Pupils at North Street School in Mr John Harper’s era

By Ben, Lily, Isabel, George, Harriet, Jessica

Our report is full of information about the pupils who attended North Street Board School when Mr John Harper was headteacher. He was the first Headteacher from 1894 to 1922 and was headteacher for 28 years including during World War One. He taught mixed boys and girls.

Classroom at North County Board School. cxxv005

Attendance medals used to be awarded to pupils when they hadn’t been off sick for the whole year. Charles Greenfield didn’t miss a single day of school for 9 years from 1905 to 1914. Robert Gomer’s medal is for full attendance in 1907. His brother, Royal Reginald Gomer, is on the roll of honour. You can look for his name here.

Note the boy, second row, third from left, wearing a medal. CXXV137
Note the boy, second row, third from left, wearing a medal. CXXV137

The medals look bronze, silver and gold but we’re not sure if there is a reason for this.

Girls of 1902 face the camera: John Harper decided to have boys and girls in the same class just after the picture was taken.

John Harper and Miss Smith (teacher)photographed with the girls of 1902. CXXV138

In the 1911 census, the  Laccohee family lived at number 2 Morten Road. Violet, Herbert and Frederick attended North Street School.  In 1911 Violet is 19 years old and works as a tailoress, Herbert is 15 years old and works as an apprentice carpenter and Frederick is 13 years old and is still at school.