Carr Lane School Low Moor: Boys' School Logbook
 

This logbook covers the activities, events and reports of Carr Lane Boys' School Low Moor from December 1872 to April 1889 and provides a fascinating insight to later 19th century School life. In 1889 the Carr Lane Boys' and Girls' Schools amalgamated to become a Mixed School. 

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ID Year Date Comments
1 1878 12 30 I took charge of the Carr Lane New Boys' School today and had 96 children present. (Signed) James Lee Laycock. Arranged the children in classes to suit the Standards they will have to be examined in next year. I found the names of the children in the Registers wrongly classified which has caused considerable trouble in marking them. Next quarter I intend to classify the children in the Registers.
2 1879 01 01 New Year's Holiday.
3 1879 01 06 Revd R A King visited the school. Engaged William Pyrah and John James Garside as monitors.
4 1879 01 09 The Attendance Officer called this morning.
5 1879 01 08 Taught the children a new song entitled 'Clad in Springtime beauty'.
6 1879 01 10 The School was visited by the Revd R A King MA who expressed his satisfaction with the Order and Discipline of the School.
7 1879 01 10 Begun giving Home lessons to the Children.
8 1879 01 13 Revd R A King called in the morning and took the 1st & 2nd Classes in Reading.
9 1879 01 12 The School was visited by the Rev R A King accompanied by Nugent Smyth Esq and Harold Hardy Esq. Mr Joseph Woodcock called in the afternoon. Taught the children a 'Round' called White Sand on Grey Sand.
10 1879 01 13 Begun to take the Monitors in the morning for Lessons. Revd R A King looked in at 11.15 a.m. I am working by a rough 'Time Table' until I see if it is suitable for the School. The Attendance Officer called in the afternoon.
11 1879 01 14 Had to punish several boys for coming late and also kept them half an hour after School hours.
12 1879 01 15 Rearranged the names in the Registers to correspond with the names in their Classes.
13 1879 01 16 Rev R A King gave a Scripture Lesson to the 1st and 2nd Classes.
14 1879 01 17 Rev R A King accompanied by Laurence Hardy Esq visited the school.
15 1879 01 18 Gave a Dictation Lesson to the 2nd Standard.
16 1879 02 03 The Vicar gave a Scripture Lesson to the 1st and 2nd Classes.
17 1879 02 06 Gave a Geography Lesson to the 3rd Standard (Boundaries and Openings of England)
18 1879 02 07 Revd R A King accompanied by the Rev Flynn called at the school this morning. Taught the children a new song entitled 'Evening'.
19 1879 02 10 The Vicar gave the usual Scripture Lesson. Deviated from the Time Table this week, in consequence of the arrival of new desks for the use of the children.
20 1879 02 11 Rev T H Flynn accompanied by Miss Flynn and a lady friend, visited the School in the afternoon.
21 1879 02 13 Rev R A King M A gave a Scripture Lesson to the 1st and 2nd Classes.
22 1879 02 17 The Rector gave a Scripture Lesson. Received Master's Desk and Cupboard.
23 1879 02 19 The Attendance Officer called.
24 1879 02 24 The Vicar gave the usual Scripture Lesson.
25 1879 02 25 Shrove Tuesday ' Holiday.
26 1879 02 27 Rev R A King gave a Scripture Lesson.
27 1879 02 28 Taught the children a new song called 'The Rivulet'.
28 1879 03 03 Rev R A King gave the usual Scripture Lesson.
29 1879 03 05 Examined the 1st Standard in Reading.
30 1879 03 10 Rev R A King gave a Scripture Lesson.
31 1879 03 12 Gave a Geography Lesson to the 2nd Standard.
32 1879 03 13 Rev R A King gave a Scripture Lesson.
33 1879 03 14 Taught the children a new song entitled 'The Farmer'.
34 1879 03 17 Admitted seven boys from New Works Infant School.
35 1879 03 19 Gave an examination to the Children. Best in the 5th Standard ' Willie Dawson, Wm Greenough, 4th Standard ' Dan Best, 3rd Standard ' Joseph Simpson, Hy Harker, 2nd Standard ' John Briggs, I Wilkinson, G W Hanson, 1st Standard ' Sam Bottomley, Saml Milnes, John Sugden.
36 1879 03 26 The Attendance Officer called.
37 1879 03 27 Revd R A King gave a Scripture Lesson.
38 1879 04 03 Took the 3rd Std in Geography. Revd R A King took the 1st and 2nd Classes in Scripture.
39 1879 04 07 Rev King gave a Reading Lesson to the 1st & 2nd Classes.
40 1879 04 08 Mrs Nugent Smyth of Royds Hall visited the School in the afternoon.
41 1879 04 11 Holiday ' Good Friday.
42 1879 04 14 Holiday ' Easter Monday, Easter Tuesday
43 1879 04 15 Engaged James Brook and Joseph Haycock as Monitors.
44 1879 04 21 Revd R A King took the 1st & 2nd Classes in Reading.
45 1879 04 23 Gave a Geography Lesson to the 2nd Standard.
46 1879 04 28 Rev R A King gave a Scripture Lesson. The Attendance Officer called.
47 1879 05 02 The School was visited by Laurence Hardy Esq who kindly heard the 1st & 2nd Classes read.
48 1879 05 05 Rev R A King gave the usual Scripture Lesson.
49 1879 05 07 Rev R A King took the 1st & 2nd Classes in Reading.
50 1879 05 09 Examined the 1st Standard. Sam Bottomley and Fred Barraclough obtained the highest marks.
51 1879 05 12 Rev R A King gave a Scripture Lesson.
52 1879 05 19 Took the third Standard in Geography.
53 1879 05 27 Gave a Geography Lesson to the 2nd Standard.
54 1879 05 30 'Broke up' this morning for Whitsuntide Holiday.
55 1879 06 02 Holiday a week for Whitsuntide.
56 1879 06 09 Reopened School after the Whitsuntide Holiday. Admitted this week six new boys.
57 1879 06 09 Revd R A King gave a Scripture Lesson.
58 1879 06 18 Gave a Geography Lesson to the 3rd Standard.
59 1879 06 25 Took the 2nd Standard in Dictation.
60 1879 06 30 Holiday this week on account of Master being sick.
61 1879 07 07 Miss Briggs kindly took charge of the School this week, kindly assisted by the Rev R A King.
62 1879 07 14 Admitted this week six new boys. Rev R A King took the 1st & 2nd Classes every morning excepting Friday in secular subjects. Joseph Haycock away from School on account of sickness.
63 1879 07 25 Joseph Haycock had to leave School in consequence of sickness. Appointed Arthur Garside as Monitor in the place of him.
64 1879 07 28 James Brook omitted coming to Lessons.
65 1879 08 04 James Brook came as usual with his lessons unprepared.
66 1879 08 05 James Brook came this morning without attempting his lessons.
67 1879 08 07 The attendance officer called.
68 1879 08 08 Had to expel James Brook for inattention to duties in School and Home Lessons.
69 1879 08 08 Broke up for 'Carr Lane Feast'. Gave the children a fortnight holiday.
70 1879 08 25 Recommenced duties after the holidays. Admitted four new boys.
71 1879 08 29 The children had their 'Annual Treat' this afternoon which consisted of tea & buns &c given by H W Wickham Esq.
72 1879 09 03 Revd R A King took the 1st & 2nd Classes this morning. Examined the 2nd Standard. Thomas Henry Fletcher, James Roberts, John Briggs obtained most marks.
73 1879 09 11 Revd R A King looked in this morning.
74 1879 09 12 Taught the children a new song entitled 'O'er the foaming billows'.
75 1879 09 18 Albert Belfield away from School on account of sickness.
76 1879 09 19 Taught the children a new song called 'The Captain'.
77 1879 09 23 The School was visited by the Rev R A King accompanied by Laurence Hardy Esq. Examined the 2nd Standard in Geography. Edgar Shaw, James Roberts & Ernest Stobarts answered best.
78 1879 10 01 Rev R A King took the 1st & 2nd Classes in Reading.
79 1879 10 06 Holiday in the afternoon for 'Wibsey Fair'.
80 1879 10 08 Rev R A King gave a Reading Lesson.
81 1879 10 14 Gave a Dictation Lesson to the 2nd Standard. Edgar Shaw, James Robert and Ernest Stobarts obtained most marks.
82 1879 10 20 Rev R A King gave a Dictation Lesson to the 1st & 2nd Classes.
83 1879 10 21 Received the Government Examination Schedules.
84 1879 10 22 Received from the Rev R A King the date when her Majesty's Inspector will examine the School.
85 1879 10 27 Rev R A King took the 2nd Class in Dictation.
86 1879 10 28 Examined the 3rd Standard in Geography.
87 1879 11 06 Mr Haslaw and his assistant Mr Smith inspected the School. Holiday in the afternoon.
88 1879 11 12 Albert Belfield absent on account of sickness.
89 1879 11 17 Rev R A King gave a Scripture Lesson. Received the Duplicate Examination Schedules in the afternoon.
90 1879 11 18 Arranged the children according to Standards.
91 1879 11 27 Arthur Garside absent on Thursday and Friday by permission.
92 1879 12 01 Engaged Harry Lister as Monitor with the intention of his becoming a Pupil Teacher.
93 1879 12 03 Attendance Officer called to enquire after absentees.
94 1879 12 11 Master absent on account of sickness.
95 1879 12 17 'Broke up' for Christmas Holidays.
96 1880 01 05 Reopened School after Christmas Holidays.
97 1880 01 12 Nothing to record.
98 1880 01 19 Rev R A King gave a Dictation Lesson to the 3rd Standard.
99 1880 01 21 Attendance Officer called in the afternoon.
100 1880 05 27 Had to punish several children for coming late.
101 1880 01 28 Rev R A King gave a Lesson to the upper Standards.
102 1880 02 02 Walter Smith (Candidate) commenced teaching.
103 1880 02 09 Forbur Shaw (Candidate) commenced teaching.
104 1880 02 10 Holiday Shrove Tuesday.
105 1880 02 18 Rev R A King took the 1st class in Reading.
106 1880 02 26 Took the 1st Standard in Dictation.
107 1880 02 27 Rev R A King brought the Inspector's Annual Report. Attendance Officer called.
108 1880 03 03 Rev R A King took the 1st Class in Reading. Summary of the Inspector's Report. 'The Boys have been taught as a separate department since the beginning of January. Their attainments are at present only moderate.' R A King Correspondent
109 1880 03 11 Gave a Geography lesson to the 3rd Standard.
110 1880 03 17 Rev R A King gave a Reading Lesson to the 4th & 5th Standards.
111 1880 03 26 Good Friday ' Holiday. Holiday Easter Monday and Tuesday.
112 1880 03 31 Recommenced duties after the Holidays with a very thin attendance. Average Attendance 25.
113 1880 04 09 Taught the children a new song entitled 'The Cuckoo'.
114 1880 04 12 Received a set of Coles and Tomlins Arithmetical Test Cards.
115 1880 04 18 Forbur Shaw away from School in the afternoon without permission and also comes with his lessons unprepared.
116 1880 04 28 Rev R A King gave a Reading Lesson to the 1st Class.
117 1880 04 30 Taught the children a new song entitled 'Summer'. Expelled Forbur Shaw for inattention to duties in School and neglecting his home lessons.
118 1880 05 05 Rev R A King gave a Lesson to the 1st Class.
119 1880 05 14 'Broke up' for Whitsuntide Holidays.
120 1880 05 24 Recommenced School after the Holidays.
121 1880 06 01 The School was visited in the afternoon by Mrs Nugent Smyth from Royds Hall.
122 1880 06 02 Rev R A King took the 1st Class in Dictation.
123 1880 06 04 Arthur Garside (Monitor) left to go to a private School.
124 1880 06 09 Gave a Dictation Lesson to the 2nd Standard.
125 1880 06 11 Received from Mrs Nugent Smyth a Scripture Book on the Acts of the Apostles.
126 1880 06 18 Nothing to record.
127 1880 06 22 Examined 2nd Standard in Geography. Albert Belfield (Monitor) left to go as an Apprentice to the Grocery Trade.
128 1880 06 28 Rev R A King took the 1st & 2nd Classes in Dictation.
129 1880 07 02 Taught the children a new song entitled 'Murmur Gentle Lyre'.
130 1880 07 09 Gave an Arithmetic Lesson to the 1st Standard.
131 1880 07 12 Attendance thin this week owing to stormy weather.
132 1880 07 23 Taught the children a new song entitled 'The Farmer's Call'.
133 1880 07 29 Punished Willie Leyton and Irvin Kellett for truant playing.
134 1880 08 02 Rev R A King gave a Dictation Lesson to the 1st Class.
135 1880 08 06 Broke up for the Midsummer Holidays for three weeks.
136 1880 08 30 Commenced School after the Holidays. During the Holidays the School has undergone a thorough cleaning.
137 1880 09 01 This afternoon the children have their Annual Treat consisting of tea and buns generously subscribed for by the late Mrs Wickham.
138 1880 09 08 Examined the 2nd, 3rd & 4th Standards in the three Rs. Arthur Greenough and Arthur Rhodes obtained most marks in the 2nd Std. Arthur Hill and Alfred Downes in the 3rd and Wm Bell and Geo Wm Milnes in the 4th.
139 1880 09 10 Taught the children a new song entitled 'Old England is our home'.
140 1880 09 15 Examined the 1st Standard. Fred Blackburn and William Greenwood did the best.
141 1880 09 20 Rev R A King gave a Dictation Lesson to the 4th Standard.
142 1880 09 24 Received the Government Examination Schedules.
143 1880 09 27 Engaged James Kellett Hodgson as Monitor.
144 1880 10 05 Attendance very thin in the morning. Holiday in the afternoon for Wibsey Fair.
145 1880 10 11 Rev R A King gave the 1st Class a Dictation Lesson.
146 1880 10 14 Examined the 3rd Standard in Geography.
147 1880 10 21 Examined the 2nd Standard. Alfred Smith and Saml Milnes obtained most marks.
148 1880 10 25 Attendance thin this week in consequence of stormy weather.
149 1880 11 04 Examined the 1st Standard. Alfred Taylor and J Stobarts did best.
150 1880 11 10 Rev R A King gave a Dictation Lesson to the 1st Class. Recitations for 1881 PT (new 1st year) from 'The Lady of the Lake'. Class subjects ' AM? ' nil (signed) J N Haslam 19/11/80
151 1880 11 23 Admitted Fred Northing from Wibsey National School.
152 1880 12 04 Received Duplicate Examination Schedule.
153 1880 12 06 Rev R A King accompanied by Laurence Hardy Esq visited the School in the morning. Laurence Hardy Esq kindly heard the Upper Standards read and examined the third Standard Dictation.
154 1880 12 13 Begun using Moffat's Reading Books for Stds I,II, III, IV.
155 1880 12 21 Attendance Officer visited the School.
156 1880 12 23 'Broke up' for Christmas Holidays. Two Weeks.
157 1881 01 10 Reopened School after the Christmas Holidays.
158 1881 01 17 Had to punish and keep in after School hours several boys for omitting to do their home lessons.
159 1881 01 28 Many absent this week in consequence of sickness and severe weather.
160 1881 02 03 Made up the Registers for last Quarter. Average attendance for the Quarter 89.
161 1881 02 07 Nothing to record.
162 1881 02 18 Taught the children a new song entitled 'When the rosy morn appearing'.
163 1881 02 21 Walter Smith Pupil Teacher 1st year got his indentures signed by the Managers. The Inspector's Report for the Year Ending Oct 31st/80 'Reading, Writing and Spelling are generally fair but in the fourth Standard, both Reading and Spelling are defective. Arithmetic, however, is seriously defective throughout. The first Standard did badly in Subtraction, and in the Multiplication Table; Notation is weak not only in this Standard but also in the second and third, and in all Standards the work shows both want of intelligence and inaccuracy. Geography was very poor.'
164 1881 03 01 Shrove Tuesday Holiday.
165 1881 03 09 Examined the 1st Class in Dictation on Paper.
166 1881 03 18 Average Attendance 91.
167 1881 03 25 Received the Attendance Return for the month ending February 25th. Many children absent on account of bad weather.
168 1881 03 30 Attendance Officer visited the School.
169 1881 04 04 Filled up Labour Certificate for Arthur Garside.
170 1881 04 15 Good Friday Holiday.
171 1881 04 18 Easter Monday Holiday.
172 1881 04 19 Easter Tuesday Holiday.
173 1881 04 29 Close of present Master's services.
174 1881 05 02 I, Harry Bottomley Certificated Master of the 2nd class took charge of this the Carr Lane Boys School. The state of the school as regards discipline baffles all description the children are literally wild. There is not a single ink-well in the school, no pens or any other apparatus except reading books. What the recent master has been doing of late surprises me. Rev R A King accompanied me to School this morning & introduced me. The registers were not made up for last quarter and I had all names to re-write as it is the commencement of the 3rd quarter this morning. Numbers of mothers visited the school with various complaints respecting their children. I promised to do my best to rectify all as far as possible. Admitted 3 new scholars during week. 157 children have been present during week making in all 1208 attendances. School fees 26/2.
175 1881 05 13 Admitted 3 scholars during week. We are now approaching something like order in the school. Standard II are in a shocking state. They never can have received a single lesson since leaving Standard I. W Smith the pupil teacher has been shockingly neglected. He informs me that he has done no work for the last 3 months & when he did the master did not examine it.
176 1881 05 14 During the week 158 scholars have been present and made 1219 attendances. School fees 1.6.4. School attendance officer visited the school on Wednesday last.
177 1881 05 16 Admitted 3 new scholars. Herb Downes & Charles Reid and Geo Holdsworth. Gave Standards III, IV and V some good writing lesson on paper during the week. I received a parcel of books to-day and we shall therefore commence Home Work in the Upper Classes at once. I am working from a New Temporary Time-Table for the present, because to attempt to do any teaching at present would result in utter failure. My work at present must be to re-organize the school & to look to the discipline. I have taken St III, IV and V in grammar & geog daily from 11.30 to 12 and from 3.30 to 4 in all the Elementary parts of each subject; and to all appearances it will take all our time in these upper Standards to get a fair knowledge of England in Geography.
178 1881 05 21 Several boys were absent this afternoon. As soon as I had marked the register I sent round to their houses & ascertained that 3 boys were playing truant. During the week 161 scholars have been present & all and have made 1272 attendances. School fees amount to 1.7.0. On referring to Summary I find that Scholars have made over 300 attendances more than usual during the past three weeks. Pupil Teacher Smith has done his lessons very satisfactorily during the past week.
179 1881 05 23 121 present this morning and 128 this afternoon. Admitted 2 new boys Saml Woodhead and Willie Tennant.
180 1881 05 24 131 present at both meetings of the school. Gave Standard II a Writing Lesson this aft. Completed Time-Table which I intend to submit to Mr Haslam HMI tomorrow.
181 1881 05 27 I submitted Time Table to Mr Wilson HMI who approved of and signed it. 161 scholars have been present this week and have made 1247 attendances. School fees 26.10. The tone & discipline of the school begins to show some signs of improvement. The boys now understand me & know that I intend to make the work go pleasantly & quickly in the school. Bramwell Wade St IV and Walt Clegg St III get prizes for most marks for Best Home Lessons during past month. Several other boys have tried very hard.
182 1881 05 30 119 present this morning & 132 this afternoon. Rev R A King visited the school this morning. I gave the boys a lesson on the results of throwing stones. This is a very bad practice about here, nearly every boy is armed with a sling and pebbles. Admitted 2 new boys A Kellett and Ar Jackson.
183 1881 05 31 111 present this morning & 126 this afternoon. Rev R A King again visited the school & informed me that he has advertised for an Ass Master.
184 1881 06 01 Rev R A King visited the school.
185 1881 06 02 Closed school this afternoon for Whitsuntide Holidays. 172 boys have been present this week and have made 980 attendances. Fees 26/10. I sent in a number of scholars' names who have attended irregular during the past 5 weeks. Although on the whole the attendance has been excellent. School closed until June 13th.
186 1881 06 13 Although I have received over 30 applications for assistant mastership, the three best are Lewis Cawthra from Bradford Bd Schs & Robt Close & C H Lofthrun also under the Bradford Board. Cawthra is very well recommended. 111 boys present this morning. I informed the boys of the death of our esteemed manager the Hon Harold Gathorne Hardy, which took place on Saturday evening last. The boys seemed to realise the loss of one whom they all knew & respected. Admitted 5 new scholars to-day. 143 present this afternoon. I feel the want of more teaching power amongst this number and hope before long to have it. 133 present this morning.
187 1881 06 14 Mr Lewis Cawthra having produced the best references & testimonials was appointed Assistant Master at a salary of ?40 a year. He commenced duties this morning. 144 present this afternoon, this is the largest attendance since I commenced here.
188 1881 06 15 Bramwell Wade & Geo Wainwright left today to work full time. Neither have passed IV Standard, but are turned 14. 128 present this morning. Mr Cawthra who has charge of Standard II gave them a good Geography lesson. 138 present this afternoon. 1st & 2nd wrote in copy books for the first time today.
189 1881 06 17 During the past week the number of scholars on the register has been 178 and 170 scholars have made 1305 attendances. Fees 28/4.
190 1881 06 20 Admitted 7 new scholars. Arthur Rhodes Standard III left today to go and work at Oakenshaw & is compelled to go to Oakenshaw School. Mr Cawthra five minutes late this morning. 133 present this morning. Admitted 2 new scholars this afternoon. 144 present.
191 1881 06 21 During the night the school has been broken open and everything ransacked in search of money. Every lock & drawer is broken. About 10/- is taken belonging to the Sunday School. The police visited the school and made note on anything that may give them a clue to arresting the thieves. I sent a note at once informing the managers of the burglary. I understand that the thieves took 30/- from Miss Briggs School, and that they also visited Holy Trinity Schools. 134 present this morning and 141 this afternoon.
192 1881 06 22 Rev R A King and the new Vicar visited the school this morning. 142 present. The police visited the school again today respecting the robbery.
193 1881 06 23 Gave Standard I a good lesson Addition whilst pupil teacher superintended 1st & 2nd in Geog. 138 present this morning and 140 this afternoon.
194 1881 06 24 I examined the 2nd Standard this morning & as some of them are so much behind I divided them into two parts requesting the Assistant to work with the backward boys mostly ' especially in Arithc. Mr Cawthra examined 1st & 2nd Classes & the result was as bad as could be possibly expected. It is their first exam on paper this year. I have made out a scheme of work for the coming 6 months viz to take a certain amount of work weekly and to get through by some means or another, for instance the following is a copy of work to be got through in St II next week. Reading 1st 20 pages of Moffatts Reader. Dictation Any six lines from above pages. Arithc Notation & Numeration in Simple Addition up to tens of thousands. Tables up to 6 times multiplication. Grammar All about the Noun.
195 1881 06 24 141 present this morning and (blank) this afternoon. During the week 178 scholars have made 1383 attendances and the fees are 29.8.
196 1881 06 27 132 present this morning. Admitted one boy Harry Simpson, Standard I. 154 present this aft. Rev RA King visited the school. Attendance Officer called & I filled up the monthly form of absentees.
197 1881 06 28 137 present this morning and 182 this afternoon. The children had their Annual Treat this afternoon. Over 600 boys, girls & infants were all supplied with Tea, Bread & sweets. Before Tea we presented Rev R A King who is leaving us with a handsome Travelling Bag. The children enjoyed themselves very much.
198 1881 06 29 132 present this morning. I forgot to state that 3 new boys were admitted on Tuesday. Not one of them knows his letters & yet they inform me they have passed St I in the infants school. 151 present this aft.
199 1881 06 30 140 present this morning & 148 this afternoon. Rev R A King visited the school.
200 1881 07 01 136 present this morning. Examined St II the improvement in which is still slight, yet I can perceive that we shall have a good result from this standard. Both the 1st & 2nd Standards are let down by the boys who have recently come from Miss Cottams Infants School. How they have managed to pass St I is a mystery to me as not half of them know their letters. Standard I which I examined this afternoon is very backward. 139 present this afternoon. Taught children words of new song 'I am a British Boy'. This week 184 boys have made 1449 attendances. There are 190 on the register & the school fees were 30/8.
201 1881 07 04 A very fine morning 138 present and 134 this afternoon. Admitted 2 boys. Walt Darbey & Harry Worsnop. Mrs Pearson mother of Hy Pearson came for his childs book this morning as they are leaving the district.
202 1881 07 05 I sent for all absentees this morning & I was much surprised at the number of scholars who are sick, some with sore throats & others with Scarletina & fever ' 146 present. One of the worst things about the school is the number of boys who take dinner daily at 20 to 12. I am at a loss how to remedy this as parents keep their children at home if I refuse to let them go. Rev R A King, our esteemed vicar & manager left us yesterday. Pupil teachers lessons have not been up to the mark this last week ' shews signs of wanting to shirk some kinds of work. I gave him a good talking to telling him how much better it will be for him to work hard during his apprenticeship.
203 1881 07 07 Admitted one new boy from Buttershaw School, J Olyrod. 140 present this morning ' Standard I attend very irregular.
204 1881 07 09 Conducted weekly examination this morning. An improvement is perceptible in Standards II to VI(?) but Standard I do not make the slightest improvement. They are the worst children with a very few exceptions that ever I knew to compose a Standard I. The police visited the school in connection with the late robbery. 180 scholars have made 1361 attendances this week. School fees 30/- and 188 on the register. Geo Roberts left this week. Gone to a school where the mill boys belonging to Sutcliffes Mill attend, he having commenced to be a h-timer.
205 1881 07 11 Admitted one new boy ' Percy Woodcock ' punished Isaiah & James Darbey, Harry & Alf Crowther, Moses Ball for playing truant on Friday aft last. 133 present. 149 present this aft. Attendance Officer called.
206 1881 07 13 142 present this morning and 149 this afternoon. Sent Seth Bentley home with an insulting note that he had brought respecting losing at 3 o'clock. Commenced to teach Geography from Nelsons Readers in Standards II, III & IV. 'My scheme is to take the Geographical Readers on the mornings or afternoons when Geog is marked on the Time Tables and use them in the manner of ordinary readers, explaining everything of course as we go on. Then recapitulating the piece during Geography lesson and draw any necessary maps.'
207 1881 07 15 125 present this morning and (blank) this afternoon. Conducted weekly examination to-day. Standard II are making good progress. The dict. and sums in Addition & Subtraction being well done. During the week 179 scholars have made 1414 atts. School fees 29/10 and 189 scholars on register.
208 1881 07 18 136 present this morning and 144 this afternoon. Had two complaints about Assistant Master thrashing boys. I spoke to Mr Cawthra kindly asking him to be more careful how he punishes boys & to let all corporal punishment be administered by me. Admitted one new boy William Lumb a halftimer.
209 1881 07 21 139 present at both meetings of the school. Examined Standard II in reading the first ten pages of their Geography from Reading Books. They seem to take a lively interest in their work so far and I much prefer this new way of teaching it, at least so far as Standard II is concerned.
210 1881 07 22 Laurence Hardy Esq visited the school this morning. 157 present on Monday afternoon.
211 1881 07 29 Conducted the usual weekly examination this morning. Standard III, IV and V did some very fair work in Dict and Arithc Standard II seem to be pretty safe in Addition and Subtraction. Writing & Reading is still very poor. Mr Cawthra the assistant is working very hard with them. The School quarter ends today the following are tables showing last quarters & this quarters results respectively. Last Quarter ended April 30/81 Total Attendances 10881, Times Open 121, Average 89, No on Reg 159, Fees 14/4/2. This present quarter ended July 29/81 Total Attendances 15659, Times Open 128, Average 122.3, No on Reg 179, Fees 17/0/8. Increase in 3 months 4738 atts, Times Open 7, Ave No on Reg 20, Fees 2/16/6. Several of the older boys have gone full time during the quarter. The total number of new scholars admitted during the quarter is 34.
212 1881 08 02 144 present this morning and 141 this afternoon. The new Vicar Rev Cook accompanied by Mr Woodcock visited the school this afternoon. We have been working very hard at the Geography of India this last two days. It is very dry work for the lads and requires a great amount of teaching.
213 1881 08 03 A wet morning, still there are 139 present. The children are attending a deal more regular this week. I heard Walt Smith, PT, give a reading lesson to Standard I.
214 1881 08 04 Scholars have been very fidgety to-day as they have got to know that we break up to-morrow for Midsummer holidays.
215 1881 08 05 School closed to-day until August 22nd for Midsummer holidays. This has been a very successful quarter as regards attendances, as will be seen from the foregoing pages. During the past week there are 186 on the register and they made 1105 attendances, the school only being open 8 times. School fees 1.9.2
216 1881 08 22 School re-opened after Two Weeks holiday. 150 present. Admitted 8 new scholars, the majority of these have been stopped working full-time at their respective pits owing to not having passed Standard IV and being under 14 years of age. 156 present this afternoon. Rev R A King visited the school.
217 1881 08 23 146 present this morning & 155 this afternoon. Admitted 2 new scholars.
218 1881 08 24 Rev R A King, MA, and Rev C Cook our new vicar visited the school this afternoon. This has been a very wet day only 147 present this morning and 149 this afternoon. I gave Standard V and VI a good lesson on Analysis, and Standard IV I shewed a sample of parsing on B'board. Admitted one new boy ' making 11 so far this week.
219 1881 08 25 Admitted 2 new boys ' making 13 this week. Examined Standard I this afternoon, and the majority did very well. I also examined Standard II in Geography and they are not half up to what I expected. I shall expect different work in this Standard.
220 1881 08 26 Conducted weekly examination to-day. Standard IV and V did some very poor work, especially in Dictation. After the Exams I worked all questions in Arithc on Board and gave the Dictation out again & wrote each hard word on Board. Standard III were making most improvement. Taught another new song to-day 'Home is the best'. 1462 attendances made this week by 195 boys. School fees 1.11.4. Best record as yet.
221 1881 08 29 Admitted 2 new scholars. 141 present this morning and 148 this afternoon. A very wet day. Had to light gases this afternoon.
222 1881 08 30 Another very wet day. 145 present this morning and 148 this afternoon. W Smith, PT, gave a reading & Geography Lesson to Standard III this afternoon. I gave a lesson to Upper Standards on the causes of the Zulu, Basuto & Transvaal Wars this afternoon. This comes in the course of Standard IV and V's Geog. Rev Mr Cook & two other clergymen visited the school this afternoon.
223 1881 09 01 147 present this morning and 151 this afternoon. Gave upper Standards a lesson on 'Degrees of Comparison'. During the week 187 scholars have made 1458 attendances. There are 198 on the register and the school fees are 1.11.2. Rev R A King and Rev Lucian King visited the school.
224 1881 09 05 Admitted 3 new boys to-day. 144 present this morning and 149 this afternoon.
225 1881 09 06 148 present. Heard W Smith, PT, give a reading lesson to Standard III.
226 1881 09 09 Rev R A King & Rev L King visited the school today and took samples of work done today at weekly examination to Laurence Hardy Esq. During the week 190 scholars have made 1504 attendances, 198 are on the register. School fees 31/8. This is the best week's attendance there has ever been since the school opened.
227 1881 09 12 154 present this morning and 155 this afternoon. I had to caution Mr Cawthra the Assistant for being too severe and taking too much of the masters position regarding corporal punishment. Smiths 'PT's' composition is very weak ' he does not seem to improve at all in it.
228 1881 09 13 154 present this morning and 155 this afternoon.
229 1881 09 16 Scholars in Standard III & IV begin to shew some improvement in their weekly examinations. Standard I and II are still very backward. There are too many scholars for the teaching power, especially in Reading. During the week 188 scholars have made 1501 attendances. There are 194 on the register and the School fees are 1.11.4. Took 4 scholars off the register for irregularity.
230 1881 09 19 A neighbouring Feast causes only a moderate attendance to-day. 148 morning and 140 afternoon. Irvine Kellett a Standard III half timer at the Whitehall Pit, died to-day after a few days illness, from cold caught whilst working up to his knees in water in the pit.
231 1881 09 26 Rev H L Cook our new vicar & manager visited the school this morning. He arranged to take the Upper Standards in Scripture in the time set apart for it on the Time Table, on Wednesday, Thursdays & Fridays. 148 present this morning & 153 this afternoon.
232 1881 09 27 Took Standard I in Arithmetic this morning. There is good improvement in this Standard. 150 present this morning and 151 in the afternoon. Kept all boys in till 5 o'clock & taught them another new song 'The Skaters'.
233 1881 09 28 Rev H L Cook visited the school this morning and opened school. He then took the three Upper Standards in Scripture. He informed me that he is wishful for the children to be examined at the Diocesan Inspection. 150 present this morning.
234 1881 09 29 161 present 163 this afternoon. Rev H L Cook took Standards IV and V in Scripture this morning.
235 1881 09 30 During the past week we have been working very hard at Arithmetic and I am very pleased to see so good a result as we obtained at to-days weekly examination. Standards I, II and III did some remarkably good work and according to my previous inspections they would have passed over 80 per cent in everything. 186 scholars during the week have made 1503 attendances and there are 194 on the register. School fees 1.11.6. Corresponding attendance last year at similar date was 139 on register and attendances made 821 and school fees 1.0.0. Walt Smith, pupil teacher is going on very well now that he has got a proper course of lessons marked out for him. I have sent several boys home for being untidy, dirty and slovenly during the week. It has done a deal of good, as I now notice the same boys bright and smart.
236 1881 10 03 Wibsey Fair week. I am given to understand that this will be a poor week as regards attendance. 145 present this morning. Sent notes to all absentees, resulting in 157 turning up this afternoon. Rev H L Cook brought me Schedules, Duplicates, Form IX. I filled up the Approximate Form & returned it to Mr Cook. We shall have about 134 for examination in class subjects & 120 for Geography & Grammar.
237 1881 10 04 147 present this morning & 150 this afternoon. We got through the Standard IV and V Geographical reader for the first time today.
238 1881 10 05 115 present this morning. Wibsey Fair ' gave a half holiday this afternoon.
239 1881 10 06 130 present this morning. Mr Cawthra the Assistant Master marked yesterday afternoons attendance for this morning. I instructed him to cancel each attendance and mark them in their proper place. I requested him to be more careful in future. He has kept his registers very neatly up to now. Only 107 present this afternoon, absentees are I suppose at Wibsey Fair. We had the steam pipes heated first time to-day.
240 1881 10 07 Held an examination to-day and passed 80 per cent throughout the school. Dictation was remarkably well done throughout. Arithmetic was very good in Standards II and III. They should do remarkably well at the examination as they are kept at it an hour or more after school every night. We have had a thin school this week up to-day. During the week the school has been open 9 times and 193 are on the register. 183 scholars have made 1249 attendances and school fees are 1.11.6. Corresponding attendance last year for some week 139 on register, 109 present at all made 606 attendances and school fees 18/3.
241 1881 10 11 156 present this morning and 154 this afternoon. Admitted one new boy, James Morton, put him in Standard III. Punished Fred Fox for misconduct.
242 1881 10 12 156 present this morning and 160 this afternoon. Rev H L Cook visited the school. Pupil teacher Smith is very weak in composition. Worked with him several hours last night to try to improve it.
243 1881 10 13 157 present and 156 this afternoon. Rev H L Cook again visited the school twice to-day.
244 1881 10 21 Rev H L Cook again visited the school. Held a weekly examination to-day. Standard III and IV did very poor in dictation. During the week James W Dunwell and William Lumb have left, it being too far for the former & the latter has gone fulltime during the week. 192 scholars have been on the register and 183 scholars have attended and made 1489 attendances. Fees 1.11.2.
245 1881 10 24 Admitted one new boy Priestley Green from New Works Infants. Rev H L Cook visited the school and informed me that the Examination for this school will be held on Tuesday the 22nd Nov by W Wilson HM Inspector, that Pupil Teachers examination takes place next Saturday the 29th inst at Bradford. 145 present this morning and 154 this afternoon. Both Mr Cawthra & Smith PT were late this morning.
246 1881 10 25 155 present at both meetings of school to-day.
247 1881 10 31 School year ended to-day. We marked the remaining odd day (it being only one day) in the margin of the old register. During the past quarter the attendance has nearly doubled itself. Had we had so successful a first 6 months as this last there is no doubt we should have done much better at the examinations.
248 1881 11 01 Commenced a new set of registers to-day 'Isbisters'. This has been a very wet week thus far causing only a meagre attendance. The approaches to the school are in a wretched state owing to new drains being put down throughout the district. 140 present this morning & 137 this afternoon.
249 1881 11 02 Attendance Officer Bland called to-day. 151 present in the morning and 158 afternoon. Took Standard I in Arithc this afternoon. They are still backward in this Standard.
250 1881 11 04 Gave a Standard II a starching examination & am pleased to see that they are now approaching something like what a Standard II should be. I am sure when Mr Cawthra took charge of them they were not able to pass Standard I. 144 present this morning & 143 this afternoon. Admitted one new scholar during the week, Alf Mounsey from Wibsey School passed St II last. The average attendance has gone down a little this week, owing no doubt to the wet weather & dirt. Had a complaint about pupil teacher striking a boy named Sharp. I talked to him about it, giving him several illustrations of the consequences of striking boys on the head.
251 1881 11 07 Admitted 4 new boys. Sugden Jones from New Rd Side last St 0, Fred Dalby from Hill Top last St 0, Herb Smith re-admitted last St 0, Thos Tate from New Works last St II. 146 present this morning and 156 this aft. Mr Cook & Miss Cook visited the school this morning.
252 1881 11 09 152 present this morning & 154 this aft. Miss Cook again visited the school. Have had two complaints about Assistant Master punishing two boys too severely. Gave Standard III a good lesson on the Imports & Exports of England.
253 1881 11 10 157 present this morning and 159 this afternoon. I am suffering from rheumatism in my shoulders which greatly hinders me from doing my duty to the scholars. I hope I shall be right in a day or two.
254 1881 11 11 147 present. Examined Standards II, III, IV and V this morning in Arithc and Dictation. Standard II and III shew most signs of improvement. There are several boys in Standard IV who will be certain failures, through being really above the class they ought to be in. Some of them have never passed in Arithc and yet are in Stand IV. 150 present this afternoon. Examined Standard I. Pupil teacher has had too many to shew any signs of efficiency, sometimes has had as many as 60, which is far too many for a First Year PT. PT Recitation for 1882 'The St George' 40 lines, Geography ' Royal Series, Std IV ' No 3, Std 5 ' No 4 (signed) S R Wilson 22/11/81
255 1881 11 27 Admitted four new boys and took 3 off the register who have gone to work full time.
256 1881 11 28 Rev H L Cook visited the school this morning.
257 1881 11 29 A very wet morning ' attendance has not been up to the mark so far this week.
258 1881 11 30 Received Duplicate Examination Schedule this morning which shews the following result: No examined 117, Passed in Reading 91, Writing 107, Arithc 89. Total passes 288 out of 351 possibles.
259 1881 12 01 Rev H L Cook visited the school. Took new Standard IV in Compound Multiplication & Division all the week.
260 1881 12 03 Granted labour certificates to Ar Hill, A Cordingley & John Seed having passed St IV.
261 1881 12 05 Attendance has gone down a little this week. Appointed J H Hogson as Monitor until we get another Pupil Teacher. Admitted 23 new scholars from Infant School & New Road Side being turned seven years of age.
262 1881 12 08 Rev H L Cook visited the school. Heard Pupil Teacher give a reading lesson to Standard IV during play time.
263 1881 12 13 Sent notes to all absentees as there are a great many away to-day. Rev H L Cook informed me that Harry Lister the senior boy in the school was his choice as a Pupil Teacher. I started him at once, but his services will be remunerated from January 1st 1882.
264 1881 12 16 Attendance has gone down still lower this week. I can only attribute this to its nearness to Xmas.
265 1881 12 19 Only 145 present this morning. Sent notes asking for their attendance as it is the Scripture Exam tomorrow.167 here this afternoon.
266 1881 12 20 161 present ' heavy snow on the ground. Scholars were examined in Religious Knowledge this morning by the Rev H L Cook, MA, Diocesan Inspector for this district. It being their first exam in Scripture they did not do so well as I could have wished them. Form IX and the girls schedule were returned from the Department this morning owing to some mistake about the Halftimers in Girls School.
267 1881 12 23 Certificates were distributed to-day to all who have passed in 3 subjects at the last examination. 75 received Certificates. Rev H L Cook gave them out this afternoon. Closed school this afternoon until Jany 9 1882 for Xmas Holidays.
268 1882 01 09 Admitted 6 new scholars. A very good school this morning, put up scholars who have passed into their new Standards. Received information from Rev H L Cook that the Drawing Exam will be held on the 6th of February thus giving us only 4 weeks to-day to get ready for it.
269 1882 01 10 171 present this morning and same number this afternoon. Rev H L Cook visited the school. Harry Lister commenced duties yesterday January 9 1882 as Certified Monitor.
270 1882 07 15 School has been very well attended this week. The average for the week being 167.3 and the number present at all 211.
271 1882 01 17 Admitted 2 new scholars. Rev H L Cook visited the school. Had 184 present this afternoon this is the greatest number ever present since the school opened.
272 1882 01 20 Average attendance for past week 170. Taught children a new song 'Home is the Best'.
273 1882 01 23 Admitted 2 new scholars. Rev H L Cook visited the school. Received report this morning from W Cook. Am glad to find that both scholars and teachers have done remarkably well. Report for 1881 Low Moor Car Lane C E School Yorks Summary of Inspectors Report. Boys School 'A very great improvement has taken place during the year in this department. Better accommodation should be provided for the Boys caps and overcoats'. The scholars numbered 31 and 67 to 68 on the Boys schedule are disqualified under Article 20(a)1; and the one number 91 on the same schedule under Article 20(a) Walt Smith has passed fairly. Amount of grant earned ?84.9.0
274 1882 01 25 Rev H L Cook visited the school and took the usual scripture lesson. Our new monitor Harry Lister does not get on so well with his home work. Generally comes with half lessons set him. I warned him of the folly of only just doing what he thinks will pull him through the exam.
275 1882 01 27 End of first quarter to-day. The summary shews a very favourable quarter & if we keep up our average as it is now we shall be able to present about 180 scholars next November. Average for week 169.
276 1882 01 30 Admitted one new scholar Ar Hardwicke. A very wild morning only 113 present. Punished 3 boys to-day for not answering names when register was called. 136 present this afternoon.
277 1882 01 31 Admitted another new scholar I R Stringfellow. Still very stormy weather. 161 present this morning and 171 this afternoon. Have had several complaints from parents respecting the ill-usage their boys have received at the hands of my assistant Mr Cawthra. I have spoken to him repeatedly asking him not to punish children at all, but he still does it. I shall be compelled to speak to the managers about it as parents threaten to prosecute him & to take their children away from the school.
278 1882 02 01 Rev H L Cook visited the school and took his usual class in Scripture.
279 1882 02 03 Commenced new quarter in register on Monday last, altogether we have 225 on register. The scholars are more than double in number than they were 6 months ago.
280 1882 02 06 Drawing examination to-day. 77 boys were examined in Freehand and pupil teacher Smith in 2nd grade. W Nugent Smyth Esq and Rev H L Cook Managers of the school conducted the examination. Mr Smyth ordered that the playground should be repaired and that we were to have some additional cupboarding and hat nails. 180 present this morning.
281 1882 02 07 I ascertained to-day that Nos 67 to 78 and 91 on the Schedule have been disqualified wrongly. The standard of exemption from school for half time being Standard I, all these boys have passed Standard I last year 1880, passed St II this last exam 1881, and are now in St III. Our Bye laws are those of the North Bierley Union and not Bradford. I mentioned this to Mr Cook who coincided with my views of wrongful disqualification. He at once wrote to the Inspector Mr Wilson to enquire into the matter. I may state that financially it means a loss of about ?9.
282 1882 02 08 Punished Isaiah Darbey and his brother Walter for playing Truant. This is the first case of Truant playing this year. Rev H L Cook visited the school. The play-ground was repaired to-day and new hat nails put up.
283 1882 02 09 174 present this morning and 177 this afternoon.
284 1882 02 10 163 present this morning. Sent notes to all absentees.
285 1882 02 11 Average attendance for past week 171. Admitted one new scholar on Monday last.
286 1882 02 13 Rev H L Cook visited the school. 163 present. Admitted 4 new scholars (2 from Clayton and 2 from New Road Side). Sent notes for absentees. 183 present this afternoon. Most at a time since I took charge of the school. Had St I upstairs for Lesson in Arithmetic.
287 1882 02 17 Examined Standard III and am very sorry to say they get on very poorly. Lister who has charge of them does not work as he ought among them. Shall superintend this class during the next few weeks. Average attendance for past week 175. Took 2 boys off the register viz J N Hodgson and Fred Emmett both having gone full time.
288 1882 02 20 A very poor school this morning only 159 present ' It being Collop Monday another of the Feast days in this village. Sent notes to all absentees. Received intimation from Managers that corporal punishment must be only inflicted by the Head Teacher. I informed all the Teachers and gave them to understand that I should expect them to take notice of the intimation by the managers. Have had numerous complaints about Mr Cawthra's severity with the children in his class.
289 1882 02 26 Rev H L Cook visited the school this morning accompanied by Rev W Robinson of Knaresboro.
290 1882 03 01 A very rough morning consequently a very thin school. Took Standard I whilst senior P T gave Standard V a reading lesson. John Briggs a Standard V boy left to go and work full time.
291 1882 03 03 A poor school again this morning only 151 present. Sent notes to all absentees. The average has come down to 166 this week, 215 being present at all. Examined Standard III. They are in a very poor, raw state in everything. Have arranged to give them several lessons per week whilst pupil teacher takes 1st class. Fred Fox a Standard V boy left to-day to go and work full time.
292 1882 03 06 Admitted one new scholar Hamlet Wade St I. 167 present this morning. Richard Merrin(?) the most irregular attender in school left this morning to go to Oakenshaw school, 13 yrs old & not yet passed 1st standard.
293 1882 03 08 Rev H L Cook visited the school this afternoon. 161 present at both meetings of school to-day. Heard Smith PT give a reading lesson to Standard I. I also gave Standard III a reading lesson this morning.
294 1882 03 09 I to-day received the report from Rev H L Cook. It has been in London about a month ' owing to our claiming grant for some scholars who had been disqualified wrongly. We got the extra grant claimed. This brings the total grant up to ?300.3.0 & nearly ?60 in excess of last years grant. Copy of Boys School report. Boys School 'A very great improvement has taken place during the year in this Department. Better accommodation should be provided for the Boys caps & overcoats'. 'The scholars numbered 31 and 67 to 78 on Boys School Examination Schedule are disqualified under Article 20(a)1; and the one numbered 91 on the same schedule under Article 20(a). Walt Smith passed fairly: Harry Bottomley Certificated Teacher of the 2nd Class, Lewis Cawthra Assistant Master, Walt Smith Pupil Teacher 2nd year and Harry Lister Monitor on 1st year ' are to constitute the school staff for the ensuing year. Signed (signature omitted)
295 1882 03 15 Punished Isaiah and Walt Darbey for playing truant. Rev H L Cook visited the school this afternoon.
296 1882 03 17 Mr Cawthra quarter of an hour late this morning. Examined Standard III to-day in grammar and Geography. Made out a table for Lister to work by so as he can get along more uniformly with his work.
297 1882 03 21 Admitted 4 new scholars viz Harry & John T Sykes, Harry Kellett and Fred Emmett. Several boys are leaving here to go and work at Buttershaw Mills, as they are paying higher wages than the firms about here. Those who work at Buttershaw are compelled to go to Buttershaw School. Harry Hood, Hy Wilkinson, Thos Ross left this week to go there.
298 1882 03 23 Rev H L Cook visited the School. Heard Harry Lister and Walt Smith give reading lessons to their respective classes.
299 1882 03 24 Examined Standard III in work set them for the week, and am glad to say that at last some improvement is beginning to be made especially in Arithc. I examined Standard I this afternoon and am glad to see an improvement there but there are about 6 lads who have come from New Road Side School who are extremely dull & don't seem to get on at all.
300 1882 03 29 W Smith gave a good reading lesson to Stand I during playtime. He had previously prepared Notes of how to give a Reading Lesson to Standard I.
301 1882 04 06 School closed to-day until Monday Ap 17 for Easter Holidays.
302 1882 04 17 School re-opened after a weeks holiday for Easter. Admitted 3 new scholars ' 166 present. Rev H L Cook and Rev R A King the late vicar visited the school this morning.
303 1882 04 19 154 present this morning and 160 this afternoon. Rev H L Cook took first class in Scripture this morning. I have had another complaint about punishment inflicted by Mr Cawthra ' this time I shall be compelled to lay the case before the Managers. Smith the PT and Mr Cawthra managed between them to break James Morton's (Standard II) collar bone and then punished him after although he complained that he could not lift his arm. I severely reprimanded them both & hope the Managers will do the same.
304 1882 04 23 Rev H L Cook visited the school. Received Certificate from Science & Art Department. Having gone over all the work once in Arithc we have now re-commenced it. This I find to be a very good plan and shall try to go over all work thoroughly at least three times before the exam.
305 1882 04 24 Ascertained that 2 boys were staying away from measles. Harry Lister ' junior PT missed his lessons last night.
306 1882 04 27 Heard Walt Smith give a lesson on the pronoun to the First class. I may here state that PTs give a lesson every Thursday. Since last Monday there are at least a dozen boys absent from 'Measles'.
307 1882 04 29 End of quarter. I have now been here exactly 12 months and feel very much satisfied with the results obtained. The attendance is nearly double what it was last May. We have now 225 on the register over 50 of whom are half-timers and the average attendance is 160 for the quarter.
308 1882 05 01 Still more cases of measles. I understand that one school in the district is closed on account of this epidemic ' 151 only present. Up to now I have heard of 17 cases of measles. Rev H L Cook visited the school.
309 1882 05 03 Only 142 present this morning ' 2 new cases of measles. Heard Harry Lister give a reading lesson to Standard III during playtime.
310 1882 05 04 Rev H L cook visited the school. 149 and 157 present today.
311 1882 05 05 Heard of several new cases of measles. Only 142 present this morning. One school in the district closed on account of measles. Mr Cawthra absent this morning with leave ' removing. Attendance on Friday afternoon May 5/82 dropped to 129. Worst attendance for 9 months.
312 1882 05 08 Admitted one new scholar named Haley placed him in Standard II.
313 1882 05 09 162 scholars present this afternoon.
314 1882 05 12 30 children still absent from measles. Sent notes to all absentees and nearly every paper is returned as being away owing to the prevalence of Measles. Rev H L Cook visited the school this morning. 146 present this morning & 149 this afternoon. Admitted one new scholar named Curran placed him in Standard IV.
315 1882 05 15 Still a very poor school on account of Measles. Infant school has been closed by order of Medical Authority.
316 1882 05 18 School was closed yesterday for Ascension Day. Scholars went to church at 8.30 a.m. Special Service & address on Ascension day were given by the Vicar.
317 1882 05 22 159 present this morning and 161 this afternoon. There were 25 day scholars absent this morning most of whom are in the measles. Admitted 2 new scholars viz Martin Mean or Binns ' he has come from the Workhouse & is being adopted by G Binns. Passed St II last ' and Alfred Littlewood from Horsfields ' never been examined. Rev H L Cook visited the school this morning.
318 1882 05 25 170 boys present this morning. The Attendance Officer called this morning ' I gave him the names of several irregulars. Smith and Lister have done some very fair specimens of large maps to use in giving Geography lessons. 164 present this afternoon. Average for week 160.4. Fees 1.13.10. Closed school this afternoon until June 5th for Whitsuntide Holidays.
319 1882 06 05 Reopened after week holiday for Whitsuntide. Admitted 3 scholars ' James & Arthur Morton and Jos Ed Almond. 162 present this morning. I put Walt Smith Senior PT in charge of Standard II and H Lister Junior PT in charge of Standard I.
320 1882 06 09 Examined 1st and 2nd classes in all three subjects and found them to pass 75 p cent. Standard III are still very weak in spelling & meanings of words. I explained every sum got wrong and dictated every spelling wrong. This afternoon at 4.15 I took about 50 of the elder children to the baths ' we shall continue this during the summer months. On Monday afternoon 168 boys were present. Average for week 157 which is very good considering that measles etc are so prevalent.
321 1882 06 12 161 present this morning and 164 this afternoon. Rev H L Cook visited the school this afternoon.
322 1882 06 13 A very wet morning. It even commenced to snow for a few minutes and was as cold as Xmas. Only 147 present.
323 1882 06 19 Admitted 2 boys from Hill Top Infants one has passed Standard I. 155 present this afternoon. Rev H L Cook visited the school. Examined Stand II in reading. They did not come up to my expectations. Work has not progressed in this class of late.
324 1882 06 20 165 present at both meetings of the school. Admitted one boy from Oxley place School, placed him in Standard II.
325 1882 06 21 165 again present this morning and 162 this afternoon, a very wet day. Spent a deal of time to-day with Standards V and VI in Simple & Compound Proportion.
326 1882 06 23 Children had Holiday on Account of Prince of Wales visit to Bradford.
327 1882 06 26 A very poor school 148 present this morning. Children have gone to Bradford to see the Decorations etc for the royal visit. Admitted 2 scholars from Hill Top Infants ' regular thick heads ' have not yet passed St I and going on 8 & 9 respectively. 159 present this aft.
328 1882 06 27 155 present. Admitted another boy from Hill Top. I verily believe that the Infants' Mistress at Hill Top weeds out all her bad scholars & sends them here & drafts all the better material to their own Boys School at Holy Trinity.
329 1882 06 29 Commenced another special subject to-day viz Chavy Chase recitation for Literature. I explained the occurrence & situation of Chevy Chase and I must say the first class take to it wonderfully. We then learnt by heart the first 20 lines. The new time Table I have arranged allows for teaching of Poetry on Thursday Morning from 11.15 to 12 and Thursday afts from 3.15 to 4. 169 present this afternoon.
330 1882 07 03 Rev H L Cook visited the school this morning.
331 1882 07 07 Held weekly examination to-day ' an improvement has begun to be manifest throughout the school. Standard IV are most deficient in Arith, Standard III in Spelling and Standard II in Spelling, Standard I in Reading. I understand this to be owing to their being all the dunces in the Infant School until they are 7 years old and then they are drafted into the Boys School. G W Milnes a Standard VI scholar left this week to go to work. He is a very clever boy and I should have liked to have had him as a monitor or PT but his parents prefer him learning a trade.
332 1882 07 10 Only 144 present this morning. Sent notes to all absentees. Rev H L Cook visited the school and informed me that the Religious Examination will be held on Wednesday July 26/82. Admitted one new boy Paul Harrison a half-timer in Standard III. 164 present this aft.
333 1882 07 13 Admitted another boy Willy Collins a half-timer at Scholes pit. Commenced taking PTs in French to-day. 167 present this afternoon.
334 1882 07 17 Admitted 5 new scholars. 169 present this morning. I was summoned as a Juryman this morning & was absent from 10 o'clock till now. 163 present this afternoon.
335 1882 07 19 171 present this morning and 161 this afternoon. Examined II and III Standards in Grammar and Geography ' only got a very poor result in Standard III in both Grammar & Geog. St II did fairly well.
336 1882 07 24 A very wet morning only 146 present. Sent notes to all absentees. Rev H L Cook visited the school.
337 1882 07 27 Rev H L Cook visited the school and examined the boys in Scripture. 170 present. The PTs were also examined.
338 1882 07 28 Third quarter ended to-day. The average for the quarter is 162.
339 1882 07 31 163 present this morning and 160 this afternoon. Rev H L Cook notified to me today that the grant for night school is withheld on account of only having met 42 times ' the school met 58 times and I think it very wrong that they should withhold it.
340 1882 08 01 159 present and 163 this afternoon. Received forms entitling L Cawthra to sit at Certificate Exam.
341 1882 08 03 School closed for Holidays until Aug 21st 1882.
342 1882 08 21 Re-opened after 2 weeks holiday. 144 only present. Rev H L Cook opened school. Admitted one new boy, V Lightowlers St O.
343 1882 08 24 School closed to enable painters etc to finish the schools. Rev R A King and Rev T H Flynn visited the school. Received report of scripture Exam. & filed it along with other reports. St III & II did remarkably well.
344 1882 08 28 Admitted one new scholar John Pratt, never been examined. Only 156 present.
345 1882 08 29 165 and 169 present. Punished Priestley Green a St I boy for playing truant. Admitted another new boy Harry Tasker, never been examined.
346 1882 08 30 W Smith PT received first prize for Scripture today. 168 and 172 present. To-day I gave St III a lesson in Drawing a Map of England, and St IV, a map of Canada. Standard III are very backward in Reading. I therefore have them out in the playground for simultaneous reading which I hope will improve. I find a considerable improvement in St II Mr Cawthras class, especially in Arithc. Reading & Grammar are still poor, although I am sure he works hard with them. Want of general intelligence is visible in most of the Standards but more so in St II and III. H Lister PT is working very hard with St I and this class should shew some good results.
347 1882 09 06 Priestly Green & W H Barraclough stole 2d today out of the class room ' bought spice with it and shared it amongst 4 other boys. I punished them severely and then took them in a class room by themselves at playtime and gave them a good talking to ' shewing them what petty thefts lead to. They all cried bitterly. I sent a note to each of their parents. 166 and 167 present to-day. On Monday I admitted the following Thomas Ross St II re-admitted, Arthur Terry St I re-admitted, Allen James St 0 from New Works, Robert Dalby St I from New Works, Smith Crowther St I from New Works.
348 1882 09 07 Rev H L Cook visited the school. Completed the first 100 lines of Chevy Chase (poetry for Examination in Literature). Heard Walt Smith give Standard III a lesson on the 'Adverb'. 174 and 176 present to-day.
349 1882 09 11 Admitted 5 new scholars. Geo Pearson from Bierley NS, Sam Pearson from Bierley NS, Joseph Bolton from Oakenshaw NS, Joseph Atkinson from Scotts, Jos M Reid from Oakenshaw NS. Rev H L Cook visited the school. I have changed all the teachers to other standards. I am surprised at the dullness exhibited by St II. They seem to be void of any common thought. They read fairly well but have scarcely any idea of subject they are reading about. The geography has to be driven in. Scarcely a boy has seen the sea, a river, in fact some have never been out of Low Moor so how can they be expected to compare with town children.
350 1882 09 12 Admitted Fred Reid & Arthur Firth from Oakenshaw.
351 1882 09 15 Examined all school in Dictation & Arithmetic. 85 pc passed in Arithc & 74 in Dictation. Recapitulated all mistakes this afternoon. Average 168 for the week, best this quarter.
352 1882 09 18 153 and 158 present. Several away who come from Oakenshaw it being their feast. School now goes on until 4.30.
353 1882 09 21 Examined St IV, V and V (VI?) in three Rs and obtained a very fair result. Stand V did very well.
354 1882 09 22 Rev H L Cook visited the school accompanied by Rev Fellowes our new curate.
355 1882 09 26 A very wet day. It thundered and lightened hailed & rained so hard as to flood all round the schools, consequently only about 50 scholars turned up in the afternoon, so we did not mark the register.
356 1882 09 27 Received the Schedules for Exam. Made out Approximate form ' as follows: St I 35, St II 75, St III 40, St IV 23, St V 10, St VI 3. For Grammar 151, for Geography 151. 1 Pl T end of 2nd year, 1 Pl T end of 1st year.
357 1882 09 28 Punished Edward Coombs for playing truant and spending school money. 175 present this morning and 151 this afternoon. H Booth left this week to go to Buttershaw Sch. Admitted 3 new scholars on Monday last.
358 1882 10 02 Admitted 1 new scholar 8 years of age from New Works Infants ' never been examined. 164 present this morning.
359 1882 10 05 Holiday this afternoon for Wibsey Fair. Only 121 present this morning. Had another complaint of Mr Cawthras severity with a boy.
360 1882 10 09 Rev H L Cook visited the school. Walt Smith absent to-day, he broke his left arm on Saturday last while playing at Football. It is a very sad affair, being so near his examination. 178 present this morning and 171 this afternoon.
361 1882 10 10 Smith still absent. I went to see him & gave him some lessons to do at home. 5 boys played truant today. This is getting a very common occurrence. As this is the case I made a proper example of the 5 and I trust it will be the means of stopping it.
362 1882 10 15 Examined Standard I and am much pleased to find that H Lister has at last succeeded in getting them into something like Standard I form for the Examination. There are one or two who will have to be placed on the exception schedule. Smith came to school to-day for a short time.
363 1882 10 16 Admitted one new boy Thos Kershaw. H Booth re-admitted. Took several absentees off the register.
364 1882 10 17 165 present this morning and 181 this afternoon. Rev H L Cook visited school.
365 1882 10 21 Examined all scholars who have any chance of making up their attendances, got a fair result especially in Reading and Dict. Grammar & Arith are weak points in the school.
366 1882 10 28 PTs went to Bradford to-day for Examination. Smith end of 2nd year and Lister end of First year.
367 1882 10 31 School year ended to-day. I received a notification that the Examination will be held on the 20th of November and following days.
368 1882 11 03 Heard Walt Smith give a lesson on the 'Railway' and Lister on the 'Elephant' to their own classes.
369 1882 11 06 Admitted one new boy Hy Woodhead St 0. 183 present this morning. Rev H L Cook visited the school. Completed our list of school songs to-day. They are as follows: 1 Star of Peace, 2 Hail beauteous stranger, 3 Joe Perkins, 4 Who shall sing etc, 5 Summer days, 6 God bless the boys of England, 7 Lay her playthings all away, 8 The Skaters.
370 1882 11 13 Admitted 3 new scholars viz Alf and W Barraclough and Seth Bentley. 165 present this morning. Rev H L Cook visited the school and brought me the forms for the Drawing Exam, which is on the 7th of December. 183 present this afternoon.
371 1882 11 15 I heard Walt Smith give a lesson on 'Iron' to Standard II to-day. I also heard H Lister give a lesson on 'Salt' to the 1st class. Admitted 2 new scholars A K Lee and J H Lee. 177 present this morning and 183 this aft. PT Recitations for 1883 Shakespeare, Scholars ' Chevy Chase (signed) S R Wilson 23/11/82
372 1882 11 22 Examination of all our scholars was concluded to-day. Gave a holiday for remainder of week.
373 1882 12 01 Received Duplicate Examination Schedule and find that out of 183 present 160 have passed reading, 160 in writing and dictation and 149 in Arithmetic, making in all 84.5 p cent. I am much pleased at the result.
374 1882 12 04 I to-day issued Full time labour certificates to a great number of Halftimers who passed Standards IV & V and to several who passed Standard I for partial exemption. I admitted 16 new scholars to-day from the Infants department. I put all boys up a class who have passed at the recent exam. We shall have a very large Standard III this year.
375 1882 12 05 Rev H L Cook took scripture to-day according to Time Table.
376 1882 12 07 I received my parchment from S R Wilson Esq HMI. Am glad to say there is a very favourable report on it. Snow fell extremely heavy yesterday 2ft thick in some places consequently a large number of scholars absent. Sent children home ' only about 20 present. I never saw such a stormy morning.
377 1882 12 08 No school to-day on account of bad weather.
378 1882 12 11 170 present. Drawing Examination. The School Managers W N Smyth Esq & M S Dawson Esq conducted the exam. 115 presented in Freehand and 16 in Geometry. Lister & Smith PTs examined in 2nd grade. Mr Cawthra my assistant was absent to-day and will be throughout the week, he having to attend the Certificate Exam at Leeds.
379 1882 12 15 The attendance has been very poor this week the average being only 144. This is accounted for by the shocking state of the weather. Rev H L Cook visited the school.
380 1882 12 18 142 present. Commenced the usual Xmas Examination in the 1st Class. All work done by boys will be taken home for parents to see. 148 present this afternoon. School closed on Wednesday Dec 20 for Xmas Holidays.
381 1883 01 08 Re-opened school after 2 weeks Holiday for Xmas. Only 159 present. Received HMI report the following of which is a copy. Boys School 'The order and instruction are to the satisfactory, the latter better than the former. Many of the boys in the Second Standard had all their sums rights. The points requiring more attention are the writing and spelling of the Fourth Standard, the Arithmetic of the Fifth & Sixth Standards and the class subjects of the Third, Fifth and Sixth Standards. The number examined is much larger than last year.' W Smith (Euclid and Arithmetic), H Lister (Arithmetic). Amount of grant ?149.8.0. The following is a list of the school staff for the year: Harry Bottomley Certified Teacher of the 2nd Class Head Master, Lewis Cawthra Assistant Master, John Clark Assistant Master, Walter Smith PT 3rd Year, Harry Lister PT 2nd Year. (signed) H L Cook
382 1883 01 10 Examined & called the registers. (signed) H L Cook 161 present this morning. Rev H L Cook & Rev J H L Fellows visited the school.
383 1883 01 12 160 present. Commenced first of weekly examinations. Each teacher examines a different class from his own & makes out a report on it and any suggestions he thinks fit to make are entered in a book 'Report Book' for the satisfaction of the other teachers. Average for week 165. Admitted 4 new boys this week.
384 1883 01 19 All scholars examined to-day. Standard III appears the worst. Had a complaint of Harry Lister ill-using J E Darbey, mother threatens to summons him if it occurs again. I spoke to Lister about it & he denies it all.
385 1883 01 21 Rev H L Cook visited the school this afternoon. 175 present. Admitted one boy this morning.
386 1883 01 23 Rev J A L Fellowes visited the school. I gave Standard V their first lesson on Fractions to-day.
387 1883 01 25 Heard Hy Lister and W Smith give lessons on Iron & Silver respectively. Rev H L Cook visited the school.
388 1883 01 26 A very stormy morning, only 50 scholars turned up. I did not keep school on. This afternoon the storm has abated ' only 124 present. 1st Quarter ended to-day.
389 1883 01 31 165 present this morning and 162 this afternoon. I have had occasion to reprimand H Lister Junior PT for inattention to Home Lessons. He is extremely careless.
390 1883 02 01 Rev H L Cook visited school and took 1st class in Scripture.
391 1883 02 03 The results of this weeks examination are very disheartening. No progress whatever seems to have been made in anything in St III. I have resolved to take it myself for a few weeks and put Smith Senior PT to 1st Class, as they now shew an eagerness for work in their respective Standards. St II makes very fair headway as does also St I under Lister.
392 1883 02 06 Shrove Tuesday. Holiday.
393 1883 02 07 I marked yesterdays attendance for to-day although afterwards I changed the letters at top of week. This will cause Fridays attendance column to be left vacant which ought to have been the case on Tuesday.
394 1883 02 12 Rev H L Cook visited the school. There has been a great falling off in the attendance of late, consequently I sent notes to all parents asking them to co-operate with me in insuring better attendance.
395 1883 02 15 Rev J A L Fellowes visited the school and took Standard III in Scripture according to Time Table. Had occasion to grumble about H Lister Home Work again.
396 1883 02 17 Average attendance for week only 158 as against 175 of the corresponding week last year.
397 1883 02 19 154 present this morning. Am informed that there is a throat disease among children of the district which is the reason of so small a school. 164 present this afternoon.
398 1883 02 22 Rev J A L Fellowes visited the school. A lovely day. 170 present this morning and 175 this aft. Punished S Bottomley for neglect of Home Work.
399 1883 02 27 170 present this morning and 160 this afternoon. Mr John Clark formerly Pupil Teacher at Attacliffe School Sheffield commenced duties as Assistant Master in this School this morning at a salary of ?45 per annum. He has charge of Standard III.
400 1883 03 05 3 boys Geo Hodgson, P Green and Fred Hallam broke open one of the drawers this dinner hour and took several pairs of compasses. Hallams mother found them on him at night and sent them to me. I have also recovered most of those taken, and I informed Mr Cook who had the boys before. We have not yet decided how to punish this matter.
401 1883 03 08 170 present. Rev H L Cook visited the school.
402 1883 03 10 A very wild morning. Several inches of snow consequently only 98 present.
403 1883 03 08 W Clarks appointment was to-day notified to the Department.
404 1883 03 09 Another very stormy day. 124 present this morning and 135 this afternoon. Average attendance for week 142 as against (blank) for corresponding week last year. Taught two new school songs:
405 1883 01 00 (a) Our fathers were high minded men (b) Hearts of Oak (School words). A fair amount of progress was noticeable in the exam work this morning.
406 1883 03 13 Admitted one new boy T Carr St II. 168 present this morning. In Standard II 7 or 8 boys are absent through sickness mostly throat disease. Rev J A L Fellowes visited the school & took Standard III in scripture according to Time Table.
407 1883 03 14 Received a notification from Department that Lewis Cawthra the First Assistant has passed the Certificate examination in the Fourth Division. Mr Clark 10 minutes late this morning.
408 1883 03 20 Received Drawing Grant from Rev H L Cook amounting to ?6.4.2. 156 present this morning. Received intimation that Walter Smith was placed in the 2nd Class as the Scripture Examination and that Harry Lister was placed in the 3rd Class.
409 1883 03 22 Closed School until Monday April 2nd for Easter Holidays.
410 1883 04 02 Admitted 8 new scholars. 154 present only this morning and 171 this afternoon.
411 1883 04 03 Admitted 1 new boy. 165 present. Rev H L Cook visited the School.
412 1883 04 04 School in a very untidy state this morning. Have noticed this often & have mentioned it to Manager, Rev H L Cook. J Clark the second assistant does not give his attention to the discipline of his class that I should like to see. I have mentioned this to him.
413 1883 04 06 Examined entire school from a new set of cards. Standards II and III did only very moderately in Arithmetic, Standards IV, V did very fair - about 75 p cent passing ' getting more than 2 sums right. Average attendance for week 160. Reported 12 of the worst attenders to the Attendance Committee.
414 1883 04 09 Admitted 6 new scholars, 4 of whom are from the Infants School at Raw Nook. 172 present this morning and 166 this afternoon.
415 1883 04 11 Rev H L Cook visited the school to-day.
416 1883 04 13 The result of the weekly examination held to-day was very satisfactory, the only Standard not showing any sign of improvement being the Third. I shall be compelled to take this Standard unless I see some alteration next week. Mr Clark the teacher is very dilatory over his work. I have shewn & better shewn him how to go about his work but he either can't or won't understand me. The average for week is 165.2 being a slight improvement on former weeks. I find on looking over the registers that we have 61 half-timers 26 of whom attend only 4 halfdays per week and the remainder 35, 5 halfdays. This of course reduces the average considerably. It is time now that a halftime school should be opened in the neighbourhood, as it is next to an impossibility for lads attending only 4 times a week (and poor lads besides) to compete or keep up with lads attending 10 times a week. This is especially bad when we take into consideration the special subjects viz Gram & Geography.
417 1883 04 16 Admitted one new scholar.
418 1883 04 17 174 present this afternoon. Rev H L Cook visited the school.
419 1883 04 19 Walt Smith gave a lesson on the 'Cocoa Nut' to Standard II in the presence of all the teachers who criticised the lesson & gave him the benefit of their criticisms afterwards.
420 1883 04 23 Admitted 2 new scholars Chas Bailey & Thompson Smith, neither have passed St I. 164 present this morning. Rev H L Cook and J A L Fellowes visited the school.
421 1883 04 26 168 present this morning. Mr Cawthra gave a lesson (oral & object) on Lead to the First Class this morning.
422 1883 04 30 Admitted one new scholar M Kellett. 164 present this morning and 167 this afternoon. Revs H L Cook and J A L Fellowes visited the school. I am informed that W Tennant is ill at home from the effects of having been pushed off a form. I spoke to the boy who did it & I am satisfied that it was done accidentally.
423 1883 05 01 161 present. Gave Standard IV, V, VI a thorough preparation of Case in Grammar.
424 1883 05 03 Ascension day. 156 present at 8.15 this morning at Early Service at Church. Mr J Clark gave a lesson to the 2nd Class this morning on 'Steel'.
425 1883 05 07 Rev H L Cook visited the school this morning and informed me that our managers intend giving prizes at the end of this year ' to encourage regular attendance etc. 160 present.
426 1883 05 08 167 present this morning. The 22 weeks preceding the Exam (not including holidays) commenced yesterday. Mr. Cook gave me to understand some weeks ago that he had arranged to delay our exam to the latter end of November, on account of our Mission being held in that month. Am sorry to say that Mr Clark still continues to give me cause for dissatisfaction with his class. They are very backward. His ideas are that they should teach themselves ' his duty only, standing in front of the class. Smith & Lister pay very great attention to their studies both at school and at home.
427 1883 05 10 Closed school to-day for Whitsuntide Holidays.
428 1883 05 21 School re-opened after one weeks holiday for Whitsuntide. Admitted 2 new scholars. 168 present this morning and 172 this afternoon. Mr Clark came this morning at 9.45. Rev J A L Fellowes visited the school this morning. I received intimation this morning that prizes will be given by the Managers at the end of the year for regular attendance, Home Lessons, conduct, etc.
429 1883 05 24 Walt Smith gave a good lesson this morning on Steam & the Steam Engine. 163 and 161 present respectively.
430 1883 05 28 170 present this morning and 178 this afternoon. Admitted 2 new scholars F Lightowlers and Ernest Craven.
431 1883 06 01 Received night School report. 171 present this morning. Rev H L Cook visited the School this morning. Admitted one new Scholar W H Bower.
432 1883 06 05 178 present this morning. I examined Standard I this morning. I am sorry to say that at present only 10 shew any signs of improvement. I gave Lister the teacher distinctly to understand that I shall expect a great alteration. Standards I and III are the worst in the school.
433 1883 06 06 Admitted one new scholar, F Whipp.
434 1883 06 12 I have been absent from school since last Wednesday through inflammation of the lungs etc. Mr Cawthra has had charge and he informed me daily that everything went on satisfactorily. I am sorry to say that Mr Cawthra was taken ill yesterday and his state compels me to be present as I dare not trust the school with the other assistant & PTs alone. 8 new scholars were admitted yesterday. I admitted 2 new scholars this morning. 187 present. Only 7 day scholars absent throughout the school. Gave an examination this Tuesday morning instead of ordinary work. L Cawthra absent to-day sick.
435 1883 06 13 162 present this morning and 176 this afternoon. L Chawthra absent to-day sick.
436 1883 06 14 177 present this morning and 187 this afternoon. Rev H L Cook visited the school this morning. He informed me that the Diocesan Scripture Exam will take place on the 10th July 1883. L Cawthra absent to-day sick. I gave teachers a strong reprimand to-day about corporal punishment. Have had several complaints from parents about their children having been punished by teachers notably Mr Cawthra. I flogged Fred Reid for throwing stones at Walt Smith Pupil Teacher yesterday.
437 1883 06 15 Mr Cawthra came to school to-day. A little improvement is visible to-day in the work done by Standard III.
438 1883 06 20 180 present this morning. Rev H L Cook visited the school. I forgot to state that one new scholar Ar Roberts was admitted last Monday.
439 1883 06 25 170 present this morning and 178 this aft. Rev H L Cook visited the school. J Clark Assistant Master tendered his resignation to-day. He gives one month's notice and leaves on the 27th of July.
440 1883 06 29 Mr Clark informed me he was going to sit for Queens Scholarship next week and asked to be off for the week. 167 and 170 present respectively.
441 1883 07 02 I received Time Table to-day which has been submitted to S R Wilson Esq HMI and approved by him.
442 1883 07 02 I was informed by Rev H L Cook that A Horsfield has been appointed Assistant Master in the place of J Clark's resigned. He will commence duties on the 30th July at a Salary of ?50 per annum. Only 163 present this morning.
443 1883 07 03 180 present this afternoon. I totalled the Half-timers this afternoon and find that we have 61, 35 of whom work in pit and only attend 4 half-days per week. There are only 3 boys who are employed at home Irvin Carr Stand IV last Hawker, Allan Priestley Stand II last Newsboy, Joe Stobarts Stand III last Butcher. I have informed the attendance officer of these and expect them to be furnished with Half-Time Certificates.
444 1883 07 08 Attendance officer supplied me with some forms for Half-timers. He said he did not thoroughly understand how they were to be used but that he would let me know shortly.
445 1883 07 10 Diocesan Scripture Examination held to-day by Rev Bainbridge Diocesan Inspector. Registers were not marked.
446 1883 07 11 Only 157 present this morning. An important marriage taking place in the district causes a many boys to be away. Rev H L Cook visited the school.
447 1883 07 12 165 present. Rev R A King former vicar & manager visited the school.
448 1883 07 16 Examined registers. (signed) H L Cook
449 1883 07 20 Summoned to attend an Inquest consequently I was absent from school to-day. Only 149 present this afternoon. On going over the absentees I find that not less than 20 are away ill.
450 1883 07 23 154 present this morning 170 this afternoon. Rev H L Cook visited the school.
451 1883 07 27 J Clarke (Asst Master) left to-day.
452 1883 07 27 Children had their annual treat to-day.
453 1883 07 30 Mr A Horsfield Ex PT Formerly of Ryan Street Board School commenced duties as Assistant Master to-day in the room of Mr J Clarke resigned. Salary ?52 per annum.
454 1883 08 02 School closed from Aug 2nd to Aug 20 for Midsummer Holidays.
455 1883 08 20 School re-opened this morning after two weeks holiday. 163 present.
456 1883 08 23 162 present this morning and 180 this aft. Mr Cawthra gave an Object Lesson to Standards I & II on the potato.
457 1883 08 28 165 present this morning and 160 this afternoon. Rev H L Cook visited the school this afternoon. Appointed Thomas Howell as Monitor with the intention of his becoming a Pupil Teacher in the room of Mr Smith who will complete his apprenticeship next year. H Lister half an hour late at lessons this morning. Had to warn Mr Horsfield for punishing boys. Punished 2 boys (Brothers Darbey) for playing truant.
458 1883 09 03 Rev H L Cook visited the school.
459 1883 09 07 Examined all school to-day in Arith and Dictation and was very much disappointed at the result. Barely 60 per cent passing. In the afternoon we explained all mistakes in spelling & worked all problems in Arith on Black Board. To-day I received notification that Mr Alb Horsfield Ex PT had been accepted by the Department as a teacher in this school.
460 1883 09 10 160 present at both meetings of the school to-day. Taught children a new song last Friday Entitled 'See our oars'. Also the words to 'The Prairie Flower'. Rev H L Cook accompanied by Mr Gibson visited the school.
461 1883 09 13 Punished Walter and John Edwin Darbey for playing truant. This is the second occasion.
462 1883 09 18 This afternoon during playtime Mr Cawthra the First Assistant informed me that several of his children were very sick. I went down into the class room and found no less than eight boys vomiting. Upon questioning them I found that they had all been eating of a certain kind of pod which on examining I found to be a pod growing on laburnum tree of which is poisonous. One boy Fred Clough was so ill that he had to be taken home. The others had an emetic, salt and water given them, and were sent home. On enquiry last night I found that they were still very sickly. I cautioned the boys on eating any kind of fruits that they were unacquainted with. 2 boys Brothers Rawling away from School. On enquiry I find they have Scarlatina.
463 1883 09 19 A report which is untrue is going about the district that F Clough has since died from the effects of yesterday. Only 152 present this morning. Most of absentees are sick. 168 present this afternoon. Rev H L cook visited the school and enquired after the sick boys.
464 1883 09 25 Received examination schedules from Rev H L Cook.
465 1883 09 26 Rev H L Cook visited the school. Harry Lister gave an Oral Lesson to Standard 2 on the Tea Plant.
466 1883 09 27 The average for the week has fallen off considerably. A great deal of sickness is prevalent in the District. It has also been a very wet week. Average 158.
467 1883 10 01 Spoke at great length on the necessity of regular attendance for the next few weeks. 172 present this afternoon. Sent Joe Binns home for his school money. He came back without it.
468 1883 10 02 171 and 177 present to-day. Sent Joe Binns home again this afternoon for school money ' Has not returned.
469 1883 10 02 Rev H L Cook called the register yesterday.
470 1883 10 16 Examined the Registers & found them correct. (signed) H L Cook
471 1883 10 19 S R Wilson Esq HMI visited the school this afternoon and made enquiry respecting the attendance of scholars especially H-timers. 163 present.
472 1883 10 22 Rev H L Cook visited the school.
473 1883 10 26 Completed our list of school songs to-day. Sung them over for Mr Cook.
474 1883 11 05 180 present this morning.
475 1883 11 06 I inspected this school. G Rooper HMI
476 1883 11 07 Poetry for next years exam: Standard I The Apes Shop, Standard II Casabianca, Standard III Inchcape Bell, Well of St Keyne, Standard IV John Gilpin, Standards V, VI & VIII King John.
477 1883 11 12 Admitted 2 new scholars, only 151 present this morning, 170 this afternoon. Received the Duplicate Schedules this afternoon. The total per centage of passes is 82. Lister's Standard I did best. Mr Cawthra's Standard II also did well.
478 1883 11 14 Mr Bottomley, Head Teacher, left the school. (Signed) H L Cook Correspondent
479 1883 11 19 Admitted 9 boys from New Works Infants.
480 1883 11 23 Admitted 10 boys from Carr Lane Infants.
481 1883 12 03 Mr Horsfield absent through indisposition.
482 1883 12 10 Drawing Examination in morning.
483 1883 12 17 I was absent last week at Examination at Leeds. Admitted one boy this morning.
484 1883 12 20 School dismissed to-day for Xmas holidays. Prizes for good attendances also Certificates for all who have passed were distributed by Rev H L Cook, Vicar. Average attendance for the week 167.
485 1884 01 07 I, John Nightingale, Certificated Master, took charge of this school. The Revd H L Cook introduced me to the scholars this morning. School reopened after Christmas Holidays. Copy of Report of Boys' School: Boys' School 'The Boys passed a fairly good Examination in the three Elementary Subjects. The Reading was accurate, fluent and distinct, but monotonous in the first and second standards; in the third and fourth standard children showed little power of answering questions in the subject matter; in the fifth Standard it was too rapid and wanted accuracy; the sixth standard read very fairly. The spelling was good in the first standard and very fair in the second and third standards, it was weak in the fourth standard. The Composition was weak in the fifth standard, fair in the sixth standard. The Handwriting was fairly good. The Arithmetic was good in the first and second standards, fairly good in the third standard, and fair in the fourth standard, it was weak in the fifth and sixth standards. The Mental Arithmetic was fairly good except in the fourth and fifth standards. The Singing was very fair. Under Article 109(f) The Recitation was fair; it is not desirable that all standards should learn parts of one and the same poem. The Grammar was fair in the second and third standards, but the children should understand what is the real difference between a noun and a verb, and should frame sentences to illustrate the use of the parts of speech. The Grammar of the fourth standard was bad, it was very inaccurate, it was fair in the fifth and sixth standards, but the analysis was incomplete. The Geography was weak, the children need more individual questioning, and they should study the map in order to be familiar with the relative position of places. The extra subjects must be more carefully taught to earn the Grant another year. The Pupil Teachers have done poorly. It is evident that the Head Teacher's efforts have been slackened during the past year.' (Signed) H L Cook Correspondent. Staff for following year: John Nightingale Certificated, Lewis Cawthra & Albert Horsfield Assts, Walter Smith & Harry Lister Pupil Teachers & Thos Howell Monitor.
486 1884 01 08 The Revd H L Cook and the Revd J A L Fellows visited the school this morning.
487 1884 01 10 The Revd H L Cook visited the school this morning. I examined Standard V in Dictation this afternoon and found that the majority could neither spell nor write decently.
488 1884 01 11 I have had the Pupil Teachers for lessons this week and find they are very backward in Arithmetic, Euclid and Algebra. Monitor Owell is much given to coming late to lessons. Average this week 175.
489 1884 01 14 To Mr Cawthra who has been before taking Standard II, I have to-day given Standard IV. I have given Mr Smith Standard I and am myself taking V & VI.
490 1884 01 15 The Revd H L Cook visited the school this morning. I examined Standard III in Long Division to-day and was much disappointed. There are a very few indeed who can work Long Division yet.
491 1884 01 18 Monitor Owell has attended lessons more punctually this week. Average this week 175.5.
492 1884 01 21 Admitted two new scholars to-day. S R Wilson Esq visited the school to-day. I received notice this morning that I had been accepted by the Department as Certificated Teacher of this school.
493 1884 01 23 There was a very bad attendance this afternoon, on account, I suppose of the very wet and stormy weather. There were only 150 present. The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day.
494 1884 01 25 Average attendance this week 168.8. Many of the children, I find, attend very irregularly.
495 1884 01 28 Admitted two new boys to-day.
496 1884 01 30 The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day.
497 1884 01 31 I examined Standard III in Dictation to-day. They are very backward in Spelling.
498 1884 02 07 Examined the registers & found them correct. (signed) H L Cook I did not have the Pupil Teachers to lessons this morning as I was very ill.
499 1884 02 11 Three scholars left and gave gone to a private school, which has been opened at Hill Top.
500 1884 02 15 Only 159 present this afternoon. Average attendance for this week 174.3. We have not had the Pupil Teachers' lessons this week in order that they could go the Mission Services at 8.30 each morning.
501 1884 02 20 The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day and gave out the Drawing Certificates to the scholars.
502 1884 02 27 We had holiday all day yesterday for Shrove Tuesday. I have to send several boys back to-day for slates. One of them, Joe Binns, returned after the Registers were closed, and another, John Mansfield, did not come back till dinner time.
503 1884 02 28 The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day.
504 1884 02 29 The children have attended very badly this week. I can't get either children or parents to improve the attendance much. Average attendance this week 165.7.
505 1884 03 07 Average this week 168, a little better than last week.
506 1884 03 17 I have been absent from school a week. I have been very ill. Mr Cawthra has managed the school in my absence. Last Monday the 10th there were 13 new scholars admitted. They came from Oakenshaw School and are Pit lads. Today nine more new boys were admitted, six of them being Pit lads.
507 1884 03 21 This week I have given Pupil Teacher Smith charge of the Fifth Standard. I examined Standard III in Geography on Tuesday and in Grammar on Wednesday. They are backward in Geography but do their Grammar pretty well. To-day I took Standard II in Reading and found that they could read very well.
508 1884 03 24 Admitted nine new scholars today. Most of the new scholars that have come this last three weeks have just been examined and therefore they will have to be put into a fresh standard here and do a year's work in seven months.
509 1884 03 26 Mr Cawthra has been away to-day ill.
510 1884 03 28 The average attendance this week is 184.9
511 1884 03 31 I have divided the Third Standard into two parts for Geography. Mr Horsfield will take one division consisting mostly of half-timers and Pupil Teacher Smith and myself will change about with the other division and the Fifth Standard. Mr Cawthra and Pupil Teacher Lister will also change about between the Second and Fourth Standards.
512 1884 04 04 The attendance this week has been very good ' average 185.
513 1884 04 10 The Revd H L Cook visited the school this morning. The day scholars have not attended well this week, although I have reminded the parents that it is a short week. A few of the Pit lads have come this morning for the first time this week. Of course they will have their papers filled up for to-day & Friday. Dismissed the school at noon for the Easter Holidays.
514 1884 04 21 School reopened this morning after the Easter Holidays. Admitted two new boys to-day. One has just passed the Second and the other the Fourth Standard.
515 1884 04 23 The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day.
516 1884 04 25 Average this week 183.
517 1884 04 28 The children have not attended so well to-day. It has been rather wet. Laurence Hardy Esq one of the Managers visited the school to-day.
518 1884 04 30 The Revd H L Cook visited the school today.
519 1884 05 02 The average attendance this week is very low. A great many of the children will stay at home on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons.
520 1884 05 09 Examined Standards III and IV this week in Dictation. I am very much disappointed with the Spelling of both Standards. The Writing of Standard IV was pretty good. Average attendance this week 172, a deal less than it was some weeks ago. A good many new scholars have left, after being here a few weeks.
521 1884 05 12 Mr Horsfield has been away sick to-day. Admitted a new boy to-day.
522 1884 05 15 I have not taken the Pupil Teachers at lessons yesterday or to-day as I am not so well.
523 1884 05 20 I was absent from school sick Friday and Monday. Returned to-day.
524 1884 05 22 Had holiday this afternoon for Ascension Day.
525 1884 05 28 Received the new Time-table to-day from Mr G Rooper HMI signed and approved by him. The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day.
526 1884 05 29 I was absent from school this afternoon attending a funeral.
527 1884 05 30 Dismissed the school at noon to-day for the Whitsuntide Holidays.
528 1884 06 09 Reopened the school to-day. 175 present this morning.
529 1884 06 12 Mr Cawthra has been absent all day to-day attending a funeral.
530 1884 06 13 The children have attended very fairly this week until to-day. This afternoon the attendance has been very poor only. Average attendance this week 167.
531 1884 06 19 I examined Standard I this morning and Standard II this afternoon in Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. The Arithmetic of both Standards was very poor, the Spelling was only fair, but the Writing and Reading was pretty good.
532 1884 06 20 There is a very small number in attendance this afternoon. The parents will persist in keeping children away on Friday afternoons. There are more than forty day scholars away this afternoon.
533 1884 06 27 Visited the School and examined the Registers. (signed) H L Cook
534 1884 06 27 Mr Cawthra was away from school on Wednesday sick. I am giving Pupil Teacher Smith private study all this week and next during school hours, as he is going to sit for the Scholarship Examination. This afternoon I delayed the closing of the Registers until 2.15 in order that I might send for the children who were absent. By this means, I got ten of them to come who had nothing to stay at home for, but still were twenty or thirty absent besides.
535 1884 07 05 The attendance this afternoon is a little better than it was last Friday afternoon. Average attendance this week 160.
536 1884 07 07 Admitted a new boy to-day. Pupil Teacher Smith has gone to Saltley College to sit at the Scholarship Examination.
537 1884 07 10 I visited the school (signed) Geo Sedgwick
538 1884 07 11 The attendance is a great deal better this afternoon than it has been on previous Fridays. Average attendance this week 161.9.
539 1884 07 14 The Revd H L Cook visited the school this morning.
540 1884 07 17 Punished a lad (Jared(?) Bailey) this afternoon for using impudence to Mr Horsefield.
541 1884 07 18 Average attendance this week 158.
542 1884 07 23 The Scripture Examination was held this afternoon.
543 1884 07 25 Average attendance this week 164, a great improvement on last week. Admitted two new boys this afternoon.
544 1884 07 31 Gave the boys a tea this afternoon at 5 o'clock.
545 1884 08 01 Dismissed the school at 12 o'clock for the Midsummer Holidays.
546 1884 08 25 Reopened the school after the Midsummer Holidays, attendance very fair.
547 1884 08 28 Monitor Howell absent this afternoon attending the Eye & Ear Hospital.
548 1884 08 29 Average attendance this week 157. There are about a dozen scholars who have not returned from their holidays. Pupil teachers' lessons taken this week and until the examination from 7.40 to 9.0 am instead of from 8.0 to 9.0 am.
549 1884 09 02 Monitor Howell late to lessons this morning.
550 1884 09 04 Howell away this afternoon at Eye & Ear Hospital.
551 1884 09 05 Examined Standards III, IV, V and VI in Arithmetic & Dictation on paper. Standard III did bad papers in both Arithmetic & Dictation. The Writing and figures were untidy. Standard IV did fairly in Dictation but badly in Arithmetic. St V did fairly in Composition & Arithmetic.
552 1884 09 11 Howell absent this afternoon attending the Eye & Ear Hospital.
553 1884 09 12 The attendance has not been so good this week, average 154.
554 1884 09 17 Examined the Registers & found them correct (signed) H L Cook
555 1884 09 19 There has been a poor attendance this week. There have been several children away sick all week. Average attendance 149.5.
556 1884 09 22 Gave the Pupil Teachers an Examination on Saturday morning in Grammar, Geography, History & Euclid. Walter Smith passed a good examination & Harry Lister & Thos Howell only a poor one. Lister did badly in Grammar and Euclid & Howell badly in Grammar. Mr Cawthra was absent from School to-day sick.
557 1884 09 25 Howell absent to-day attending the Eye & Ear Hospital.
558 1884 09 29 I visited the school. Found Registers properly kept & work proceeding in a satisfactory manner (signed) G Sedgwick.
559 1884 09 29 I examined the Standard II Girls this afternoon and Miss Briggs examined the Boys. Standard II boys passed 83 per cent all round. Mr Cawthra took Grammar this afternoon instead of Geography, through an act of forgetfulness.
560 1884 10 03 I have examined Standards III, IV & V this week in Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. Standard III have made progress this last month in Spelling and Arithmetic but their writing is still bad. Standard IV do badly in Arithmetic but are improving in Writing and Spelling. Standard V do their Arithmetic in an unsatisfactory manner, the Writing shows improvement but the Composition of a good many is poor, weak stuff.
561 1884 10 06 Admitted two new boys today. The attendance is very poor this morning, only 139 present. There is a Fair being held in the neighbourhood of Wibsey. Gave the children holiday this afternoon.
562 1884 10 07 Admitted another new boy to-day. Attendance bad again this afternoon.
563 1884 10 10 Average attendance this week 149.7. I examined Standard III yesterday in Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. They have made improvement in both Writing and Arithmetic. The Writing was uniform and the papers neat. There were not many who had more than three mistakes.
564 1884 10 13 Mr Cawthra has been absent from school to-day sick.
565 1884 10 14 The Revd H L Cook visited the school today.
566 1884 10 17 W Smith gave a lesson to-day to St V on the Seasons illustrating it by the Telurium.
567 1884 10 20 Admitted six new boys to-day four from New Road Side School. One of the boys Willie Hill has been turned away from New Road Side School for bad conduct. He was turned away from this school two years ago by Mr Bottomley for bad conduct.
568 1884 10 24 I gave a lesson this morning on Complex Sentences to St V & VI before Pupil teacher Lister.
569 1884 10 30 I examined Std IV & V to-day. St IV had improved a little in Arithmetic & Writing.
570 1884 10 31 I changed St IV with that of Miss Briggs for examination this morning. Our St IV passed 80 pc in Arithmetic and 60 in Writing. All did their Dictation badly, both good scholars and poor scholars.
571 1884 11 03 Admitted two new boys to-day.
572 1884 11 07 Average attendance this week 158.
573 1884 11 11 The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day.
574 1884 11 19 List of Songs 1. Lightly Row, 2. Catch the Sunshine, 3. Patriotic Song, 4. Be to others kind and true (Round), 5. Brightly the Sun beams (Round). 19.XI.84 I inspected this school (signed) G Rooper HMI Poetry for next year St I The Child's first Grief, St II The Nether Land & The Blind Boy, Std III Lord Ullin's Daughter, & Burial of Sir John Moore, St IV The Battle of Bannockburn (Scott), Sts V and VI Lady of the Lake (Scott).
575 1884 12 01 Admitted 21 new boys to-day, 19 from Carr Lane Infants School.
576 1884 12 03 Received the Duplicate Schedules this morning. I see by them that the school has gone backward very much during the last twelve months. The percentage is 77, 6 less than last year.
577 1884 12 05 Average attendance this week 163.
578 1884 12 08 For the present Mr Cawthra is taking charge of St V, leaving me with St VI which is larger this year than usual. Howell is taking St I which is a small standard yet.
579 1884 12 15 Admitted two new scholars today.
580 1884 12 18 Mr Cawthra was absent to-day sick.
581 1884 12 19 The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day and gave out the Certificates and Prizes. Dismissed the school at 12 am for the Christmas Holiday.
582 1884 12 22 The Upper Standards assembled this morning for the Drawing Examination. The Registers were not marked.
583 1885 01 05 The school was re-opened after the Holidays. Mr Cawthra absent through sickness all this week. Walter Smith who finished his apprenticeship in November has left the school and gone as Assistant Master to Ashley St School.
584 1885 01 09 Howell has had St IV this week and has managed the class very well. 8 new scholars have been admitted this week, 4 from New Works Infant school which has been closed.
585 1885 01 16 A number of the children have been absent all this week sick. The average attendance this week is 157. Had to punish a boy (Robert Leverett) yesterday for running away.
586 1885 01 19 One of my half-timers Edward Coombs has had to leave the school to go to Mr Scott's by order of the Mill master, in order to balance the number of half-timers at the two schools.
587 1885 01 20 Arthur Briggs who was running away last week with Leverett has returned to-day and another boy Percy Woodcock has been brought back by his mother. I have punished both boys.
588 1885 01 22 The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day.
589 1885 01 23 I have instructed the teachers this week by what method to take Reading. Gave a Reading lesson to St III before Mr Horsefield, yesterday.
590 1885 01 28 I examined St I today. It is a small standard this year, only about 18 in it, and some of these scarcely know their letters. Only a few of them can add small numbers together. Mr Cawthra who has been unwell for some time had to go home to-day. The doctor has ordered him to give up his work for a week or two. During his absence Howell will take St IV and Lister will have charge of Sts I & II.
591 1885 02 02 Admitted two new scholars to-day, 168 present his afternoon. James Chandler returned to school after an absence of 5 weeks. This boy often takes a week or two of holiday.
592 1885 02 06 Received the Report this morning. The average attendance this week is only 154. There are a few boys away sick. We have lost a few scholars lately who have got work at Oakenshaw mill and so have to go to Oakenshaw school. Willie Bower has gone there this week.
593 1885 02 10 Admitted one new boy yesterday & two to-day. Copy of Report. Boys' School 'The Boys passed a fair Examination on the whole. The Reading was bad in the first and second Standards; it was coarse and guttural ' 'axed' for asked and the like; it was remarkably good in the fourth Standard and the promptness of the answering was praiseworthy; in the other standards it was fair. The Handwriting was fairly good in the first and second Standards; but it was bad in the other Standards; much was clumsy and ill-formed, and the joining of letters were imperfect. The Spelling was the weakest part of the School work. It was very bad in the three lower and weak in the upper Standards. Composition needs attention in the fifth & sixth Standards. Arithmetic was fair on the whole; the second Standard did well and the first, third and fourth fairly; the fifth and sixth Standards were weak in this Subject. Mental Arithmetic needs cultivation. Music: The Tests were well met but the Songs were loud and harsh. Under Article 109(f) The Recitation was poorly said in the first Standard, but on the whole it was very fair. The knowledge of Grammar was fair; the papers of the higher Standards contained many mis-spelling. The Geography was poor; there should be a plan of the neighbourhood for the use of the first and second Standards, and the third Standard should know the geography of Yorkshire; the fifth Standard should understand Latitude and Longitude and the broken globe should be mended: the maps were very poor. The two Pupil Teachers were badly prepared. The Discipline of the school should be firmer. The Order during the Examination was barely fair, the third Standard appearing least under control.' (Signed) H L Cook ' Correspondent. Staff for the year ' John Nightingale Head Master, Lewis Cawthra Assistant Master, Albert Horsfield Assistant Master, Harry Lister PT Fourth Year, Thomas Howell PT Second Year. (Signed) H L Cook
594 1885 02 13 Only 144 present this afternoon (Friday). Mr Cawthra is still away sick.
595 1885 02 16 Admitted 5 new scholars to-day.
596 1885 02 19 Examined registers & found them correct (signed) H L Cook
597 1885 02 20 Gave the children holiday on Tuesday for Shrove Tuesday. The attendance has been bad this week, a good many children having been away two or three times besides Tuesday. Another boy, Arthur Haley has left to go to Oakenshaw school, having got work at Oakenshaw Mill. Examined St III to-day in Arithmetic (Long Division). Three or four boys yet cannot do Long Division.
598 1885 02 27 The Attendance has been very good this week ' average 162.7. The Revd J F Philipps visited the school on Tuesday & Thursday and gave a Scripture lesson to Sts IV, V & VI during the Scripture half-hour. Received to-day from Revd H L Cook the report of the pupil teachers' Scripture Examination. H Lister & T Howell have passed, & N Smith has passed 2nd Class.
599 1885 03 02 Mr Cawthra returned to school this morning.
600 1885 03 03 I gave a specimen lesson in presence of H Lister on Noun Phrases to Sts V & VI.
601 1885 03 04 Mr Cawthra has been absent from school to-day.
602 1885 03 06 Average attendance this week only 154.
603 1885 03 09 Admitted one new scholar to-day Lorrain Grayson. The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day and gave out the Drawing Certificates.
604 1885 03 10 Re-admitted Northern Holland who has been ill several months.
605 1885 03 13 Gave a lesson on Noun Sentences this morning to Sts V and VI in presence of Pupil Teacher Lister. Examined St III in Dictation yesterday. Writing very fair but Spelling poor.
606 1885 03 17 Admitted two new boys yesterday and one to-day.
607 1885 03 19 Examined St II in Arithmetic (Subtraction) & Reading. A few of the boys could not write down numbers correctly. Figures were rather poorly made. The Reading is improving.
608 1885 03 24 I have had to speak several times lately to Howell about not learning his Euclid. Although we have taken these propositions several times each on the Blackboard he cannot write out even the first five or six.
609 1885 03 27 There have been a large number of children absent this week through sickness. Average attendance this week only 149. I gave a specimen lesson this morning for the pupil teachers to St V on 'The Adjective Sentence'. Examined St V to-day in Arithmetic (Practice & Addition of Fractions). A few boys failed to get three sums right out of six.
610 1885 03 30 A boy, Morton G Haycock (half-timer) has left, because I would not allow him to go home at 11 o'clock & give him his attendance.
611 1885 03 31 The Revd H L Cook visited the school.
612 1885 04 01 The weather has been very bad to-day and there has been a poor attendance.
613 1885 04 02 Dismissed the school at 4.0 pm until April 13th for the Easter Holidays.
614 1885 04 13 Reopened the school after the Easter Holidays.
615 1885 04 14 The Revd H L Cook & the Revd J F Phillips visited the school to-day.
616 1885 04 17 The attendance has not been so good this week. Average attendance 146. Three boys have left the district during the Holiday. I gave a Criticism lesson yesterday afternoon on Rule of three (Method of Unity) to St V.
617 1885 04 23 Mr Cawthra gave a Criticism lesson this afternoon to St III (Reading).
618 1885 04 24 I can't get Pupil Teacher Howell to master his propositions in Euclid.
619 1885 04 31 Mr Cawthra absent to-day attending a funeral. The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day.
620 1885 05 01 I examined Sts IV & V in Arithmetic this morning. Was much disappointed at the result. The great fault is want of accuracy, especially in St IV.
621 1885 05 07 Mr Horsefield gave a Criticism lesson to-day The Adverb ' St III.
622 1885 05 12 Mr Horsefield came few minutes late this morning.
623 1885 05 13 The Revd H L Cook visited the school this afternoon.
624 1885 05 14 This morning (Ascension Day) the scholars attended a Children's service at the Church. We arrived at school at 9.30 am. Gave the children holiday this afternoon.
625 1885 05 15 Examined Sts II and III in Arithmetic & Dictation. St II had a good many of the common easy words wrong; such, were, weak, and the like. St III are weak in Long Division.
626 1885 05 20 Two of the Managers, The Revd H L Cook and Laurence Hardy Esq visited the school to-day.
627 1885 05 21 To-day is only Thursday and several boys have been absent two, three and even four times already. Mr Bland (the Attendance Officer) visited the school this morning and I drew his attention to the names of some of the scholars who were attending irregularly. One boy, George Worsnop is staying at home all week to help his father, who is a brass-furnisher, working full-time, and has not got a Labour Certificate even for half-time. Dismissed the school at 4.30 pm for the Whitsuntide Holidays.
628 1885 06 01 Reopened the school this morning ' 143 present this morning and 151 this afternoon. Re-admitted Fred Bailey. The Revd H L Cook & the Revd J F Philipps visited the school this morning.
629 1885 06 05 Mr Cawthra & I have changed classes during this week. I found St IV very weak in Grammar and weak in answering questions on the Reading lessons. Thos Howell does not seem to bring on St I so well considering that he has only eighteen in the class. Harry Lister gave a Criticism lesson yesterday to St III ' Reduction of Money.
630 1885 06 08 Admitted two new boys this afternoon. They are eight years old, but have never been to any school, and don't know a letter. I have placed them in Standard I.
631 1885 06 11 Thos Howell gave a Criticism lesson yesterday to St IV ' 'New Zealand'.
632 1885 06 18 Mr Bland the attendance officer visited the school to-day. I drew his attention to a few boys who were attending very badly.
633 1885 06 23 I have been away from school since Friday on account of the death of my father. Mr Cawthra has taken charge of the school during my absence.
634 1885 06 23 Examined the Registers & found them correct. (signed) H L Cook
635 1885 06 26 Examined Standards II, IV & V in Arithmetic & Dictation. Standard II did fairly in Arithmetic but poorly in Dictation. Standards IV & V have improved in Arithmetic & Spelling. The attendance this week has been rather better than in former weeks. (152.7)
636 1885 06 29 Admitted two new boys to-day.
637 1885 07 03 Thos Howell late at lessons twice this week. He seems also very careless about his Euclid. I can scarcely get him to learn a proposition after taking it several times on the Black-board.
638 1885 07 08 Punished Jno Ed Darbey to-day for playing truant.
639 1885 07 10 Mr Horsefield has been absent from school this afternoon sick.
640 1885 07 17 Admitted two new scholars this week. Mr Cawthra has been absent from school to-day and yesterday.
641 1885 07 22 The Scripture Examination was held this morning. Gave holiday in the afternoon. Mr Cawthra returned to school this morning.
642 1885 07 24 There are several boys (halftimers) who during the last few weeks have attended irregularly, because the mill has been playing. The boys who work at the Forge often miss school and although it is noted in the Time book the time is not made up.
643 1885 07 27 There has been a good attendance to-day, 145 present this morning and 170 this afternoon.
644 1885 07 28 Received the Report of the Scripture Examination. The school has passed a very good examination. Out of 16 marks, 14 are marked excellent.
645 1885 07 29 We gave the children tea and buns this afternoon at 5o'clock. Nearly all the children were present.
646 1885 07 30 Howell has been late to his lessons twice this week. Dismissed the school at 4.30 for the Midsummer Holidays.
647 1885 08 24 Reopened the school today after the Holidays. 146 present this morning and 164 this afternoon. Admitted four new scholars to-day.
648 1885 08 27 Examined Standard III in Arithmetic and Dictation to-day. The Writing and Spelling are weak.
649 1885 08 28 The attendance has been very fair this week 158.5. I spoke to the children on Monday about the importance of attending regularly the next two months.
650 1885 09 04 I examined Standards IV, V and VI in Arithmetic and Writing to-day. St IV are very weak in Sums, and fair in Dictation; St V weak in Composition.
651 1885 09 07 Punished William Andrews today for playing truant on Friday afternoon.
652 1885 09 10 W Taylor Esq HMI visited the school this morning and examined the Registers.
653 1885 09 11 Admitted four new scholars this week; three of them have not been attending any school. Average attendance this week 162.
654 1885 09 14 The Revd H L Cook visited the school today.
655 1885 09 18 I have had to complain to the Pupil teachers this week about their lessons. Howell especially seems very careless about his work. Gave the whole school an examination this morning. St V and VI are weak in Composition and their Writing is poor yet. St IV are weak in Arithmetic. The Spelling of Sts II and III is very poor. Taught the children a new song this afternoon ' 'Joy Bells'.
656 1885 09 23 I have given Standards V & VI lessons this week on Latitude and Longitude & the Shape & Motions of the Earth.
657 1885 09 25 The Revd H L Cook and the Revd J F Phillipps visited the school this afternoon.
658 1885 09 28 I had occasion to complain of Howell's lessons this morning.
659 1885 10 02 Mr Bland (Attendance Officer) visited the school this morning. I have him the names of three boys, Willie Wilson & Walter & Jno Darbey, who attend very badly. Received the Schedules & Form IX this afternoon.
660 1885 10 05 There are a great many children away this morning at Wibsey Fair. 136 present. Gave the children holiday this afternoon.
661 1885 10 06 Punished Willie Bower this morning for playing truant. Only a poor attendance again this afternoon. 143 present.
662 1885 10 09 Examined the registers & found them correct. (signed) H L Cook
663 1885 10 09 I examined Standards II, IV, V and VI this morning. All standards have made improvement in Arithmetic & Spelling. The Writing is only fair. Standard III are very poor in Reading. Average attendance this week only 153. 12.X.85 (signed) G Rooper HMI
664 1885 10 12 Took the pupil teachers at lessons on Saturday morning from 8 am to 12 am
665 1885 10 16 The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day. He informed me that Samuel Milnes had been accepted by the Managers as Monitor, to commence duties in November.
666 1885 10 19 I gave the pupil teachers an examination on Saturday morning from 8 to 12 am. Thomas Howell did his Euclid badly. Harry Lister's Geography paper was poor.
667 1885 10 20 Mr A Bland the attendance officer visited the school to-day.
668 1885 10 26 Gave the pupil teacher another examination on Saturday.
669 1885 10 30 Examined the school in Reading, Writing & Arithmetic. There has been considerable improvement in all standards during the last few weeks. School year ended to-day. Average attendance this week 162.
670 1885 11 02 Samuel Milnes came to-day as Monitor.
671 1885 11 04 Examined St II in Arithmetic & Dictation this morning. Took dictation in place of the Grammar Lesson.
672 1885 11 10/11 T G Rooper Esq HMI inspected this school. List of Songs 1. Joy Bells, 2. Lightly Row, 3. Catch the Sunshine, 4. Star of Peace, 5. Peace, lovely Peace (Round).
673 1885 11 16 Admitted 58 new scholars from Carr Lane Infants' School.
674 1885 11 18 Received the Duplicate Schedules this morning. The school has improved during this year. The percentage of passes is 84. 7 more than last year.
675 1885 11 20 Average attendance this week 204.
676 1885 11 26 Examined the registers & found them correct (signed) H L Cook
677 1885 11 26 Mr Cawthra absent to-day attending a funeral.
678 1885 11 27 I have given Mr Cawthra charge of St I, Harry Lister St II, Thos Howell St III & Mr Horsefield St IV, myself taking Sts V, VI and VII.
679 1885 12 04 The attendance since the examination has been very poor especially this week. Average this week 195.
680 1885 12 07 Admitted two new scholars to-day.
681 1885 12 08 The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day.
682 1885 12 11 Attendance very bad again this week. Average 192. A great many children have been absent this week sick.
683 1885 12 14 Mr Horsefield is away this week attending the Certificate Examination.
684 1885 12 15 I sent to-day after a boy, Arthur Crossland, who has been absent from school a month & who has been playing the streets the last fortnight. His mother sent word that he was not coming till after Christmas!
685 1885 12 18 The Revd H L Cook & the Revd J F Philipps visited the school this afternoon.
686 1885 12 23 The Drawing examination was held this morning. The Revd H L Cook visited the school this afternoon and distributed the Prizes for good attendance, and the Certificates to those who had passed. Dismissed the school at 4.30 pm for the Christmas Holidays.
687 1886 01 11 Reopened the school to-day after the Holidays. 178 present this morning 218 this afternoon. Admitted 7 new scholars today.
688 1886 01 12 The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day.
689 1886 01 15 The attendance this week has been good. Average 201. There have been 159 children present. The classes seem to be making fair progress on the whole, except St III who cannot yet do Long Division well. Thos Howell has been twice late to Lessons his week.
690 1886 01 18 Admitted a new scholar this morning. Copy of Report. Boys' School The Boys passed a fair examination in the three Elementary Subjects. The results are in some respects better than last year; but they are not equal to good. Reading is still poorly taught, pronunciation, modulation, expression and intelligence are all defective; much greater pains should be taken with the first Standard. Handwriting is not more systematically taught than last year; slope, height, joining, thickness of stroke, are all inadequately attended to. Spelling has much improved since last year, but the Composition is weak. Arithmetic was much better; it was fairly good. Oral Arithmetic should receive attention. Under Article 109 ( ). The Grammar and Geography are both poorly taught. The second and third standards cannot frame illustrative sentences; the work of the higher standards is inaccurate, and questions on Grammar and Word building all badly answered. Geography is not rightly taught in the lower standards; the subject should be dealt with in connection with a place of the neighbourhood and local knowledge. Few answer at all in the fourth Standard; latitude and longitude was not known in the higher Standards. It would be better to study one subject properly than to attempt two. Many boys are Half Timers. The teacher of the second Standard deserves credit for the state of his class. The Music was not good enough for the double Grant. The Managers have only checked the Registers three times. The Index to the Admission Register is neglected. The Offices are offensive: arrangements for supplying the Urinal with air and water are wanted.' (Signed) H L Cook Correspondent. Staff for the Year: John Nightingale, Head Teacher, Lewis Cawthra, Assistant Master, Albert Horsefield, Assistant Master, Thomas Howell ,PT Third Year, Samuel Milnes, Monitor (signed) H L Cook
691 1886 01 20 The Revd H L Cook and Laurence Hardy Esq, Managers, visited the school to-day.
692 1886 01 25 There has been a heavy snowstorm to-day and a great number of children have been obliged to stay at home.
693 1886 01 26 Re-admitted a new scholar, John Bolton Wilkinson. This is about the fourth time that this boy has been admitted here. The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day.
694 1886 01 29 The weather has been very bad all week and has caused many children to say at home. Average attendance this week.
695 1886 02 03 Mr Cawthra absent to-day on account of sickness at home.
696 1886 02 04 The Revd J F Phillipps visited the school this morning and gave a Scripture lesson to Sts IV, V & VI according to Time-table.
697 1886 02 05 The attendance has been a great deal better this week than last. I examined St IV in Arithmetic this morning. Several boys cannot yet do Multiplication of Money.
698 1886 02 11 John Bolton Wilkinson was brought to school to-day by his mother, having been running away. It seems impossible to get this boy to attend any school. The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day.
699 1886 02 12 I examined St IV in Reading to-day. The Reading was generally fair, but a great fault not only in this class but throughout the school is the mumbling, indistinct way of saying words, which the children have.
700 1886 02 17 Gave a first lesson on Fractions to St V to-day both morning and afternoon.
701 1886 02 18 Fred Lee came to school to-day after an absence of several weeks. This boy has only attended about a fortnight since November last, partly on account of ill health & partly on account of the bad weather.
702 1886 02 19 The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day.
703 1886 02 22 Punished Jno Ed Darbey to-day for running away.
704 1886 02 23 Received the Drawing Report to-day. 52 boys have passed; an increase of 20 on last year's result.
705 1886 03 01 Received my Parchment Certificate this morning from the Education Department. The attendance has been very small to-day on account of the heavy snowstorm. 158 present this morning 157 this afternoon.
706 1886 03 02 The weather is much worse this morning than yesterday and very few children have ventured out to school. I have thought it advisable to close the school till tomorrow.
707 1886 03 03 The snowstorm still continues, and on the recommendation of the Managers we have closed the schools for the week. Shall take the pupil teachers' lessons as usual.
708 1886 03 08 Reopened school this morning. 153 present. The Revd H L Cook & the Revd J F Phillipps visited the school to-day.
709 1886 03 09 Holiday this afternoon for Shrove Tuesday.
710 1886 03 10 To-day being Ash Wednesday we had a short Children's Service this morning from 9 ' 9.30 instead of the usual Scripture Lesson.
711 1886 03 11 Mr Cawthra absent to-day sick. I examined St III in Arithmetic to-day and St I in Reading. I found St I still very backward in Reading. Many of the children are those who came here from the Infants' School at 6 years of age & some of them did not know their letters.
712 1886 03 19 The attendance has been better this week than it has been the last week or two.
713 1886 03 22 Examined the Registers & found them correct. (signed) H L Cook
714 1886 03 22 Admitted a new boy to-day. He is seven years old and does not know his letters.
715 1886 03 23 Re-admitted Jno Ar Clegg to-day. Mr Bland the attendance officer visited the school to-day.
716 1886 03 26 I examined St II in Arithmetic and Dictation this morning. A great many of the children cannot do Addition & Subtraction & very few can do Multiplication. The spelling too was bad. Average attendance this week 200.
717 1886 03 26 Mr Cawthra is absent from school to-day.
718 1886 04 02 Mr Cawthra returned to school to-day having been away all week sick. During his absence PT Howell has had charge of St I and Mr Horsefield & I have managed St II between us besides our own classes. The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day.
719 1886 04 09 I examined Sts V and VI to-day in Arithmetic. Most of the children of St V can now do Practice & Addition of Fractions.
720 1886 04 13 I missed taking the Pupil Teachers lessons yesterday and to-day as I have not been well.
721 1886 04 14 The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day and gave out the Drawing Certificates. This afternoon Jno Ar Clegg broke a window of a neighbouring house. I warned the children against going out of the playground during playtime. I acquainted the boy's father in order that he might make good the damage.
722 1886 04 20 Mr Horsefield absent this afternoon with leave. I examined Sts IV, V and VI this afternoon in Arithmetic & Dictation. Sts V and VI passed a fair examination in Arithmetic & Composition, but the Writing was poor. St IV were weak in Arithmetic and the sums were set down badly.
723 1886 04 22 Mr Bland the attendance officer visited the school this morning. I drew his attention to the bad attendance of a few of the boys. One boy in particular whom I have mentioned before (George Worsnop) keeps staying at home to work for his father, and has no Labour Certificate. The Revd H L Cook came in at the time & he added his voice to mine asking for better attendance. I have sent for two or three boys who are absent this afternoon, with the result that I have got one (Irvine Reid) to come. He came in just as I had closed the Register, so I have marked him present. Dismissed the school this afternoon at 4.0 o'clock for the Easter Holidays.
724 1886 05 03 Reopened the school after the Easter Holidays. 198 present this morning and 212 this afternoon.
725 1886 05 04 Admitted two new scholars this morning.
726 1886 05 07 The school has made very fair progress this week. The attendance has been fairly good, average 199.
727 1886 05 14 During this week I have been round to every class and taken them in Reading. I find that it is far from being good. The worst class is St I who are very bad at pronunciation. The weather has been very severe during the week and it has affected the attendance in the lower standards. Mr Cawthra has been absent from school again to-day. The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day.
728 1886 05 17 Mr Cawthra came to school to-day. He informed me that he had been unwell on Friday.
729 1886 05 26 The attendance has been poor to-day and yesterday in the lower standards owing to the very severe weather.
730 1886 05 27 One of the mills in the district has been stopped for a fortnight, and several of the half-timers have missed school two or three times this week. I have sent three times for one boy (Willie Jackson) who has been absent all week, but can get no answer.
731 1886 05 28 I examined the school this morning in Reading, Writing & Arithmetic. The results were not satisfactory. The Reading was weak throughout, but especially in St I. In Sts II, III & IV the spelling and writing were poor.
732 1886 05 31 I am suffering from a severe cold so did not get to school until 11 o'clock this morning.
733 1886 06 01 The Revd H L Cook visited the school this afternoon.
734 1886 06 03 This morning (Ascension Day) the scholars attended a children's service at the Church. We arrived at school at 9.25. Gave the children holiday in the afternoon.
735 1886 06 04 The attendance has not been so good this week. Average 192.
736 1886 06 09 The Revd H L Cook and Revd J A L Fellows visited the school this afternoon.
737 1886 06 11 Examined the Registers & found them correct. (signed) H L Cook
738 1886 06 11 Dismissed the school at 4.30 pm for the Whitsuntide Holidays.
739 1886 06 21 Reopened the school after the Holidays. 188 present this morning & 199 this afternoon. The Revd H L Cook & Revd J F Phillipps visited the school this afternoon.
740 1886 06 23 I examined Standard III in Arithmetic & Dictation this afternoon. The result was very poor. This class has made very little progress during the last few months. Samuel Milnes late to lessons this morning.
741 1886 06 28 Attendance not so good again to-day. There is a fair being held at Salthorn and some of the parents have taken their children.
742 1886 07 02 The upper standards have made fair progress during the last two weeks. Standard V are improving in Composition and Standard IV in Dictation. Standards I and III however are not getting on so well. The Revd J F Phillipps visited the school this afternoon. The attendance this week has not been so good. Average 190. Several children are at present absent through sickness:- the following are the names:- 1. Jonathan Booth (Fever at home), 2. Herbert Metcalfe (Disease of the Eyes), 3. Seth Bentley (Sick), 4. John T Best (ill in the Infirmary), 5. Thos Worsnop (Fever), 6. Henry Worsnop (Fever), 7. Herbert Worsnop (Sick), 8. Harry Lister (Sick).
743 1886 07 05 Received notice to-day that the Scripture Examination will take place on the 22nd of this month.
744 1886 07 06 The Revd J F Phillipps visited the school today.
745 1886 07 09 I find that Standard II are not making good progress in their work. Their spelling and writing especially are very poor. Average attendance this week on 187.
746 1886 07 14 I have had to complain to Thos Howell yesterday and to-day about his lessons. Re-admitted a scholar ' Northern Holland, yesterday.
747 1886 07 21 Mr Horsefield gave notice to-day that he will leave the school after the Midsummer Holidays. He has got an appointment under the Bradford School Board.
748 1886 07 22 The Scripture examination was held this afternoon.
749 1886 07 23 Mr Cawthra gave a lesson on Sugar to Standards I & II this afternoon for the benefit of Saml Milnes the monitor. The attendance is still poor. Average this week 184.
750 1886 07 26 Punished Alfred Reid for playing truant on Friday.
751 1886 07 29 Received the Report on the Scripture Examination. The school has passed a good examination in this subject. This afternoon we finished lessons at 4 o'clock after which we gave the children tea and buns. There was a good attendance.
752 1886 07 30 Dismissed the school at 12 o'clock for the Midsummer Holidays.
753 1886 08 23 Re-opened the school this morning after the holidays. 170 present this morning and 193 this afternoon. Mr Walter Smith commenced duties to-day as Assistant Master in the place of Albert Horsefield dating from Aug 1. Admitted two new scholars to-day.
754 1886 08 26 I examined Standard III to-day in Arithmetic and Dictation. Both were very badly done.
755 1886 08 27 The attendance has not been so good this week. There are 19 children still absent from school. Average attendance 181. Mr Cawthra has had to be absent from school on Tuesday and Thursday on account of the death of his child.
756 1886 09 03 I examined Sts IV, V and VI in Arithmetic & Writing to-day. St V is still weak in composition but there is improvement in both classes in the other subjects. Mr Smith the new assistant is improving St IV in their work. I drew his attention a fortnight ago to the Reading which had been neglected by Mr Horsefield. Mr Bland the attendance officer visited the school yesterday. He has been very ill lately and has not been able to visit absentees. There is a boy in St V named John Platts who is subject to fits and has had to be absent from school a great deal this year. He is at home now ill. Another boy Willie Sutcliffe is under the infirmary and the doctor certifies that he is not really able to attend school at all. I shall not be able to present these two for examination.
757 1886 09 07 The Revd H L Cook visited the school.
758 1886 09 14 Saml Milnes the monitor had to go home to-day with a sore throat.
759 1886 09 17 The school has made fair progress during the last fortnight. Standards I & II however are still very backward. I am not at all satisfied with the work of these two standards. Mr Cawthra is absent from school this afternoon without leave. There are one or two cases of fever in the district. One of the boys Geo Shaw is now staying at home as his sister has got it.
760 1886 09 20 The Revd H L Cook and the Revd J F Phillipps visited the school to-day.
761 1886 09 23 Received notice that Walter Smith had been accepted by the Education Department as assistant master in this school.
762 1886 09 27 Admitted two new scholars to-day. One of the children in St II (J W Shaw) has got the Scarlet Fever. I hear that there are many cases at New Road Side.
763 1886 10 01 The whole school seems to have improved during the last fortnight. Standard II especially have improved. There are many children however at home through sickness. Received Forms VIII & IX and the examination Schedules this morning.
764 1886 10 05 The attendance is very small this morning a great many children having gone to Wibsey Fair; only 148 present. Gave the school holiday this afternoon. The Revd H L Cook visited the school this morning.
765 1886 10 08 The attendance this week has been very poor. Average 170. Thos Howell absent yesterday afternoon sick.
766 1886 10 13 There has arrived a circus in the district to-day. Several children are absent from school this afternoon attending it.
767 1886 10 14 Two of our scholar viz Harry Priestley and Wm Hy Hodgson, having been discharged from the mill, have been without work for six or seven weeks and as they have only been attending school five times a week and playing the remained I have returned their names to the attendance officer. This morning therefore, one of the boy's mothers came and threatened to take him to another school.
768 1886 10 18 The Revd J F Phillipps visited the school today.
769 1886 10 19 Examined registers & found them correct. (signed) H L Cook
770 1886 10 22 The work seems to be progressing favourably. St V have improved a little in Arithmetic and Composition, St III in Arithmetic and Spelling, and St IV in Arithmetic. The Reading however is still weak especially in Sts I & II. There is still a deal of sickness in the district. There are 12 children absent this week sick, some of whom will not be able to attend the examination.
771 1886 10 25 The Revd J F Phillips visited the school to-day.
772 1886 10 29 End of the school year. I spoke to the children about the necessity of good attendance during the next few weeks and also reminded them that there were prizes offered to those who attended well during the following year.
773 1886 11 01 The Revd H L Cook visited the school today.
774 1886 11 03 Samuel Milnes, monitor, to-day gave notice of leaving after the examination.
775 1886 11 08 W Taylor Esq HMI visited the school this afternoon.
776 1886 11 18/19/22 Examination Days. List of Songs: 1. Who is a Brave Man, 2. Joy Bells, 3. God speed the Right, 4. Star of Peace, 5. Labour's strong & merry children (Round).
777 1886 11 22 W Taylor Esq HMI inspected the school and took away my parchment certificate with him.
778 1886 11 26 Gave the children holiday to-day.
779 1886 11 29 Received the Duplicate Schedules. Total percentage of passes 70. This is a decrease of 5 p.c. on last year. Admitted 26 new scholars from Carr Lane Infants' School.
780 1886 12 02 Examined Registers & found them correct. (signed) H L Cook
781 1886 12 03 The attendance is very poor this afternoon (Friday). There are 54 children absent from Sts I, II and III. There have been 30 children absent all week, most of them being sick.
782 1886 12 10 During this week I have given Mr Cawthra charge of St V, myself taking St I and St VI. A great number of children are still absent through sickness. The Revd H L Cook visited the school yesterday.
783 1886 12 13 Mr Cawthra is attending the Certificate Examination this week.
784 1886 12 14 Thos Howell & S Milnes absent from lessons this morning.
785 1886 12 17 The Revd J F Phillipps visited the school to-day. I took Drawing this afternoon in place of the Singing lesson. A great many children still away sick. Average attendance this week 162.
786 1886 12 23 The Drawing Examination took place this morning. The Revd H L Cook visited the school this afternoon and gave out the Certificates & Prizes; 19 children received Prizes for good attendance. Dismissed the school at 4.15 for the Christmas Holidays.
787 1887 01 10 School re-opened after the Christmas holidays. Samuel Milnes, Monitor has left school. George Woodhead has been engaged as Monitor in his place.
788 1887 01 12 The Revd J F Phillipps visited the school to-day.
789 1887 01 14 The attendance has been very fair this week. There are still however more than 20 children absent sick.
790 1887 01 18 Punished Jno G Beales & Sam Plewes for playing truant.
791 1887 01 21 The school seems to be making fair progress at present, except Standard III who are not getting on so well in Arithmetic. Standard V also do not read so well yet.
792 1887 01 25 Standards III & IV had writing in copy books from 11-10 to 12-0 am instead of from 11-35 to 12 today.
793 1887 01 27 Mr Cawthra gave an Object Lesson this afternoon to Standards I & II on 'The Lion'.
794 1887 01 31 The Revd H L Cook and the Rev J F Phillipps visited the school to-day.
795 1887 02 04 The attendance is still rather poor. There are 18 children absent this week. Average attendance 175. Poetry for this year: St I The Blind Boy, St II The Blind Boy & The Loss of the Royal George, St III the Inchcape Rock, St IV Hubert and Arthur (King John), Sts V and VI Julius Caesar (Shakespeare).
796 1887 02 11 I examined Standards II, II, IV & V in Arithmetic, Dictation & Reading this week-end. St II did the Dictation & Reading badly, Standard III & IV had a great many sums wrong in Arithmetic, and the Reading of Sts IV and V was poor. The attendance is improved considerably this week.
797 1887 02 14 Wm Dewhirst allowed to leave school at 2.30 this afternoon.
798 1887 02 15 The Revd H L Cook visited the school this afternoon. Copy of Report. Boys' School 'The elementary work, though improved in several respects is still little better than fair, but as the school is well managed and better methods of Instruction have been introduced it is classed this year for the medium Merit Grant. Reading deserves a high mark for clearness, accuracy and expression, but there are many backward children in the first Standard and in the third Standard small words are often miscalled owing to the Reading being too rapid. Writing needs careful attention throughout. A fair proportion of the papers give evidence of detailed instruction, but a considerable number in each Standard shew great carelessness. Spelling, too, should be improved especially in the third and fourth Standards. Arithmetic is well taught, except in the first Class, more than half of the Boys in which were bad failures. Only one Class Subject has been attempted and the Scholars passed very much better in it than they did last year. In the second Standard the Instruction in Grammar should appeal more than it does to the intelligence of the Boys, and in the fourth Standard they should be practised in forming sentences to illustrate the use of various parts of speech. The Repetition was marked by considerable expression and intelligence.' (Signed) H L Cook Staff for the Year: 1 John Nightingale Head Teacher, 2 Lewis Cawthra Assistant Master, 3 Walter Smith Assistant Master, 4 Thomas J Howell PT Fourth Year, 5 George Woodhead Monitor (signed) H L Cook Correspondent
799 1887 02 17 Mr Cawthra gave an Object Lesson to Standards I & II on 'The Elephant'.
800 1887 02 22 Gave the school holiday to-day ' Shrove Tuesday.
801 1887 02 23 This morning, in place of the Scripture Lesson, the scholars attended a Children's Service at the Church at 8.30. We arrived at school at 9.30.
802 1887 02 25 I received the Drawing Report to-day. The Revd H L Cook & the Revd J F Phillipps visited the school this afternoon.
803 1887 02 28 I was absent from school this morning sick.
804 1887 03 04 I examined the whole school this morning. The results were fair, except St II which did badly in both Arithmetic & Dictation, and St IV in Arithmetic. Mr A Bland, the attendance officer, visited the school yesterday. I drew his attention to one or two children who are attending irregularly.
805 1887 03 09 The Revd H L Cook visited the school this afternoon.
806 1887 03 15 Examined the Registers & found them correct. (signed) H L Cook
807 1887 03 18 There is still considerable sickness in this district. There are 18 children at present absent sick, of whom 10 are in the Scarlet Fever. The attendance of those who are well is very fair. Average attendance this week 175.
808 1887 03 21 Admitted a new scholar to-day (John Slater). This boy left the Infants' School, Hill Top, at Christmas, and has been playing the streets during the interval.
809 1887 03 22 I gave Standard V a first lesson on Vulgar Fractions to-day morning and afternoon.
810 1887 03 24 There is a boy named John Clegg whose father has obtained for him a Labour Certificate on the pretence that he had got work for him at the Forge. Having secured the Certificate he lets the boy play half-days, declaring he has a right to do so. Mr Bland, the attendance officer, visited the school to-day and I drew his attention to the case. But he says nothing can be done.
811 1887 03 28 The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day.
812 1887 04 01 The attendance has been a little improved this week.
813 1887 04 07 I examined the whole school to-day in Reading, Writing & Arithmetic. The results were very fair, and showed considerable improvement. Standards I & II were however very weak in Spelling and Standard V in Composition. Standard III have improved in Writing. Dismissed the school at 4.30 pm for the Easter Holidays.
814 1887 04 18 Reopened the school after the Easter Holidays; 183 present this morning.
815 1887 04 21 Allowed two boys to go home at 4 o'clock this afternoon.
816 1887 04 22 The attendance this week has been rather better than usual. Only 6 boys have been absent all week. Average attendance 178. There are 3 boys who I think should be exempt from examination this year: 1. Thos Hy Downes on account of delicate health; 2. Walter French & 3. Fred Mitton ' Dull Intellect.
817 1887 04 26 Mr Bland attendance officer visited the school to-day.
818 1887 04 29 The school seems to have made fair progress this week; the attendance also has been good.
819 1887 05 02 Admitted 3 new scholars to-day; two from Carr Lane Infants and one from Hill Top Infants' School. The Revd H L Cook and the Revd J F Phillipps visited the school this afternoon.
820 1887 05 10 Admitted another new scholar, named Willie Kershaw from Carr Lane Infants. This boy should have come in with the other two last week, but he has been sick.
821 1887 05 13 Thos Howell, the teacher of the Third Standard, does not seem to get his class on so well in Arithmetic. Long Division is the rule which they cannot work satisfactorily.
822 1887 05 19 This morning being Ascension Day the scholars attended a Children's Service in the Church at 8.30. We arrived at the school at 9.30. We gave holiday in the afternoon.
823 1887 05 20 The Revd H L Cook visited the school today.
824 1887 05 23 Mr Bland, the attendance officer, visited the school to-day.
825 1887 05 27 Closed the school at 4 o'clock for the Whitsuntide Holidays.
826 1887 06 06 Re-opened the school after the Whitsuntide Holidays; 176 present this morning and 186 this afternoon. The Revd H L Cook and the Revd J F Phillipps visited the school this morning.
827 1887 06 10 I examined the school to-day in Arithmetic & Writing. Standard II seems to be the worst class in both subjects. Standard I also are very weak in Spelling. The other classes seem to be making fair progress. The attendance this week has been fairly good; average 180. The Revd H L Cook visited the school this afternoon.
828 1887 06 13 Gave a first lesson in Proportion to Standard V to-day.
829 1887 06 20 To-day the Low Moor Company are giving all their workmen a tea, and they require the schools all day. The scholars therefore have holiday all day
830 1887 06 21 The attendance is very poor this morning. Only 149 present.
831 1887 06 22 We are having holiday this afternoon as the scholars are having a grand Jubilee treat at Royds Hall Park.
832 1887 06 24 The school has not made very much progress this week as it has been a very broken week. The attendance has been very poor; average 162.
833 1887 07 01 I have allowed Mr Cawthra & Mr Smith to have private study 3 half-days each during this week. Standard V can now work Proportion fairly well. The other Standards can work all the rules required in plain sums.
834 1887 07 04 The Revd H L Cook visited the school this afternoon.
835 1887 07 08 Mr Cawthra and Mr W Smith have been absent from school this week attending the Scholarship examination. We have been assisted by one of the teachers from the Girls' school.
836 1887 07 13 I omitted the Writing lesson to-day in Standard V.
837 1887 07 14 Examined the registers & found them correct. (signed) H L Cook
838 1887 07 15 The attendance during the last few weeks (since the Jubilee) has been very poor, and not much progress seems to have been made.
839 1887 07 18 The Revd H L Cook and the Revd J F Phillipps visited the school this morning.
840 1887 07 20 The Scripture examination was held this morning.
841 1887 07 22 The children seem to be making fair progress this week. Mr Cawthra was absent from school on Monday.
842 1887 07 27 Received the Scripture report this afternoon. The school has passed a fairly good examination.
843 1887 07 28 Examined the whole school this morning in Arithmetic and Writing. Standard I did badly in Spelling and Standard II are weak in both subjects. Standard III also did badly in Spelling but the writing was fairly good. Standard V showed a poor result in Arithmetic. The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day. Dismissed the school at 4.0 o'clock for the Midsummer Holidays.
844 1887 08 22 Re-opened the school after the Midsummer Holidays. Nearly all the children have returned, 183 present this morning 179 this afternoon. The Revd H L Cook visited the school this morning.
845 1887 08 24 Punished two boys for playing truant yesterday.
846 1887 08 26 The attendance has been good this week and the school seems to be making fair progress, except Sts I & II whose work does not seem thorough enough. I taught the children a new song today. Irvine Garside, a boy of very dull intellect, who has been transferred from the Infants' School, will require to be placed as an exception this year.
847 1887 08 30 Mr Bland, the attendance officer, visited the school this morning. I drew his attention to a boy, John Clegg, who is attending very irregularly, though not working half-time.
848 1887 09 02 Standard V seem to have improved in Arithmetic this week. They have been rather backward in this subject during the year.
849 1887 09 09 The Revd J F Phillipps visited the school today. I examined Standards III and IV in Reading, Writing & Arithmetic yesterday. Standard III are still very backward in Spelling; a good many careless mistakes are made in taking down the Dictation. The Writing is very fair. This Standard has had its writing lessons with Standard IV under the superintendence of the Standard IV teacher. Standard IV are weak in Reading.
850 1887 09 12 The Revd J F Phillips visited the school today.
851 1887 09 13 Received notice of the Pupil-teachers' examination.
852 1887 09 16 The attendance has been good this week, average 180.6; and the children seem to be making fair progress. Standard II & III are still very weak however in Spelling & Standards V & VI in Arithmetic.
853 1887 09 23 Two or three children have been absent this week through sickness otherwise the school is going on fairly well.
854 1887 09 26 The Revd H L Cook visited the school this morning.
855 1887 09 27 Mr Bland, the attendance officer visited the school today. I again reminded him of the boy John Clegg who attends school irregularly though not working half-time.
856 1887 09 30 Mr Cawthra has made improvement in the work of Standards I & II during the last fortnight. The weak point now is Spelling in Standard II. Received forms VIII & IX and the examination Schedules this afternoon.
857 1887 10 05 The Revd H L Cook visited the school this morning. Gave the children holiday this afternoon for Wibsey Fair.
858 1887 10 11 Examined the Registers & found them correct. (signed) H L Cook
859 1887 10 12 Mr Cawthra absent from school this morning.
860 1887 10 14 Geo Woodhead, Monitor, absent from school this week through sickness.
861 1887 10 20 Admitted a new scholar this morning. The Revd H L Cook visited the school this morning.
862 1887 10 21 I examined the whole school today in Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. The Reading of Standards V & VI was fairly good, but in the other standards it was only fair. The Writing was poor in Standards I, II & V but was good in Standards III & IV. The spelling was fairly good except in St IV where it was bad. The Arithmetic is still weak in Standards II & V.
863 1887 10 24 Received notice that the examination will be held on November 18th, 21st & 22nd. The Revd J F Phillipps visited the school this morning.
864 1887 10 31 The school year ends today. The school seems to be making fair progress. All the children seem anxious to do well in the examination. There are a few boys away at present sick, but they hope to be at school by next week.
865 1887 11 01 The average attendance for the school year is 175.8 an increase of 10 on last year.
866 1887 11 04 The Revd H L Cook visited the school this morning.
867 1887 11 07 W Taylor Esq HMI visited the school this morning.
868 1887 11 09 Mr Cawthra was absent from school this afternoon (till 4 o'clock) having a Turkish Bath.
869 1887 11 11 Mr Cawthra absent from school today sick.
870 1887 11 18/21/22 Examination Days. List of Songs: 1. God Speed the Right, 2. Land of Greatness, 3. Bluff Autumn, 4. Star of Peace, 5. Peace, lovely Peace (Round).
871 1887 11 23 The Revd H L Cook visited the school this afternoon.
872 1887 11 25 Gave the children holiday Thursday afternoon and Friday.
873 1887 11 28 Admitted 17 new scholars this morning from Carr Lane Infants' School.
874 1887 12 02 We have got well started into the new year's work. Several children have gone working full-time this week. The number now on the books is 229. The average attendance is 180.7. Received the Duplicate Schedules yesterday. The percentage of passes is 83.7 being nearly 5 pc higher than last years. The Arithmetic seems to be the best, being 89 pc. Poetry for this Year: Standard I Father's Return, Standard II The Beggar Man, Standard III Wreck of the Hesperus, Standard IV Battle of Bannockburn, Standards V & VI Lady of the Lake.
875 1887 12 09 The attendance has been very small this week, 17 children have been absent all week. Average attendance 170. Very fair progress has been made with the work.
876 1887 12 15 The Revd H L Cook visited the school this morning.
877 1887 12 20 Examined the registers. (signed) H L Cook
878 1887 12 22 The Revd H L Cook visited the school this afternoon and gave out the Prizes for good attendance and certificates to those who had passed the Govt Examination. Closed the school at 4.15 for the Christmas Holidays.
879 1888 01 09 Re-opened the school after the Holidays; 192 present this morning and 193 this afternoon. Admitted 7 new scholars to-day. Mr L Cawthra, Assistant Master, has left the school without notice by permission of the Managers. Walter Smith is at present taking charge of Standard III. The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day.
880 1888 01 13 The attendance this week has been fairly good. Average 181. Received the Report this morning; the school has got the Good Merit Grant. Copy of Report. Boys' School 'The Boys passed a fairly good examination. Arithmetic was very creditably taught, and some of the Reading was fairly good, although there was some tendency to shouting and hurry. Handwriting is fairly good in the first and second standards, and is systematically taught in the upper standards; it does not however reach the mark of good. Spelling was the weakest Subject. English well deserved the double Grant. Staff for the Year 1. John Nightingale Head Teacher, 2 Thos James Howell Assistant Master, 3 (blank), 4. Geo Woodhead Pupil Teacher 1st yr, 5 Geo Crabtree Monitor. Mr L Cawthra, Assistant Master, left at Christmas. The vacancy will be filled up next week. Mr Walter Smith, Assistant Master, will leave for College on Friday. (signed) H L Cook Correspondent.
881 1888 01 20 The school is making fair progress, though the attendance has not been as good this week as last.
882 1888 01 27 I was absent from school on Tuesday and Wednesday suffering from a severe cold. Received notice today that Thos Howell has been accepted as Assistant Master in this school. Walter Smith, Assistant Master, left school to-day, as he goes to College on Tuesday.
883 1888 01 30 Mr Thos Grandy commenced duties as assistant master in this school. The Revd H L Cook and the Revd J F Phillipps visited the school to-day.
884 1888 02 08 I examined Standards I and II today in Arithmetic. Many children in Standard II cannot yet work Multiplication and some in Standard I cannot do Addition.
885 1888 02 10 The attendance has been very small this week. There are at present 15 scholars absent through sickness. I examined Standards III, IV, V & VI this morning in Writing and Arithmetic. Standard III did very badly indeed in both. This standard does not seem to be making much improvement. Standard V do not yet do Composition so well.
886 1888 02 14 Holiday to-day for Shrove Tuesday.
887 1888 02 15 The scholars attended a children's service at Church this morning commencing at 8.30. We arrived at school at 9.30. The Revd H L Cook visited the school this afternoon.
888 1888 02 17 The attendance has been very small this week. This is generally the case when there is a holiday during the week. Average attendance 163.
889 1888 02 20 The attendance is again very poor to-day as there has been a very heavy snowstorm which has prevented the younger children from coming. Only 121 present this morning.
890 1888 02 23 I gave a specimen lesson to Sts I & II in Geography for the benefit of Woodhead & Crabtree.
891 1888 02 24 Mr Grandy, the new Assistant, has now had charge of Standard III for a month. He has not made very great progress with them, not having yet got accustomed to them. I have explained to him the class of children they are, and how best to manage them so as to bring them forward to the best advantage.
892 1888 02 27 The Revd H L Cook and Revd J F Philipps visited the school this morning.
893 1888 03 02 The school is making fair progress on the whole. The attendance is not so very good on account of the bad weather. The standards which are most backward with their work are Standard I & Standard III. A great many in Standard III cannot yet work Long Division, and the Reading is poor. We are taking Geography on the following days: Tuesday 3.30 ' 4.0 pm, Wednesday 11.5 ' 11.55 am, Thursday 3.30 ' 4.0 pm.
894 1888 03 05 Examined registers. (signed) H L Cook
895 1888 03 09 I have had charge of Standard III myself during this week. I find they are very backward indeed. Many of them at the beginning of the week had no idea how to commence a sum in Long Division. In Reading the pronunciation was very bad, and there was no attempt at all to put in proper expression. The spelling too was poor. I have paid particular attention to these points during the week and have drawn the attention of the teacher to them.
896 1888 03 13 I was absent from school yesterday afternoon and this morning on account of a very severe sore throat.
897 1888 03 16 The attendance has been very poor again this week owing to the severe weather. Average attendance only 160. The Revd J F Phillips visited the school to-day.
898 1888 03 23 The school has gone on this week much as usual. I examined Standards IV, V & VI this morning. Standard V are rather weak in Composition & Standard IV cannot do Reduction of Weights & Measures at all. The attendance is still rather poor though a little better than last week. While speaking of attendance I may mention that on the recommendation of the School Attendance Committee of the Local Board, I have during the last two or three months, sent in reports of irregular attenders every week instead of every month. I was told by the Committee that this would lead to greatly improved attendance. The result however has, so far, been very discouraging.
899 1888 03 26 The Revd H L Cook visited the school today.
900 1888 03 29 Dismissed the school at 4.15 pm for the Easter Holidays.
901 1888 04 09 Re-opened the school after the Easter Holidays. 175 present this morning. The Revd H L Cook and the Revd J F Phillips visited the school this morning.
902 1888 04 13 The work has proceeded very satisfactorily this week. The attendance has also been better than usual. There are two boys who, I think, had better be exempt from examination this year on account of very delicate health: Samuel Worsnop & James Lightowler.
903 1888 04 20 The attendance has again been good this week. Average 175. I was absent from school this afternoon attending the funeral of a late teacher of this school.
904 1888 04 23 The Revd H L Cook visited the school this morning.
905 1888 04 25 Admitted a new scholar Edward Birkby to-day.
906 1888 04 26 I was absent this morning through sickness.
907 1888 04 27 I have arranged for Mr Carr the Inspector for the Church Schools' Association to examine this school on June 14.
908 1888 05 02 Mr Bland the Attendance Officer visited the school to-day. I drew his attention to the names of two or three boys who are attending school very irregularly. One boy who has got a half-time certificate and is 11 years old has been working full time for the last three week. Mr Bland, however, said he could do nothing in the matter, and further gave me to understand that he had no power to compel a child to attend regularly if he had passed the Second Standard.
909 1888 05 04 The school seems to be making fair progress with the work. The attendance is only fair.
910 1888 05 07 The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day.
911 1888 05 09 The Revd J F Phillips visited the school.
912 1888 05 10 Ascension Day The children attended a Service in Church this morning at 8.30. We arrived at school at 9.30. Gave the children holiday this afternoon.
913 1888 05 11 I examined Standards I & III this morning in Arithmetic & Dictation. Both standards are improving in Arithmetic, but Standard I are weak in Spelling and the Writing of Standard III is poor.
914 1888 05 15 Admitted a new scholar John Emmett. This boy is very much subject to fits and is scarcely well enough to attend a school, but the Attendance Officer has compelled the father to send him.
915 1888 05 18 Examined Standards II, IV & V this morning. Standard II is weak in Spelling but their other work is fairly good. The Arithmetic of Standard V is not so good yet. Closed the school at 4 o'clock for the Whitsuntide Holidays.
916 1888 05 28 Re-opened the school after the Whitsuntide Holidays. 181 present this morning.
917 1888 06 01 The Revd H L Cook visited the school this morning.
918 1888 06 04 Admitted a new scholar to-day.
919 1888 06 05 George Crabtree absent to-day by permission.
920 1888 06 07 Crabtree has not returned to school. I have sent to know the reason and received the answer that he has left, having got a situation in the town. Of course he has served no notice.
921 1888 06 08 Examined the school this morning in Writing & Arithmetic. Standards V & VI are very weak in both subjects. Standards III & IV are making a slight improvement in Arithmetic but the Hand-writing of Standard III is not so good. The Spelling of Standards I & II is poor.
922 1888 06 15 Visited this school. Since drawing is not taught now, the time Table should be altered, or a note made in Log Book when deviations occur. (signed) Chas S Neville
923 1888 06 15 Herbert Robinson began duties this week as Monitor in place of George Crabtree. Received notice from the Department on Tuesday that Thos Grandey has been accepted as Assistant Master in this school. Mr Carr (Examiner to the Church of England School Society) examined this school in Reading, Writing & Arithmetic yesterday. The Revd H L Cook visited the school this morning. Standards V & VI took Dictation instead of composition this morning.
924 1888 06 22 I have been absent from school this week attending the Matriculation Examination.
925 1888 06 22 Examined the Registers (signed) H L Cook
926 1888 06 29 The work is going on very favourably at present. The attendance however has been poor this week. Mr Carr speaks favourably of the work done during the past six months.
927 1888 07 03 Mr Bland the attendance officer visited the school this morning.
928 1888 07 06 Thos Howell, Assistant Master, has been absent from school this week attending the Scholarship Examination.
929 1888 07 10 The Revd H L Cook visited the school this morning.
930 1888 07 12 The Scripture Examination was held this afternoon by the Revd R P D Bainbridge, Diocesan Inspector.
931 1888 07 13 The Revd H L Cook visited the school this afternoon.
932 1888 07 16 Received the Report on the Scripture examination. Out of 16 marks, 9 were excellent, 6 good and 1 fair.
933 1888 07 20 I examined Standards III, IV, V & VI in Writing and Arithmetic. The Arithmetic is weak in Standards V & VI but fairly good in Standards III and IV. The Writing is weak in all these standards.
934 1888 07 26 Closed the school at 4.0 pm for the Midsummer Holidays. Tea and buns were given to all the children in the school.
935 1888 08 20 Re-opened the school after the Midsummer Holidays, 167 present this morning and 165 this afternoon. George Woodhead who has charge of Standard II is absent from school through sickness.
936 1888 08 23 The Revd H L cook visited the school to-day.
937 1888 08 24 The attendance has been fair this week except in Standard III and the children seem to be making progress with their work.
938 1888 08 31 The attendance this week has been very bad. Many of the children are away at Cleckheaton Feast. Average attendance 155. George Woodhead has been absent during the past fortnight, having had a disease of the eyes. I examined Standards II, IV, V & VI in Writing and Arithmetic. Standard II did very poor work in both subjects, and Standards V & VI are weak in Arithmetic.
939 1888 09 04 Examined Registers (signed) H L Cook
940 1888 09 06 The attendance is still poor. There are 14 children not in attendance this week. George Woodhead PT is still unable to do any home lessons as his eyes are still very weak.
941 1888 09 10 Standard III Number on Register 58 Number present 39
942 1888 09 18 The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day. Herbert Robinson, Monitor, absent to-day through sickness.
943 1888 09 20 The attendance is still very poor. Average this week 153. Several children are absent on account of sickness, but many others are attending irregularly each week with no sufficient cause. I saw the attendance officer yesterday and drew his attention to two or three of the worst attenders.
944 1888 09 25 Admitted a new scholar to-day.
945 1888 09 27 School examined to-day by G S Carr Esq Inspector to the Church of England Schools Society.
946 1888 09 28 The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day.
947 1888 10 05 The attendance is rather poor this morning as it is Wibsey Fair day. Gave the school holiday this afternoon.
948 1888 10 08 Received Mr Carr's Report to-day. The upper standards are weak in Arithmetic & Writing. Standard IV is also very weak in Spelling. The lower standards have done very well.
949 1888 10 12 Attendance not so good yet. Several children absent through sickness.
950 1888 10 18 Mr Bland, the attendance officer visited the school. He told me he could not make children attend regularly if they had passed Standard II.
951 1888 10 19 I examined Standards III, IV, V & VI this morning. Standard III did fairly well except in Handwriting which is weak. Standard IV are weak in Spelling and Writing and the Reading is poor. Standard VI are poor in Arithmetic and Standard V in Composition.
952 1888 10 26 The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day.
953 1888 10 31 School year ends to-day. Average attendance for the year 165.8. The Revd H L Cook visited the school to-day.
954 1888 11 02 Spoke to the children about attending very regularly during the next few weeks.
955 1888 11 09 The upper standards are improving a little in their paper work but the spelling of Standard IV is still weak.
956 1888 11 19/20/22 School examined by E Neville Esq & T G Rooper Esq HMI. List of Songs: 1. Land of Greatness, 2. Joy Bells, 3. In yonder peaceful Valley, 4. Labour's strong and merry children (Round), 5. In sweet Music.
957 1888 11 22/23 Gave the children holiday on Thursday afternoon and Friday.
958 1888 11 26 The attendance not so good this morning. It was raining very hard just about 9 o'clock and many of the children could not come. 124 present. The Revd H L Cook visited the school this afternoon.
959 1888 11 29 Received the Duplicate Schedules this morning, the percentage of passes is as follows: Reading 86, Writing 76 and Arithmetic 92. Average 84.8. Poetry for 1889: Standard I The Blind Boy, Standard II The Better Land (Mrs Hemans), Standard III The Homes of England (Mrs Hemans), Standard IV The Battle of Flodden (Scott), Standards V, VI & VII Selection from Julius Caesar (Shakespeare).
960 1888 11 30 The attendance has been very poor this week. Average for the week 145.
961 1888 12 03 Admitted 4 new scholars to-day from Wyke Infants' School.
962 1888 12 12 Examined the Registers (signed) H L Cook
963 1888 12 14 The work is going on very steadily at present. Admitted two or three new scholars this week. The attendance however is not so good as could be desired. There are 28 boys who have gained Prizes for good attendance during the past year. Out of a possible 437 attendances, 9 boys have made 437 and the remainder range from 432 to 436. This is an improvement on the preceding year, when 15 boys took prizes.
964 1888 12 17 Received the Government Report. The school seems to have declined somewhat during the past year.
965 1888 12 19 Attendance this morning 137. It seems impossible to secure anything like reasonable attendance during the week before the Holidays. There are 27 boys absent this morning who have no reason whatever for being away; a large number of these have not been at all this week. It is utterly impossible to carry on the work satisfactorily with such attendance as this.
966 1888 12 20 The Revd M Humble visited the school this afternoon and distributed the Prizes and Certificates in the place of the Revd H L Cook who is ill. Closed the school at 4 o'clock for the Christmas Holidays. Copy of Report Boys' School 'The boys passed, on the whole a very fair examination. The results would have been better if the lower standards had not been entrusted to two little boys to teach instead of an adult teacher. Considering the want of an effective staff, the master has worked hard, and has produced creditable results. The weakest parts of the work were the Reading and Spelling of the third and fourth standards, and the Arithmetic of the Sixth. The class subjects were fair.' (signed) H L Cook
967 1888 01 00 Staff for the Year: 1. John Nightingale Head Teacher, 2. Thos James Howell Assistant Master (Ex PT) 3. Thomas Grandey Assistant Master (Ex PT), 4. George Woodhead Pupil Teacher 2nd year,
968 1888 01 00 4. Herbert Robinson Monitor (Ast 40) (signed) H L Cook Correspondent
969 1889 01 07 Re-opened the school after the Christmas Holidays. The attendance to-day has been very fair.
970 1889 01 11 The work has gone on steadily this week. Admitted 32 new scholars this week, 26 being from Carr Lane Infants' School. The Revd H L Cook visited the school this Monday.
971 1889 01 14 Admitted 4 more new scholars to-day.
972 1889 01 18 The work has gone on very well this week. St V are now getting to understand Simple Practice and St VI are working Vulgar Fractions fairly well. Standard I is about the weakest, several of the children being unable to do more than just tell their letters.
973 1889 01 24 Mr Bland the Attendance Officer visited the school this afternoon.
974 1889 01 31 Thos Howell, Assistant, absent this afternoon attending a funeral.
975 1889 02 01 I examined Standard III this morning in Arithmetic. They can do Long Division fairly well. Several children have been absent this week on account of sickness. Average attendance this week 167.
976 1889 02 04 The Revd H L Cook visited the school this morning.
977 1889 02 07 Thos Howell, Assistant, absent to-day on account of sickness.
978 1889 02 15 There has been a very poor attendance of children this week owing to sickness, 17 of the children having been absent all week on that account. Thos Howell, Assistant, has been absent this week also for the same cause. Average attendance this week (blank). Punished Robert Joseph this morning for playing truant. The Revd H L Cook, Vicar, visited the school on Monday. I find that the Reading of Standard IV is not by any means so good as is required for that standard. This was the class which was so weak in Reading last year, so we shall have to pay special attention to it this year.
979 1889 02 18 Herbert Robinson, Monitor, has given notice of leaving in a fortnight on account of ill health.
980 1889 02 22 The attendance has been rather better this week than last, though there are still a considerable number of children absent on account of sickness. Average attendance 160.9. Laurence Hardy Esq and the Revd H L Cook, Managers, visited the schools this morning.
981 1889 03 01 The work has gone on very well this week and the attendance has been a little better than usual.
982 1889 03 05 Gave the school holiday to-day for Shrove Tuesday.
983 1889 03 06 The scholars attended a Children's Service this morning at 8.30 in the Church. We arrived at school at 9.30 am.
984 1889 03 11 Herbert Robinson, Monitor, whose notice was finished on Friday, is staying on for a month longer.
985 1889 03 13 The Revd H L Cook, vicar, visited the school this morning.
986 1889 03 15 I have given to Standard VI first lessons in Decimal Fractions this week.
987 1889 03 18 The Revd H L Cook & the Revd M Humble, visited the school this morning.
988 1889 03 25 Examined the Registers. (signed) H L Cook
989 1889 03 29 Attendance a little better this week. Work going on steadily.
990 1889 04 03 I was absent from duties yesterday and to-day sick.
991 1889 04 04/05 Took first lessons on Vulgar Fractions yesterday and to-day to Standard V.
992 1889 04 12 Work going on fairly well. The classes know about half of their Repetition. The Reading of Standards III & IV is weak yet. Standard IV was the weak standard last year as standard III. The Revd H L Cook visited the school yesterday.
993 1889 04 18 Closed the school at 12 o'clock noon for the Easter Holidays.

 

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