Bromley Common and its Schools

Home Victorian school Post Victorian school Short history Appendices School Map

horizontal rule

Rules 1857
Pupils remember
The Accounts
Other schools
Mission school
School Board
Education Committee
Rules 1909
Copy books

The beginning of
Bromley Education Committee

Following the 1902 Education Act, the Bromley School Board was replaced by the Bromley Education Committee. They held their first meeting in April 1904 and, within a short time, were making major changes to the provision of education in Bromley.1

This page looks mainly at the introduction of secondary education in Bromley but a look at the rules the Committee drew up in 1909 gives a good idea of their influence on their elementary schools.

The Bromley School Board had already opened a Female Pupil Teacher Centre in 1897 at Raglan Road which ran classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.30 to 8.30 and on Saturdays from 9 to 12 noon.  Pupil teachers attending such classes were allowed two half-day holidays per week.  When it was proposed, the managers of Bromley Common National School said, “Our PTs would probably attend if the fee was not excessive.” Male pupil teachers could attend the Beckenham Pupil Teacher Centre. 

In 1905, the headmistress of the Female Pupil Teacher Centre reported to the new Bromley Education Committee that there were “62 students attending the P T Centre and two more were starting shortly, and that she only had two assistants and also that one class of 32 students, whose ages were 14-18, were in three stages of knowledge, and she asked for…” an assistant.  She also wanted to employ a drawing mistress “for special work on Saturday mornings, as pupil teachers were now being taught to illustrate their lessons with drawings on the blackboard of chemical and physical apparatus, and to correlate their history and literature lessons.”  Her requests were granted but soon the centre became part of a new Bromley County School.

Bromley County School for Girls opened as Bromley's first secondary school in Widmore House2  later in 1905 and took over the role of educating potential female entrants to the teaching profession.

Pupils wishing to go to the new school had to either pay tuition fees of £8. 8s (£8.40) a year or pass a test to get a County Junior Scholarship “covering the cost of tuition at public secondary schools, together with travelling expenses and an allowance for books.”  The scholarships were “offered every year to pupils of 11-12 years of age attending Elementary Day Schools.” 

At the age of 14-15 they could get “County Scholarships For Intending Pupil Teachers (which gave them) free tuition at a Secondary School, with travelling expenses, books, and small maintenance allowance.”  After two years as intending pupil teachers, they could take another examination and, if successful, become a pupil teacher.

For more about scholarships and secondary education in 1906, follow this  link to Bromley's plans to encourage young people to continue their education after elementary school.

In 1909, the County School for Girls was moved to Nightingale Lane and Widmore House was demolished to make way for a new town Hall.  The Bromley County School for Boys opened in Hayes Lane in 1911.  It is now the Ravensbourne School.


1    The Bromley Education Authority at that time was much smaller than it is now. The Bromley Schools in 1905 were:

The Valley Schools (Boys, girls and infants.)

The Raglan Road Schools (Boys, girls, juniors, infants and a special school. There were also the Manual Instruction and Cooking Centres)

Aylesbury Road Boys School

The Wharton Road Schools (Boys, girls and infants. There was also a cooking centre.)

The Parish Schools (Boys, girls and infants.)

The Masons Hill Schools (Girls and infants.)

The Plaistow (St Mary’s) Schools (Boys and infants.)

The Bickley and Widmore Schools (Mixed and infants.)

The Bromley Common Schools (Mixed and infants.)

The Addison Road Schools (Girls and infants.)

2    Until 1904, Widmore House had been the home of the Tweedy family who gave their name to the adjoining Tweedy Road.

Continuing Education