Reference HLG 900/42
Title Government Evacuation Scheme. Children. Private schools and colleges
Government Department Ministry of Health
Themes Evacuation
Subthemes Evacuation scheme, Reception and billeting
Document Types Official Correspondence
Civil Defence Regions Region 4: Eastern (Cambridge HQ)
Locations Chulmleigh, Plymstock, South Molton, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea
Organisations Rural District Councils


A file of government correspondence relating to billeting requests of two girls at the Storrington School, a private boarding school in Westcliff-on-Sea. Subjects covered in the file include the authorities' discouragement of the evacuation of schools in neutral areas, and the prioritisation of vulnerable classes from overcrowded cities for evacuation; and the issue of the discontinuation of the billeting allowances of two girls during the school holidays, despite the authorities discouraging children from returning to evacuated areas. Other subjects discussed include the withdrawal of billeting certificates for the girls due to the ineligibility of boarding school pupils, as billeting allowances are only intended for parents to pay householders to host and care for child evacuees, and not for the maintenance of education; and the re-issuing of the certificates as the girls will be privately billeted as nieces of the school's headmistress, rather than as belonging to a school party.


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