School records guide
- Catalogues and the school card index
- Trade directories, local newspapers and census records
- Log books, admission registers and punishment books
- Manager's and governors' minutes, plus manager's portfolios
- Parish records, financial records, maps and plans
- School inspection records
- Publications, photographs and pupils' work
- School surveys
- Bibliography and further reading
This guide explains the main types of school records and lists some of the sources which you can use to trace the history of a school.
The Norfolk Record Office (NRO) holds the archives of more than 300 local schools, including log books, admission registers and managers’ minutes.
The amount and type of material held for each school varies: not all classes of document have survived for every institution.
We also hold archives created by individual schools and their governing organisations.
The records of these governing bodies, which have included voluntary societies, school boards and local authority education committees over the years, can be surprisingly revealing.
They might, for example, give you an insight into educational policies, by-laws on attendance, staffing matters or the progress of school building.
For more information about the records of governing organisations, please see our guide Education in Norfolk.