There are some added factors - I live 150 miles away from the Lancashire Record Office. Also Data Protection legislation can apply to accessing information under 100 years, relating to children, and this covers the period of time for my mother and her brothers and sisters at school. Though there is still the option to search for my grandfather and his many siblings.
However I have been prompted by Cassmob's posting to do an online search at the Lancashire Record Office for the appropriate school registers, but without success, so more investigation called for here. I would also like to find out more about my Aunt Edith who became a teacher and eventually infant head - I presume she began as a pupil teacher, c.1920's, as I was never aware that she went away to college.
The School Log Book was a diary compiled by the head teacher, recording daily events - attendances (or lack of it due to infectious diseases, bad weather, farm work and estate work etc.), subjects being taught, inspector visits, school accommodation, and special events such as prize giving, holidays or a visit of a menagerie to the town.
1895 - At Lindean, near Selkirk, the school master recorded the fact that "had to abandon handwriting due to the intense cold". What an image this conveys of children not being able to hold the pen or pencil in their chilblain hands!
1882 and 1889 - At both Galashiels and Lindean there were entries for Christmas Day, though the children were allowed home early - an example of the Scottish attitude to Christmas with Hogmonay the more important celebration.
1873 - At Glenholm, Peeblesshire, a school inspector reported "This small school was taught by Mr Grieve in an intelligent, painstaking and efficient manner". We would all love to find such a testimonial on an ancestor. [See below]
School Board Minute Books – record information on the school management, finance, appointment of staff etc., so if your ancestor was a teacher, these are the documents to consult.
County Council Education Committee Minutes - record aspects of overall management including policy, finance, school appointments etc. Minutes of 1939-1940 were very much concerned with the numbers and impact of evacuees sent to the Borders from the cities on the outbreak of war.
So follow Cassmob's advice - go "Off to School" and hunt out records in your archive centre. They can give an illuminating picture of your ancestors' school life.
With acknowledgement to the Heritage Hub, Hawick - www.heartofhawick.co.uk/heritagehub