12, 38, 40)
|TILE HILL WOOD COMP., Tile Hill Lane (Nutbrook Ave.)
|ULLATHORNE R.C., Leasowes Ave.
||Orig. SM; 1954 SB/SG; 1956 SB/SG/Sel. B
||1954 Sec. Mod. sch. for G opened in separate building; 1956 Grammar sch. opened. (12)
||See Christ Church C.E. Sch.||
|VICAR LANE BR.
c. 1850 absorbed Southern and Craner's Charity Sch. (q.v.); c. 1891 closed and G moved to King St. (q.v.). See also Lancasterian Sch. (1, 11, 17, 40)
||See Wyken Colliery Sch.||
||See Sowe Sch.||
|WALSGRAVE-ON-SOWE N., School House Lane
||Orig. M/I; 1955 JM & I
||1836 schoolroom built and probably joined Nat. Soc.; 1900 and 1915 enlarged; 1949 became controlled sch. (1, 3, 6, 8, 11, 12, 15, 16,27)
|WELL ST. CENTRAL
||By 1866 had become a British Sch.; by 1889 had become a Sunday sch. attached to Congregational chapel. (3, 6, 10, 27, 33, 35, 36, 40, 42)
|WEST ORCHARD INDEPENDENT
||1854 new schoolroom built; 1904 taken over by C.; 1906 closed. (1, 11, 12, 27, 40)
|WESTWOOD, Canley Hill, Stoneleigh
||Orig. M; 1906 M/I; 1946 JM & I
||1871 joined Nat. Soc. and new building erected in Westwood Heath Rd; 1953 became controlled sch. (1, 11, 12, 15)
|WHEATLEY ST. BD., Wheatley St. (Ford St.)
||Orig. B/G/I; 1932-6 SB/SG/I; 1936 SG/I; 1945 SG
||1936 SB transferred to John Gulson C. Sch. (q.v.); 1945 became Sel. S sch.; 1947 name changed locally to Priory High Sch. although Min. of Educ. continued to recognize sch. as Wheatley St. S until 1953; 1954 SG transferred to Lyng Hall Comp. Sch. (q.v.) and premises taken over by Priory Sec. Mod. (q.v.). (1, 11, 12, 38)
||See Hen Lane C. Sch.||
|WHITLEY ABBEY, Abbey Rd., Whitley
||Orig. JM & I; 1955 CM/JM & I
||1955 Comp. sch. opened. (12)
|WHITMORE PARK, Sadler Rd.
|WHOBERLEY C., Tile Hill Lane
||Orig. JM/I; 1939 SM/JM/I; 1955 SG/JM/I
||1951 name changed to Templars' Sch.; 1954 SB transferred to the Woodlands Comp. Sch. (q.v.). (1, 12)
|WHOBERLEY HALL (TEMP.), Lyndale Ave.
||JM & I
|WILLENHALL C.E., St. James Lane, Willenhall
||Orig. M; 1922-7 M/I; 1927-32 JM & I
||1949 became controlled sch. (1, 10, 11, 12, 38)
|WILLENHALL WOOD, St. James Lane, (Middle Ride)
||Orig. I; 1959 JM/I
|WINDMILL LANE C., Longford Park
||Orig. M & I; 1913 B/G; 1947 SM/JM & I
||1927 name changed to Windmill Rd. C. Sch.; 1949 S Dept. became Sec. Mod. sch.; 1950 name changed to Longford Park Sch.; 1953 rebuilt. (1, 11, 12)
|WOOD END, Deedmore Rd.
|WYKEN COLLIERY, Deedmore Rd.
||Orig. M/I; 1954 JM & I
||1912 transferred to C.; 1932 name changed to Walsgrave Colliery Sch.; 1957 name changed to Eburne (Temp.) Sch. (1, 10, 11, 12, 38)
|WYKEN C. (TEMP.)
||Orig. I; 1937 JM/I
||1939 temp. sch. closed; 1937 Wyken C. Sch. opened; 1951 became Ravensdale Sch. at Ravensdale Rd. (1, 12, 19)
|WYKEN GRANGE C.
||See Stoke Heath C. (Temp.) Sch.||
The following sources are cited in the text above by means of numbers which refer to the numbers given
to them in this list. In the case of some classes of works one number stands for the whole class rather than
for an individual work. The individual work in such a class (e.g. in class 1) can usually be ascertained by the
date. This is particularly true of the 'departments' list.
1. Minutes of the Committee of Council on Education,
1840-1 , H.C. (1841), xx.
1841-2, H. C. 442 (1842), xxxiii.
1842-3 , H.C. (1843), xl.
1843-4 , H.C. (1845), xxxv.
1845 , H.C. (1846), xxxii.
1846 , H.C. (1847), xlv.
1847-8 , H.C. (1847-8), 1.
1848-50 , , H.C. (1850), xliii, xliv.
1850-1 , , H.C. (1851), xliv.
1851-2 , , H.C. (1852), xxxix, xl.
1852-3 , , H.C. (1852-3), lxxix,
1853-4 , , H.C. (1854), li, lii.
1854-5 , H.C. (1854-5), xlii.
1855-6 , H.C. (1856), xlvii.
1856-7 , H.C. (1857 Sess. II), xxxiii.
1857-8 , H.C. (1857-8), xlv.
Report of Committee of Council, with appendices:
1858-9 , H.C. (1859), xxi.
1859-60 , H.C. (1860), liv.
1860-1 , H.C. (1861), xlix.
1861-2 , H.C. (1862), xlii.
1862-3 , H.C. (1863), xlvii.
1863-4 , H.C. (1864), xlv.
1864-5 , H.C. (1865), xlii.
1865-6 , H.C. (1866), xxvii.
1866-7 , H.C. (1867), xxii.
1867-8 , H.C. (1867-8), xxv.
1868-9 , H.C. (1868-9), xx.
1869-70 [C. 165], H.C. (1870), xxii.
1870-1 [C. 406], H.C. (1871), xxii.
1871-2 [C. 601], H.C. (1872), xxii.
1872-3 [C. 812], H.C. (1873), xxiv.
1873-4 [C. 1019-1], H.C. (1874), xviii.
1874-5 [C. 1265-1], H.C. (1875), xxiv.
1875-6 [C. 1513-1], H.C. (1876), xxiii.
1876-7 [C. 1780-1], H.C. (1877), xxix.
1877-8 [C. 2048-1], H.C. (1878), xxviii.
1878-9 [C. 2342-1], H.C. (1878-9), xxiii.
1879-80 [C. 2562-1], H.C. (1880), xxii.
1880-1 [C. 2948-1], H.C. (1881), xxxii.
1881-2 [C. 3312-1], H.C. (1882), xxiii.
1882-3 [C. 3706-1], H.C. (1883), xxv.
1883-4 [C. 4091-1], H.C. (1884), xxiv.
1884-5 [C. 4483-1], H.C. (1884-5), xxiii.
1885-6 [C. 4849-1], H.C. (1886), xxiv.
1886-7 [C. 5123-1], H.C. (1887), xxviii.
1887-8 [C. 5467-1], H.C. (1888), xxxviii.
1888-9 [C. 5804-1], H.C. (1889), xxix.
1889-90 [C. 6079-1], H.C. (1890), xxviii.
1890-1 [C. 6438-1], H.C. (1890-1), xxvii.
1891-2 [C. 6746-1], H.C. (1892), xxviii.
1892-3 [C. 7089-1], H.C. (1893-4), xxvi.
1893-4 [C. 7437-1], H.C. (1894), xxix.
1894-5 [C. 7776-1], H.C. (1895), xxvii.
Schools in receipt of Parliamentary Grants:
1895-6 [C. 8179], H.C. (1896), lxv.
1896-7 [C. 8546], H.C. (1897), lxix.
1897-8 [C. 8989], H.C. (1898), lxix.
1898-9 [C. 9454], H.C. (1899), lxxiv.
1899-1900 [Cd. 332], H.C. (1900), lxiv.
1900-1 [Cd. 703], H.C. (1901), lv.
List of Schools under the Administration of the Board:
1900-1 [Cd. 1277], H.C. (1902), lxxix.
1901-2 [Cd. 1490], H.C. (1903), li.
1902-3 [Cd. 2011], H.C. (1904), lxxv.
List of Public Elementary Schools:
1905 [Cd. 3182], H.C. (1906), lxxxvi.
1906 [Cd. 3510], H.C. (1907), lxiii.
1907 [Cd. 3901], H.C. (1908), lxxxiv.
The Board of Education: List 21 (H.M.S.O.) was
published in 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913,
1914, 1919, 1922, 1927, 1932, 1934, 1936, and 1938.
2. Digest of Returns to the Select Committee on
the Education of Poor, vol. ii, H.C. 224 (1819), ix
3. Education Enquiry Abstract, vol. iii, H.C. 62
(1835), xliii (relating to 1833).
4. Twenty-Eighth Report of the Commissioners for . . .
Charities, H.C. 606 (1834), xxii.
5. Twenty-Ninth Report of the Commissioners for . . .
Charities, H.C. 216 (1835), xxi (2).
6. Reports from Assistant Hand-Loom Weavers'
Commissioners, part IV , H.C. (1840), xxiv.
7. Minutes of the Committee of Council on Education
(Schools of Parochial Unions):
1848-50 , H.C. (1850), xliii.
1850-2 , H.C. (1852), xxxix.
1852-3 , H.C. (1852-3), lxxix.
1853-4 , H.C. (1854), li.
8. Return relating to Elementary Education (Civil
Parishes), H.C. 201 (1871), lv.
9. Return of Public Elementary Schools:
[C. 7529], H.C. (1894), lxv.
10. Voluntary Schools Returns, H.C. 178-XXX
11. Ed. 7/125, /126, /127 - preliminary statements
for Coventry schools, arranged under the school
numbers used in Board of Education lists.
12. Information, lists, and files provided by the City
of Coventry Education Committee.
13. Council Minutes: Corporation MSS.
14. National Society for promoting the Education
of the Poor in the Principles of the Established
Church, Annual Reports, 1813-32, 1841-58, 1869;
Annual Reports in Archdeaconry of Cov. 1832-3,
15. National Society, school files.
16. National Society, Church Schools Enquiry, 1846-
17. British and Foreign Schools Society, Reports,
1815-22, 1830-3, 1838-52, 1864-75.
18. Jubilee. Booklet of Coventry Ragged Schools,
Coventry City Archives.
19. City of Coventry, Primary and Secondary
Education Development Plan (1953).
20. City of Coventry Education Committee, Secondary Education in Coventry, 1957.
21. City of Coventry Education Committee, Official
Opening of the Woodlands Comprehensive Secondary
School for Boys (1955).
22. City of Coventry Education Committee, Official
Opening of Lyng Hall Comprehensive Secondary
School for Girls (1956).
23. City of Coventry Education Committee, Official
Opening of Foxford Comprehensive Secondary School
24. Pigot & Co.'s National Commercial Directory
25. Robson's ... Birmingham Directory, with Coventry, Dudley, etc. (1839).
26. Pigot & Co.'s National Commercial Directory
27. Lascelles & Co. Directory and Gazetteer of
Coventry etc. (1850).
28. F. White, Directory of Warwickshire (1850).
29. Slater's Royal National and Commercial Directory (1850), (1851).
30. Kelly's Directory of Birmingham with Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire (1854).
31. Kelly's Directory of Warwickshire (1860).
32. Slater's Royal National Commercial Directory
33. Morris & Co. Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Warwickshire (1866).
34. Kelly's Directory of Warwickshire (1868).
35. Kelly's Directory of Warwickshire (1872).
36. F. White, History and Directory of Warwickshire
37. J. Mills, Coventry Directory (1886).
38. Kelly's Directory of Warwickshire (1900), (1936).
39. City of Coventry, Municipal Handbook (1908-9),
40. B. Poole, History and Antiquities of Coventry.
41. V.C.H. Warws. ii.
42. O.S. Maps 1/2,500, Warws. XVII, XXI, and
XXII (1889 and subsequent edns.).