Mr John James Waddington was Headmaster at Darley School from 4 March 1889 to 31 March 1925.
The informal record he kept must have started after 1904, as the front cover of the exercise book clearly shows West Riding County Council (WRCC). Prior to 1904 the school was known as Darley Board school, administered by a local ‘Board of Governors but received a central Government Grant and parents were charged for their children attending school – amount varied up to a max of 2d per week.
A new Education Act came into force early 1900’s which resulted in the school being administered by WRCC. The locally administered charge ceased.
Pupil name, date of birth, date leaving will most likely be Mr Waddington’s handwriting, the additional info seems to be have been added by someone else and it may well have been one of his many children. This includes notes about service in the Great War, higher education and country of emigration.
The famous cricketer Herbert Sutcliffe was a pupil at Darley and his details can be found here.
The children are probably ordered by date of starting at the school, but as the index doesn't carry that date, it isn't clear.
The second table is a list of teachers who served at the school