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Devizes - Devizes Grammar School, Devizes

The school was built in Bath Road in 1906 by Wiltshire County Council at a cost of about £7,000. There was initially space for 120 boys and girls and a laboratory and art room were provided in what was originally called Devizes Secondary School, but was soon renamed the Grammar School. By 1919 the school had outgrown its original building and in 1920 the house on the opposite side of the road was acquired as an extension. This was renamed 'Braeside' in 1921 and still remains a Wiltshire County Council educational establishment. The headmaster lived here until 1932 and it remained a preparatory school until 1938 when it was then used solely for grammar school pupils. In 1930 there were 194 pupils at the grammar school and 48 at the prep school and this number grew meaning that minor enlargements were made to the school, which was still too small. In 1945, when there were over 300 pupils, plans were drawn up for a school in Southbroom Park, near the Southbroom Senior School, but these did not come to fruition. Pupil numbers remained fairly constant, with 333 in 1955, and eventually the school merged with Southbroom Secondary School to form the comprehensive Devizes School in 1969. The school was sited at Southbroom where the buildings were enlarged and the Grammar School building was used by St. Peter's School
 

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Devizes Grammar School, DevizesImage Date: 1906
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