Education Act 1901

The 1899 Cockerton Judgement (see chapter 6 of my history) prevented school boards from funding 'higher tops' (advanced classes) and higher grade schools. This brief Act permitted them to continue doing so for one further year.

The text of the Education Act 1901 was prepared by Derek Gillard and uploaded on 11 October 2021.

Education Act 1901

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Education Act 1901


An Act for enabling local authorities to empower School Boards temporarily to carry on certain schools; and for sanctioning certain School Board expenses. [9th August 1901.]

BE it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

1 Temporary provision for certain school board schools

(1) Where a school board has at any time during the twelve months immediately preceding the thirty-first day of July one thousand nine hundred and one maintained out of the school fund any school or class to the maintenance of which the school fund is not lawfully applicable, the council of the county or county borough within which the school or class is held, or, with the sanction of the Board of Education, any other local authority under the Technical Instruction Acts 1889 and 1891, for the district within which the school or class is held, may empower the school board to carry on for the period of one year from that day the work of the school or class to such extent and on such terms as may be agreed on between such council or local authority and the school board, and to apply to the maintenance of the school or class such sum out of the school fund as the council or local authority may sanction.

(2) Where any expenses incurred by a school board in respect of any such school or class before the said day are sanctioned by the Local Government Board the legality of those expenses shall not be questioned in any court.

2 Short title

This Act may be cited as the Education Act 1901.