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Oxford schools in late Victorian/Edwardian times


Parochial or Church Schools (supported by the National Society)

Parish

Name of  school

Details

Log books in
Oxfordshire
Record Office
      

 

Notes

Holy Trinity


Holy Trinity
Boys’ School

In 1871 this school took over and rebuilt the premises of the former St Ebbe’s Boys’ School in Friars Street

1872–1910 (9)

 

Holy Trinity Girls’ & Infants School

In 1846 this school took over from St Ebbe’s a school in Blackfriars Road; moved to new school in Friars Street in 1871

None

 

Holywell

Holywell
Mixed School

 

1872–1910 (9)
1910–1938 (4)

 

New Hinksey

New Hinksey
Boys’ School

Started in Church of St John in 1870, moved to nearby classrooms in 1872, and a new building in 1891

1871–1892 (10)
1892–1945 (10)

 

Merged
in 1926

New Hinksey
Girls’ School

Started in Church of St John in 1870, moved to nearby classrooms in 1872

1889–1904 (6)
1904–1934 (9)

New Hinksey
Infants’ School

Built in School Place in 1887

1881–1911 (9)
1911–1931 (6)

St Aldate

St Aldate’s
Infants’ School

Opened in 1866. Infants transferred to St Matthew’s School in 1894

1875–1895 (9)

 

South Oxford Council Infants’ School

Built in 1910 on site of former industrial school

1910–1918 (2)

 

St Barnabas

St Barnabas
Boys’ School

This school built in in Great Clarendon Street in 1857 was formerly in St Paul’s parish, but came under the new parish in 1869

None

 

St Barnabas Girls’
& Infants’ School

Built in Cardigan Street in 1857

None

 

St Clement

St Clement’s
Boys’ School

New school built in Cross Street in 1903

1863–1900 (10)

Formerly in
converted
Baptist Chapel
in Cave [George] Street

St Clement’s
Girls’ School

New school built in Boulter Street in 1891

1863–1906 (10)
1907–1929 (6)

St Clement’s
Infants’ School

New school built in Bath Street in 1874

1908–1956 (10)

St Cross

St Cross School

Built in 1850

None

 

St Cross Infants’ School

Built to the east of the main school in 1857

None

 

St Ebbe

St Ebbe’s
Girls’ School

Built in Paradise Square in 1856. Boys attended Holy Trinity School

1875–1910

 

St Frideswide

St Frideswide’s
Boys’ School

Opened in South Street, Osney in 1872;
moved to Binsey Lane in 1904

1872–1900 (9)
1900–1914 (9)
1914–1930 (9)

 

St Frideswide’s
Girls’ School

Opened in the former Boys’ School in South Street in 1904

1871–1895 (9)
1895–1936 (10)

 

St Giles

Felstead House
Practising School

 

1876–1895 (6)
1895–1914 (6),
1914–1936 (10)

 

St Giles’
Boys’ School

 

1863–1884 (9)

 

St Giles’
Girls’ School

 

1863–1884 (9)

 

St Giles’
Infants’ School

 

1869–1897 (9)
1897–1920 (6)

 

St Mary 
Magdalen

St Mary Magdalen
Boys' School

Gloucester Green, near Worcester Street

   

St Mary Magdalen
Girls’ School

Behind New Theatre in George Street

1873–1888 (9)
1888–1896 (6)
1896–1904 (6)

 

St Mary Magdalen
Girls’ and Infants’ School

 

1904–1914 (6)
1914–1926 (6)

 

St Mary Magdalen
Infants’ School

 

1873–1896 (10)
1896–1901 (6)

 

St Paul’s

St Paul’s
Boys’ School

 

1882–1899 (5)
1899–1918 (4)

 

St Peter-
in-the East

St Peter’s
in the East School

 

1863–1898 (9)
1899–1909 (3)

 

St Philip 
& St James  

Holy Trinity Convent School (St Denys’s)

 

1872–1910 (10)
1910–1940 (6)

 

St Philip & St James
Boys’ School

 

1883–1905 (6)
1905–1918 (3)

 

St Thomas

St Thomas’s
Boys’ School

 

1864–1902 (10)
1902–1927 (9)

 

St Thomas’s
Girls’ School

 

1871–1901 (10)
1902–1923 (6)

 

St Thomas’s
Infants’ School

 

1898–1927 (2)

 
Board Schools (LEA after 1903)

Parish

Name of school

Details

Log books in
Oxfordshire
Record Office

St Mary
Magdalen

Central Boys' School

Opened in 1900, closed in 1934

 

St Peter-
le-Bailey

Central Girls’ School

New Inn Hall Street from 1900

1900–1921 (6)

Cowley
St John   

East Oxford British School

Opened in Union Street in 1882

None

Nonconformist Schools

Parish

Name of school

Details

Log books in
Oxfordshire
Record Office

St Mary
Magdalen

British School for Girls

Baptist school to the north of George Street

None

Congregational School

Behind the Congregational Chapel, which stood
on the site of Threeways House. Operated 1832 to 1900

 

St Peter-
le-Bailey

Wesleyan Girls' School
(see under Central Girls' School)

Met in former Wesleyan Chapel
in New Inn Hall Street from 1797

1874–1900 (9)

Wesleyan Boys’ School

Met in building at rear of chapel in
New Inn Hall Street from 1820

1863–1888 (10)
1888–1928 (9)

Roman Catholic Schools

Parish

Name of school

Details

Log books in
Oxfordshire
Record Office

St Clements

St Ignatius’s School
(later St Aloysius School)

Next door to the Port Mahon
1869–1968: for girls and infants only
after opening of following school

None

St Giles

St Aloysius School for Boys

Next to St Aloysius Church.
Opened in 1892

None

Schools in villages now taken into Oxford

Village/Parish

Name of school

Details

Log books in
Oxfordshire
Record Office

Cowley:
St James

Cowley St James
National School
(Infants and Juniors)

Built in 1834

1863–1869 (9)

Cowley:
St John

Cowley St John
Infants’ School

 

1873–1910 (9)
1910–1936 (6)

Cowley St John
Intermediate School

 

1881–1898 (5)

Cowley:
Temple Cowley

Temple Cowley
Boys’ School

 

1908–1949 (9)

Temple Cowley
Infants’ School

 

1903–1935 (9)

Headington:
St Andrew’s

        

Headington National School

 

Kept at
St Andrew’s
Primary School

Old Headington
Infant School

Opened in 1840. Church School

Headington:
Highfield

New Headington Infant School

Opened in 1973 in Church Street, New Headington (now Perrin Street), which was part of St Andrew’s parish until 1910

Headington:
Holy Trinity

Headington Quarry
National School

Opened in 1864

 

Headington
Council School

Headington’s first council school, opened in Margaret Road in 1908

 

Summertown

Summertown
Mixed School

 

1863–1874 (9)
1874–1903 (10)
1904–1925 (6)

Choir Schools

Name of school

Details

Christ Church Cathedral School

Founded in 1546

Magdalen College School

Founded in 1480

New College School

Founded c.1380

Other Schools

Bluecoat School for Boys

 

Bluecoat School for Girls

 

Greycoat School

 

Nixon’s School

Situated in the Town Hall Yard. Founded in 1658, closed 1894. For the sons of Oxford freemen

Oxford High School for Girls

Opened in 1875 in the Judge’s Lodgings, 16 St Giles; moved to 38 St Giles in 1878; and to 21 Banbury Road in 1880

Salman’s Charity School

 

See under “Education” section of the City of Oxford volume of the Victoria County History

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 18 October, 2018

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