Posted by on 12 April 2010 in Record Collections

Another great set of records from the London Metropolitan Archives is now available in the Ancestry World Archives Project for keying.

The London, England, School Admissions and Discharges, 1841-1911 is a collection of school admission and discharge registers for pupils who attended no less than 843 London schools in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

 They contain information about the child’s school career in a standard register, with information varying depending on the thoroughness of individual head-teachers.

Usually a register entry asked for the following information about each pupil:

• Date of Admission
• Full Name of Child
• Date of Birth
• Address
• Name of Parent or Guardian
• Name of Last School
• Particulars of Leaving the School (which includes references to further education or employment).

There is also a space provided on each record for the head-teacher to make remarks on individual pupils.

We estimate that there are school records for more than 8.5 million London pupils, so if your ancestors went to school in London between 1841 and 1911, get keying now and discover whether you got your good sense from a Londoner.

You can start keying the London, England, School Admissions and Discharges, 1841-1911 by clicking here and who knows, you might even stumble upon one of your scholar ancestors in the process.



With regard to London Metropolitan Records, when is Ancestry going to address the current problem with baptism and burial results? Currently, baptism dates are being saved as birth dates – even though these 2 events may be weeks, months or even years apart. Equally, burial dates are being saved as the date of death – even though these may be several days apart. This all adds up to the recording of incorrect data on a grand scale.

20 April 2010 at 9:29 pm
ron williamson 

After completing what I thought was as far as I could go with my father’s family tree, I received an email through after searching the records about 5 years ago, and after contact and confirming details received a letter that my grandfather wrote to his elder brother in 1918 outlining his where abouts for the last 15 years, which we had no or little knowledge of his life before he married my grandmother, both being widower. He said in the letter that he had been in the army serving in South Africia and India for 12 years sometime after the last location of him in the 1891 Census and 1910, Your records only cover World War I & II records and no Regular Army records and at sometime was in the Merchant Navy and can’t find any records so if there are records I would appriciate a clue where to look

21 April 2010 at 7:14 am
Janice Bryant 

on a couple of people I have been reserching, I can’t find the marrige certificate, I presume that everybody got married in those days. Not like today.

22 April 2010 at 7:46 pm
David Rodgers 

I agree with Rina that it would be good to be able to add a source for a baptisms, burials and also military records to their correct heading.

22 April 2010 at 10:22 pm