By 1958 more classrooms had been built than is shown in this earlier picture


Jos Reayer (who signed the certificate below) was headmaster from the beginning. 

Thanks to Sue Pengilley for the above item

Ashburton Secondary School, originally a boarding house for the Grammar School,* came into existence in 1958. Until that time pupils stayed at the Elementary School until they either left to go to a Grammar School (Totnes or Newton Abbot once the Ashburton Grammar School had closed), or left to start work.

*opened 1928 - Guide to Ashburton, undated but between 1930 and 1935

             School leaving ages 

1918 Fisher Act - standard leaving age of 14

1947 - raised to 15

1972 - raised to 16


Staff mid 1970s. The school had become a Comprehensive by this time.