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Log Book Part 4
January 1887 - December 1891

1887

 

Jan 10th 1887

The weather having been so bad with frosts and a heavy fall of snow, the alterations in the schools have been delayed and the holiday extended to three weeks. Sent to the teachers to acquaint then of same. Very severe weather – deep snow

17th

Opened school – a large number of children away owing partly t doubt to the severity of the weather. The hot water apparatus act very well, the rooms comfortably warm. Mr. Wilkins called and took deposits for the Penny Bank.

18th

Visited by Mr. Knight. Mr. Browning assistant master did not return until this morning.

19th

Mr. Knight visited the school.

21st

The average for the week is low.

24th

Better attendance today admitted two scholars.

26th

Mr. Knight paid a visit and Mr. Tomkins also called.

27th

Took charge of Standard III. Tried to impress upon the children the importance of punctuality.

28th

Gave the 1st class map drawing.

31st

Very good attendance. Some who have been away through sickness have returned to school.

Feb 1887

 

1st

Mr. Knight visited – commenced school in the afternoon at 2o’clock – instead of quarter before two

4th

Punished S.Pogson for idleness and disobedience. Average attendance for the week 203

7th

Admitted two children. Commenced a new song.

10th

Examined Standard III. There is some improvement in arithmetic and spelling.

11th

Allowed the school to close a little earlier in the morning as so many children wanted to go to the meet of hunters at the Oakley crossroads.

14th

First class took map drawing. The specimens were not very good.

16th

All classes take singing and recitation on Wednesdays

21st

Visited by Mr. Knight. Gave Standard IV an examination. The reading, writing and spelling are for the most part good. Some did well in arithmetic, others did badly.

23rd

Took a singing lesson with the first class

24th

Recitations were done well today

25th

Average attendance for the week 203

28th

Admitted several girls today.

March 1887

 

2nd

Singing and recitation today.

3rd

The usual singing lesson

4th

A good attendance considering the weather.

7th

Continued learning a new song from notes.

8th

Received two forms from Mr. Heygate stating that Misses Stanton and Darnell had both passed the certificate examination and that they were in Division III Class II

9th

Had some difficulty in getting the children to school in the afternoon as Sanger’s circus was at Higham Ferrers and their procession passed through the village about 2 o’clock school time.

10th

Examined Standard IV.

11th

Received a parcel of slates and books.

14th

Admitted one girl. Visited by Mr. Knight

15th

Little better numbers in 1st division this week. Mary Ward returned to school after a long illness.

16th

Gave the 1st class a good drilling in mental arithmetic.

17th

Examiner Standard III. They did very well as a whole. The arithmetic and spelling have improved considerably.

18th

Gave the first class a lesson on causes which affect climate.

21st

Mr. Wilkins took deposits for the Penny Bank.

23rd

Practised over some songs.

24th

Visited by Mr. Knight. Gave 1st class map drawing.

25th

Received schedules and forms 8& 9 for examination.

28th

Admitted one girl from Hinwick. Mr. Knight visited.

29th

Examined Standard II taking them as a whole the papers were good.

31st

The registers were examined by Mr. Knight and found correct.

April 1887

 

4th

Admitted three children, two boys and one girl. A family come fresh to the village from Olney.

5th

Mr. Wilkins visited.

6th

Took the usual singing lesson.

7th

Gave the first class an examination. Broke up for the Easter holiday. To continue closed until Monday April 18th

18th

Opened after Easter with a good attendance – admitted one scholar

19th

Punished Fred Palmer for being continually late.

21st

Spoke to al the children about the importance of punctuality

22nd

Gave the 1st class a good drilling in mental arithmetic.

25th

Mr. Wilkins came and took deposits for the Penny Bank.

27th

Thin attendance in the 1st class in the morning.

29th

School year ends with this week. The average attendance this week is 227

May 1887

 

2nd

Very full today. Find it very difficult working with so many.

3rd

Singing and recitations today.

6th

Wax work exhibition in the village affected the attendance.

9th

Admitted one boy. Made a list of materials required for the New School Year.

10th

Examined Standard II. They did very well in arithmetic, in fact in all their subjects.

12th

The half timers took needlework.

13th

P.Darnell away today through illness.

16th

One fresh scholar. Visited by Mr. Knight. Mr. Wilkins took deposits for the Penny Bank

17th

A class occupied the new classroom today and Standard II went into the old class room.

19th

A large number of half timers present in the afternoon this week consequently the upper classes are thin in the morning.

20th

Spoke to the children about stone throwing – the dangers of throwing in the street.

23rd

A very full school

24th

Prepared the papers for examination.

26th

The annual examination held.

27th

It occupied the time of two days. W.E.Currey Esq. H.M.I. and Mr. Simpson both present. 248 children attended. There were 246 on the schedules. Five were excused leaving 241 who were all present. Broke up for the Whitsuntide one week holiday. From this date the school ceases to be a mixed school. A new school has been built for the boys. The new premises consist of a large room for 100 and a classroom for 50.

June 1887

 

6th

Opened under the new arrangement. The staff in this the boys department consists, at the present of, one assistant master and two candidate pupil teachers and myself.

7th

Two boys admitted.

8th

Took the candidate with his class, close up with the upper divisions

10th

The New Class room is now ready. The desks did not come until Saturday last and so were not ready at the first school opening.

13th

Having received the duplicate schedules. The children were placed in their right standards for the year.

15th

Visited by Mr. Knight

17th

Took Standard IV & upward for singing and grammar in the New Class Room.

20th

Visited by Mr. J. Claridge who brought some Jubilee Festival tickets for teachers and scholars. Gave two days holiday tomorrow being the Queen’s Jubilee. The children assemble at the school and march in procession to Mr. Skinner’s field where tea & sports are provided for them. A grand display of fireworks in the evening.

23rd

Opened school but there was but a poor attendance.

24th

A broken week and a poor average attendance

27th

The annual treat in connection with the Wesleyan Sunday School took place today. Some away in the afternoon on that account.

29th

Have thrown Standards Iv, V & VI together under my own charge. Standard II & III under the assistant master. Standard I without a proper teacher for the present.

July 1887

 

1st

Visited by Mr. Knight. Received a new stock of apparatus. Was obliged to return some as it was not what was ordered.

3rd

School to be closed on Monday owing to the Band of Hope trip to the seaside.

4th

School very thin in the attendance in consequence of yesterday’s outing.

6th

Took Standards IV, upwards for singing and tonic-sol-fa practice.

11th

Visited by Mr. Knight. The annual treat in connection with the Old Baptist meeting took place today. Closed school in the afternoon on that account.

14th

Took a collective grammar lesson with Standard IV,V,VI & VII. The assistant master taking the same with Standards II & III

15th

The average attendance rather low for the week.

18th

Supplied all scholars from Standard II upwards with a home lesson geography book.

20th

Took a singing lesson, practiced over some old songs.

22nd

The lads did their home task very well as a rule.

23rd

The average attendance rather low for the week.

25th

The feast week being allow to the same date as Higham we close the school this week for a month.

28th

Broke up school today

 

H.M. Inspector’s Report for Year ending April 30th 1887

Mixed School

The first and second standards do very well in elementary work, the rest fairly except that the spelling of the fourth standard is poor. English is a failure, the grammar of the Standards above the third being bad. Geography is fairly good. Needlework is passed with hesitation. The order is fair.

E.E. Margetts is recognised under Article 50

Walter Wood certified teacher of 1st class.

Collis Browning Ex. P.T.

E.E. Margetts Ex. P.T.

E. Whitney P.T. of 1st year.

James Heygate Clerk of Board.

28th

Have examined this day the registers and found them correct. Sam Knight Chairman of the School Board.

Aug 1887

 

29th

Opened school after the summer holiday with a fair attendance

Sept 1887

 

1st

Visited by Mr. Knight admitted two scholars.

2nd

Took some time for singing.

5th

Several children came without the school fee today

6th

The usual practice in tonic-sol-fa.

7th

Punished John Bates and Ralph Bond for idleness and inattention.

8th

The average attendance for the week is 117

12th

Admitted two lads today

13th

Mr. Knight visited today

14th

Took some time for singing – gave some time tests.

15th

Went through the recitation with the first class – giving the meaning etc.

16th

The attendance today was poor and the average for the week is 116

19th

Mrs. Taylor called to say that one of the children has measles, advised to keep the others at home. Forbad another family to come where there is scarlet fever.

20th

Took a collective grammar lesson. Singing lesson today.

21st

Punished James Mason & Tear for disobedience and idleness.

23rd

Closed school for the feast week.

Oct 1887

 

3rd

Admitted two scholars today. The children have come back well. Visited by Mr. Knight.

5th

Miss Groom entered on her duties as assistant mistress on Oct.3rd

6th

Took a collective grammar lesson

7th

Good average attendance this week

10th

Not many depositors in the Penny Bank today

12th

Took the recitations through with Standards IV, V & VI

14th

The average attendance for the week was 117

17th

The 1st class thin in the morning. Mr. Wilkins was present and took the Penny Bank money

19th

Took recitations today

20th

The attendance in the afternoon very poor as there was a circus at Higham Ferrers

21st

Geography lesson in the morning – the home lesson in Geography fairly well done. Several have lost their books already.

24th

Several came without their school fee today. Sent one home who owed for two weeks.

25th

Adopted  different method of learning spellings. The assistant mistress gave  Standard II a lesson in geography.

26th

The registers were examined today by me and found to be correct (George Denton)

26th

Visited today by Mr. Denton. A singing lesson in the afternoon.

Nov 1887

 

1st

Very wet, the attendance thin in consequence.

3rd

Took recitations today. Commenced an extract from “King John” Shakespeare for recitation in the first class.

7th

The heating apparatus was not going this morning. Sent to the caretaker about it.

11th

Average attendance this week 112

14th

Admitted two lads today.

17th

Visited by Mr. Tomkins who came to announce to the children an entertainment at the Assembly Room Old Baptist chapel to be given this evening.

21st

Visited by Mr. Knight. Glad to see that it is decided to put the roads around the school in better condition.

25th

Spoke to the children about the importance of cleanliness.

Dec 1st 1887

Mr. Fenn came and spoke to the children about the evils of intemperance. He performed a few simple experiments to explain what was said.

5th

Very cold today, some snow fell. Visited by Mr. Knight

8th

Took charge of Standards II & III today

9th

The average attendance for the week was 113

12th

Mr. Knight paid a visit.

15th

The assistant master away today

23rd

Broke up school for Christmas holiday one week. Mr. Browning resigned his position as assistant master.

1888

 

Jan 2nd 1888

As no assistant master was appointed had to manage with help from the Infant School

6th

The average attendance for the week was …….

9th

Mr. Burgess appointed as Assistant Master and commenced duties today.

10th

The usual tonic-sol-fa lesson today.

11th

Visited by Mr. Wilkins.

13th

Examined the first class in arithmetic today. They did fairly well

16th

Several scholars returned to school who had been away some time.

18th

Mr. Knight visited the school.

19th

Took some extra time for singing

20th

Average attendance for the week was 114

23rd

Good full school today – took deposits for the Penny Bank

24th

The recitations were well done today.

26th

The registers were examined and found correct.

30th

Visited by Mr. Knight. Mr. Wilkins visited and took deposits for the Penny Bank

Feb 1888

 

2nd

Sent the registers – summaries 7 Copy to Wellingborough to be audited.

3rd

Very cold – severe frost.

6th

Admitted two boys. Practiced over some school songs.

8th

Gave Standards V & VI a composition exercise. Some did well others only fairly.

9th

Received a parcel of school materials from J. Marshall & Co.

10th

Visited Mr. Knight

13th & 14th

Very heavy snow, thin attendance in consequence very poor only 77 being present in the afternoon.

15th

Examined Standard I, the arithmetic was good on the whole, the spelling only fair. In reading there is a want  of distinctness, five or more read badly.

17th

The average attendance for this week very low 103

20th

Took the deposits for the Penny Bank. Still a deep snow and consequently a considerable number of children away.

22nd

Gave Standard III an examination. They did well in arithmetic. Reading fair but not distinct pronunciation. Spelling much improved, since last examined.

23rd

Examined Standard II. This standard has much improved under Mr. Burgess’ supervision and teaching.

24th

Average attendance for the week 112.

27th

Very deep snow. This had kept a few of the children away.

30th

Sanger’s circus being at Higham Ferrers tried to keep school in afternoon but the procession did not come through the village till half past 3o’clock and so closed the school.

March 1st 1888

Gave the first class an examination, they did well in arithmetic, spelling very fair. Reading with a few exceptions good. Grammar fair.

2nd

Went through the examination papers with the 1st class pointing out the weak points.

5th

Still very bad weather 118 present in the morning, 124 in the afternoon.

7th

Very cold in school today. Could not have the hot water pipes heated as the boiler house is flooded.

9th

Average attendance for the week 119

12th

Several children away ill this week. Board meeting in the evening. Mr. Knight visited.

13th

Mr. Knight again visited the school.

15th

Gave the 5th & 6th Standards map drawing

16th

Average attendance for the week 118

19th

Attendance rather better today. Visited by Mr. Knight.

21st

Recapitulated the recitations in Standards IV, V & VI

23rd

Singing & tonic-sol-fa practice today

26th

Two boys away ill in the 1st class. Mr. Knight visited.

29th

Closed school, Good Friday and Easter Monday.

April 1888

 

3rd

Opened school after Easter a fairly good attendance.

5th

The 1st division drew some very fair maps

6th

The average attendance for the week amounted to 100 about 15 below the usual average.

9th

Mr. Wilkins took deposits for the Penny Bank. Mr. Knight visited the school both morning and afternoon.

10th

The recitations of Standard III well said.

12th

Sent out some absentee papers.

13th

The registers were examined today and found correct. Sam Knight , chairman of school board.

16th

Visited by Mr. Knight

19th

Recapitulated the recitations. Divided the 1st class into two parts for grammar so as to give special attention to those who are backward

20th

P.T. E.Whitney absent from school today to attend a confirmation service at Ringstead.

23rd

Mr. Knight visited. Took deposits for the Penny Bank.

25th

Mr. Knight again visited the school.

26th

Good full school. Had a long tonic-sol-fa practice.

27th

As the school year does not end until Monday was obliged to leave making up registers till then

30th

Spent a considerable time over drill and singing.

May 1888

 

1st

Made the geography lesson take the form of questions and recapitulation.

3rd

Gave the first class extra time for grammar.

4th

Sent the examination schedules and forms IX to Mr. Heygate.

10th

The school was examined this morning and afternoon by Mr. Simpson. There were 140 boys present for examination 138 on the schedules and 2 for proficiency only.

11th

Examination continued by Mr. Simpson. Mr. Currey also present. There were 110 present this morning. The school opening in the afternoon.

14th

The new Standard I came up from the Infant School.

17th

Received the schedules back. Mr. Knight visited.

27th

Admitted one boy. Several have left that are qualified.

30th

140 present in the morning 137 in the afternoon. Visited by Mr. Denton & Mr. Lilley.

31st

Gave a collective geography lesson to Standards IV, V & VI on Europe.

June 1888

 

1st

Took some time for singing

4th

Admitted one lad. Several away through illness.

5th

Visited by Mr. Knight. Admitted one scholar.

7th

Gave a collective grammar lesson to Standard IV,V & VI

8th

Several half timers presented only four times during the week.

11th

Visited by Mr. Wilkins. 125 present in the morning.

14th

Commenced teaching a new song from note. “Forest Echoes” taking Standards IV,V, & VI together.

16th

Very wet day – attendance thin.

19th

Visited by Mr. Wilkins. Half holiday owing to Succoth Baptist Chapel tea treat.

21st

Continued teaching a new song – taught the alto to Standards V & VI.

23rd

Wrote out certificates for those who have passed the examination.

25th

The annul treat in connection with the Wesleyan Sunday School. There was a half holiday.

27th

Gave some time for singing.

28th

The government report was received today. There were 143 present in the morning and 137 in the afternoon.

29th

Visited by Mr. Knight. As the Band of Hope are going for their annual trip to the seaside on Monday and so many of the scholars are members it was thought best to close the school for that day.

July 1888

 

3rd

A number of boys away today & some of those present very tired and sleepy.

6th

A poor week owing to Monday’s trip to sea side.

 

H.M. Inspector’s Report for Year ending April 30th 1888

Boys School

The order is excellent, and the elementary work generally good, the three lowest Standards do very well indeed. English is fair on the whole, grammar being weak in Standards above the third. Geography good.

T.E. O. Whitney has passed well

C. Groom is recognised in this school under article 50

The name of A.J> Watts has been removed from the register of pupil teachers serving in the school.

Walter Wood, certificated teacher of 1st class

Henry Burgess certificated teacher of second class

Clara Groom P.T. of 2nd year.

James Heygate, clerk of the board.

9th

The school treat in connection with Old Baptist Chapel in the afternoon - no school opening in the afternoon.

10th

Took the usual singing lesson in the morning and geography lesson in the afternoon.

12th

Spoke to the whole school about the necessity of being regular in attendance.

13th

Average attendance for the week 132

16th

Sent home several who came without the school fee as they get behind and then say it is not owing.

17th

Mr. Knight visited.

18th

Mr. Blenkinsopp, the factory inspector together with the Chief Inspector visited the school today and made enquiries in regard to the attendance of half timers.

20th

Average attendance for the week 134

23rd

Commenced a fresh song. Several lads came without the school fees today.

24th

The registers were examined and checked today.

27th

The average attendance for the week is 132

30th

There were several away from the upper standards. Admitted one scholar.

31st

Threw Standards IV, V & VI together for a collective grammar lesson.

Aug 1888

 

1st

Sang through some songs.

2nd

Mr. Knight visited. The school was very thin in the afternoon owing in part to the school treat in connection with the Church Sunday & Day Schools.

3rd

Broke up for the summer holidays. Four weeks

Sept 1888

 

3rd

Opened school after the holiday, a fairly full attendance, made three admissions.

4th

Several lads who are qualified have left for work.

6th

Visited by Mr. Knight

7th

The weekly average not equal to ordinary weeks.

10th

On enquiry – find that scarlet fever has attacked several members of one family. Forbade the others attending.

12th

Took recitations in all the standards today.

13th

Threw Standards IV, V & VI together for a collective grammar lesson while the assistant master taught Standard III

17th

Admitted one lad. Very poor attendance in the afternoon owing to Sanger’s circus being in the place.

18th

Took Standards IV, V & VI together for grammar and singing.

20th

Find it difficult to teach the geography of Europe from our wall map

21st

Received  parcel of books together with five of Townley’s Divisional maps of Europe.

24th

Visited by Mr. Knight. 85 present in the morning. There was holiday during the afternoon.

25th

Rather better attendance this morning 97 present.

28th

The average attendance for the week was ……..

Oct 1888

 

1st

Admitted two scholars. The lad George Field who has been to the Infirmary for the past 6 months has returned better. 137 present in the morning

3rd

Took the recitations today

4th

Gave a collective geography lesson.

5th

Mr. Knight visited

8th

Took deposits in Penny Bank. Admitted one boy.

9th

Took Standards IV & V together in grammar.

10th

Recitations done well today.  Singing in the morning

12th

Average attendance for the week 136

15th

Good full school. Admitted three scholars.

16th

Practiced over some old songs. Took some full parsing with Standards IV,V & VI.

17th

The first class took map drawing. 139 present in the morning.

18th

Mr. Tomkins gave us a visit.

19th

The family of Whitings have left the place.

22nd

Took deposits in the Penny Bank

25th

The registers were examined today by Mr. Knight and found to be correct.

26th

Admitted one lad – gave the first class an examination in arithmetic. Most did pretty fairly.

29th

Mr. Wilkins took the deposits for the Penny Bank today.

30th

The first class drew some very fair maps today

31st

Tested the arithmetic of Standards V, & VI by cards. On the whole they did very well

Nov 1888

 

1st

Decided to commence school at a quarter before 2 o’clock in the afternoons during the short days of winter.

2nd

The average attendance for the week was 136

5th

Being “Gunpowder plot” day a procession came from Higham which drew away the children in the afternoon.

6th

Admitted one lad.

8th

Visited by Mr. Knight. Took some time for singing.

12th

Mr. Wilkins took money for the Penny Bank again today.

13th

Gave the upper divisions in geography a lesson on day and night.

15th

Gave the IV,V & VI standards a lesson on the causes of day and night and the seasons. Punished Master Walker. Playing truant

19th

A large number of lads came without their school fee today

20th

Took a longer time than usual for singing today

21st

Explained to the first class the meaning and use of the lines of latitude and longitude

23rd

The average attendance for the week is 135. Mr. Knight visited the school

26th

James Byes and several others returned to school after being away for some time through illness.

27th

Mr. Knight paid a visit.

29th

Examined Standard II. The arithmetic and spelling with four exceptions is good. Reading is fair on the whole.

30th

Visited by Mr. Knight.

Dec 1888

 

3rd

Mr. Wilkins having met with an accident did not attend to take the deposits in the Penny Bank

4th

Sang over some of the old songs. Took some extra time for tonic-sol-fa practice.

6th

Took map drawing with all of the Standards above the third. Received notice of the audit to take place on Dec. 14th.Gave a lesson on Russia – its towns – to the upper standards..

7th

Average attendance for the week 133

10th

Mr. Knight made a visit

12th

The first class drew a map of France. Went through the recitations

13th

Took singing, sang through a Christmas Carol

14th

Sent the registers summaries to Wellingborough to be audited

17th

Dr. Pierson came on behalf of the Band of Hope Union to give the children a temperance address. Mr. Tomkins, Mr. Claridge & Mr. Denton were present.

18th

Gave the upper standards a composition exercise on the address given by Dr. Pierson yesterday

20th

Sent about twenty papers written by the boys to Mr. Tomkins. Mr. Knight visited the school

21st

Broke up school for the Christmas holiday – two weeks.

1889

 

Jan 7th 1889

Opened school, after Christmas some lads not come, sent notes to ascertain the reason. Very severe frost. Visited by Mr. Knight

8th

A little better attendance today

9th

Gave the first class a portion of their repetitions to produce on paper.

10th

The usual tonic-sol-fa practice and singing lesson.

11th

Mr. Knight visited the school.

14th

A good number of deposits in the Penny Bank today. Mr. Knight visited the school.

15th

Took a collective geography lesson with Standards IV,V & VI

16th

Repetitions for the first class. Gave the school a good talking to in regard to using bad language – having heard a lad doing so in the playgrounds. Tried to impress on the scholars minds how low and mean a thing swearing is.

17th

Visited by Mr. Knight

21st

Gave Standard II an examination, the majority did their work well, some few will have to improve.

23rd

Examined the first class today

24th

I Have this day examined the registers and compared the numbers and found them correct. Sam Knight Chairman of the Board.

28th

Good attendance today

30th

Examined Standard I in the morning. Mr. Knight visited in the afternoon.

Feb 1889

 

1st

Gave some time for singing today.

4th

Several lads away ill today. 134 present in the morning, 139 in the afternoon.

5th

Some tonic-sol-fa practice in the morning. Collective geography lesson.

7th

Gave the first class a lesson in the cause of day and night. Also explained how it is we get the seasons.

8th

Average attendance for the week 136

11th

Very heavy fall of snow. A very poor attendance indeed.

12th

Mr. Knight paid a visit

13th

Punished several lads for throwing snow at people passing.

15th

Average attendance low this week owing to the weather

18th

Gave standard Ii paper for dictation and arithmetic. They have improved during the month.

19th

Geography and map drawing today.

20th

The half timers are coming more alternately this week. The attendances for the morning was 133, for the afternoon 132

21st

Singing and tonic-sol-fa practice

22nd

All the classes had a good drilling in mental arithmetic today. Mr. Knight visited

25th

Mr. Knight visited today.

26th

The maps of the upper class have improved. Supplied them with lead pencils, India rubber and paper as the maps have to be drawn on paper.

28th

Gave the 1st class a composition exercise.

March 1889

 

1st

Visited by Mr. Knight

4th

School board election. No school opening in the afternoon.

7th

Examined Standard II today

 8th

The average attendance for the week 126

11th

Several lads came without the school fee today.

12th

The usual singing lesson. Took some time in going through some prefixes with the 1st class.

14th

Continued the lesson of Tuesday giving examples of as many words as possible with their meaning.

15th

Very cold and wet.

18th

Good attendance

20th

Recitations today. The 1st class wrote out some portions of their recitation.

21st

Mr. Knight visited and invited the scholars to a tea provided for them in the New Hall. At 5o’clock about 170 boys with the girls and infants of the other departments over 400 in all met at the hall. After tea the children sang a few school songs and recited. Mr. Ashby gave them a slight of hand performance. Each scholar had an orange at the close.

25th

Admitted one lad today

27th

Map drawing and grammar

28th

Received a parcel of books and apparatus.

April 1889

 

1st

Several lads still away ill. H. Jaques and H. Perkins from the 1st class.

2nd

Took some time to going through the recitations of the Standards to ascertain the meanings of words are known.

5th

Took charge of Standard I today. Several of those who were backward in reading and arithmetic have improved.

8th

Several half time scholars persist in coming only four times in the week. Spoke Fred Harris and Fred Willmott about it again and sent to their parents in regard to it.

10th

Examined Standard  II today.

13th

Visited by Mr. Knight and Mr. Colson. Fred Willmott has only made three attendances this week.

18th

Closed school for the Easter holiday. Good Friday and Easter Monday.

23rd

Opened after Easter holiday, attendance poor. Sent notices those who were away.

24th

A rather better attendance today

25th

Sent a lad back who had ring worm badly.

26th

The registers were examined today and found correct.

29th

Better attendance this morning.

May 1889

 

1st

Herbert Jaques and Tom Packwood left going to Wellingborough Grammar School.

3rd

Made up the average attendance for the past year which was 131 with  an addition of 10 for half time scholars equals 141

6th

Made up the half time registers, find there are 50 half timers on the books.

9th

Spent some time over the recitations, questioning on the meaning of words and passages.

10th

Visited by Mr. Knight. Several scholars have left before the examination. Visited their parents to ensure their being present on that day.

13th

Mr. Knight and Mr. Boyd visited the school

14th

The usual singing lesson

15th

Examined Standard II. Gave them usual exam in Geography

17th

Mr. Knight paid a visit. Average attendance for the week 131

20th

Several lads away ill. Some came without the school fee, sent home two for it as they are continually coming without.

22nd

Sent the schedules to the clerk.

24th

Took some extra time for mental arithmetic. Gave Standard II a good long geography lesson.

27th

Very heavy rains. The roads were flooded so that some of the lads had difficulty in getting to their homes.

28th

The school was examined today by Mr. Simpson. There were 162 present for examination. Two lads were absent without reason and one lad was ill. The Inspector has consented to examine the two former tomorrow with the girls.

29th

Today Mr. Foster came and examined the school in geography, mental arithmetic and some classes in grammar. There were 167 present.

30th

The attendance very poor today in the upper classes, where they are making up for Tuesday and Wednesday’s attendances

June 1889

 

4th

Received the schedules today of the Standard work done at the exam. Visited by Mr. Knight

6th

Broke up for the Whitsuntide holiday.

17th

The new Standard I came up from the Infant department. Mr. knight visited

21st

Granted several half time certificates. Several lads left school this week

24th

Half holiday, Succouth Baptist school treat. Took some time for singing

28th

The government report came today.

July 1889

 

1st

There being a trip to the seaside for the Band of Hope children many of whom are in the school a holiday was given.

2nd

Very poor attendance today. Admitted two lads. Punished a boy for playing truant. Commenced teaching a new song.

5th

Average attendance for the week 123

8th

Admitted one boy today.

10th

Read through with the first class a part of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII

11th

Continued Henry VIII as the 1st class are going to take a selection from it for recitation.

12th

Took some time extra for singing today. Visited by Mr. Knight.

15th

Mr. Knight visited school.

17th

Continued the reading of Henry VII with the first class.

20th

Singing lesson today.

22nd

Better attendance this morning.

23rd

Recitations today. Punished a boy for playing truant.

26th

I have this day examined registers and confirmed same with fees book and found correct. Sam Knight Chairman of School Board.

29th

Singing and tonic-sol-fa practice.

Aug 1889

 

2nd

Visited to day by Mr. Allcock, one of H.M. Inspectors of Schools. Broke up for the summer holidays – four weeks.

Sept 1889

 

2nd

A good number of lads not returned upon the opening of school

4th

Attendance a little better today.

 

H.M. Inspector’s report for year ending April 30th 1889

Boys school

The school is making god progress generally. The reading in the first and second standards is too monotonous in its character. English is fairly good. Geography good, order excellent.

T.O. Whitney has passed fairly but should attend to arithmetic. Amount of Grant
Walter Wood certificated teacher of 1st class Fixed grant  
4 – 6
Henry Burgess Certificated teacher of 2nd class On o/o of passes
7 -11
Clara Groom Assistant mistress Ex. P.T. Grammar 
2 – 0
T.E. Whitney P.T. of third class Geography
2 – 0
Singing 
1 – 0
Merit
2 – 0
19 – 5
P.T. grant £2

James Heygate Clerk of the Board.

Sept 4th 1889

Mr. Burgess absent from school not well

6th

The average attendance for the week is 118

9th

Took deposits in the Penny Bank

10th

Better attendance today. 124 in the morning, 128 in the afternoon.

16th

Mr. Knight & Mr. Claridge visited the school. Admitted one lad. The assistant master not well enough to resume duties.

20th

Several families away through illness. Mr. Knight visited the school

23rd

Very poor attendance – the school was closed in the afternoon.

24th

School not opened in the afternoon. 74 present in the morning.

25th

Attendance a little better in the morning. 88 present, 53 in the afternoon.

26th

School closed in the afternoon.

29th

74 in the morning.

30th

Admitted one lad from Yardley Hastings.

Oct 1889

 

8th

Took a portion of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII for recitations in the 5th & 6th Standards

11th

The average attendance for the week was 122

14th

Mr. Knight, Mr. Skinner 7 Mr. Boyd visited the school today. Admitted three lads today

16th

Commenced the map drawing in the 1st class. Selected India, Africa 7 South America as the three memory maps.

18th

Three cases reported of attacks of measles.

21st

Mr. Knight visited school today.

23rd

The attendance is very bad owing in part to sickness.

25th

Took some extra time for singing.

28th

Mr. Knight & Mr. Denton visited today. Heard of several fresh cases of measles. Admitted one lad today.

29th

Admitted two lads today.

30th

Mr. Knight visited school today

Nov 1889

 

1st

Average attendance very low this week – 98

4th

More scholars present this morning although there are a great many away still.

5th

Poor attendance today. Took a long singing lesson.

8th

Took Standards IV,V & VI for map drawing.

15th

Visited by Mr. Denton & Mr. Mason. The average attendance 117 for the week.

18th

Admitted one ld. Took charge of Standard II

20th

Examined Standard II . On the whole they did well.

22nd

Mr. Knight paid a visit.

25th

Visited by Mr. Claridge.

26th

Gave Standard I an examination. Two or three are very backward, the others do fairly well.

29th

Mr Tomkins paid a visit to the school and heard the scholars sing.

Dec. 1889

 

2nd

Admitted two lads. Gave the first class a composition exercise. Took the 4th class for a geography lesson in the afternoon.

3rd

A great number away from the 1st class. Granted John Ward a leaving certificate. Visited by Mr. Knight.

6th

Took the 1st class in word building.

9th

The school visited by Mr. Boyd.

11th

Had to detain some of the 5th Standard for their recitations.

12th

Spent some time to word building and showing how one part of speech is formed from another etc.

13th

Mr. Knight visited the school in the morning, Mr Claridge in the afternoon..

17th

Took deposits for the Penny Bank

21st

Broke up for the Xmas holidays – two weeks.

1890

 

Jan 6th 1890

Opened school with 119 present, 133 in the afternoon. Visited by Mr. Knight & Mr. Boyd.

7th

Took charge of Standard IV,V & VI for geography

10th

Two boys from the first class left for work.

13th

Numbers present today 121. Took deposits for the Penny Bank

14th

Gave Standards IV,V & VI geography lesson. Drew a map on the blackboard for the class to copy from.

15th

Had to retain several lads after school who had been idle over their recitations.

16th

Visited by Mr. Knight

17th

The attendance has drifted considerably today. Sent notes to most, in the most cases the reason is bad cold or influenza.

20th

Visited in the morning by Mr. Knight, in the afternoon by Mr. Boyd.

27th

Took deposits for the Penny Bank. Attendance very poor. Mr. Boyd visited the school

28th

Borrowed the dumb bells from Girls’ school and exercised the boys with them

30th

Mr. Knight visited in the morning.

31st

Examined the 2nd Standard. Those present do pretty well but there are so many away that it is not a fair test as to how the class would do as a whole.

Feb 1890

 

3rd

Mr. Denton paid a visit in the morning. Borrowed the dumb bells from the Girls’ room and put the boys through some exercise with them.

5th

Examined the 4th, 5th & 6th Standards today. It is scarcely possible to judge of results as there are so many absent.

10th

Visited by Mr. Boyd. Took some physical exercises with the whole school. Miss Groom played while the lads kept time.

14th

Took Standard IV with the first class. Gave them singing lessons together.

17th

Mr. Mason visited the school in the morning while the scholars were going through some physical exercises. Numbers present today- Morning 121, Afternoon 127

19th

Singing and modulator practice today. Mr. Knight visited.

20th

Mr. Claridge visited the school

21st

Average attendance 125

24th

Mr. Claridge visited the school in the morning. Also Mr. Knight and Mr. Boyd later in the day.

25th

Half holiday to allow all the scholars an opportunity to hear a rehearsal of an entertainment to be given in the New Hall tomorrow by the children of the upper classes.

March 1890

 

1st

Registers examined and found correct. D.P. Boyd. Received notice of the pupil teacher’s examination to take place at All Saint’s School on April 18th

7th

Map drawing for the 1st class. Average attendance for the week 127

10th

Mr. Knight & Mr. Boyd visited the school

12th

Took some time for wand? Practice.

13th

Numbers present in the morning 141, in the afternoon 134. Mr. Claridge paid a visit. Took Standard Ii in the afternoon.

17th

Mr. Claridge & Mr. Boyd visited. Admitted one lad. Tried with Mr. Boyd to find out who had interfered with some of the girls’ hats. All present emphatically denied having done so.

19th

Examined Standard I. The majority did very well, two or three who have been away a great deal did poorly.

20th

Mr. Knight Visited the school.

21st

Average attendance for the week 132

23rd

Admitted one lad.

26th

Went through the recitations, explaining the meanings of words etc.

28th

Took Standards IV with V, & VI for grammar.

31st

Admitted a lad from Wellingborough

April 1890

 

1st

Map drawing in the 1st class. Took Standards IV,V & VI together for geography.

4th

Took Standard II during the morning.

9th

Admitted one lad. No school in the afternoon.

10th

Visited by Mr. Boyd and a friend who expressed themselves pleased with the singing & musical drill of the scholars.

11th

The average attendance for the week very low 106

14th

Visited by Mr. Knight

15th

Punished two lads for using bad language in the playground. Took a part of Standard 2, those most backward & gave them a good drilling in their subjects.

16th

Took some extra time for singing.

21st

Visited by Mr. Boyd 136 present in the morning. Mr. Knight paid  visit in the afternoon.

23rd

Spent some time in going through the recitations & allusions.

25th

Took some extra time for singing. Average attendance for the week 132.

28th

Sent a list of all the scholars not in attendance to the attendance officer

30th

School year ends today. Received a parcel of books etc.

The registers were examined today and found correct. D.P. Boyd.

May 1890

 

1st

Commenced new registers today as this is the beginning of a new year.

5th

Gave the attendance officer a list of irregular scholars. Visited by Mr. Boyd & Mr. Knight.

7th

Recitations today

12th

Mr. Boyd called with a gentleman from Skegness who was very pleased with the singing and exercise.

14th

The school was examined today by Mr. Varnon. There were 158 scholars present. Mr. Denton , Mr. Knight came in for a short time during the examination which lasted from 9.15 – 1.45

15th

The school examination continued today. Mr. Cartwright H.M. Inspector present for his annual inspection. School dismissed at 1.30. Mr. Knight, Mr. Denton & Mr. Boyd paid visited while the examination was going on.

16th

Mr. Varnon came for a short time again this morning & heard the upper division of the school sing, giving them passages to sing from the blackboard at first sight and some ear tests. He also saw the scholars go through their music drill.

 

List of the Poems for recitation for year ending April 1891

Standards V,VI, VII – Selections from Shakespeare’s “King John”

IV – “Barbara Frictchie” J.G. Whether

III “There’s a good time coming” Mackay

     “Where there’s a will there’s a way”

    “Sase”

II  “The Noble Boy”

I   “Gentleman John”  F.E Weatherby

 

Geography

V,VI & VII Geography of Europe

IV               Scotland, Ireland, Australia.

III               England

I & II         As in the code.

19th

Visited by Mr. Boyd. Admitted five scholars.

24th

Closed for the Whitsuntide.

June 1890

 

2nd

Miss Groome finished her duties in this school on May 24th. The newly appointed mistress is not able to commence duty before next week.

4th

Visited by Mr. Knight. Taught the words of a new song.

5th

Gave the upper standards a drawing lesson

9th

Admitted two scholars

10th

Miss Gadsby commenced duties in this school.

12th

Mr. Knight visited the school

14th

Mr. Boyd paid a visit

17th

Punished a lad for throwing stones.

18th

Pupil teacher away through illness.

19th

P.T. still away. Mr. Knight visited.

20th

Average attendance for the week 146

23rd

Good full school

30th

H.M. Inspector’s report for Year ending April 30th 1890

Boys’ school

The school is in good order and the boys have passed a very good examination in elementary subjects. Reading has evidently improved and is now bold with very little hesitation. Writing and spelling are good and arithmetic accurate, but the first and second standards must not be allowed to count on their fingers. The third, fourth and sixth standard’s work a very fair proportion of problems correctly. Composition requires attention in the fifth standard and grammar is not as satisfactory as the other work of the school. The poetry is fairly well said. The boys answered well in Geography. Singing by note is good. The walls might be coloured. Another classroom is wanted badly.

V.E.O. Whitney has passed fairly but should attend to grammar, algebra and knowledge of method. Grant
Mr. Burgess will receive his certificate in due course. Fixed 
4 - 6
Walter Wood certificated teacher of 1st class o/o of passes
8 - 0
Henry Burgess, certificated teacher of 2nd class Grammar 
2 - 0
Charlotte H Gadsby assistant mistress Ex. P.T. Geography
2 - 0
V.E.O. Whitney, pupil teacher of 4th year Singing
1 – 0
Merit
3 – 0
20 - 6

James Heygate Clerk of the Board.                

July 1st 1890

Taught the scholars a new song “Murmur gentle lyre”

2nd

Visited by Mr. Knight

4th

Monday being the day for the Band of Hope trip to the seaside school not opened.

8th

Very poor attendance today. Those present very sleepy and tired.

9th

Commenced another new song.

10th

Took some time in going through the recitations for the year.

11th

Took the half time scholars with the 1st class. Some not in at all this week.

14th

Admitted one scholar. Visited by Mr. Boyd

15th

Took notes round to those who are not in attendance

21st

Visited by Mr. Boyd. The assistant master away today not well.

24th

I have this day examined the registers and found them correct. Sam Knight chairman of the Board.

25th

Broke up school for the summer holiday – four weeks.

Aug 25th 1890

Opened school after the holiday. 140 present in the morning and 150 in the afternoon. Admitted 8 new scholars.

28th

Visited by Mr. Knight

29th

Average attendance for the week 147. Visited by Mr. Boyd & a friend.

Sept 1st 1890

Admitted three lads. Visited by Mr. Knight.

3rd

Recitations done well today.

4th

Visited by a gentleman from Manchester.

5th

Average attendance for the week 149

8th

Visited by Mr. Boyd

9th

156 present in the morning and 158 in the afternoon.

10th

Visited by Mr. Knight. Commenced teaching a new song “The Mariner’s song”

12th

Average attendance in the week 153

15th

Mr. Knight paid a visit

17th

Gave a lesson in analyses of sentences.

18th

Practised over a new song.

19th

Took some extra time for dumb bell drill this morning. The average attendance this week has been 152. The usual drawing lesson. Only a few did any thing like decent drawings. Took the same in the afternoon.

22nd

School not open today being feast week.

23rd

Closed school in the afternoon.

26th

The attendance has been very poor this week. 94 has been the average.

29th

Admitted two fresh scholars. Mr. Burgess the assistant master left on the 26th

30th

Visited by Mr. Knight. Took Standards IV,V,VI & VII together for grammar & recitation.

Oct 1st 1890

Very full school 165 present in the morning and 183 in the afternoon. Find it very difficult to carry on lessons properly with such a full school.

4th

Mrs. Wood has been assisting this week.

7th

Admitted one lad. Map drawing today.

10th

Drawing lesson in the morning.

13th

Took some time for dumb bell exercise and singing.

15th

Punished Master Elstow for playing truant.

17th

Mr. Knight visited in the morning – average attendance for the week 157

20th

Mr. Knight paid a visit. Admitted two lads.

24th

Drawing lesson in the morning. Frank White appointed a monitor.

27th

Admitted two lads. Divided Standard I into two parts as there are a few very backward ones among them who want special attention.

29th

Mr. Knight visited the school

31st

The attendance for Thursday & Friday very much below the average for the week.

Nov. 3rd 1890

Mr. Craddock commenced duties as assistant master.

7th

Very wet day, attendance thin. I have this day examined the registers and found them correct. Sam Knight Chairman School Board.

10th

A great number came without the school fee today.

11th

Mr. Knight paid a visit. The usual singing lesson

12th

Practised a new song “Always be truthful.”

14th

Punished A. Garley for disobeying the assistant master.

17th

The first class very thin in attendance today.

18th

A great number have come without their school fee again today.

20th

Visited by Mr. Knight

21st

Average attendance for the week 151 – less than for some time past.

24th

Visited by Mr. Knight

25th

Mr. Knight, Mr. Claridge & Mr. Colson paid a visit to the school today.

27th

Heavy fall of snow – attendance very thin

28th

So few present that the school was closed.

Dec. 1st 1890

Mr. Knight visited in the morning. Practised a new song “Let the hills resound with song.”

2nd

Mr Claridge paid a visit.

3rd

146 present in the morning, 159 in the afternoon. The Factory Inspector called in the afternoon.

5th

Mr. K night visited the school today.

8th

Two boys applied for labour certificates.

9th

Took some extra time for singing. Mr. Knight visited in the afternoon.

10th

The first class took drawing.

12th

Mr. Knight visited. Gave Standard 3 an examination – they did fairly well, some few are very backward in arithmetic and spelling.

15th

Very cold and winterly and this has made the attendance poor today.

16th

Took some extra time for dumbbells drill as the lads were so cold.

18th

Singing lesson today.

19th

The weather has brought down the average attendance this week.

22nd

Opened school but the numbers were very small indeed.

23rd

Took the boys for a rehearsal of the entertainment to be given in the Public Hall tomorrow evening by the boys & girls of our schools.

1891

 

Jan 5th 1891

Opened after the Christmas holiday with 150 present. Five new scholars.

7th

Visited by Mr. Knight

9th

Sent notes to parents of all those absent – the reasons given for absence are as a rule – colds & influenza.

12th

Arthur Sears gone to work as a whole timer – he is thirteen years of age and has passed Standard IV

14th

Took recitations throughout the school

16th

The usual drawing lesson in the morning. Not withstanding the severity of the weather the average attendance for the week amounted to 150

19th

Mr. Knight paid a visit – admitted one boy.

21st

Heard the recitations in Standard IV. Examined Standard II, on the whole they did very well.

22nd

Mr. Knight visited the school

23rd

The average attendance for the week is …….

26th

Fifteen boys from Standard I have been transferred to Moor Road Infant School in order to release the overcrowding in  this school

28th

Visited by Mr. Knight who checked the registers, finding a mistake of one marked more than was present.

30th

Took some extra time for singing.

Feb 3rd 1891

There are several scholars away with measles.

4th

Visited by Mr. Knight

7th

The attendance has now been smaller than usual owing to sickness.

9th

Only 122 present in the morning and 132 in the afternoon.

10th

Mr. Knight visited the school

12th

Examined Standard III, the arithmetic is good and accurate, writing poor, spelling good, reading good.

18th

Gave Standard IV an examination

20th

Illness still prevails – this has reduced the average attendance again this week.

23rd

Visited by Mr. Knight

25th

Received notice of audit to be held at Wellingborough on the 10th of March.

27th

Visited by Mr. Knight.

March 2nd 1891

Mr. Mason paid a visit. Examined Standard II the work has improved. This Standard wants a separate teacher very badly being large & important standard & having to be taught with other standards.

4th

The assistant master away from school today.

6th

Mr. Knight visited the school. The assistant master still absent.

9th

Full school in the afternoon. Mrs. Wood helping in school today. As the assistant is still not well

10th

Sent the registers & books to Wellingborough to be audited.

11th

Books returned from the audit.

12th

Took the recitations of the Upper Standards

13th

The assistant master not returned to school yet. Mrs. Wood still helping

14th

Herbert King left school, he being 13 years of age – passed standard V

16th

Mr. Craddock returned to duties today.

18th

Mr. Claridge visited he school today. Four applications for admission today. Examined the registers and found them correct. J. Claridge.

19th

Sent out notes to all absentees. There were twelve away from one Standard only. The reasons given in most cases were sickness.

20th

The average attendance for the week is ………

23rd

Better attendance today, admitted one lad.

24th

Gave a lesson to the first class on the seasons d to Standard IV on New Zealand.

25th

The pupil teacher taught Standard IV for a criticism lesson, taking as his subject Norway & Sweden.

26th

Closed school for Easter holiday

April 6th 1891

Opened after Easter, as all have not come up, sent notes to all absentees.

7th

Better attendance today.

8th

Five applications for admission this week.

9th

Visited this morning by Mr. Knight, Mr. Colson & Mr. Claridge.

10th

Gave the first class an examination & tested the recitation.

13th

Map drawing. A good number absent again today.

15th

Took an extra half hour for drill.

16th

The usual singing lesson.

20th

The Iv, V & VI Standards taught together for parsing and analysis, both morning and afternoon.

22nd

Gave some time to Swedish Drill

24th

Sent absentee notes to all away today. Some of the reasons given were very frivolous – “Kept at home to go errands.” Kept at home to go to the shop.”

27th

Visited in the morning by Mr. Knight, Mr. Skinner & Mr. Bradfield.

29th

Punished four lads for playing truant. Only 147 present in the morning.

May 2nd 1891

Gave Standards IV,V,VI & VII an examination.

5th

Gave the classes a good drilling in their geography

7th

Mr. Bradfield paid a visit in the morning.

11th

Found some writing on the doors of closets, tried to find out the offender, one lad was said to have done it but could get sufficient proof. Offered a reward to anyone who could find out the culprit. Told the whole school, that anyone found writing on walls of doors or in anyway damaging the premises should be brought before the school board.

12th

Visited by Mr. Knight

15th

Closed school for the whit week.

25th

Opened with a fair attendance. Mr. Knight paid a visit in the morning.

26th

Heard from the Band of Hope Union that Frank White had joined a prize for the essay on temperance.

28th

The school was examined today by Mr. Brown. There were 185 scholars present.

June 1st 1891

A number of lads applied for admission – visited by Mr. Knight.

4th

The annual inspection was held today by Mr. Dibbon H.M. Inspector. There was a very good attendance.

5th

Visited by Mr. Knight

9th

176 present in the morning, 171 in the afternoon. The assistant master went home during the afternoon – not well.

11th

The assistant master absent.

12th

Mrs. Wood took charge of Standard IV as Mr. Craddock is still away.

 

List of poems proposed for recitation in Rushden Board Boys’ School for the year ending April 30th 1892

Standards V,VI & VII “The forester’s of Arden” from Shakespeare’s play “As you like it”. “The Merchant of Venice.”

Standard IV “Gray’s Elegy”

III  “Barbara Frietchic”

I “The hen & chickens.”

15th

Visited by Mr. Bradfield. 163 present. Admitted two lads.

18th

Went through the recitations of the Upper Standards, going into the characters and meaning of Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice.”

19th

Took a drawing lesson both morning and afternoon.

22nd

Admitted three lads two of whom are very backward in their lessons.

24th

Took recitations again.

25th

Very heavy thunder storms, some difficulty in getting the lads off between the heavy showers

26th

Average attendance for the week 170. Highest attendance on Tuesday 180 in the morning and 189 in the afternoon.

29th

Good attendance today. 187 in the morning , 195 in the afternoon. Found very great difficulty in carrying on school being such a hot day and so crowded.

30th

There was a meeting in the evening at which a good number of children attended and some of the parents and friends to see the distribution of prizes and certificates gained by the 11 boys and 17 girls who sat for examination in these schools on February 28th. Subject of exam “Alcohol its properties etc.” (In connection with the Band of Hope Union.”

Frank White gained a special prize. There was one 1st class certificate, four 2nd class certificates, six certificates of merit among the boys. Addresses were given by Mr. Payne of Irthlingborough, Mr. Pack Higham Ferrers, Mr. Vorley, Revs. Tomkins, Parker and Palmer.

July 3rd 1891

The attendance poor in the afternoon. Took drawing in the morning.

10th

Visited by Mr. Knight.

 

H.M. Inspector’s Report for the year ending April 30th 1891

Boys’ school

The instruction in the elementary subjects is good on the whole, but mental arithmetic in the first, second and third standards and spelling in the second standard should show improvement, and recitation should also receive more care in the first, second and third standards. Geography is good especially in the first, fifth and sixth standards, but the higher grant for grammar is recommended with hesitation on account of the weakness in the third, fifth and sixth standards. Order is fairly satisfactory in the school room but the offices are disfigured by indecent writing.

Walter Wood certificated teacher of 1st class

George Craddock Ex. P.T.

Charlotte H. Gadsby Ex. P.T.

V.E.O> Whitney Ex. P.T.

James Heygate Clerk to the Board.

13th

Punished two boys for playing truant – locked them in during the dinner hour, their parent’s sent them some dinner to enable this to be done.

14th

Took a drawing lesson – this subject will take up a good deal of time for the South Kensington Examination.

20th

Visited by Mr. Knight, Mr. Colson & Mr. Claridge.

21st

Mr. Bradfield paid a visit in the morning.

23rd

184 present in the morning and 174 in the afternoon.

24th

Broke up school for the summer holiday. The registers were examined & found correct by me this day. Sam Knight Chairman of School Board.

Aug 24th 1891

Opened school after the holidays with a good attendance.

25th

Admitted several fresh scholars. 184 present in the morning & 193 in the afternoon.

26th

Went through the recitations in all the classes.

28th

Visited by Mr. Knight

31st

No school opening today. All the scholars were provided with tea in the school room. After which they marched in procession, headed by the Temperance Band into Mr. Denton’s field, unfortunately the rain came down just as the field was reached. As the rain continued the play and sports had to be postponed until the first fine evening.

Sept 1st 1891

No school fee is charged for scholars attending these schools from this date.

3rd

The sports which were postponed on Monday took place in the evening this day. Visited by Mr. Bradfield.

4th

Attendance not so good today. Drawing lesson in the morning.

7th

Mr. Burgess late assistant master in this school paid a visit.

8th

194 present in the morning, 197 I the afternoon.

10th

Commenced a new song.

12th

Punished several lads whom I found had been loitering at the railways works instead of being into school.

14th

Visited by a schoolmaster from the South of England.

16th

Very full school today

18th

Mr. Knight paid a visit. Closed school for feast week.

28th

Opened school in the New Room. One class room not ready for use yet. Admitted four fresh scholars.

30th

Visited by Mr. Coleman a gentleman from Margate, who informed me he had been a member of Margate School Board 15 years. He expressed himself as pleased with the singing and dumb bell exercise & should like the same introduced into Margate Schools.

Oct 2nd 1891

The attendance not up to the average this week.

5th

Visited by Mr. Denton & Mr. Claridge.

6th

Good long lesson in singing

7th

Examined Standard IV in reading, writing & arithmetic.

9th

Examined Standard IV in class subjects.

12th

Several fresh scholars admitted this morning. Visited by Mr. Bradfield.

13th

The usual singing lesson

14th

Gave some time to drilling the lads in the playground.

16th

Mr. Denton paid a visit.

17th

Average attendance this week 188

19th

Visited by Mr. Denton. Mr. McEwan commenced duties as assistant master today. Punished three lads for playing truant on Friday

21st

The registers were examined by me this day & found to be correct. A.J. Colson.

22nd

Supplied standard II with drawing books * Standard I with drawing slates.

25th

Admitted two lads. Visited by Mr. Denton. Took some time drilling in the playground.

27th

Visited by Mr. Denton. Find in questioning two lads that they had been loitering at the railway cutting – kept them an hour after school.

29th

Visited by Mr. Bradfield.

Nov 2nd 1891

There were 201 present in the afternoon. Mr. Denton paid a visit.

3rd

206 present in the afternoon.

5th

Warned the lads not to stop away from school today and tomorrow. 187 present in the afternoon, very good attendance considering it is the 5th and there being an attraction on the Moor Road.

6th

197 present in the morning, 193 in the afternoon.

9th

Took a  lesson  on scale drawing. Punished a boy for stone throwing.

11th

Went through the recitation of the upper standards

12th

Took the exercises in the playground today.

13th

Average attendance this week 189

16th

Sent the registers, summary fees book and C up to Wellingborough to be audited this day.

20th

Mr. Knight paid a visit.

24th

Admitted two lads.

27th

Examined Standard II today.

30th

Good full school today.

Dec 2nd 1891

200 present in the morning

4th

The average attendance for the week 192

7th

Admitted one lad who is 7 years of age & doesn’t know his letters.

8th

Mr. Denton paid a visit.

10th

Gave the 1st class map drawing. Average attendance 186 for the week.

14th

The usual drawing lesson

17th

Examined Standard IV

18th

Examined Standard III

21st

Examined Standard II

23rd

Broke up for the Christmas holidays.


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