Carr Lane School Low Moor: Infants' Logbook 1878-1959

The following is a collection of loose pieces of paper and letters which were found in the pages of the Infants Log Book.



9 May 1956. Rev. G.H. Stevens. Infants: The children were lively and responsive & eager to tell me what they knew – I was not always able to get the answers I wanted – but it is clear that the religious instruction here is taken seriously & the syllabus is well adapted to cover the essentials of the Christian faith for children of this age. Anything that can be done to strengthen the link between this school & the parish Church is to be encouraged. The interest taken by the Vicar is of course most helpful for this purpose.


Miss Briggs – Dec.1878 to Dec 1886 – 8. Miss Kneeshaw – Jan 1886 – Apr 1921- 35. Miss Robertshaw – April 1921 – Aug 1921 – 4 mths. Miss Bartram – Aug 1921 – May 1928 – 7 yrs. Mrs Lee – May to Aug – Supply - 4mths. Miss Knowles – Aug 1928 – Aug 1935 – 7 yrs. Miss Ormondroyd – Aug 1935 – Dec 1943 – 8 1/3 yrs.


Copies of H.M. Inspector's Reports for Carr Lane Infants School. 1896. 'The Infants ae exceedingly well handled & taught'. The Babies room should be suitably furnished. A Urinal for the Boys is necessary and washing apparatus should be provided. 1897: The Infants are exceedingly well handled & taught. Washing apparatus has been provided but the Babies Room is still without desks and the infant boys offices without a urinal. 1898: The management is kindly and intelligent, and the work done is of a generally creditable character. The desks referred to in last year's report as being necessary for the youngest children had not been procured on the occasion of the last visit to the school. 1899: The infants are managed with skill and as in previous years they have been carefully taught. The staff should be at once strengthened, so as to meet the requirements of Art.73 of the Code, which are not at present satisfied. 1900: Good results under difficult circumstances have been produced. Too much work has been expected from the earnest & painstaking Mistress. The Baby Class is sensibly managed. 1901: The results achieved are satisfactory. Articles 68 and 73 of the Code must be strictly observed. 1902: The Mistress spares no effort in sensibly and carefully training the Infants. 1903: Good management prevails, the children being attentive and industrious. The Teachers do their utmost for the children.

St Marks Infant School Diocesan Inspection 1942. The little ones were very bright & interesting, they gave a very good account of themselves in all that they were asked to do, & the teaching is on sound & telling lines. J.C. Watson D.I.

Letter dated 3rd May 1945 from City of Bradford Education Committee. Dear Sir or Madam, The Education Committee have passed the following resolution: "That all schools be closed for two clear days immediately following the official announcement of the cessation of hostilities". This decision will apply to all the Primary and Secondary Schools of the City, the Junior Art Department and the Evening Institutes. The "two clear days" are in addition to VE-day. As soon as the announcement is known, an appropriate assembly of the school should be held, immediately after which you may disperse. If it is made in the morning, School Canteens and Dining Rooms should be open that day so that children who are not provided for at home may have dinner. You should make it known now that, if the announcement is made after schools have dispersed on VE-day, the schools will be closed for the two following days and pupils need not attend the next morning to have this confirmed. Two clear days should be interpreted as the first two normal school days after VE-day, i.e. if the announcement is made on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, the schools will be closed for the following Monday and Tuesday. Wartime Nursery Classes will close only on VE-day and the next day, i.e. the public holidays, and will be open the following day. It is not now proposed to send out the instructions on procedure that were mentioned in my letter of the 30th April, unless there are some further points to emphasise. Yours faithfully, Thos Boyce, Director of Education.

10th February 1953. Dear Miss Whopham, I want to come along and inspect your School this term with a view to writing a report. The date I have chosen is 9th March. Perhaps you will let me know if for any special reason this date is inconvenient. I shall have with me Miss D.M. Griffin, H.M.I. Yours sincerely W.H. Mawson.

St Marks infants School Diocesan Inspection 1940. The little ones are in good & capable hands & gave a good account of themselves in all that they were asked to do. What suggestions I have to make, I have already made to the H.T. J.C. Watson D.I.

Letter dated 13th May 1944 from City of Bradford Education Office. Dear Miss Whapham, Mr. Skinner tells me that Mr. Russell, who is in grave difficulties over staffing, has approached him with a view to getting a little help until the end of this term. I am very sorry that this means disrupting the staffing of your school again, but the best arrangement that can be made is for Mrs. Priestley, who enjoyed herself very much at Carr Lane Infants', to come back to you on Monday and for you to ask Miss Briggs if she will be good enough to return to the Primary School to help Mr. Russell out for the rest of this term. I need not go into the details of his staffing difficulties, I expect Mr. Russell will have discussed the matter with you, and he may indeed have consulted you about this arrangement before telephoning to Mr. Skinner. The arrangement, of course, is a purely temporary one, and Miss Briggs will be returning to you at the beginning of the Autumn Term. Again with regrets that your career as a Head is proving such a stormy one as far as staffing arrangements are concerned. Yours sincerely, P.H. Whittaker, Senior Woman Inspector of Schools.

St Mark's Day Schools Diocesan Inspection 1941. Juniors: I cannot speak too highly of the results of the Religious Knowledge Inspection throughout the school. This year a full Diocesan Syllabus is being offered, the children are being taught to apply much of the teaching that is given & were immensely interested in all that they were called upon to do. Infants; The little ones are in very good hands, the method of teaching serve to make the Bible subjects very real to their small understandings. J.C. Watson D.I.

Report by H.M . Inspectors Report on Carr Lane Church of England School (Infants' Department). Inspected on 9 March 1953. The infants' Department is working under very difficult physical conditions. The separate building it occupies on the same small site as the Junior Department provides two good sized rooms divided by a glass partition and, at a lower level, a dining room and a scullery which are shared with the Junior Department. There are no washbasins at all: portable hand bowls are used in conjunction with a kitchen sink and a hot water geyser in a corner of one of the rooms. The porches of the two entrances to the building are intended to be used as cloakrooms but neither is satisfactory for this purpose: one is damp, small, dark and unventilated and the other, which is the more frequently used way into the building, can only be used as a cloakroom in good weather because of a heavy outer door which for safety's sake is kept fastened back open. In practice these two porches are little used as cloakrooms and coats are hung on free standing racks in one of the classrooms. The main porch could probably be made usable by the fitting of a lighter door, the installation of a window and an overhaul of the hooks. There is no accommodation for the staff, nor is there any room for storage. Finally both internally and externally the building is in need of repainting and it appears that some roof repairs are necessary. Altogether the premises do not afford a good working and living environment for young children and place difficulties and frustration in the way of the teacher. There are 72 children between the ages of five and seven years in attendance and they are divided into two classes, the younger, in charge of the Head Mistress, containing 42 and the older, in charge of an experienced teacher, containing 30. About 12 children daily stay to the midday meal. Ways of developing the educational possibilities of the meal on the attractive lines now adopted for serving the mid-morning milk were discussed with the Head Mistress. Both teachers came to the School in 1944. They are working conscientiously and devotedly in face of the physical handicaps described above. Standards of attainment in reading, writing and number reach a fair level by the time children pass to the Junior Department. No opportunity should be missed of widening and enriching the general experiences open to the children and the purposefulness of what is done should be kept constantly under review. In one of the classrooms a delightful and most decorative nature table was seen; nature study clearly receives its due place in the programme of these children. In the same room there was an attractive and well stocked shop which appears to be used to good purpose for number practice. In general, however, there is need for a wider use of informal teaching methods and for increased and more varied stocks of learning materials, including attractive books, to provide an adequate field for venture, creation and experimentation. There is a tendency for formal teaching to be used too early; ways should be tried of allowing the basic skills to be introduced easily and naturally as the opportunity arises out of the children's play. At the top end of the school once the children have achieved a working proficiency in the skills of reading, writing and number they should be extended fully according to their powers. For this a greater variety of books difficult enough to present an adequate challenge to the better readers will be required, more opportunities for free and original writing about vital and interesting topics should be given, number should be related to actual and thought provoking situations and wider use should be made of group work.

St. Marks Infants – Diocesan Inspection 1937. The little ones pleased me well in what they were asked to do by me at the inspection & are

in good & capable hands. J. C. Watson. D.I.


Inspectors Report for Carr Lane Infants Inspected on 1st June 1957 by the Reverend R. Tindall. Canon Brown has asked me to write a separate report of this school. I am glad to do so. It is one of the very best schools in the Diocese of Bradford. The kind of religious instruction being given in it is right. It is thoroughly Christian, it is based on sound Church doctrine, it is impacted by teachers who conscientiously believe what they teach. The opening devotives are excellent, a well-balanced collection of praise & prayer suitable for little folk. The pictures & books are lovely & exactly the right things to create the right impression on the minds of the children. I received excellent answers to my questions and was happy from start to finish of the inspection. The teachers deserve the sincere thanks of the Bishop & the Diocese education authorities. Robert Tindall. Assistant Inspector.

20th September 1954 from The Education Department to Head Teachers (All Schools). General Arrangements for the visit of her Majesty the Queen. 1. The Queen will visit Bradford on the 28th October 1954 and will be present at Park Avenue Cricket Ground from 2.50 p.m. to 3.10 p.m. approximately. Arrangements are being made to accommodate about 26,000 school children on the Ground to see Her Majesty. These children will be drawn from Std II and upwards in all types of schools except those for the physically handicapped. Head Teachers will not be expected to make any arrangements for children in Std I and in Infants' Schools to see the Queen. Those must be left to the parents. 1. All Schools, including Infants' Schools, will be officially closed for the day. It will be necessary, however, to assemble those children who will be attending Park Avenue at their own Schools. The time of this assembly is left to the discretion of the Head Teacher but must suit the transport arrangements, details of which – together with those showing the exact allocation of the accommodation within the Ground – will be sent to School as soon as possible. It is proposed to transport children from some Schools by rail and some by 'bus. Those children attending schools within reasonable distance of the Ground will be expected to walk. 3. The Lord Mayor has made a request for the Uniformed Organisations to line the Queen's route. Head Teachers are asked to co-operate by releasing members of these Organisations, both children and members of staff, as far as they possibly can. It would be understood that these children and members of staff will not be able to attend at Park Avenue. Any member of the Uniformed Organisation who is not lining the route and will therefore be present at Park Avenue, is requested to wear uniform for the occasion. 4. Arrangements will be made for school meals in the normal way. The meal may have to be taken earlier than is customary and Schools will be asked at a later date to give an estimate of the numbers of those requiring a meal on that day. 5. Head Teachers are asked to note that police will not be available for crossing patrols nor will the adult patrols be available on that day.