Schools soon felt the impact of the war, as teachers and former pupils volunteered to join the armed services. As male teachers enlisted, a shortage of qualified teaching staff was soon evident which was addressed in a number of ways, for example, the employment of more women teachers, larger classes and the relaxation of qualifications. Grammar Schools, such as the Royal Grammar School in Guildford, and Public Schools with their own Officer Training Corps, provided many of the junior officers for Kitchener’s new armies.
The county’s technical institutes, evening classes and manual training centres engaged directly in war work, including Kingston, Guildford, Richmond and Wimbledon Technical Institutes and Guildford Junior Technical School. The range of the work carried out included nursing training, cookery classes, munitions work, the making of appliances, classes for soldiers and training courses for disabled ex-servicemen.Read More