The 1870 Education Act said that a school board had to be elected in any town where there were not enough schools for all the children. The boards would build and maintain any extra schools that were needed; paid for by an increase in local taxes. Many people in Bromley opposed the threat of a school board. They produced
dishonest statistics to show that there was no shortage of school places and argued that board schools would cost more than church schools.
More important for many people was the fear that the churches would lose control of education. In the 1870s, all Bromley’s schools, except the private ones, were run by churches like Holy Trinity.
If there had to be a school board, it would be elected by all ratepayers, not just
parishioners of the local churches.
It was the
threat of a school board that was used to raise
money for the new church school in Addison Road in the early 1880s.
Despite their efforts to avoid it, the people of Bromley finally had to
elect a school board in 1888.