Record

CodeNA7805
Dates1873-1919
Person NameBelhelvie School Board; 1873-1919; Aberdeenshire
EpithetAberdeenshire
ActivityBelhelvie School Board covered the area of Belhelvie civil parish in northern Aberdeenshire, on the coast. When the School Board was set up there were 386 children of school age in the parish, and seven schools: Moss-nook of Ironrives School; Menie School; Whitecairns School (to be called Craigie School); the parish school (to be called Balmedie School); Belhelvie Free Church School; Shiel's School; and Potterton School (to be called Wester Hatton School). The Board immediately decided to found three more at Wester Hatton, Craigie and Menie, and decided that Ironrives School, run by the Kirk Session and belonging to Captain Hunter of Darranhill, was not worth taking over. The Education (Scotland) Act 1872 (35 & 36 Vict., c.62) created school boards in Scotland with a statutory duty to provide education for all children between the ages of 5 and 13. The boards had an elected membership made up of owners and occupiers of property of the value of £4 or over. They were responsible for the building and maintenance of schools, staffing and attendance of pupils. They were overseen by the Scotch Board of Education. The Education (Scotland) Act 1901 (64 Vict. and 1 Edw. VII, c.9) raised the school leaving age to 14. School boards were abolished by the Education (Scotland) Act 1918 (8 & 9 Geo. V, c.48) and replaced by education authorities and school management committees.
Corporate NameBelhelvie School Board
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