Warmley C of E School
log extracts 1865 - 1867
from hard copy record by Ian Cuming of Oldland.
School log extracts:
May 23rd. The Lansdown Races are being held today.
Several of the children are gone.
May 24th. I
find three boys are truanting, they are gone to
May 25th. Punished the boys who were
truanting yesterday and Tuesday.
May 30th. I
find we have lost two or three boys lately, through
their being sent out to work.
June 1st. I find
several of the girls are kept at home, to help in
the house, for Whitsuntide.
June 2nd. Broke up
for the Whitsuntide holidays.
June 15th. I took
the fourth class into the playground for a lesson
this afternoon as the heat was so oppressive.
15th. Several of the boys kept at home this week,
June 21st. Unable to attend to my
duties today on account of having a swollen face.
June 23rd. ditto.
July 12th. Have
been obliged to send a note to Jarrett's mother
on account of his continually coming late.
18th. The following report was received this morning:-
"The examination has resulted very favourably
for a school that has been in existence only a few
months. Many of' the children in the first standard,
who knew very little on their admittance, will require
attention, especially in reading, and girls and
boys alike in every class should be taught to speak
and read loudly and distinctly. In other subjects
attainments are satisfactory. The writing is good,
the reading tolerably accurate, though as yet without
much expression and the failures in arithmetic have
been very few. In Scripture first and second classes
showed a want of intelligence and a hesitation in
answering which there is reason to believe is not
usual with them. The school buildings are excellent
and the school promises gradually to improve under
its present teacher."
T. H. Howard.
For the School Managers.
Sept. 5th. Mrs Howard kindly sent a quantity
of pears to be given to the children.
I find the children are being kept at home to pick
Oct. 6th. Scull has come today;
he has been kept at home to dig potatoes. He says
he does not wish to continue as monitor any longer.
31st. End of the quarter. This evening the children
who sing in church partook of tea in the schoolroom.
The tea was provided by the kindness of Mr.
Howard, who, after it was over, addressed those
present and the remainder of the evening was spent
in practising singing.
Nov. 14th. A Catechism
lesson was given by Mr. Howard.
Nov. 15th. The
children of the first division were examined on
Book of Genesis by Mr. Howard.
16th. Punished two boys for truanting.
School log extracts:
March. 21st. Today being the day of Humiliation
on account of the Cattle Plague, the elder children
have attended Divine Service this afternoon.
28th Have had some trouble with the children who
stay in to dinner, as some of the dinners have been
taken by other children. I have tried to find out
the thief but have not yet succeeded. We have been
in the habit of putting the dinners in the Lobby
but intend for the future to lock them in the bookcase.
20th. I find Scull has been guilty of gross misconduct
today I shall not allow him to continue as monitor
Nov. 5th. A poor attendance this
afternoon on account of a treat at the British School.
I have now determined to fine the monitors for being
late as I find telling is of no use. E. Pincombe
fined this morning. The children came very late
to school so I intend commencing at half past nine
instead of nine, these dark mornings.
We broke up today for the usual Christmas holiday.
I this day resigned my duties as mistress of this
school. E. Greenville.
School log extracts:
Jan 7th. Edwin Lambert takes over as Master.
No lady teacher – Eliz Chambers.
Jan. 11th. Schoolwork
and conduct of the children throughout this day
very fair. Have not had occasion to use corporal
punishment at all this week.
Jan. 14th. The children
were much more noisy than any day last week. The
weather is extremely cold and consequently they
frequently asked leave to go to the fire for a warm.
15th. The weather is very severe and the children
have felt the cold very much, consequently they
were restless and consequently asking to go to the
fire - I allow them to do so a few at a time but
I find it causes confusion which cannot well be
Jan. 16th. Had occasion to speak reprovingly
to Emma Pincombe and Eliz. Britton for not coming
to school in time. (i.e. (Monitors).
Walter Smith loitering from the school the whole
week. His father found him idling about and brought
him to school about 3:30 in the afternoon and asked
me to punish him well and keep him in school till
March. 4th. Eliz. Britton left school
to go into service.
May 3rd. Today the school
had a half-holiday to go into the fields cowslipping.
21st. Samuel Chambers behaved very badly in the
school: it is useless to speak to him; there is
a daring impudence in his manner which is most offensive.
22nd. Today I have requested the parents of Samuel
Chambers to keep him at home, to avoid the necessity
for my dismissing him from school; his conduct in
the morning was defiant and unbearable.
4th. Mrs. B. Crown Pit, came to complain of her
children being punished. I explained that it was
for improper conduct in the school, but she had
an idea that it was to satisfy ill feeling on the
part of the teacher towards her children, and was
very impertinent about it.
June 5th. I was obliged
to dismiss Samuel Jones and James Humphries from
the school today. Their conduct has all along bee
most improper but in the dinner hour today they
were both guilty of such gross misconduct that for
the sake of the other children I could no longer
permit them to remain in the school. Sent a note
to each of their parents.
June 18th. Today Samuel
Chambers again came to school; but as Mr. Howard
(the Vicar) was from home, I felt it was proper
he should not remain and directed him to come tomorrow
and be publicly re-admitted by Mr. H. on promise
of amendment of conduct.
June 19th. The boy Chambers
did not make his appearance.
June 20th. Cautioned
the c1ildren who go along Church Lane against climbing
the hedges against Mr. Howard's house.
Today the Master, suffering from an attack of neuralgia,
was obliged to leave' the school entirely in charge
of the Mistress and teachers.
July 11th. Master
unable to attend school at all today.
Master being somewhat better was able to be in school
July l3th. (sic) Today a young married
man, named William Spicer, who had met with a very
serious accident in a coal mine, which would for
ever prevent his returning to his former employment,
came to school with a view to render himself capable
of undertaking some light employment, in which a
knowledge of Writing, Arithmetic and Spelling would
be necessary. He will take his place in the first
class as an ordinary scholar.
Nov. 4th. In the
evening opened a night school for men and boys above
12 years of age and for women and girls of the same
age. There were 31 males and 9 females present.
Charge 1d per week for two nights, Mondays and Thursdays.
(This attendance did not seem to last. Several entries
record only 5, 9, and 3 present at night school.)
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C of E School circa 1907