Education history

Sources of information you can use to trace the history of a school.

Books and printed material

Books at Oldham Local Studies and Archives include:

  • Educational Developments in Oldham by Kathryn Bailey, 1963 [ref P]
  • History of Education in Oldham by Percy Lord [ref P]
  • Schools in South East Lancashire in the 19th Century by Stephen Lister, 1986 [ref P:E]
  • Centenary of Education: Oldham 1870-1970

Printed material at Oldham Local Studies and Archives includes:

  • Histories of schools
  • Newspaper cuttings
  • Photographs of school buildings and classes
  • Programmes of official openings
  • Prospectuses
  • School magazines

Archive sources

Archive information at Oldham Local Studies and Archives includes:

  • Oldham County Borough Education Committee records (ref CBO/12)
  • Oldham School Board records (ref SBO)
  • Chadderton School Board records (ref SBCH)
  • Urban District of Chadderton: Education Committee Minutes (ref UDCH/3)
  • Royton School Board records (ref SBR)
The codes in brackets are classifications to help find the item on the open shelves or when you request an item from a member of staff. 

School records

The reference number helps with finding the item on the open shelves or when you request an item from a member of staff. 

Local Studies and Archives does not hold any pupil exam results or certificates. For copies of exam certificates, contact the school directly in case they still hold the originals (Find a school). Or you can Get a replacement exam certificate (opens in a new window).

School Dates Reference
Bardsley Church of England School 1901 - 1960 S36
Beever Street Country Primary School 1944 - 1961 S51
Beever County Special School, Deaf Mute Class 1890 - 1969 S62
Bourne Street Council School, Chadderton 1870 - 1910 S4
Busk Council School, Chaderton 1901 - 1926 S5
Castlefield Residential Centre 1955 - 1978 S50
Central Council School, Royton 1900 - 1919 S18
Chadderton Grammar School 1930 - 1973 S55
Christ Church Church of England School, Chadderton 1903 - 1938 S7
Christ Church National School, Glodwick 1854 - 1919 S40
Clarksfield School 1908 - 1966 S26
Coldhurst Church of England School 1855 - 1960 S27
Counthill School Oldham 1887 - 1965 S2
Cowhill Council School, Chadderton 1894 - 1905 S6
Deaf Mute Class, Beever County Special School 1890 - 1969 S62
Denshaw Church of England School 1909 - 1973 S47
Denton Lane Council School, Chadderton 1897 - 1939 S8
Drury Lane Council School, Chadderton 1894 - 1954 S9
East Crompton National School 1878 S46
Eaves Lane Council School, Chadderton 1921 - 1970 S10
Eustace Street Council School 1894 - 1919 S52
Greenacres Moor National School c.1847 S42
Greenfield Lane County Primary School 1874 - 1982 S48
Ground and Kaskenmoor Craft Centre 1965 - 1971 S54
Hathershaw County Primary School 1887 - 1983 S28
Henshaw’s Blue Coat School 1811 - 2008 S64
Higginshaw County Primary School 1937 - 1983 S39
High Crompton National School 1846 S41
Hollins Council Infants School 1925 - 1940 S60
Hollinwood National School 1870 S45
Holy Trinity Church of England School, Failsworth 1882 - 1973 S22
Limeside Nursery School 1946 - 1982 S49
Middleton Junction County Primary School, Chadderton 1873 - 1968 S11
Mills Hill County School, Chadderton 1894 - 1922 S12
North Chadderton Senior Elemenary, Park Street, Chadderton 1924 S56
Northmoor County Primary School 1908 - 1969 S29
Oldham Road Evening School 1910 - 1963 S24
Oldham School for Partially Sighted Children 1899 - 1964 S25
Pupil Teacher Center, Chadderton School Board 1899 - 1906 S14
Roundthorn County Primary School 1902 - 1973 S53
St Anne’s Church of England Secondary Modern School, Royton 1898 - 1968 S20
St Domingo Street Wesleyan School 1893 - 1904 S30
St John’s Church of England School, Failsworth 1882 - 1981 S21
St John's School, Hey 1872 - 1952 S65
St Margaret’s Church of England School, Hollinwood c.1870 - 1972 S59
St Mark’s Board School, Chadderton 1896 - 1900 S58
St Mary’s Roman Catholic School 1858 - 1957 S31
St Paul’s Church of England School, Royton 1856 - 1984 S1
St Peter’s Church of England School 1876 - 1958 S32
St Stephen’s and All Martyrs National School, Lowermoor 1871 S43
St Thomas’ National School, Werneth 1872 S44
Scottfield County Primary School 1894 - 1983 S38
Shaw Church of England School 1859 - 1967 S37
Stanley Road Council School, Chadderton 1901 - 1954 S13
Strinesdale Open Air School 1916 - 1969 S61
Ward street School 1926-1935 S57
Village School, Royton 1897 - 1912 S16
Ward Street School 1926 - 1935 S57
Waterhead Church School, Oldham 1852 - 1966 S3
Waterhead County Primary School 1881 - 1967 S33
Waterloo Secondary Modern School 1906 - 1962 S34
Wellington Street Council School c.1880 - 1917 S25
Wesleyan School, Royton 1891 - 1909 S17
Westwood County Primary School, Chadderton 1946 - 1966 S15
Woodhouses County Primary School 1873 - 1967 S23
Zion British Schools, Lees 1856 - 1860 S19

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