A History of Leicestershire Schools: A-Z

 

 

Billesdon school

The old school at Billesdon, in use from 1650 until 1876, and as a temporary school for a short period from 1959

These pages contain key information about the schools that existed in individual Leicestershire villages between 1818 and 1851. This is an ongoing research project, and details from more villages will be added as work  progresses. In time, the information contained in here will be expanded, and the entries will form the basis of parish histories which will be published in the Victoria County History of Leicestershire. You can search for a village by name (click on the relevant letter in the red alphabet strip below), or through our interactive map.

 

We also have a series of three research guides for those who want to trace the history of the schools in their own town or village.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M

 

N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

 

A

Ab Kettleby

Allexton

Anstey – to come as part of Leicestershire VCH Charnwood Roots project

Arnesby

Asfordby

Ashby de la Zouch

Ashby Folville

Ashby Magna

Ashby Parva

Aston Flamville

Aylestone (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

B

Bagworth (read more about schools in Bagworth from 1600-1981)

Bardon

Barkby

Barkestone

Barlestone (read more about schools in Barlestone from 1870-1901)

Barrow upon Soar – to come as part of Leicestershire VCH Charnwood Roots project

Barsby

Barton in the Beans

Barwell

Beeby

Belgrave (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Belton

Billesdon (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Bilstone

Birstall

Bitteswell

Blaby

Blackfordby

Blaston (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Bottesford

Branston

Braunstone (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Breedon on the Hill

Bringhurst (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Broughton Astley

Bruntingthorpe

Buckminster

Burrough on the Hill (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Burton Lazars

Burton Overy (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Bushby (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

C

Cadeby

Carlton (near Market Bosworth)

Carlton Curlieu (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Castle Donington

Catthorpe

Church Langton (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Claybrooke Magna and  Parva

Coalville – to come as part of Leicestershire VCH Charnwood Roots project

Cold Overton

Coleorton

Congerstone

Cosby

Cossington

Coston

Cotesbach

Countesthorpe (read more about the history of Countesthorpe schools in the 20th century)

Cranoe (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Croft

Cropston – to come as part of Leicestershire VCH Charnwood Roots project

Croxton Kerrial

D

Dadlington

Dalby on the Wolds

Desford (read more about schools in Desford before 1870 and the evening  continuation school)

Diseworth

Dishley

Donington le Heath

Drayton (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Dunton Bassett

E

Earl Shilton

East Langton (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

East Norton

Eastwell

Eaton

Edmondthorpe

Enderby

Evington (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

F

Fenny Drayton

Fleckney (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Foxton (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Freeby

Frisby (by Galby) (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Frisby on the Wreake

Frowlesworth

G

Gaddesby

Galby (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Garthorpe

Gilmorton

Glenfield

Glen Parva

Glooston (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Goadby

Grace Dieu

Great Bowden (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Great Dalby

Great Easton (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Great Glen (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Grimston

Groby

Gumley (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

H

Hallaton (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Harby

Harston

Hathern – to come as part of Leicestershire VCH Charnwood Roots project

Heather

Higham on the Hill

Hinckley

Hoby

Holwell

Horninghold (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Hose

Houghton on the Hill (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Hugglescote (read more about Hugglescote schools in the 20th century)

Humberstone (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Huncote

Hungerton

Husbands Bosworth (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

 

I

Ibstock

Illston on the Hill (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Isley Walton

J

 

K

Kegworth

Keyham

Kibworth Beauchamp (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Kibworth Harcourt (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Kilby (read more about Kilby’s school between 1902 and 1956)

Kimcote

King’s Norton (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Kirby Bellars

Kirby Muxloe

Kirkby Mallory

Knaptoft

Knighton (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Knipton

Knossington (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

 

L

Laughton (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

LEICESTER (see the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Leire

Little Dalby

Little Stretton (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Littlethorpe

Lockington

Loddington

Long Clawson

Long Whatton

Loughborough – to come as part of Leicestershire VCH Charnwood Roots project

Lowesby

Lubenham (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Lutterworth

 

M

Market Bosworth

Market Harborough (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Markfield

Medbourne (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Melton Mowbray

Misterton

Mountsorrel – to come as part of Leicestershire VCH Charnwood Roots project

Mowsley (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Muston

N

Nailstone

Narborough

Nether Broughton

Newbold Verdon (read more about the schools in Newbold Verdon, 1700-2013)

Newton Harcourt (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Newtown Linford – to come as part of Leicestershire VCH Charnwood Roots project

Normanton le Heath

North Kilworth

Norton juxta Twycross

O

Oadby  (read more about the history of Oadby’s Schools, 1700-2013)

Old Dalby – see Dalby on the Wolds

Orton on the Hill

Osgathorpe

Owston (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

 

P

Packington

Peatling Magna

Peatling Parva

Peckleton

Pickwell (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Plungar

Prestwold

Q

Queniborough

Quorn – to come as part of Leicestershire VCH Charnwood Roots project

R

Ratby – to come as part of Leicestershire VCH Charnwood Roots project

Ratcliffe Culey

Ratcliffe on the Wreake

Rearsby

Redmile

Rotherby

Rothley – to come as part of Leicestershire VCH Charnwood Roots project

S

Saddington (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Saltby

Sapcote

Saxby

Saxelby

Scalford

Scraptoft (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Seagrave

Sewstern

Shackerstone

Shangton (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Sharnford

Shawell

Shearsby

Sheepy Magna

Sheepy Parva

Shenton

Shepshed – to come as part of Leicestershire VCH Charnwood Roots project

Sibson

Sileby

Skeffington

Slawston (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Smeeton Westerby (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Snarestone

Somerby

South Croxton

South Kilworth

South Wigston

Sproxton

Stanton under Bardon – to come as part of Leicestershire VCH Charnwood Roots project

Stapleford

Stapleton

Stathern

Staunton Harold

Stockerston (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Stoke Golding

Stonesby

Stoney Stanton (read more about the history of Stoney Stanton’s schools)

Stonton Wyville (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Stoughton (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Sutton Cheney

Swannington

Swepstone

Swinford

Swithland – to come as part of Leicestershire VCH Charnwood Roots project

Syston

T

Theddingworth (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Thornton

Thorpe Langton (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Thorpe Satchville

Thringstone

Thrussington

Thorpe Acre

Thorpe Arnold

Thurcaston

Thurlaston

Thurmaston

Thurnby (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Tugby

Tur Langton (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Twycross

Twyford

 

U

Ullesthorpe

V

 

W

Waltham on the Wolds

Walton on the Wolds

Wanlip

Welham

West Langton (entry from the Victoria County History of Leicestershire)

Whetstone (read more about Whetstone’s schools in the 20th century)

Whitwick – to come as part of Leicestershire VCH Charnwood Roots project

Wibtoft

Willoughby Waterleys

Wigston Magna

Wigston Parva

Witherley

Wistow

Woodhouse – to come as part of Leicestershire VCH Charnwood Roots project

Woodhouse Eaves – to come as part of Leicestershire VCH Charnwood Roots project

Worthington

Wyfordby with Brentingby

Wymeswold

Wymondham

X

 

Y

 

Z

Sources

From 1860 most villages will have a range of source material available at the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, The National Archives, possibly at The Church of England Records Centre and perhaps also at the school itself (or a successor school). Before 1860, we are mostly reliant on a series of national surveys for information, and the main surveys those used for this website are listed below. Our three research guides provide more information about researching the history of a Leicestershire school before 1833, between 1833 and 1902 and since 1902.

  • Education of the Poor Digest, Parl. Papers 1819 (224)
  • Education Enquiry, Parl. Papers 1835 (62)
  • National Society …, Result of the returns to the General Inquiry made by the National Society, into  the state and progress of schools for the education of the poor … during the years 1846-7 (London, 1849).
  • The National Archives, HO 129, 1851 Ecclesiastical census.