Education in Exeter

Postcards from Exeter – volume 8, is the eighth in the series of postcards books from Precious Moments, Exeter.

The eighth book in the Postcards from Exeter series records some of the schools, colleges and university buildings that have been, or still continue to be, places of learning.

Readers may notice that some schools are not included in this book of postcards. Sadly, a number of the city’s historic educational institutions are not currently represented in the author’s postcard collection. It is perhaps worth noting, that, as with any collection, my acquisition is something of a continued ‘work-in-progress’. Notable omissions are: Mount Radford and Comrie House schools (both of which were attended by famous comedian Tommy Cooper), Bradley Rowe, Vincent Thompson and Walter Daw schools (each of which were named after long serving city councillors), St Margaret’s (whose founder Bessie Jago relocated the premises in 1916 from Southernhay West to Magdalen Road), St. Wilfred’s (wherein pupils were originally taught by Anglican nuns), St. Sidwell’s (a school that started with a single classroom and teaher in 1665) and St. James (the original school that was subsequently destroyed in the Exeter blitz).

Most people know the old saying ‘Schooldays are the happiest years of your life.’ It is good to remember them with affection.

Christine Trigger – December 2011

One of the 40 inside pages featuring The Exeter Dioesan Training College, Heavitree Road, Exeter