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Centenary Booklet
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Part One

A brief history of All Saints' C.E. Primary School

The growth of All Saints School reflects the gradual change which has occurred in the Marple during the past two hundred years. Beginning as a “makeshift” schoolroom in a farm building, the school has grown, been unproved, increased its numbers before losing pupils as new schools were built, until we reach the present, relatively stable position.

A short history of the school is given below and this outlines some of the major developments which have served to create the community which is All Saints’ School.

The first All Saints’ National School was established in Marple in 1831 in the upper room of the barn at Chapel House Farm on Suttons Lane. The Managers of the School were subscribers who subscribed not less than 10/- per year, plus the clergy.

In 1831 Mr. Pemberton was appointed Master and Mrs. Pemberton as Mistress at a salary together of £70 per annum, received quarterly. During its first year the school needed a variety of “essential” items to ensure the smooth running of the education provided. The Rev. Robert Littler bought a quill dresser, pencutter, sealing wax maker and quills [6/11d. per 1,200]. Other equipment which was obtained included: I piece Galloon, Medals, l6yds. of white ribbon and needles.

In 1832, Josiah Embill was appointed Master and Mrs. Embill as Mistress. The salary was fixed at £25 per annum plus the fees paid by the scholars which ranged from id to 3d per week [inclusive of stationery but not slates]. The appointment of the schoolmaster was to be by a majority of the communicating members of the Church of England. He could be discharged at any time the trustees thought fit, without any reason being given. The School was transferred to a building built on land conveyed to the Managers by Richard Arkwright. The new school stood at the corner of Church Lane and Brickbridge Road on the land which is now the infant playground. Richard Arkwright granted the land on condition that there should be a Sunday School as well as a Day School. Set in the wall of the infant playground is a stone plaque which used to adorn the building. The wording reads:

Was erected by
Public Subscription
The Land Given By
Richd. Arkwright Esqr
A.D. 1837

The scholars were to go to All Saints’ Chapel each Sabbath, but no writing, arithmetic or secular subjects were to be taught on the Sabbath. The Master or Mistress was to be a person of genuine piety and good education, an accepted member of the Church of England and must receive communion at All Saints’. Part of the duties of the Master and Mistress was to instruct the children on Sundays without pay.