Ancestry has added School registers, which give an amazing amount of family information.
London, England, School Admissions and Discharges, 1840-1911
This is a collection of School Admission and Discharges for schools in London. This collection contains more than a million students from 843 different schools. In 1833, Parliament started to provide money for the construction of schools for poor children, although it was still largely a private affair. Mandatory schooling was a local decision until 1870, when children were required to attend from age 5 to 10. By 1918, education was required up to the age of 14.
These records are lists of children who were admitted to and discharged from schools. When education was required, children could be discharged from their schooling if they were needed to work to help support the family. The records vary by school and some are more detailed than others. The records include:
- Admission Date Name Parents’ names Parents’ occupation Address Birth date Age
I could find no CUMPSTON entries but there is one for Laura COMPSTON aged 5 born 16 Nov 1871 admitted in 1877 to St John The Evangelist School, Camden London. Her father’s name was John. The home address is given as 13 Fisher Street. Reference LCC/EO/DIV03/STJOH2/AD/002. I could find no other information about her, including from census records so I wonder who she was. Does anyone recognise this family?