Hampshire Record Office has many school collections: including material from Endowed, National, Church, Board, and Council schools, across the school age range. It is important to note that there is a 100 year closure period on certain records containing personal information.
The core records most commonly surviving are managers’ or governors’ minutes, admission registers and log books. These three sources may help you find out more about your ancestors’ school days, or a former school building. Not all types of record survive for every school, unfortunately.
Admissions registers survive in Hampshire mainly from around the 1860s-70s onwards. They may record pupils’ names, dates of birth, dates of admission and leaving, and names and addresses of parents. Many Hampshire school admission registers up to 1914 are now available to search and view online via Findmypast. This is a pay-per-view site, but free access is provided at Hampshire Record Office and local libraries.
Log books were introduced in 1862 to record attendance and exam results to gauge the payment of grants, and maintenance of a log book was made compulsory in all grant-aided schools. They provide often vivid pictures of everyday events at a school. Common types of entry cover factors affecting attendance, such as sickness and absenteeism, the weather and the harvest, and details of festivities. For those whose ancestors were more unruly, incidents and punishments are recorded.
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St Thomas’s Boys National School, Winchester
Page from log book for 1868
Hampshire Record Office, 176M87/LB1