Rusper: Education

A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 6 Part 3, Bramber Rape (North-Eastern Part) Including Crawley New Town. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1987.

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'Rusper: Education', in A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 6 Part 3, Bramber Rape (North-Eastern Part) Including Crawley New Town, (London, 1987) pp. 119. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/sussex/vol6/pt3/p119a [accessed 12 April 2024]

EDUCATION.

Two small schools taught by a master and a dame were recorded in the parish in 1762. (fn. 1) A parish school was built in the village by subscription in 1814-15. (fn. 2) It was presumably the same as the National school which existed by 1818 and which c. 1840 stood south of the Star inn. In 1818 fifty-nine boys and 34 girls attended. (fn. 3) By 1833 the number of pupils had fallen to 54. (fn. 4) In 1846-7 eleven boys and 29 girls attended on weekdays besides another 6 of each on Sundays only; there were then a paid mistress and two paid monitors. (fn. 5) Attendance averaged 40 in 1855 (fn. 6) and 1867 and was 42 on the return day in 1871. In 1867 the school was said to be supported by the rector and one large landowner, presumably H. F. Broadwood of Lyne House in Newdigate (Surr.); at the same date there was also a rival dame school in the parish, attended by c. 12 children said to be mostly of a 'superior' class, who paid 6d. each a week. (fn. 7)

A new National school was built in 1872 on a site given by H. F. Broadwood, who also undertook to make up any deficiency in the income from fees. An annual grant was being received in the same year. (fn. 8) A school board was formed voluntarily for the parish in 1874. (fn. 9) Average attendance at the school had risen by 1893 to 77 and by 1903-4 to 93. (fn. 10) From a peak of 104 in 1922 it fell later to 57 in 1938. (fn. 11) In 1981 the school, as Rusper county primary school, had 43 pupils on the roll; most older children then went to school in Horsham. (fn. 12)

Footnotes

  • 1. W.S.R.O., Ep. I/22/1 (1762).
  • 2. Ibid. Par. 163/25/3, 7.
  • 3. Educ. of Poor Digest, 967; W.S.R.O., TD/W 104; cf. ibid. Par. 163/1/2/1, p. 23.
  • 4. Educ. Enq. Abstract, 979.
  • 5. Nat. Soc. Inquiry, 1846-7, Suss. 12-13.
  • 6. W.S.R.O., Ep. I/47/4.
  • 7. Rep. Com. on Children and Women in Agric. 79; Returns relating to Elem. Educ. H.C. 201, pp. 396-7 (1871), lv.
  • 8. W.S.R.O., E 163/5/1; P.R.O., ED 7/123.
  • 9. List of Sch. Boards, 1881 [C. 2873], p. 138, H.C. (1881), lxxii.
  • 10. Return of Schs. 1893 [C. 7529], p. 610, H.C. (1894), lxv; Public Elem. Schs. 1906 [Cd. 3182], p. 640, H.C. (1906), lxxxvi.
  • 11. Bd. of Educ., List 21, 1922 (H.M.S.O.), 342; 1938, 403.
  • 12. Inf. from the headmistress, Miss A. Crook.