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A history of Blackheath Bluecoat School


1700 ~ 2014
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Blackheath Bluecoat School has a large archive covering all periods of its history, which is housed in the School Information Centre under the supervision of the Librarian, Mrs Lynn Roulstone, and the school governor responsible for archives, Mr Mike Leader. The archive may be consulted by appointment (info@bluecoathistory.co.uk). The archive is listed on the National Archives database.


The archive is divided into four sections, one for each period of the school’s history and contains over 250 items which are listed in a database catalogue. A printout of the catalogue is available on request and upon the payment of a small charge to cover administration costs. A brief summary is noted below.




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Greenwich Blue Coat Girls’ School Archive


Account and Minute books covering the whole period when the school was a charity school:

Receipts and Expenses Book 1700-1745.

Expenses Book 1870-1873.

Order Book containing Minutes 1712-1739 and 1748-1758, Scheme of reorganisation 1748, Lists of girls 1749-1757, Sermon Account 1712-1717, Treasurer’s Account 1748-1755.

Order Book containing Minutes 1759-1789, Treasurer’s Account 1759-1792, Lists of girls 1759-1788, Memoranda 1790-1794.

Treasurer’s Account 1839-1904.

Accounts of the Ladies Managers Miss Jane Allen and Miss Vansittart 1794-1804, 1805-1815.

Accounts of the Ladies Managers Miss Jane Allen 1825-1833.

Accounts of the Ladies Managers (housekeeping) 1834 – 1850, 1850-1865, 1878-1891.

The Secretary’s Account 1878-1889, 1890-1904.

Ladies’ Committee Notes 1795-1856, 1898-1907, 1908-1912.

List of Subscribers 1835-1910.


Admission Register 1840-1900

Admissions Forms 1927-1942


There are a large number of letters, receipts and documents from the period 1863-1871, many of the them written by Sir George Airy, astronomer royal, who was a trustee and Admiral W.A.B. Hamilton, who was on the staff at Greenwich Hospital and treasurer to the school. There is also a copy of Airy’s “Statement on the History and Position of the Blue-coat Girls' School, Greenwich”, published in 1867.


Posters advertising annual sermons preached in local churches to raise money for the school (1863, 1865, 1867, 1868)


St John’s National Church of England Schools


Managers Minutes 1891-1899, 1904-1912.

Log Books 1901-1907, 1910-1913.

Admission Register (Girls) 1904 – 1939.

 (These archives overlap with Blackheath & Kidbrook)

Minute Book - The Committee for the Preservation of Religious Education Blackheath 1908-1913.

Further archives held at the London Metropolitan Archives




Blackheath & Kidbrook National Church of England Schools


Admission Registers: Boys 1911-1939, 1946-1963; Infants 1931-1939.

Log Books 1911-1944.

Managers’ Minutes 1943-1957.

Documents and Correspondence 1910-1965.

Southwark Diocesan Board of Education Inspection Reports 1948-1963.

Blackheath & Kidbrook National Church of England Schools


Admission Registers: Boys 1911-1939, 1946-1963; Infants 1931-1939.

Log Books 1911-1944.

Managers’ Minutes 1943-1957.

Documents and Correspondence 1910-1965.

Southwark Diocesan Board of Education Inspection Reports 1948-1963.