In 1867 Parliament became concerned about the inconsistent and frequently
inadequate standard of secondary education available to the fee-paying
middle classes and commissioned a nation-wide inquiry into the status and
performance of all such schools. The Schools Inquiry Commission (just
Google it) published its report in many volumes, of which Volume XIV covers
the counties of Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, and is
The Devon section has detailed reviews of 23 boys schools and 2 girls
schools, and tabulated data for many more. This is perhaps social history
rather than genealogy but typically identifies headmasters and local
governors. I looked for a person at Allhallows School in Honiton and read
it was much improved after he ceased to be headmaster! Probably worth
adding to the Schools section of GENUKI Devon.
And if you really want social history, the Commission reported on girls'
education, as reprinted at