Pembrokeshire Education Records

Scope and Content

Records of Pembrokeshire County Council, Education Department, 1833-1974, including letter books, 1918-1943; correspondence files, 1905-1960; minute books and attendance books of secondary school governors, 1843-1978; minute books of technical institutes, 1950-1969; Education Department group correspondence files, 1903-1910; files and registers of letters received, 1903-1924; letters concerning attendance at school, 1900-1977; general correspondence from the Director of Education, 1933-1940; records relating to staffing and teacher training, 1902-1952; records relating to wartime, 1914-1945; records relating to school medical officer, 1912-1972; records relating to school property, 1873-1945; records relating to school meals, 1958-1962; records relating to elementary and primary education, 1902-1973; records relating to intermediate and technical education, 1833-1965; records realting to other education, 1891-1974; records relating to Pembrokeshire Education Committee, 1912-1972; and miscellanea, 1889-1970.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Welsh Intermediate Education Act 1889 divided Britain into school districts, corresponding to boroughs in urban areas and in rural areas to civil parishes. School boards were established where existing schools were absent. Government funding for education, from local rates, had been started in 1870, supplemented in 1891 by school grants to reduce or remove school fees. School boards were abolished in 1902, and the power of providing elementary, secondary and technical education then fell on the county council as education authority. The borough of Pembroke, however became an education authority in its own right. The Local Education Authorities were responsible for all public elementary schools, and from 1906 they provided school meals. In 1907 they were obliged to make arrangements for the systematic medical inspection.


Arranged into the following: letter books; correspondence files; minute books and attendance books of secondary school governors; minute books of technical institutes; education department group correspondence files; files and registers of letters received; letters concerning attendence at school; general correspondence from the Director of Education; staffing and teacher training; wartime 1914-1945; school medical officer; school property; school meals; elementary and primary education; intermediate and technical education; other education; Pembrokeshire Education Committee; printed miscellanea; volumes of returns of Pembrokeshire schools under the 1902 Education Act; plans; circulars to schools; examination results from WJEC Summer 1983 (A' and O' level); miscellaneous general items transferred from individual schools.

Access Information

Restricted access. The records PCC/ED/22/ADDL are closed for 75 years after date of last file.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by T. Pierce, Pembrokeshire Education Authority and G. Evans of Pembrokeshire Education Authority, St Thomas's Green, Haverfordwest, between September 1983 and June 1992.


Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Education/Pembrokeshire County Council, catalogue.

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Pembrokeshire Record Office.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

A large number of the Education Department Correspondence Files was transferred, relating to every school in the county. A 10% sample only has been kept. All the files dealing with each chosen school were kept, as were all files relating to secondary schools.


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further records are Pembrokeshire Record Office, SCHOOLS file and Pembrokeshire Record Office, DYC/ED.

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