THE BOY’S SCHOOL
1877; New Board School in Dawlish Stockton Hill
opened by Sir John Kennaway. Built with limestone from Ipplepen, with
Chudleigh coigns and dressing and Doulton stone, Accommodation for 200
pupils, cost with site stated as £2692.
1880; Elementary Education Act made school attendance compulsory for
children age five to ten years.
The Boy’s School Log book had some interesting facts, pupils 158, in
March they received
some reading books for the boys. Attendance was very
irregular as potato planting was going on. They had a good inspection
report, the Head being John Carter Chinneck with Charles Pyne, assistant
head teacher, and two other masters.
“In August 13 boys have leave from school to go harvesting and they all
have a half day for the Regatta. “Dec 17th, my assistant teacher Mr Pyne
was absent from school on Monday last. He asked me to excuse him on that
day as he was married on the previous day, which I accordingly did.”
A hundred years ago, corporal punishment was normal. Stanley Shorland
writing about his school days in about 1911 recalled “It was rare to see
a master walking among his class without a cane in his hand or tucked
under his arm. It seemed that any minor infringement in behaviour or
carelessness in work was enough to start him laying about him
indiscriminately”. One teacher had three canes which he named
‘Benjamin’, ‘David’, and ‘Goliath’, in ascending order of size,
selecting the cane best suited to the offence.
In 1937, when the new secondary school was built, the Boy’s School
became the mixed Junior School and the building in Old Town St became
the Infants School.