MC:PR33/2/4C Documents relating to Magdalen College School, Wainfleet
MC:PR33/2/4C/1 Jul 1932–Mar 1936
A file of committee papers, memoranda, correspondence and press cuttings compiled by President Gordon on Magdalen College School, Wainfleet (from now on MCS, Wainfleet or Wainfleet School) and the matter of its closure. The file is divided into sections as follows:
Conversion Scheme and Conference, April 1933:
Typed correspondence and reports relating to the future of Wainfleet School and its possible conversion into a Senior Central School. This includes an extract from the Education Act 1921, a memorandum regarding the future of the school after a visit by the Dean of Divinity (Adam Fox) and the estates Bursar on July 25/26th, 1932, plans for the conversion scheme and correspondence with the County Council of the Parts of Lindsey, Lincolnshire and Skegness County Council.
Exhibitions to M.C.S. Oxford
Three typed letters (including one report) between President Gordon and Clerk to the Council (Skegness County Council), regarding the eligibility of pupils from the Wainfleet area for Exhibitions at MCS, Oxford under the proposed scheme.
1 page, typed letter, dated 8 Jun 1933 from President Gordon to S. Maudson Grant (Director of Education, County Offices, Lincolnshire), which is also copied to six heads of local schools, requesting a final decision from all concerned on the conversion of Wainfleet School.
Various typed and handwritten letters between President Gordon, interested parties, Lincoln Board of Education and Lindsey County Council Education Committee, regarding the proposed conversion scheme for Wainfleet School. This includes various pleas and expressions of sadness when it becomes clear that the conversion scheme will fail and the school will have to close.
Opponents of Scheme
Two, typed reports relating to the detrimental effect the opening of a new secondary school at Skegness, by Lindsey LEA, will have on MCS, Wainfleet. The reports state arguments against the scheme, one being presented to Magdalen college by old pupils of MCS, Wainfleet, and one by Magdalen college itself (11 Nov 1931). It is unclear who at Magdalen may have written the latter report, as it seems that President Gordon was in favour if it.
Supporters of the Scheme
Two, typed letters, both dated 8 Jun 1933, from President Gordon to Reverend Hill (Croft Vicarage, Wainfleet, Lincolnshire) and Reverend James (Head of Skegness and Wainfleet circuit, the Manse, Skegness). The letters ask if their support can be relied on for the scheme for MCS Wainfleet, and give reassurances on some matters of concern.
Newspaper cuttings of letters arguing the case for and against the scheme for MCS, Wainfleet and the new secondary school at Skegness.
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