Webpage created: February 14, 2016
Webpage updated: December 21, 2018
MONTPELIER BOARD SCHOOL
It was announced in the Western Morning News on Friday June 7th 1901 that: 'A portion of the new Devonport Board School at Montpelier will be opened for infants on the 17th inst'.
At the end of that week it was reported that 173 children had enrolled on the first day but no arrangements had been made for an official opening ceremony.
It is recorded in the School's first Board of Education inspection report on February 19th 1902 that the children were rather unruly. It says they 'were not well behaved' and describes then as 'rather backward scholars'. Discipline had improved by the second inspection report on February 9th 1903, when the Inspectors reported: 'The Master and his staff by their energy and conscientious labour have effected much.'
Mr W D Davidson was appointed the first headmaster and he remained at the
School for thirty years until his retirement in 1931.