Clapton in Gordano School Log Book.
Jan 22nd. Took charge of this school today as its new mistress. Mr. Wood opened it and told the children who I was namely Susanna Newman 2nd. Div. of 2nd. Class certificate.
Signed S. Newman.
Jan 24th Mr. Wood came in and took a class in Arithmetic. Mrs Wood brought some print for pinafores. Nos. 51 morning. 47 afternoon.
29th Admitted three fresh children this morning. Altho' a wet morning there was a good attendance. Nos. present morning 49. Afternoon 48.
Feb 1st. Had to punish a boy with the cane for disobedience and sauce. The boy is apparently incorrigible.
2nd. The same boy came into school late and while waiting inside the door as is usual with late ones he made a noise. I told him to stop and he persisted in making the same noise when I put him in the porch. He then went out and did not return during the morning. He came in the afternoon and refusing to do as he was told I told him to go home. His name is William Carey. The average for the week is 47 being a slight improvement on last week.
5th. W. Carey present today, promises to be a better boy.
9th. Average for the week 48. W. Carey has been a much better boy all the week. The upper St. are improving in neatness and accuracy. The 1st. St. needs to be more accurate in their Arithmetic and should improve in making figures.
12th. Helena Hyatt stayed away this morning to help her mother. Her sister came and asked if she might stay away at 9/o/clock am just as school commenced. Helena present in the afternoon. Nos. present 31 morning and afternoon. Bad weather.
13th G. Young went home at 3/o/clock ill - was obliged to send a girl with him who did not return. Several children ill: only 39 present today.
15th A great many ill with the measles only 33 present this afternoon.
22nd The Diocesan Inspector examined the children in Scripture this afternoon. No attendance marked. A poor school all the week owing to the measles being in the village.
28th The attendance is a trifle better this week.
March 2nd. Gave a half holiday this afternoon instead of giving them one last week.
5th The monitor Helena Hiatt left on Friday so her place is filled at present by two girls out of the 1st class. They are on trial for a month. Annie Herbert and Henerage Hiatt are the two girls names.
12th The two monitors seem to work well with their classes. The work of the school is going on very satisfactory. Three girls kept in today for laughing during school hours. I hope to break them of a bad habit.
19th Had to talk seriously to my two monitors about their inattention to orders as regards their lessons at dinner-time.
20th Today I punished Henerage Hiatt by slapping her on the shoulder several times with my hand for disobedience and laughing also H. Herbert.
22nd Annie Herbert promised to be better for the future. Mrs Hiatt sent word to say that Henerage was not coming any more because I punished her. A. Herbert is a much better girl today and I had to punish W. Carey for disobedence today.
Registers marked this afternoon and found correct.
27th W. Carey stood out the whole day in the corner for disobedience - He refused to do anything he is told so he is kept in for punishment.
28th W. Carey stood out again this morning became obedient about 11/o/clock and was a good boy all the rest of the day.
29th Had to punish A. Bailey with the cane for disobedience. He was kept in till 5-30pm.
30th Examined the infants in figures and sums and found that they were improving. Half days holiday this afternoon to accommodate me. Last Monday being Easter Monday the children had a holiday.
April 5th Took 1st St. for writing and told the teacher they wanted to improve in forming their letters. Mr. Tipper called and said he would summons the two little girls 'Derricks' for being away from school so much.
6th Henerage Hiatt away ill all day today and yesterday afternoon.
11th Took 1st St. for sums and found they were backward in subtraction. They must be worked up every day with it. H. Hiatt still ill. I have to supply her place by a child out of the 2nd Class.
12th Examined Infants told teacher they required to form their letters more carefully and also their figures. They improve in their reading.
13th 1st St. kept in to learn subtraction perfectly. All but three can do it fairly. Attendance for week 45. Admitted one infant this week and two last week.
Mr. Wood examined the quarters attendance and signed them. Sent up to rectory for a box of pencils.
17th Miss Morgan came in and took 3rd St. for reading and dictation from 11-12-o-clock.
20th Small attendance this afternoon only 33 present. Average for week, 42.
24th Miss Morgan took 3rd standard for reading and dictation. I took the Infants for reading. I find that they are improving. The teacher needs to stand at her class not sit.
27th Examined little ones in writing yesterday. I find they don’t touch their lives with their letters else they are improving. Average for week, 44. The lessons for the older classes going on as usual. Gave a half holiday today to accommodate myself.
May 4th Work going on as usual. Nos. every day very fair. Two children home on account of the fever.
8th Obliged to keep in a boy for insubordination.
11th Tom Atherton again kept in for disobedience till 1-o-clock. He did not come this afternoon. School routine as usual. Average for week, 46.
14th A holiday Whit Monday.
15th A holiday Whit Tuesday.
16th Nos. present small owing to the holiday time. Only 34 present.
18th Had notice that the Gov. Inspector will visit on June 14th. Average for week, 33·6.
May 24th Examined all the Standards in Arithmetic and Dictation.
23rd Annie Herbert monitress absent through illness. Have to send a Ist Class child to take her class. Examined Ist St. in reading. Find the Derricks and Frank Herbert very poor readers.
24th Annie Herbert still absent through illness.
25th Annie Herbert better at school today.
29th Examined the whole of the Standards today in Reading, Writing, Diction, Sums.
June 4th Mr. Wood came in and took Standards V IV& III in Arithmetic.
8th Mr. Wood examined the Upper Standards in Arithmetic and Dictation. I took I St. and II St. and Infants. The II St. did very fairly the I St. does not please me yet in Arithmetic. The babies worked well. Mr. Wood said the Upper St. had improved especially some of them. J. Pine was one of the worst.
11th Mrs. Wood came in, in the morning at 11-30 and looked over the childrens dictation.
The committee met today consisting of Rev. C. Wood, Mr. Price, Mr. Jordan and Mr. Hardwick.
Annie Smith's father came to the school and in a very angry and insulting way demanded to know why I kept Annie in and not let her go home with her brother. After he had talked a while and got calmer I told him the girl was not kept in that afternoon at all and I had taken the trouble to make the girl take her brother by the hand and saw them on the road home and then he saw the girl had told untruths to her parents.
14th The Government Inspector visited the school and examined it.
18th The Average for last week was 50·4.
22nd Average for week 38·1.
Taught the IV St. Multiplication of money. V St. Practice. VI St. Compound Proportion. III St. Simple long division. II St. Multipication by a single figure.
On the 21st Mr. Wood and Mrs came in and told me that he had received the Duplicate Schedule and found there were four that had not passed.
29th The Infants had a lesson on the cows. Annie Herbert gave the lesson fairly and the children seemed interested. She will take its habits and its uses before and after death again next Tuesday.
Broke up for three weeks holiday this morning, Friday. Average very low owing to the hay making.
Inspectors Report 26th July 1883.
'' The order is good and although the first St. in not quite up to the mark, the general results of the Examination were creditable.''
''The Infants may be considered to have done their work fairly on the whole. Some pictured animals are required to be used in object lessons. The formative letters ought to be more carefully taught and both classes ought not to read out of the same books''
Mrs Newman certified mistress.
C. Wood Clapton Rectory.
July 30th Re-opened school after holidays with an attendance of 49 morning 41 afternoon.
The rector came to school and told the children that they should have a farthing for every week that they attended school every time the school was opened.
31st Mrs Wood visited the school and looked over the 3rd and 4th class work.
Aug 2nd Examined Registers of this morning and found them correct.
6th A whole days holiday. Bank holiday.
7th A great many away owing to hay-making time.
17th Average attendance low. Nothing particular to note this week.
19th Attendance morning only 44 afternoon 40.
Taught the 2nd Standard Multiplication and 4th Standard Compound Division by figures.
27th Attendance poor-can't account for it.
31st Examined Infants in reading and letters. I consider they have improved very much the last fortnight.
Sept 6th Gave a whole days Holiday Friday because I want to go to Bristol to look out some books for learning poetry and grammar. School life going on as usual. I had to punish some of the children for climbing on the wall in the play-yard and hope they won't do it again.
14th Taught 4th St. Compound Long Division by four figures. Also 2nd St. Multiplication by two figures. Average all low.
18th Registers examined and found correct this afternoon.
25th Today I had to punish James Carey for disobedience. Nos. present only 40. Work going on as usual.
Oct 2nd Several of the children came in too late to be marked. Annie Herbert amongst them. Allowed children to go at 3-30 so that I should be ready to look after some children who are absent. The Baileys and the Smiths.
8th Very few children at school today.
12th The Rev. and Mrs Wood visited the school this afternoon and arranged for some of the children to practice singing at church.
19th Weather very wet-very few children at school this afternoon.
26th The Rev. and Mrs Wood visited the school. A much better attendance this week.
Nov 2nd Gave a half holiday being the first Friday in the month.
Ordered a ton of coal for school by the directions of Mr. Price, Treasurer.
5th Fires lit for the first time this winter. Attendance poor only 39 present this morning. Attendance poor only 39 present this morning.
12th Attendance rather better today.
19th Attendance a little improved. 44 present.
20th Examined 1st St. in reading. Thought they were improving slowly. Edwin Hardwick very backward. Must be paid greater attention to.
22nd Weather very wet. Small attendance.
26th Gave a whole days holiday by permission.
29th Weather being wet prevents a number of children coming to school.
Dec 11th Registers this afternoon tested and found correct.
20th Broke up for a fortnights holiday. Nos. in attendance 33 this afternoon.
1884 Jan 14th
Commenced school today after three weeks holiday during which Mrs Cave at Nash House gave the children a treat=A Christmas Tree and tea.
Attendance 36 morning 38 afternoon.
Mr. Tipper the attendance officer called this afternoon.
Jan 18th Only 33 at school this morning. James Carey has the fever. George Bessant ill.
Average attendance for the week 37.
25th Average still low-A great many children ill. Carey's still away.
31st Very few children at school owing to wet weather. Allowed them to go out at half past three this afternoon because there were so few present.
Feb 1st The usual monthly half holiday to have the room scrubbed.
4th The Diocesean inspector visited the school therefore the Registers were not marked this afternoon.
8th Annie Herbert leaves trading to go into service.
11th Heneage Hiatt takes Annie Herberts place beginning today. Nos. present 34 all day.
15th Nos. very poor all the week, the weather being cold and wet. Several away through illness-colds etc. Allowed children to leave at 3-30 so their attendance's were cancelled.
22nd Mrs Wood came in just at Prayer time and gave me some money for cotton yesterday.
The average is rather better this week being 36. Several still away from illness.
29th Average low. Several ill-four ill with Scarlet Fever-the rest with colds etc.
March 7th A whole holiday instead of the usual half holiday to accommodate the mistress.
10th The Infants had an object lesson given them on 'The Eye' this afternoon. The object lessons they have had given them were on 'The Pig' 'The Sheep' 'The Fowls' 'The Camel' 'The Cat'.
17th An object lesson on a 'Chair' given to Infants this afternoon. The Attendance very small today. Several home ill.
21st Registers taken this afternoon and found alright.
28th On Monday on object lesson on the 'Fowls'.
Average attendance for week 36. A slight increase in the Attendance. Taught-1st St. Simple subtraction. Took little ones in Tables and superinted them figure lessons.
30th An object lesson on the 'Nose' given to little ones and supervised by me.
April 1st. Miss Price visited the school, took needlework and played the music of the songs on the Harmonium.
3rd Nos. low all the week, several ill with chicken pox.
21st School reopened after Easter Holidays. Very few at school. Two more away from fever.
24th Mrs Wood called in and looked at some of the needlework that was finished.
29th Mr. Wood visited the school.
30th Received a new easel, a pack of Arithmetic cards for the IV St. also a new Alphabet card from Mr. Wood.
May 1st The Rector took IV St. in Reading and Arithmetic.
2nd The Rector brought the Government form IX to fill in. He took IV Standard for Arithmetic, Reading and Dictation. Average low. Fewer children not returned to school yet. Several IV Standard boys away potato planting.
Mrs Bessant came to the school and bullied me for keeping her boy George in and standing him out away from the others for loitering from school yesterday afternoon. She said she would rather I had beaten him black and blue than had him stood out as I did. I told her I had punished him as I thought right. She was in a very bad temper and perhaps did not know what she was talking about.
5th The Rector visited the school and stayed the whole morning, taking IV Standard in Arithmetic, Reading and Dictation. The Carey`s who had the fever and have been absent four months through it have returned to school quite well. Two away through fever now.
7th The Rector took IV Standard in Arithmetic and Reading.
9th The Rector took I. and 2. Classes in Arithmetic and Dictation. I examined Infants in Reading and Writing. Average for week 40·1 being an improvement on the last three months.
16th The Rector paid three visits to the school and took two or three lessons with IV Standard each time this week. Two still away through fever. Mr. Tipper called and took down the names of Mary Atherton and Adelaide Derrick as absentees.
23rd The attendance much better this week. Mary Atherton and Edith Derrick away all the week.
Mrs Hardwick sent a note on Wednesday forbidden me to keep their two boys in school after hours even if they are lazy or troublesome which all boys are inclined to be at times.
The Rector has visited the school twice this week and taken the IV Standard each morning for Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. Mrs Wood came in Thursday afternoon and stayed the greater part of the time looking at the needlework first and afterwards at the Infants having a lesson. She also put them through their exercises.
30th School routine as usual. Next Monday being Whit Monday the children have a whole days holiday.
June 3rd Attendance small being holiday time.
4th The rector took III and IV Standard for Arithmetic.
9th The rector took IV Standard for Arithmetic, Reading and Dictation today.
A committee meeting held to audit accounts, test registers and sign Government papers.
12th The Inspector visited the school and examined it.
20th Broke up for four weeks holiday to commence again in July 21st.
Inspectors Report. 28th June 1884.
''The results on those subjects taught are on the whole creditable.
Care must be taken to prevent the children from depending upon their fingers in doing sums.
The infants are fairly instructed.''
Mrs. Newman certified mistress.
Ch. Wood Clapton Rectory
July 21st Reopened school after a months holiday. 31 present. No registers marked because we commenced 10-5 instead of 9-00 this morning.
28th A few more present today than last week; but several away thro` illness, sore faces.
Aug 4th Let children go at 11-0-clock am therefore attendances cancelled.
A half holiday this afternoon being a Bank Holiday.
8th Two children went out before time therefore attendance cancelled for the afternoon.
15th The Rector visited the school two full hours.
19th The Rector visited the school and took 1st and 2nd classes in Art and Reading and Copy Books.
Attendance cancelled because we left school before the minimum time of closing.
Names called but cancelled because we are going to be dismissed at 4-o-clock being a ¼ of an hour before time.
24th Sent home three children, the Derricks, for being too late to have their names marked. This is the 2nd time I have had to do this. They came in after 10-o-clock a.m.
27th Miss Impey came in to see the children. Heard them sing two songs. She expressed herself very pleased.
28th Mr. Wood the Rector took 1st Class for Arithmetic.
29th The usual monthly half holiday given being the last Friday in the Month.
Sept 3rd The Rector took IV and V Standards for Arithmetic. The V Standard were taught practise of weights and measures today and afterwards worked three sums. Attendance a little better, present 42.
12th Gave the afternoons holiday to accommodate myself.
15th Nos. vary considerably, sometimes 29 are present and again there are 42 and more at school. A few away with sore faces thro, chicken pox.
29th Registers examined checked this morning and found correct.
Oct. 10th Attendance for week rather better than usual. A great many irregular attenders. Mr. Tipper took some of them notices yesterday.
14th The Rev. C. Wood visited the school and took upper Standard in Arithmetic and Reading.
16th Mrs Wood visited the school and looked at needlework and taught two little ones how to hem.
24th School routine as usual. Children attending a trifle better than late. Adelaide Derrick hold up through illness-away all the week.
Nov 1st The monitress Henerage Hiatt, away all the week, ill. The attendance much better this week.
The Rector came in on Wednesday morning and took 1st Class for Reading and Dictation. Commenced fires for good last Monday morning for the Winter. Half Holiday today being the usual day to scrub school.
8th Mrs Wood visited the school and looked over the infants from lesson and 1st and 2nd Standard. Writing.
The attendance very poor. Many children away ill. Henerage Hiatt returned to school last Monday, still not strong.
15th The Rector visited the school yesterday and took IV and V Standards for Arithmetic and Reading. Average very poor this week. Admitted one new scholar, A James.
22nd The Rector came in yesterday and took the V and IV Standard for Sums, Reading. Had to punish James Carey for insubordination by making him do his lessons on my own desk away from his class the whole of the week.
28th The School going on as usual. Admitted two new scholars this week The monitress has a day`s holiday this week on Tuesday to see the exhibition.
Dec 2nd Weather very wet, only 28 morning 29 afternoon.
5th Very small attendance this morning only 29 present. The usual monthly half holiday given in afternoon.
7th The Monitress 15 minutes late this morning. No reason given.
11th School dismissed before time. Attendance's cancelled. Weather very wet.
12th Average for week 36.
1885 Jan 5th Re-opened school after a fortnights holiday.
8th A whole day`s holiday. School treat.
9th A whole day`s holiday. Cleaning up after school treat.
14th Registers tested and found correct. C. Wood.
21st Mrs Wood and friend visited the school while the children were singing and expressed pleasure at their performance.
22nd Henerage Hiatt very ill.
23rd Henerage Hiatt still away thro` illness.
26th Henerage Hiatt still away thro` illness but a trifle better today.
30th Monitress absent all the week thro` illness.
School work going on as usual. Mrs. Wood and a friend visited the school on Wednesday afternoon and listened to children singing the school songs.
Feb 6th Monitress absent thro` illness all the week.
Nothing of intrest to note this week excepting that the nos: are very low owing to illness.
13th Monitress away all the week thro` illness. A great many absent thro` illness.
16th Monitress better, returned to school today. Had new cards for all standards today.
20th The Rev. C. Wood visited the school and took the Upper Standard in Arithmetic.
Only 23 at school. A great many away thro` illness. Had to send E. Day and brothers home on Tuesday because E had the measles.
28th Gave each child who had been to school his full no. of attendances during the week a farthing each; only 8 farthings were given away.
March 2nd The rector came in and took the Upper Standards for Arithmetic and Reading.
6th The rector took Upper Standards for Reading, he praised the reading of the III Standard.
He gave away 15 farthings to children that had attended their full times during the week. An improvement on last week.
13th 21 farthings given to 21 children who had attended every day during week.
One re-admission this week.
20th The rector took Upper Standard in reading and dictation. Also came in and gave away 23 farthing to children who had been to school the whole of the week in the afternoon.
Two new scholars admitted and one readmitted this week.
27th The rector took 1st Class (or IV&V St.) for Reading and Dictation this morning and gave away a farthing to each of 24 scholars that had attended the whole of the week. The average for week not so good as last altho` more children had attended the full no.of times.
Admitted one new Infant this week.
Tomorrow being Good Friday, no school. Only 19 farthings were given away to those who had attended all the week being a decrease of last week of 5.
April 14th Registers examined and found correct. (34 children)
17th Gave a half holiday which Mr. Burbridge asked for us. Last Tuesday no attendances as the school was examined in Scripture and Catechism.
24th The Rev. C. Wood visited the school yesterday took a reading lesson with Upper Stand: Average for week 37 being considerably higher than we`ve had for a long time.
May 1st The rector visited the school on Thursday and took Arithmetic and Reading with the Upper St: He also gave farthings to children who had attended every time the school had been opened during week.
We had our monthly half holiday as usual today. The average increase by two over that of last week viz: 39.
One child readmitted two new ones admitted this week.
4th Registers tested this afternoon and found correct. (42 children) C. Wood.
5th The rector took V & IV St. for Sums, Reading and Dictation today.
Average attendance for week 36·5 being less than it was last week by 2·5.
14th The rector visited the school and took Upper Standards for Arithmetic and Reading lessons. I have been taken 1st Standard and Babies now and again especially when the rector takes Upper Standard.
15th The rector came in at 3-50 p.m. and stayed till 4-20.
The average for week has been greater than at all for the winter being 40·5. We have at present a number of Infants. We intend keeping back two and three of the 1st Standard owing to nervousness and ill health (by name Sam Bessant, George Young and Annie James) from the coming examination. (C.W. approved)
22nd Dismissed the children at 11-o-clock and gave them a half holiday this afternoon because I am very poorly.
Attendance cancelled this morning. S.N.
29th Tested the registers and found them correct. C.Wood.
29th The rector visited the school and took Upper Standard in Arithmetic and heard them recite their poetry.
Last Monday being Whit Monday, the children had a holiday all day.
June 5th The rector visited the school and took Upper Standard for Arithmetic and Dictation last Wednesday.
Today he came in and took Form IV away with him.
10th H.M. Inspector visited the school and examined it.
19th The rector visited the school and gave each child who had attended 10 times during the week, a farthing.
Nothing particular occurred this week.
July 27th Re-opened school after a months holiday.
Aug 3rd A days holiday being Bank holiday.
7th The rector came and gave out the farthings at 4-0.p.m.
14th The rector came and gave out farthings at 4-0.p.m.
21st Nothing to note this week- school going on as usual.
28th Mr. and Mrs Wood came in last Wednesday and stayed to afternoon prayers and dismissal.
Sept 4th Gave the usual monthly half holiday this afternoon.
11th Gave a half holiday today to oblige me. (the mistress)
18th Mr. Wood visited the school this afternoon.
21st Mrs Wood and two friends visited the school this afternoon and stayed to prayers. Admitted a fresh scholar today Ernest Knight.
25th Mr. and Mrs Wood came in and distributed the farthings this afternoon.
I took the Infants in reading and examined their writing this morning.
Oct 2nd Mr. and Mrs Wood visited the school and distributed farthings this afternoon.
9th School routine as usual. Admitted one new scholar this week.
16th Registers examined and found correct. (35 children)
1885 July 2nd Inspectors Report.
`This school is in a good state of Order and Discipline, the
greater part of the work is creditable. The writing was not quite
so neat as it ought to have been. A Clan subject has been taken
for the first time and a creditable knowledge of it was shown.
The Infants are making fair progress.`
Mrs Newman Certificated Mistress
Chs Wood Clapton Rectory
Aug 23rd Nothing of note to mark this week.
26th Admitted a new scholar today.
27th Several boys away helping their parents.
30th The rector and lady visited the school and distributed the farthings to all who had attended the whole of the week.
Nov 6th Mrs Wood distributed the farthings this afternoon.
Had a better attendance this week.
Mr. Tipper called on Wednesday and took down the names of a few absentees.
13th School routine as usual. Several absent this morning thro` illness and other causes.
20th Yesterday Mrs Wood visited the school and superintended the 1st Standard boys sums and she said she would come to take the same class again.
Today I gave out the farthings to those who had attended ten times during the week. 24 children received them.
The average for week was 37·5.
Nov 27th The rector visited the school. The Attendance has been much better all the week altho` the weather has been wet.
29th Weather very wet; only 22 present this morning.
Dec 7th A better attendance today.
8th Sent home Harry Bacon for his school money because he owed 1s.
9th The rector came in the morning and took III and IV Standards with Arithmetic.
11th The rector took III and IV Standards in Dictation this morning and gave out the farthings. The usual half holiday this afternoon.
18th Broke up for Xmas holidays.
Jan 4th Reopened school after two weeks holiday.
8th The rector visited the school last Monday and stayed from 10 to 12 a.m. taking the two Upper Standards with their lessons.
11th Re-admitted Bertie Carey this morning.
15th Dismissed children before the two hours were up this afternoon so cancelled the attendances.
20th Registers examined this morning and found correct.
25th Very bad weather. School closed all day. No children.
29th The usual half holiday given today.
Feb 5th Very poor attendance. Several ill.
12th Attendance a trifle better this week.
The rector visited school today. The Attendance Officer called and took some names of children who are irregular.
Amongst the names was Susan Carey who has not been to school for the last six months, altho` she has not passed the required standard and she is only ten years old.
18th A half holiday given by permission of the rector.
Examined the Registers this morning and found them correct.
25th A day and a weeks holiday given. Today I give up my charge of this school. S. Newman.
Mar 8th Mrs Eleanor Preston commenced her duties as Mistress this day as successor to Mrs Newman.
C. Wood Correspondent.
Mrs Preston`s services not continued after the 15th of March, and Mrs Brookman accepted Head Teacher of Education Department. C. Wood.
15th Mrs Preston the mistress having become unwell her duties from today have been taken and discharged by her Deputy Mrs Brookman Certified teacher late of Birmingham Board School.
C. Wood. Correspondent.
15th Took charge of this school as Deputy for Mrs Preston while she is unwell.
19th The attendance has been small all the week.
23rd Thirty two children present all the week.
26th Rev`d C. Wood visited morning and afternoon.
31st School examined in Scripture by the Diocesan Inspector Rev`d.
Twenty six children present.
April 2nd Mrs Wood and two ladies visited school this afternoon.
Admitted two children viz. Frank and Elizth. Gadd.
9th The Rector visited and took the Upper Standard for Arithmetic.
12th Two admitted (Frederick and Blanche Pyne).
14th Mr. Tipper the attendance officer called.
The Rector attended and took two classes for reading.
16th Gave half holiday for the school room to be cleaned.
20th Mrs Wood came in and heard two classes read.
21st Frank Herbert ran out of school because he was corrected for being unruly refused to have him again until his mother came to me.
22nd Closed school till Tuesday morning.
29th Registers examined and found correct. (36 present) C. Wood.
29th Rev`d C. Wood and his lady visited the latter practised the children in some of their songs.
30th Examined the children in Arithmetic and Dictation.
May 3rd Admitted H. Jordan and C. Jordan. Rev`d C. Wood visited school.
7th The attendance is improving. Average for the week 36·3.
10th Mrs Wood visited in the morning and took I and II Standards for reading.
11th Received the money from Mr Lang for the children paid for by the Parish viz 12/-
12th Mrs Wood came in and tried the children in some of their songs.
14th Average for the week 37·1.
17th Mrs Wood visited school and took I and II Standards for reading. Rev`d. C Wood visited the afternoon and heard the poetry of I and II Standard and closed school.
18th Henage Hyatt absent in the afternoon. Not well.
19th Miss Price came this afternoon and helped with the singing.
21st Rev`d C. Wood came into school gave out the farthings for attendance and read prayers.
26th Miss Price came in again and helped with the singing.
28th Average for the week 41·3. Gave a holiday in the afternoon. School room washed.
July 4th Several children absent, agricultural show in Bristol.
9th Rev`d C. Wood came in and took a class for reading and dictation.
Miss price came in the afternoon and helped in the singing time.
11th Average for the week 43·3.
14th Holiday all day being Whit-Monday.
15th Re-opened school this morning. Poor attendance.
18th Average for the week 36·0.
21st Rev`d C. Wood came in and took a class for dictation and arithmetic.
24th School examined by H.M.I.
Closed school this morning for the summer holidays.
1886 July 9th Inspectors Report.
`The children are very orderly and with the exception of a slight weakness in spelling, they passed a very good examination in the elementary subjects.
The Class subject was well known, but the recitation should be delivered more slowly and with more expression. The needlework was good. The Infants are making fair progress.`
Miss Brookman Certified Mistress
Charles Wood Clapton Rectory
July 20th Registers tested this morning. (34 children) Chs. Wood.
Reopened school on Monday July19th after three weeks vacation. 32 children present in the morning and 34 in the afternoon. Several of the elder children have left.
23rd Rev`d C Wood and Mrs Wood came into school but did not remain many minutes. Average for the week 30·5.
26th Began to teach III Standard Additions of Money and II Standard Multiplication by one figure.
30th Average for the week 36·6.
Aug 2nd Whole holiday being Bank holiday.
3rd Reopened school this morning at 9-o-clock. 38 present in the morning and 40 in the afternoon.
5th Rev`d C. Wood and Mrs Wood visited school this morning.
6th Average for the week 37·7.
11th School going on much as usual.
13th Average for the week 38·6.
20th Gave a half holiday and closed school for a week.
30th Reopened school this morning at 9-o-clock. 30 present.
31st Rev`d C. Wood came in this morning and took a class for arithmetic and reading.
Sept. 3rd Rev`d C. Wood came to bring the farthings for attendance but did not stop. Gave a half holiday for the school to be cleaned.
6th Registers examined and found correct. 36 present afternoon.
8th Began to teach the time of a new song.
9th Rev`d C. Wood came in the afternoon and took a class for mental arithmetic.
10th Rev`d C. Wood visited school but did not remain many minutes. Attendance very poor on account of the weather.
14th Attendance very poor in the afternoon on account of Portbury Harvest Festival.
Rev`d C. Wood visited took a class.
17th Average for the week 36.
20th School going on much as usual. Examined I Standard in arithmetic and writing, going on fairly.
24th St. IV get on fairly with Reduction of Money. The girls attend badly consequently get rather behind the boys with their work.
Oct 1st The attendance has varied this week. Weather has been unsettled. Average 32. Gave a half holiday for the school to be cleaned.
5th School going on much as usual.
8th Gave a half holiday.
11th Attendance very poor this afternoon. Children going blackberrying. 23 present.
12th Register taken this morning. (38 present) Chs. Wood.
15th Attendance very poor only 19 present-very wet and stormy.
Average for the week 32·8.
18th Rev`d C. Wood came in and took a class.
19th One admission. Fred. Geo: Pine.
21st Rev`d C. Wood visited.
22nd Gave a half holiday. Average for the week 34·7.
25th One admission.
29th Gave a whole holiday with permission of the rector.
Resigned my charge of Clapton school today. J. E. Brookman.
Nov 1st Mrs Pryce commenced her duties today as mistress on resignation of Mrs Brookman through ill health. Chs. Wood
1st Rev C and Mrs Wood visited the school.
2nd Repr: 17 children for coming after prayers.
3rd Rector visited and looked over the Arithmetic.
5th Rev C and Mrs Wood visited Mrs Wood gave out the farthings.
8th Several boys punished for bad conduct.
Children more punctual all on time except on very wet days.
12th Very wet week consequential average. Attendance rather low. Rector brought farthings.
15th Rector visited.
17th Heneage Hiatt not in school this afternoon her mother sent a note to say she was not well.
Punished Frank Herbert for being unkind to one of the smaller boys in the playground.
18th Heneage Hiatt returned to school.
Rector visited and took first class in reading and afterwards in writing.
24th Registers examined and tested and found correct this morning. C. Wood.
26th Rev. C. Wood visited and gave out the farthings and gave half holiday in order to have the school floor washed.
31st I find it an impossibility to work Annie Young with Standard I children as she is a very delicate child.
Frederick and Harry Bacon left school and parish.
Dec 2nd Taught Standard III long Division.
7th Rector visited took first class in reading and afterwards in writing. I am pleased to find that the children become more regular and punctual in attendance.
8th Standard IV Commenced to work weights and measures.
14th Rev. C. Wood visited.
17th Taught Standard II Short division.
21st Rev. C. Wood visited and read the Evening Prayers and remained to see the children dismissed.
23rd Closed School for the Christmas Vacation of two weeks.
Jan 10th Reopened school after a vacation of two weeks. 28 p.m and 31 afternoon.
Alice Fortunes returned to school after seven weeks absence through illness.
13th Poor attendance at school this week owing to the severity of the weather and many little ones being ill.
14th Only 22 children in school the slippery state of the roads made it impossible for most of the little ones to come.
19th The Rev C Wood accompanied by Miss Kellick visited.
Alice Fortunes again taken ill have only made two attendance's since her last illness.
21st Taught Standard I Simple Subtraction.
26th Registers named, and correct, 38 present in morning.
Feb 4th Alice Fortune`s continuous illness makes her very irregular in attendance`s and prevents me from working her up with the other children in Standard IV. Good Attendance beginning of week. Average attendance 42 for first two days but fell of owing to bitter cold weather.
Rector visited and gave out farthings and read Prayers.
17th Mr. Tipper called and down the names of Frederick and George Derrick and promised to see about them.
March 2nd Miss Price visited and heard the children sing.
4th Mrs Wood visited and brought farthings.
8th Registers tested this afternoon.(37) C. Wood.
14th Opened school with a good attendance being 40 in the morning and 42 afternoon.
Annie Young readmitted.
15th Obliged to close the school for the rest of the week owing to a very deep snow.
21st Opened school with a very poor attendance.
25th Average Attendance only 23, owing to the bad weather.
Ellen Smith left school and parish.
John, William, Arthur and Mary Russell left School and parish. As these children have always been regular in attendance and nice bright children. It will be a loss to the school their going away.
April 4th Admitted Frederick and Florence Stowell.
12th Mrs Wood visited and re-examined 30 mins.
Admitted Jane Gadd.
18th Admitted Annie Derrick.
25th Admitted Lucy Derrick.
26th No School this afternoon a continual downpour of rain prevented most of the children from coming and those that did come were so wet I thought it best not to let them remain.
27th Taught the children the words of `God save the Queen.`
29th Examined and tested registers this morning, 39 present.
(Written in the margin, the following;)
Alice Fortune has been withdrawn for a time having been taken ill with her former complaint namely gatherings in the ears.
29th We intend withholding from the coming examinations (with H.M.I. permission) Alice Fortune who has attended very irregular through ill health, Frederick Pyne who is a dull and backward child and George Derrick who has only just reached the age of 7 and is a backward child, and Aaron Hunt who is delicate and just reached the age of 7. Rev. C. Wood visited.
May 27th Registers examined and found correct, 33 afternoon.
June 1st First Day of School Year. Very poor attendance this week being Whit week.
3rd Rev C. and Mrs Wood visited.
15th School examined by H.M.I. Mr Curry and his assistant.
17th Closed school of Midsummer holidays.
July 11th Reopened School after a vacation of three weeks.
1887 Inspectors Report July 7th.
`The children were in a good state of order and discipline. The Reading was not at all satisfactory, being very indistinct and monotonous, as well as lacking in intelligence. Writing, Spelling and Arithmetic were on the whole fair. The Recitations were accurately known, but were said without any expression. Grammar was very weak. The Needlework was satisfactory. The Infants have made fair progress.
Mrs Jane Pryce, Certified Mistress
Chs. Wood. Clapton Rectory
July 12th Taught Standard V practice.
Taught Standard III Long Division.
13th Taught Standard II Simple Division.
20th Children had a treat at `Nash` consequently the school was closed Wednesday and Thursday.
August 3rd. Punished Benjamin Day for breaking his pencil and throwing small pieces about the room. After which he became in a violent temper, seized the cane and twisted it in two, but as he seemed sorry for what he had done and as he is on the whole a good and diligent boy I forgave him.
4th Taught Standard III Compound Subtraction.
Sept 2nd Examined registers and found them correct. 27 in attendance.
7th Taught Standard IV Compound Division.
16th Rev C. Wood visited and gave out the farthings.
20th All very poor this week as many of the children are kept away from School to pick blackberries.
Oct 6th Frederick, George and Edward Pine left School and parish.
13th Registers tested this afternoon. 26 in number.
Resigned my charge of this School. Oct 13th. J Pryce.
31st Commenced my duties as mistress of this school.
Rev: C. Wood visited the School.
Nov 2nd The 1st Class appearing to have no idea of Passing gave them a lesson on the Black Board. Filled a Time Table and asked the Rev. C. Wood to sent it to H.M.Inspector to be signed.
Nov 4th Taught new School Song. Rev C. and Mrs Wood visited the School. The Rev C. Wood read prayers and gave farthings to ten children.
Average for the week 30·4.
7th Admitted Ellen Young to the Infants Class. The Attendance Officer called.
9th The Rev C: Wood visited the School and brought me the Time Table which had been signed by R.L.Curry Esq. H.M.Inspector.
11th Average Attendance for the week.33·4. 3¾ given to the children in farthings. Taught the Infants picking; and the words of a School Song. i.e. Winter.
15th Very few children in School on account of the Potato digging. And several absent without a reason.
17th Rev: C Wood visited the School. Gave an Object Lesson to Standard I and Infants on the Cow.
18th Taught Standard III to pick out the Adjectives. Average only 26·5.
22nd Attendance very bad again this week. Began some of the examination Needlework.
24th An Object Lesson given on Coats. All very bad all the week.
25th Registers examined and tested and found correct. 26 in morning. Chs. Wood.
29th Received, Copy and Exercise Books, Paper, Blotting Paper, Pens and Chalk from the Rev:-C Wood and Needlework material from Mrs Wood.
Reported eleven of the most irregular children to the School Attendance Officer.
The Rev: C and Mrs Wood visited the School the former closed School with Prayers.
Dec 1st An Object Lesson given on the Sheep.
2nd Mrs Bessant sent me Word that her little children had Chicken Pox.
5th The Bessants still absent. George Young not able to attend School through sickness.
8th V. Bessant a 1st Class boy brought money for a Copy Book, after being without one for six weeks. Taught words of a School Song. An Object Lesson given on tea.
9th Average Attendance only 27 for the week.
11th The Rev: C Wood visited the School and took the names of the absentees.
12th Lilian Burton, returned to School after an absence of four months.
14th Mrs Wood visited the School. An Object Lesson given on the `Pig`.
16th Average Attendance 29·5. Farthings given 13.
19th Registers tested and found correct. 30 in number morning. C. Wood.
20th Mr Tipper the School Attendance Officer called after looking up the Absentees. Examined Standard I and found them backward in Subtraction and Spelling.
23rd Sent Mr Lang the bill for `Paupers` children School Fees. Closed School for one weeks Xmas Holidays.
Jan 2nd Reopened School after Xmas Holiday. Lucy Derrick returned after an absence of ten weeks. George Young has been absent for three weeks with St. Vitus Dance and not able to return to School. Re-admitted Joseph Bessant to Standard I.
4th Attendance very bad indeed especially the 4th and 5th Standards.
5th Rev: C and Mrs Wood visited the School.
9th Admitted May Ford and Ivo Harrington to the Infants Class.
10th Rev: C and Mrs Wood visited the School.
12th 39 children present in the morning. An Object Lesson given on the Lion. Taught Linen Hatching to Standard V.
13th Average Attendance 34. 19 farthings given for register attendance.
16th Three Bessants played truant all day.
17th Sent the Monitress, morning, to fetch the `Bessants` to School and punished the oldest boys. Attendance very bad. And find it very disagreeable in School on account of the Chimney smoking.
20th George Young is again at School, but unable to do much in concequence of having St. Vitus Dance. C.Wood.
20th This morning tested registers and found them correct.
23rd Edwin Hardwick returned after an absence of six weeks through having had a bad foot. Sent Leonard Derrick back for his School Fees.
24th Taught Proportion to Standard V. An Object lesson given on `Sugar.`
27th Standard IV began Reduction and Weights and Measures. Several pieces of Examination Needlework ended.
Rev: C Wood visited the School gave out the farthings and read Prayers.
31st The Monitress and a great many absent with colds.
Feb 1st School not opened this morning on account of severe weather.
Rev: C and Mrs Wood called for a few minutes. School opened in the afternoon.
3rd Average Attendance for the week only 20·4 on account of bad weather and severe colds. The Monitress still absent.
6th Rev: C Wood visited the School and remained some time. The Monitress returned to School
7th A better Attendance this week but many of those returned to School, have had coughs. Taught words of a School Song i.e `Sparkling Water`.
9th Rev. C. Wood visited the School. Two pieces of Examination work complete.
10th Received notice that the Diocesan Examination will be held on the 29th.
13th Attendance much better today. 14th, 15th, 16th &17th School closed. The Mistress not being well.
22nd Re-opened School very few children. On account of severe weather.
24th The weather still bad. Average Attendance 17·2. One piece of Examination Needlework completed. Rev: C Wood visited the School and gave out the farthings.
27th Attendance much better. Standard I began knitting their strips. Lucy Derrick`s parents have withdrawn her from the School to attend `Portbury`. Edwin Hardwick has `Ringworm` and is in a delicate state of health and not able to attend.
28th An Object Lesson given on `Milk`. Scripture exam postponed until April.
Mar 2nd Kept in six of the 1st Class children for Lazy indifference about their work. Propose with holding Edwin Hardwick and George Young from the next Examination on account of delicate health. And having Annie Young examined with the Infants as she is a backward child and also very delicate.
5th B. Day and E. Durban returned to School after a long absence.
Admitted three boys i.e Arthur, William and Walter Perry. Attendance much better.
6th An Object Lesson given on Bread. Began teaching the words of a School Song i.e `The Penny Bank`.
8th Registers examined this afternoon and found correct. 32 in no. C. Wood.
13th An Object Lesson given on Fowls. Rev C. Wood closed School.
14th Took Leonards Derricks name of the Registers as he is attending `Portbury School`.
19th Gave three months notice to leave this School.
My resignation was accepted for me to leave at Midsummer. M.W.
20th An Object Lesson given on `A School Desk`. Several children absent and no reason given.
23rd Received Ink and farthings from the Rev: C Wood, also notice; that the Scripture Examination, would be on the 1st April.
27th Admitted Edwin Perry to the Infants Class.
29th Mrs Wood visited the School and brought farthings, looked at the girls sewing and heard the children singing. Closed School until April 3rd. Easter Holidays.
April 3rd. Reopened School, only 28 children present. Charlie Colburn returned after a long absence. Readmitted Annie Stowell to the Infants Class.
Reported some absentees to the School Attendance Officer.
4th Registers examined and found all right. 28 in no. Chs. Wood.
Mary Atherton`s mother sent word to say that Mary has got `Hooping Cough`.
6th Mr Tipper the School Attendance officer called. The Infants had their first lesson in Pricking outlined Cards.
9th Admitted Celia Ford, a big girl of eight years, who does not know her letters. Today`s Attendance very bad indeed, out of 47 on the Register only 28 present in the afternoon.
12th An Object Lesson given on the Swan but there seems to be no getting the children together. They are with but few exceptions regularly irregular.
13th The Rev: C Wood visited the School.
18th The Diocesan examination in the morning. 36 children present. A holiday given in the afternoon.
19th An Object Lesson given on an Apple. Three pieces of needlework completed.
Mrs Wood visited the School and brought the Diocesan Report which is a very fair one. Several children absent with Hooping Cough.
26th An Object Lesson given on Cleanliness. Attendance very bad indeed only 26 Present in the morning.
27th Rev: Wood brought Forms to be filled in for H.M.Inspector.
May 1st Attendance a little better. Began teaching words of a School Song i.e `Love at Home`.
7th Readmitted James J. Gadd to the Infant Class.
8th Received notice that the Government Examination will be held on the 8th of June. Rev: C Wood visited the School and took the 1st Class in Mental Arithmetic.
14th Mrs Ford sent me a note saying that Celia Ford, not being well she was going to send her from home, for a change of air. Two pieces of Needlework completed.
17th Monday and Tuesday next being general holidays, School closed until the 23rd.
23rd Reopened School. Benjamin Day withdrawn from the School to go to work having passed the 4th Standard.
25th The School year ended today. The Average Attendance for the year is 31.
29th Rev: C Wood visited the School. Questioned Standard I and Infants on four of their Object Lessons.
31st Rev: C Wood visited the School and told me that the Examination will be held on Tuesday morning instead of Friday. Five children absent through sickness.
June 1st Filled form IX a Examination Schedules for the Rev: C Wood to sign before the Examination.
5th School examined by R.T.Curry Esq. Who also signed list of Poetry. Object lesson and New Time Table for the coming year.
7th Register examined and found correct, (29 present) and names called. C Wood.
Received the Duplicate Schedule from R,T,Curry Esq. H.M.I.
8th Attendance very bad indeed only 24 children present in the afternoon. 18 farthings given out.
11th Readmitted Daisy Bessant and admitted Elsie Smith to the Infants Class. An Object lesson given on the Rabbit, its different parts and food.
13th Taught the tune of a new School Song i.e Summer.
19th The Monitress absent on account of her mother being absent from home. Mrs Wood visited the School.
June 27th Inspectors Report for 1887-8
`The children are in very good order and have made on the whole fair progress. The first Standard is backward in Reading and Arithmetic is week in the higher Standards. More attention should be paid to mental Arithmetic. The class subject was fairly known. The Infants are orderly, and have made fair progress in the Elementary Subjects.
Miss Margaret Warren Certified Mistress
Chs. Wood Clapton Rectory Correspondent
27th Rev C Wood visited the School. Attendance very bad indeed.
29th Average Attendance for the week 26. Sent a list of Absentees to the School Attendance officer.
July 3rd The children are attending a little better. The Monitress still absent which makes the third week.
5th Gave Standard II A Black Board Lesson on Multiplication. Taught words of a School Song i.e `All are Here`,
9th Registers called and found correct.33 in number. C Wood.
Admitted Albert Chaplin.
11th Taught Standard IV the 1st rules of Compound Division.
13th Rev: C Wood visited the School, gave out the farthings; and closed the School for three weeks Summer holidays.
August 7th Reopened School after Summer Holidays. The Monitress returned after an absence of six weeks.
8th Taught Standard III Compound Subtraction on the Black Board. Propose given extra Reading Lessons before trying Geography as stated in the Time Table.
13th Mr Tipper the School Attendance Officer called for a list of Absentees.
15th Taught words and tune of a School Song i.e `The Organ Man`.
17th Rev: C Wood visited the School gave out the farthings and read Prayers. Received material for Infants needlework from Mrs Wood.
20th James Wilmot having been absent for 10 weeks and it being very uncertain if he will return; took his name off the Register.
24th Very few in School in the afternoon on account of rain. Average for the week, 33.
27th Gave Standard V a Black Board Lesson on Practice. Attendance very fair: both morning and afternoon.
29th Received Foolscap Paper from the Rector. Mrs Crowther visited the School and heard the children sing some of their School Songs.
Sept 4th Admitted Arthur Ford to the Infants Class. Attendance fairly good so far this week.
5th Examined and called over the Registers and found them correct. C. Wood.
6th An Object Lesson given on the Horse.
12th Taught words of a School Song i.e `We will do it tomorrow.`
14th A holiday given.
18th Attendance not nearly so good this week. Several reasons given by parents for their children`s absence.
21st Attendance very bad all this week. Average only 25·9.
Two pieces of Knitting completed.
25th Attendance rather better than last week. Admitted F. Stanley to the 1st Class.
27th An Object Lesson given on the Cat and Kittens. Several children absent.
28th Rev. C Wood visited the School and gave out the farthings.
Oct 3rd Taught Herring bone on flannel to Standard IV.
8th Found one of the School windows: very badly splashed with mud, by one of the boys, belonging to the Sunday, but not the Day School.
10th Having been appointed Mistress of S Colan Board School, Cornwall gave the Rev C Wood three months notice to leave.
11th Attendance very bad indeed. Several children wanted at home, for their Mother`s to attend a sale at `Naish House`.
15th An Object Lesson given on Sewing.
17th Visited School and examined registers and found all correct, 33 present. C.W.Wood.
19th Attendance for the week fairly good, the average 31. Commenced fire in the Schoolroom. Received from the Rector, Copy and Exercise Books, Ink and Pens. Also 6oz Knitting wool.
26th Attendance very bad in the afternoon, only 27 present out of over 30, the former part of the week.
29th Ivo Harrington returned to School after an absence of four months. May and Arthur Ford having left the Parish have taken their names off the register.
Nov 1st An Object Lesson given on Sheep and Lambs.
8th An Object Lesson given on the Cow. Attendance for the week very fair so far.
13th George Young returned to School after a months absence.
15th Examined registers this morning and called over names and found all correct, 29 present. C. Wood.
21st Punished `Fred Stanley` for being noisy and rude, in the `School Porch`.
26th Attendance much better than it has been for some time before, i.e 38 in the morning and 37 present in the afternoon.
Dec 3rd Admitted Herbert Carey to the Infants Class.
11th Attendance very bad indeed this week: and without any particular reason for it.
18th Examined and called over registers and found them correct, this morning, 28 in nos. C. Wood.
20th Resigned my duties as Mistress of this School. M. Warren.
Miss Clara Giles came as provisional mistress.
Jan 7th Monitress resigned to attend on her mother and replaced by Katie Derrick. C. Wood.
11th Reopened school on Monday after a ---------- holiday. The attendance officer called on Wednesday. Find the children very backward. All the rules in Arithmetic have not yet been taught. The Rev. C. Wood and Mrs Wood have visited twice. Rev. C. Wood this morning, gave out the farthings. A half holiday given this afternoon in order that the school room floor could be cleaned.
18th Average for week 28. Many children absent this afternoon. The girls of Standard I and II have each began a new piece of knitting.
Visitors the Rev C Wood and Mrs Wood. The Rev C. Wood closed school this afternoon with prayers.
24th Attendance good all the week. Average 33.
The Rector called visited and gave out the farthing. A holiday will be given tomorrow, Friday.
28th Miss Ellen Jane Snary? Commenced this day her duties as mistress. C Wood.
28th The Rev C Wood and Mrs Wood called this afternoon.
29th Mr Tipper the School Attendance Officer called.
30th School visited by Rev C. Wood and Mrs Wood, found the children being taught a new school song.
Feb 4th Rev C Wood and Mrs Wood called Friday and gave out the farthings. Ivo Harrington home ill.
7th Examined and called over Registers and found all correct this afternoon, 24 present. C Wood.
8th On account of the rainy weather, children very irregular this week, average very low, 21·6. Taught Proportion to Standard V.
12th Yesterday owing to a heavy full of snow, we were unable to open school.
15th Rather a poor attendance this week owing to the weather.
Taught a new school song this week.
22nd Mrs Wood called this afternoon and brought needlework materials. Taught the little ones a new school song.
Mar 1st The Burtons returned to school, I find there was a mistake made about Florrie Burton, she had not left school. By the kind suggestion of the Rector, we are to have a holiday this afternoon.
8th Very deep snow Monday and Tuesday came to School both days and found no children. Opened on Wednesday with 14. Today owing to the heavy floods I only had 12 children this morning and was unable to open this afternoon.
15th Much better attendance this week. Rev C Wood and Mrs Wood paid a visit to the school this morning. Distributed the farthings myself this afternoon.
22nd Examined registers and called over names and found all correct, 34 attended in morning. C. Wood.
22nd Nothing of importance to record.
29th Taught a new school song to Infants and one to the elder children.
April 5th Joseph J Bessant returned to school after an absence of nine weeks.
School songs for 1889.
1. Little Frisky.
2. Santa Claus.
3. The Cat and her Kittens.
6. Robin. Robin.
7. The Fox.
8. Ol we`re all Weaving.
1. The Baby.
3. The Three Little Pigs.
4. There was a Little Man.
Lesson for Infants.
1. Mouse. 7. Ostrich.
2. Cat. 8. Soap.
3. Elephant. 9. The Eye.
4. Squirrel. 10. Fire.
5. Camel. 11. A Tree.
6. Lion. 12. Railway Station.
April 12th Bought 4oz of Wool for Standards I to knit…..also some `Irish` to teach marking. Owing to the heavy rain had rather a bad attendance this week. Tested all the registers to see if they were correct, found three mistakes in elder boys register, both of the others correct.
19th Tomorrow being Good Friday and on Easter Monday no school will be held.
Had a visit yesterday from the Rev`d and Mrs Wood. Admitted a new scholar to the Infants class-Gilbert Court.
29th Called over childrens names and examined registers and found all correct. 32 morning. C. Wood
29th Sent approximate members to the Rev. H.B.Barry H.M.I.
9 infants, 20 boys, 10 girls.
Left off fires today.
May 1st Mr Tipper S.A.O called yesterday, and took the attendances of Fred and George Derrick.
3rd Admitted a new child to Standards V. Emily Shearman, from Bedminster.
6th Received 9/2 from Mr Lang, R.O for three pauper children, for two Qrs. School fees, ending march 25th Mrs Wood called this morning and paid me 8p for wools. Sent a child home this afternoon, arrived at 2-30.
10th Average much better this week, 35·7.
17th Had the highest number present Wednesday for the year , but the heavy thunder stopped this afternoon has pulled down our average to 33·5.
22nd Examined registers and called out the names and found all correct. 42 in number in morning. C.Wood.
24th Owing to the thunder storm raging this dinner time, I am compelled to shut school this afternoon.
31st This is the last day of the school year, children working well and steadily this week. Upper Standard finished learning their recitation.
June 7th Next Monday being Whit Monday school will be closed but owing to Examination being so near, we shall resume work Tuesday morning.
The Burtons are absent this week owing to the death of Grandfather who lived with them.
12th Owing to illness yesterday was unable to hold school. Children attending very well today.
July 1st Today we commenced school again having had holiday since Examination day, the 19th.
Inspectors Report for 1888-9.
`The children are in very good order, and there have been several changes of teachers during the past year, and consequently the children are not so advanced as they ought to be, and are weak in Spelling, Composition and Arithmetic. The Class subjects are fairly well known. Needlework is on the whole good. The Infants are making fair progress`.
Mrs Snary certificated mistress
Chs. Wood Clapton Rectory
5th Began new Standard work, children working cheerfully and well, admitted two children to the Infants Class.
12th Nothing of importance to record.
19th Thursday I received my Certificate from Mr Curry A.M.I. It is now stamped 1st Class, the last entry upon it is `The children are in very good order and are making satisfactory progress`.
Two boys who have just passed the III Standard in three subjects are leaving Clapton for Portishead School.
24th Mr Lang R.O. called and paid me 6/- payment for pauper children up to June 22nd 1889.
Admitted a new boy to the II Standard this week. Today we break up for three weeks summer holiday during which time the school has to be painted.
Aug 2nd Today we reopened after the summer holiday.
John White has returned to his own parish school.
30th Today ends the first quarter of the school year.
Sept 6th Very bad at school this afternoon, only 22 present.
13th Gave half a days holiday Wednesday owing to the Harvest Home at Portbury.
20th Called names and examined registers and found all correct. 30 in morning.
27th Gilbert Court returned to school this week.
30th Received notice that Harry Smith (St. VI) has left school.
Oct 4th Sent in word for pauper children (3/8) up to Sept 27th.
9th Examined registers and called over names, 27 in afternoon.
11th Very few children present this afternoon on account of potato digging; average for the week, 28·8.
18th Nothing of importance to record.
25th Admitted a new child to the Infants Class. Readmitted George Young this week.
Nov 1st Gave half a days holiday this afternoon by wish of Mrs Wood to attend the funeral of Mrs Price.
Had a visit from Mr. Tipper last Monday.
8th Sent in a list of Irregulars last Saturday to Mr Tipper. Mr Lang A.O. called this afternoon and paid Sept quarter 3/8.
15th Four children withdrawn this week (the Gadd family) owing to the work failing in the parish, they were obliged to remove.
22nd Work going on about as usual began Test Cards this week.
29th Admitted two fresh scholars this week.
Dec 6th Very poor attendance this week owing to several of the children being laid low with severe coughs and colds..
13th Attendance still bad, so many children ill. Had in a load of coal today.
16th Mrs Wood paid us a visit yesterday, sent some of the finished school work up to the Rectory.
16th Called over names and examined registers and found all correct, 22 in attendance in morning. C.Wood.
19th Today we break up for two weeks Christmas holidays.
Jan 6th Reopened School today. Admitted three new scholars.
13th Examined registers and called over names in afternoon 28 present. Chs. Wood.
14th Sent in account of Pauper children up to Christmas Holidays (5/-)
17th Philip Haines (who was here on a visit) has left for his home, also Florence Burton left to go and live with a relation. (a Standard II girl. Vincent Bessant who passed Standard V has left-required at home.
22cd Received money for pauper children 5/-.
24th We are going to have a half days holiday this afternoon.
31st Samuel Bessant has left School to go to work. Several of the children still home with Influenza. Rev. C.Wood visited the school yesterday.
Feb 4th Mr Tipper S.A.O. called yesterday.
5th Mr Price sent us up some coal yesterday.
7th Not being well today. Mr Wood called and thought I had better give a half holiday this afternoon.
17th Called over names examined registers in morning, 34 present. Chs. Wood.
21st Went to see Mrs Young yesterday, to try to get her to sent her children regularly to school, she says she is bound to go to work herself, and must keep Annie to nurse the baby, but she has promised the other three shall come. General Attendance much improved.
Taught the tune of a new song this afternoon.
28th No Registers marked yesterday afternoon, owing to the Scripture Examination. Gave the children a test Exam in Writing and Arithmetic on Thursday.
10th Owing to illness, I was unable to hold school all last week.
14th Had in our last load of coal for the winter yesterday.
Mr and Mrs Wood visited the school, Wednesday. Mrs Wood paid a visit yesterday.
This morning Mrs Wood settled the account between us for farthings and Books 6/5½ and also sent the ink.
Mar 18th Examined registers and called over names in morning, 31 present. Chs. Wood.
25th Seven children left the parish this week, all of them nice forward children, admitted two little ones who have just come to live near.
April 2nd Sent in account of pauper children up to Mar. 28th (3/8)
3rd Easter holiday school closed until Tuesday morning.
8th Reopened school today.
18th Mr Tipper called yesterday, sent him a list of absentees the 14th. Received 3/8 for pauper children up to June 27th.
25th Received a visit from the Rev C. Wood on Wednesday. Admitted a fresh child to the Infants class. Mildred Jordan this week.
May 2nd Average for week 30.
14th Examined registers and called over names in morning, 31 present. C.Wood.
16th Nothing of importance to record.
Had a visit from the Revd. Canon Oxley and Revd C. Wood. The children were very orderly and both the gentlemen seemed pleased with their visit.
23rd Had a visit from Mrs Wood yesterday morning.
Mr Tipper called in the afternoon. This morning we shall close until Tuesday morning.
I find I`ve made a mistake in the Registers by forgetting the holiday on Whit-Monday, shall go straight on now.
Mr Tipper called Wednesday.
June 6th George Young in school today. I am afraid he is going to have a return of his old complaint, St.Vitus Dance.
12th Examined registers and called over names and found correct. (34 children in the morning) C.Wood.
13th George Young home dangerously ill, suffering from his old complaints, also Inflamation of the heart, and Rheumatic Fever.
Received notice that our School will be inspected on the 1st of July.
20th Had a visit from Mrs Wood yesterday afternoon. She remained until close of school. Yesterday afternoon, Mrs and Miss Crother called and watched the children drill.
List of School songs for 1890.
1. Jommy? And the Apple tree
2. The Frog
3. Going a Maying
4. The Dismal Ditty
5. I wont be a Dunce
6. The Dragon Fly
7. The little dog`s school
1. Old Mother Hubbard
2. Cock Sparrow
3. Dance Hummhkins? dance
4. The Snow Storm
Lessons for Infants.
1. The Bat 11. Things for Washing with
2. The Squirrel 12. TeaTable
3. The Monkey 13. The Face
4. The Humming Bird 14. The Ham
5. The Whale 15. Our Relations
6. The Knat 16. Cold
7. A Candle 17. A Letter
8. The Daisy 18. A Bird`s egg
9. The Clock 19. Vinegar
10. The Apple 20. Things for writing with
June 27th Everything put ready for H.M.I. Gave a test Examination this morning.
July 1st Marked the Registers at 9-40 this morning to allow the children to get back early this afternoon.
1890 July 1st School Examinations. J. Bould. Assistant to H.M.I.
7th Sent in pauper account (4/2)
8th Called over registers this morning, 27 present. C.Wood.
11th Mr and Mrs Wood called yesterday afternoon accompanied by a lady visitor, the children sang and went through their drill. Admitted a little girl to the Infants Class this week. Joseph Bessant has left and gone to his mother who is living in London.
Her Majesty`s Inspector`s Report for 1889-90
July 22nd `The order is fairly satisfactory, and the reading and recitation were generally accurate, but there is a wanted expression in all the Standards and enough is not done to develop the children`s intelligence. The Grammar is fair in the second and third Standards, but weak in the Upper Standards. The handwriting should improve, and the mental arithmetic and singing are poor. The Infants class is fairly taught except as regards the Object lessons`.
Miss Snary, Certificated Mistress
Chs. Wood Clapton Rectory
30th Sent in a list of absentees on Monday to Mr Tipper.
31st Called over registers, 28 present in morning. C. Wood.
Aug 1st Today we break up for three weeks Summer Vacation.
25th Reopened School after the holidays, 27 present.
Received 4/2 for payment of pauper children.
Mr Tipper called and took list.
27th Called over registers and found all correct. (30 in morning)
Sept 5th We had a holiday on Wednesday to attend School treat, kindly given by the Rector, tea on the lawn, games, and in the evening prizes given.
Last Monday I gave certificate for learning to all who passed the Government Examination year.
12th Began two pieces of Examination needlework. Mrs Wood came in last Tuesday morning 11-o-clock, and took a class until closing time in the afternoon at 3-20. Miss Crowther came and took charge as I felt too ill to remain in school, she reported that the children were very quick and orderly and went on with their work well.
16th Visited the School. The Admittance Book should be kept posted up to date. J.R.Riddell.
Ass. To H.M.I.
19th Had a visit from Mrs Wood, Thursday. Made all the entries up in the Admittance book.
24th Examined and called over registers, 34 in morning. C.Wood.
29th Marked the registers at 9-o-clock to enable us to attend the wedding of Mr. Leonard Price with Miss Knee at 11-30 this morning.
Oct 3rd Mrs Wood called in yesterday.
10th Received our new Reading Books also kindergarden materials and boxes of Gifts. Sent via pauper account up to
Sept 26th /90 (3/-.)
23rd Called over names in morning and found correct, 27 in number. C.Wood.
29th Received attendance cards from the R.O. for Edward and Ada Bessant beginning at Oct 3rd. Admitted a boy to the IV Standard.
J. Frappell, one of my old scholars from Chelwood School.
Nov 3rd Received 3/- from Mr Lang for eight children.
6th Examined registers and called over names in afternoon, 29 in attendance.
14th Revd C.Wood came in for half an hour yesterday afternoon. Several of the elder boys away this week owing to the `shooting` season.
20th Rev. C. Wood called at 11-o-clock and remained until school closed.
21st Mrs Wood paid us a visit this morning. Attendance poor this afternoon owing to the rain.
28th Came to school and found only four children, on account of the heavy fall of snow, so closed school for the day as a good many children live a good distance from the school.
Dec 5th Sent Albert Vowles home for his school money this morning, his mother has kept them all home this afternoon.
The Jordans kept home owing to the death of a relative. Sent to Mr Tipper.
11th Several of the children in house ill this week with colds.
Mr Tipper called this afternoon and took list of absentees.
12th Called over registers in morning, 19 present and very cold weather. C.Wood.
15th No School this morning owing to the slippery state of the roads, only 20 this afternoon/
16th Roads almost like a sheet of glass this morning, 22 present.
18th Today closed school for a fortnights holiday.
Jan 5th School reopened with a very poor attendance owing to the slippery state of the roads.
13th Readmitted two children, Leonard and Lily Derrick, who are now come to live in the village.
Emily Shealman (the most advanced of my scholars) has left to live in Bristol. Sent in the account for pauper children up to Dec 26th )7/-).
23rd Attendance still low owing to the bad weather, and slippery roads.
30th Attendance much better this week. Matilda Vowles (Infant) withdrawn until the winter is over. Children presented me with a very pretty afternoon tea set for my birthday.
Feb 2nd Fred Derrick who has passed the examination? standards has left this week.
12th Called over registers this morning, 36 present. C. Wood.
13th A days holiday was given Monday by the kind permission of the Rector, to allow me to attend the wedding of my sister.
20th Children attendance better, average for the week.
27th We are to have a half days holiday this afternoon by kind permission of the Rector.
Mar 2nd Today I have sent in my notice of resignation as Mistress of this School after the Government Examination; owing to my services being required at home.
5th Examined registers and called over names and found all correct, 32 present. C. Wood.
Gave St. III, a longer Dictation, and St. IV and V longer. Composition Exercised, shall take Neutral ground 2- 2-30, Reading until 3-0-clock.
16th The school has been closed since Monday afternoon owing to a very heavy fall of snow rendering the roads being quite blocked up, even now some of the children from the outlying districts being unable to come.
26th Today we closed school for Easter until Tuesday morning.
31st Opened school this morning with 30 children.
Apr 2nd Called over names and examined registers in afternoon, 32 in no. C. Wood.
6th Joseph Frappell a IV Standard boy (who is now thirteen) has left school to go to work.
18th Sent in the account of pauper children up to March 27th - 7/4.
20th Admitted a child to the Infant Class Nellie Carey generally called Queenie.
24th Attendance rather better this week, 32·3.
27th Readmitted Matilda Vowles to the Infant Class.
29th Fred and Florence Urch home with Chicken pox.
30th Received 7/4 pauper money from Mr Lang. Discontinued fires in school.
May 4th Examined registers and called over names in morning, 32 in no. C. Wood.
6th The Rector called and brought in the Government Examination papers.
11th Frederick Knight returned to school Florrie still ill.
19th School not opened yesterday, owing to its being Whit- Monday, reopened this morning with 24 children.
28th Our Rector called in this afternoon to tell me the examination is fixed for June 19th.
29th Mr Wood paid us a visit this morning, remained until school closed. Frederick Knight returned to school this week, his sister not yet well.
10th Florrie Urch returned to school this week.
12th Owing to illness, I am to give a half holiday this afternoon.
16th Examined and called over registers in morning, 40 present.
1891 June 19th
Inspected the school.
C.H.B. Elliott. H.M.I.
22nd Rev and Mrs Wood called accompained by two visitors the Rev and Mrs Atkinson.
26th Received another visit from Mrs Wood and her visitors, Mrs Atkinson bought 5/3 worth of school needlework.
July 1st The Rector brought in the Duplicate Schedules.
6th Sent in account of pauper children up to June 23rd 8/6.
9th Mr Tipper called this afternoon to see about absentees.
10th Today I resigned my duties as Mistress of Clapton School.
E.J.Snary. 1st Class Certificate.
1890-91. Copy of Inspectors Report.
`There appears to be some improvement in the Arithmetic, but the work generally both in accuracy and intelligence falls decidedly below a fair level, the infants class especially requiring far more attention. The children behave nicely, although in small details the order should be more precise. One or more modern desks are needed and partitions should be set up in the offices.
The attention of the managers is required to Article 86. My Lords will look over more favourable report another year.
H.M.Inspector is unable to recommend the payment of the grant under Article 105 as the school has not been provided with an efficient staff throughout the school year.
The defect in the Offices noted by H.M.Inspector should be at once remedied`.
July 13th Chs. Wood Clapton Rectory. Correspondent.
Aug 10th Today I begin my duties as Mistress of Clapton School.
Bessie H. Bragg.
14th Rev: C and Mrs Wood called in on Monday morning. Have been unable to work according to the present time table during the week, but have made as little change as possible. Average attendance 33·2.
20th Ordinary routine during the week. Average attendance 35·8. A holiday is to be given tomorrow (Friday) for the annual treat.
28th Average attendance for the week 35. Rev:c and Mrs Wood visited the school on Monday morning and the Rev: C Wood again this morning.
31st Examined the Registers and called over names this morning, 39 in no. alright. C. Wood.
Sept 4th A new Time Table has been forwarded to H.M.Inspector for approval, and in the meantime, we are working the classes in the subjects they are most backward in-especially reading.
Attendance improving. Average for the week, 37·4.
Re: C Wood visited the school this morning. Have given Annie Smith (monitress) permission to stay at home this afternoon, as her mother is ill.
11th Attendance very poor - average only 30·4.
Rev: C Wood visited the school on Tuesday and sent the new reading books for the upper standards-viz `Swiss Family Robinson`, also drawing materials for all the standards.
18th The school attendance officer called on Monday afternoon. Rev: C Wood visited the school on Tuesday and Friday morning. Average attendance for the week, 34·3.
24th Owing to my indisposition a holiday is to be given tomorrow (Friday) by the kind permission of the Rector. Average for the week, 34·7.
Oct 2nd Ordinary school routine, Rev: C Wood visited the school twice. Attendance on Thursday very small owing to the incessant and heavy rain-only 18 being present in the morning. Average for the week 32·2.
6th A holiday was given today owing to the inclemency of the weather, very few children coming to school and those who did came to wet to remain.
9th Rev: C. and Mrs Wood visited the school on Wednesday morning. Average attendance for the week, 36.
23rd Usual school routine. Attendance good. Average for the week 39. Admitted George Vowles to the infant class.
26th Called over the names , examined the registers, 38 present in morning. Chs. Wood.
30th Ordinary routine. Average 37·6.
Nov 6th Average attendance for the week 38·5.
Rev: C and Mrs Wood visited the school this afternoon, and stayed during the singing lesson.
11th Have given Annie Smith permission to stay at home this afternoon as her mother is ill.
13th Ordinary school routine. Attendance very poor,- many of the children being away through illness. Average for the week only 34·4.
Mrs Wood visited the school on Wednesday morning, and Mr Tipper (S.A.O.) on Tuesday.
16th Attendance very poor owing to continued illness among the children-only 21 present this morning. Annie Smith (monitress) away ill.
18th Ordinary School routine. Attendance rather better, average for the week being 35. Received papers relative to drawing examinations.
25 Mar 1892
Visited the school
A report will be forwarded to the Managers.
C.H.B. Elliott. H.M.I.
28th Examined registers and called over names and found correct, 37 present. C.Wood.
April 1st Usual school routine. Average attendance, 35. Rev: C.Wood visited the school on Monday. Three children are leaving this week owing to their removal from the neighbourhood.
6th The Diocesan Scripture Examination is to take place this afternoon, consequently the register will not be marked.
8th The Attendance officer called yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. Rev: C.Wood visited the school on Wednesday morning. Average only 31·6.
11th The organising Master visited the school and examined the children this morning therefore the attendance's were not registered. A holiday was given in the afternoon.
Verbatim Copy of H.M.Inspectors report referred to Mar 25th 1892.
` The younger children were preparing for Scripture Examination during the time set apart on the Time Table for secular instruction. There is no copy of the `Conscience Clause` in the School, this should be at once provided.
I am directed to warn the managers that in future greater supervision should be exercised in order that any infringement of the Time Table may be prevented`. C.Wood.Correspondent
19th We close this morning for the Easter holidays. Rev: C. and Mrs Wood visited the school yesterday (Tuesday) morning. Attendance very poor-average only 27.
20th Reassembled this morning, only 28 children present. Admitted one new scholar.
22nd Attendance for the week poor. Average 30.
25th Examined registers and called over names and found all correct, 38 present. C. Wood.
29th A half holiday is to be given this afternoon by the permission of the Rector. The school attendance officer called on Tuesday afternoon. Rev: C Wood visited the school on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Attendance better-average for the week being 35·8. Rev: C Wood brought in the Government papers regarding the annual examination.
May 6th ordinary school routine. Rev: C Wood visited the school on Tuesday morning. Average for the week 32·6.
11th Drawing examination took place this morning.
13th Attendance this week rather better, average being 35·3. Rev: C Wood visited the school on Monday and Wednesday.
20th Usual school routine. Average 37. School attendance officer called on Tuesday. Rev: C Wood visited the school on Thursday afternoon.
24th Called over registers this morning, 30 present. C.Wood.
27th Attendance poor-average only 33·4.
Rev: C wood visited the school on Tuesday.
30th Annie Young has come to school this morning after an absence of nearly three weeks.
June 4th Ordinary school routine. Attendance good. Rev: C Wood visited the school on Friday morning.
10th June 1892
J.Bould. Ass. To H.M.I.
List of Object Lessons Submitted to H.M.I. for approval.
1. The Cow 16. Building of a House
2. The Horse 17. A Cart
3. The Sheep 18. A Candle
4. The Pig 19 Springs and Streams
5. The Game 20. Flowers
6. The Spider 21. Trees
7. The Bee 22. Cabbage
8. Birds 23. Carrot
9.The Bat 24. Wheat
10. The Cuckoo 25. A Farm
11. The Swail
12. The Clock
13. The Forge
15. A Ship
Pieces for Recitation.
`Horatins` Standards IV V & VI
` The Village Blacksmith`
`Compassion` Standards II & III
`Good Night and Good Morning` (St. I & Infants).
June 10th A half holiday given to the children and also the whole of next week to be ducted from the usual summer holidays. Average 38·7.
24th A half holiday was given on Monday on account of the Portishead regatta. On Thursday morning I was obliged to sent home the few children who came as their clothes were too wet for them to sit in. Ordinary school routine. Average 37·6. Received the Report from the Science and Art Department.
30th Examined Registers and called over names. 35 present in morning. C.Wood.
July 1st Usual school routine. Rev: C and Mrs Wood visited the school on Thursday morning. Average for the week 35·2.
6th This afternoon I have departed from the Time Table for the girls and they have taken Arithmetic for the first lesson instead of needlework.
8th Sent names of irregular children to school attendance officer on Monday the 4th. Average for the week 34. Rev: C and Mrs Wood called this morning.
15th Usual school routine. Average 32·1. Several children kept at home to assist with the hay-making; and fruit gathering.
Copy of H.M.Inspectors Report for 1891-2
`The school is in good order and has improved during the year. The Reading, Recitation, and Handwriting have been carefully taught and much of the Arithmetic is neat and accurate, but the Spelling of the II & III standards is weak and easy problems are not well done in the upper standards. The English passes fairly and the Singing and Drill are fairly good, the children are old for their respective classes and the numbers in the higher standards is very small. The infants are kindly taught, and are making fair progress. They should be encouraged to answer questions in simple sentences and phrases and the kindergarden exercises should be more accurate. Some suitable desks should be at once provided for their use, the present furniture is most inconvenient for them`.
20th As the girls have finished up all the needlework in hand, they are taking the same lessons as the boys, as it is not thought expedient to begin new work before the holidays as they are so near.
22nd Average for the week 33. Mr Tipper school attendance officer called in Wednesday morning.
28th Examined Registers and called over names and found correct. 28 present in morning. C.Wood.
28th Ordinary school routine. Rev: C Wood visited the children this morning. Average 31. We closed school today for the summer holidays.
Aug 22nd Reassembled today. Attendance very poor several of the older boys being kept away to work.
26th Attendance for the week very poor, the average for the being 31·2. This afternoon the new desks were brought, two infant desks and one for the older children.
29th No school was held today. Owing to the very heavy rain very few children came, and those who did attend were too wet to be allowed to sit in their wet garments, so were sent home again.
30th Attendance very poor. Average for the week being only 32·7.
Sept 2nd Rev: C and Mrs Wood accompanied by the Rev: J and Mrs James, visited the school on Tuesday morning. Julia Vowles has left.
7th A half holiday was given this afternoon as a great number of children were going to Portbury Harvest Festival.
9th Ordinary school routine. Attendance rather better. Average for the week 34·3.
13th As the monitress is away through illness today. I am unable to work strictly according to the `time table`.
16th Average for the week 33·5. Rev: C Wood visited the school on Tuesday and Friday.
30th Ordinary school routine. Rev: C Wood visited the schoolon Wednesday. Attendance poor. Have sent names of irregular children today to the School attendance officer.
Average for the week 31·8. 82%.
29th Examined Registers and called over names, all correct. 37 attendance's in morning. C.Wood.
30th Attendance very poor still many of the older boys being kept at home to work. Average only 31·6.
Rev: and Mrs Wood visited the school on Thursday morning.
Oct 3rd Sent Bertie Carey home this morning as he has ring worm on his face.
7th A half holiday is to be given this afternoon so that the school room may be cleaned. Coal and Wood were brought in this morning. Rev: C Wood visited the school on Wednesday. Attendance for the week very poor-average 27·4.
10th School attendance officer called. Four children have left
today as they will be leaving Clapton this week.
11th Admitted Herbert Knight. Began fires today.
14th Attendance very poor this morning, only 19 being present owing to the heavy rain. Average for the week 27·6.
18th A half holiday was given this afternoon.
21st Attendance very bad- Average for the week only 25·4. Have sent a list of irregular children to school attendance officer.
26th Examined Registers and called over names and found all correct, 28 present in morning. C.Wood.
28th Average for the week 29. Sent the names of irregular children to Mr Tipper. Rev: and Mrs Wood called on Wednesday morning.
Nov 4th Average for the week 31·2. Mrs Wood called on Thursday afternoon.
7th Admitted Daisy Bessant a child of weak intelligence who is unable to work with standard children. Herbert knight, aged four, is withdrawn for the winter months, being too delicate to attend.
11th As I am giving the III IV &V an examination this morning (the first for the present school year) we are unable to keep strictly to the time-table. Average attendance for the week, 30·3.
14th Coal and Wood have been brought in this morning.
Mr Tipper, school attendance officer called this afternoon and took list of most irregular children.
18th Ordinary school routine. Average attendance for the week, 30·7.
22nd Children`s names called over in the afternoon and found correct, 35 in numbers. C.Wood.
Memorandum, During the winter months it is thought desirable to mark the registers in the afternoon at 1-45 instead of 2pm on account of the shortness days. C.Wood.
25th Mr Tipper school attendance officer called on Tuesday afternoon. Only one child was absent, and he, having passed Class IV is exempt from attending.Rev: C and Mrs Wood also visited the school on Tuesday afternoon. Average for the week 31·5.
Dec 9th Having given the monitress permission to stay away this afternoon in order to attend a funeral, have not taken needlework with the girls for the first lesson according to the Time Table, but arithmetic. Rev: C and Mrs Wood called on Thursday afternoon.
15th Being too ill to remain in school I have marked
the registers and set the classes to work. Leaving them under the supervision of the monitress.
16th Wood and coal were brought in on Wednesday
14th Attendance for the week poor, several children being away with bad colds. Mr Tipper (school attendance officer) called yesterday and took names of most irregular children. Average for the week 28·1.
22nd By kind permission of the Rector I am leaving school this
morning to the charge of monitress.
Registers marked and ordinary school work going on.
We closed school this afternoon for the Christmas holidays.
1893 Jan 2nd
Reassembled this morning after the holiday. Attendance small, only 21 present. Several children away ill. A half holiday was given this afternoon as the greater number of the children were going to a tea-meeting and Christmas treat.
6th Ordinary school routine. Attendance very small, the average for the week being only 23·3.
11th Owing to the slippery state of the roads the school was closed on Monday afternoon and all day yesterday (Tuesday). Attendance this morning better 25 being present.
13th The attendance has been very poor this week owing to the bad state of the roads rendering it impossible for children living at a distance to attend. Mr Tipper called on Thursday.
16th Owing to the slippery state of roads the children are unable to attend and the school has not been held today.
19th Called over Registers and examined them and found all correct, 32 in morning. C.Wood.
20th Attendance better-average for the week being 30·1.
Wood and coal were brought in on Wednesday 18th inst.
24th Rev: C Wood visited the school this morning and brought copy books for all the standards.
27th Average attendance for the week 28·8. Several children away ill.
Feb 3rd Attendance still very poor, average for the week being only 26·7.
School attendance officer called on Monday morning.
10th Attendance still very poor. The Bessants are still absent-forbidden by the doctor to attend. Average for the week 27·3. Rev: C Wood visited the school this morning.
13th This afternoon the girls have taken Arithmetic for the first lesson instead of needle-work.
17th Ordinary school routine. Attendance still very poor, several children absent through illness. Average for the week only 25·8.
Wood and coal were brought in today.
Received notice this morning of the Diocesan examination-to be held March 6th.
24th Ordinary school routine. Attendance very poor. Sent list of most irregular children to Mr Tipper on Monday, but with no apparent result.
By the permission of the rector I am leaving the school in charge of monitress for the last hour this afternoon.
28th Called over names and found Registers correct, 25 in morning. C.Wood
Mar 2nd The school was closed today to allow the monitress and several of the older scholars to attend the Confirmation at Portbury.
6th Diocesan examination this morning therefore the Registers have not been marked. Half holiday is to be given this afternoon.
7th The Bessants are still away owing to an infectious skin disease.
10th Ordinary school routine. Attendance still very poor-average for the week 24·3. Rev: C Wood visited the school this morning.
13th Rev: C Wood called this morning. Filled in form for Science and Art Department relative and Drawing examination.
17th As I am examining Standards III, IV and V, we are not in those standards, working to the Time Table.
Average attendance for the week 26·2.
22nd Wood and coal were brought in. As several of the children are going to a tea party this afternoon. No Scripture lesson was given this morning but the ordinary secular work taken for the first two hours and the lessons taken until 1-o-clock, with an interval of 15 minutes.
30th Attendance poor-several children away ill. Average for the week 26·8. School attendance officer called yesterday.
We close school for the Easter holidays.
April 4th Reassembled this morning. Only 22 present.
7th Ordinary school routine.
Average 24·7. Sent list of irregular children to Mr Tipper.
10th By permission of the Rector, I am leaving school this afternoon in the charge of the monitress as I am obliged to go the dentist.
14th Ordinary school routine. John Hardwick away with whooping cough. Average for the week 28·2.
20th Examined registers and called over names, 24 in morning.
21st Attendance very poor indeed. Average only 23. Several children away with whooping cough and mumps.
27th As I am examining the Standards, we are unable to keep strictly to the Time Table.
28th Attendance still very poor-average for the week only 23. Several children still ill with mumps and whooping cough. School attendance officer called yesterday.
May 2nd Received Government examination schedules from Rev: C Wood.
3rd Ernest Knight, who has left last June, immediately after the Government examination, and has been at work since, has today returned to school. I have put him in Standard V but he seems to have quite forgotten the work of that Standard.
5th Attendance better, average for the week 28·8.
11th As I have given the monitress a half holiday today, I am unable to work strictly to the Time Table.
12th Ordinary school routine. Average for the week, 28·6.
16th Annie Smith, the monitress is very poorly-she thinks she has the mumps. I have therefore sent her home, and told her, if not better, to stay at home for a few days.
19th The girls have taken arithmetic for the first lesson this afternoon, instead of needlework. Monitress still away ill. Average attendance for the week, 27·6.
24th Reassembled today after two days holiday for Whitsuntide.
25th Examined Registers and called over names and found all correct, 30 in morning. C. Wood.
29th Marked and closed Registers at 9 am and dismissed at 11-30 in order to get ready for the drawing examination which is to be held this afternoon. Registers not marked in the afternoon. Boys only attended for Drawing examination.
31st A half holiday was given this afternoon.
June 2nd Ordinary school routine. Average 27·5. School Attendance Officer called.
9th Ordinary school routine. Average 27·8.
15th By permission of the Rector the Registers were marked and closed at 9-11-30 am and school kept in till 1-30 with an interval of 30 minuets.
16th Attendance for the week poor, average being only 25·8. Rev: C Wood visited the school on Thursday morning. Seven children absent with mumps.
19th So few children were present this afternoon, that it was thought advisable not to keep them. Two or three fresh cases of mumps.
22nd Called over names this morning, only 17 present in consequence therebeing `mumps` in the parish. C.Wood.
A half holiday is to be given tomorrow, so that the school-room may be cleaned. Average for the week only 19.
30th Ordinary school routine. Attendance good-average 32.
4th July 1893
Ass. To H.M.I.
A half holiday given this afternoon.
July 5th As there are several children ill, it has been thought desirable to close school for the remainder of the week. Average 29·2.
11th A half holiday was given this afternoon.
14th Holiday given on Thursday and Friday on account of Bazaar. Average 26·1.
21st Called over names in morning 23 present. Allright.C.Wood.
Half holiday was given this afternoon, also Wednesday afternoon owing to the heavy rain, the few children who did come to school, were not in a fit condition to remain. Average for the week, 25.
26th Owing to violent neuralgia I was obliged to be away from school this afternoon. Registers were marked, and usual lessons taken.
Copy of H.M.Inspectors Report for 1892-3
`The discipline`s creditable, but the want of a classroom interferes with the organisation. The Children are very old for their respective classes but the work goes fairly satisfactory, except that the third, fourth and fifth Standards are weak within Spelling, and the problems in Arithmetic were not successfully attempted. The English and the instruction of the infants class are also fair.
28th The school closes today for the summer holidays, to reassemble on August 28th.
I resign my duties as mistress. Bessie H Bragg. Certificated Teacher.
I Edith Arthur, commenced my duties as Certificated Mistress of Clapton National School.
Herbert Carey brought his little brother for this morning.
Thomas Derrick came too late to receive an attendance mark this afternoon.
30th Holiday given on account of the children`s school treat, kindly given by Mrs Wood.
Sept 4th Have made a slight alteration in the Time Table by a footnote.
5th Attendance poor this afternoon only 20 being present. Three children from the Knight family came in at 2-25 p.m. Their clock having stopped. Rev.C. Wood and Mrs Wood visited today.
6th Miss Bennett came for John Hardwick to leave school this morning at 11-o-clock to have his photograph taken. John Hardwick has returned again at 11-15 and says that Miss Bennett is not going to photograph him today as she has altered her mind and plan.
Six children came too late again this afternoon. One boy having gone up in the baker`s cart.
11th Rev. C Wood visited this morning.
12th Mrs Crowther visited this morning and also the Rev. C.Wood the latter looked over the children`s writing and arithmetic.
13th Sept 1893
Visited the School
Ass. To H.M.I.
15th Have drawn out a rough Time Table and am working by it to try it. Rev.C.Wood visited this morning and helped Standard I and II in Arithmetic.
18th Harry Miles came too late this afternoon.
19th Mr. Wood visited this morning. Very poor attendance this afternoon, partly owing to wet weather but William and Nellie Shore came again too late.
20th Only 19 children this afternoon owing to Portbury Harvest Festival.
22nd Small attendance again this afternoon owing to a rather heavy thunder storm, I think.
25th A new little infant came today, her name to be entered tomorrow.
27th Called over names and examined Registers and found all correct, 26 in morning. Chs Wood.
28th Little Harry Miles too late this afternoon. Daisy Bessant sent home playtime as she did not feel well.
29th Harry Miles too late. Thomas Bessant left school at 11-o-clock this morning.
Oct 4th Rev. C and Mrs Wood visited this morning. I had a fire lit for this afternoon as it rained and the children may come in wet.
6th Received some coal this morning.
11th Rev.C.Wood visited this morning and remained until school was dismissed.
12th The New Time Table has been approved of. I have nailed it up and am working by it.
19th Rev.C.Wood visited this morning and brought in some new books, slates etc.
20th Children are singing hymans until9-50 this morning. Few children owing to a ploughing match.
24th Only 16 children present this afternoon.
25th Rev. C.Wood visited this afternoon.
31st Examined Registers and called over names in morning,21 present. C.Wood.
Children took writing second lesson this afternoon.
Nov 3rd Harry Miles -came too late again this morning.
8th Miss Kitchen did not come to light the fire and prepare the room, this morning being severely cold too, the reason is illness, I believe. The Rev C Wood visited this morning.
13th Mr Lang the attendance officer visited this afternoon.
14th Daisy Bessant left school at playtime this morning.
21st Mildred and Marie Jordan returned to school this morning after a long absence through illness.
Harry Miles and Mildred and Marie Jordan came too late to receive a mark of attendance this afternoon.
24th Rev. C Wood visited this morning and had two of the ventilators stopped up a little.
27th Annie came at 9-30 this morning as her grandmother is seriously ill and I am going to excuse her from the Scripture Lesson for a time.
28th Mr and Mrs Wood visited this afternoon.
29th Annie away ill this morning. Her sister Alice is taking the infants for a part of the morning and Johnnie Hardwick for the remainder.
Lillian Burton taking the infants the first part of this afternoon and myself for singing.
30th Called over names and examined registers in morning, 28 in morning. C.Wood.
Dec 1st Mr and Mrs Wood visited this afternoon and asked me for a list of things required, and also said the average attendance last quarter was dreadful, but that it was improving now.
7th Received some Kindergarden Material for infants.
12th Very wet morning and few children.
William and Nellie Shore too late to be marked. Very stormy still this afternoon-only 9 children present. I have therefore closed the school.
14th Rev. C. Wood visited this morning and said we had better close school for holidays, Thursday morning and have the following week as well.
18th Johnnie Hardwick brought a pair of boots and also Gilbert Court brought a pair of boots to give to some younger children not so well off in the school.
20th Examined registers and called over names and found all correct, 22 present. C.Wood.
21st We close school this afternoon for Christmas Holidays. Children have a scramble of sweets, nuts, etc:-
Jan 1st A half holiday today being New Year`s Day.
Three children from the Carey family came in at 5 past 10 this morning their excuse being a late breakfast.
Tommy Derrick came in at 2-15 this afternoon, his mother not being home before.
3rd We are going to have Singing for the 2nd lesson this afternoon as my brother is coming in to hear .
4th Daisy Bessant left school at playtime this morning., therefore her mark of attendance is cancelled.
5th A snowstorm this morning only seven children came and their shoes were wet so I closed school for the morning also for the afternoon.
8th I have made a slight alteration in the Time Table by altering the time for the registers to be closed viz; at 2 p.m. instead of 1-50.
Mrs Wood kindly gave some logs of wood which we really were in want of on the 5th.
10 & 11th The girls in the upper standards partly cut out their work for the examination.
15th Gilbert and Walter Court went home to dinner and came in a few minuets too late to be marked this afternoon.
16th Ivo Harrington came too late this afternoon, his mother having sent him to Portishead since school this morning.
24th Have marked two girls in the wrong column this morning in mistake.
24th Called over names and examined registers this morning only 20 present. C.Wood.
25th Mrs Derrick (Tommy Derrick`s Grandmother) came to ask permission for Tommy to stay at home for a few days as his mother is ill. There is now so much sickness among the children.
26th Jan 1894
Visited the school. Some more pegs are needed for the hats and jackets, and the unused benches, which give the school an untidy appearance, should be kept elsewhere during the week.
31st Lilly Derrick came in too late to receive a mark for attendance this afternoon.
Feb 2nd Neither Annie or her sister or cousins are here this morning. I think it is owing to her grandmother having passed away last evening.
Lilly Burton is taking the infants for the first lesson this morning and also for this afternoons first lesson.
6th Rev. C Wood came in to see the blinds being put in repair and brought in some ink.
7th Received some coal this morning.
8th Annie absent today to attend her grandmother`s funeral. Some from the upper standards taking infants for different lessons.
9th The average this week 23·8.
The children have attended so much better since H.M.I. visit here.
13th Received some exercise books and drawing paper.
14th Agnes Knight and Lilly Philips came late this afternoon.
Mildred and Marie Jordan also late.
16th A holiday today as the room is wanted for Mrs Wood`s Christmas Party and Bible Class Tea.
19th Lillian Philips left school at play time this morning.
23rd Visited the school called over names and examined registers, 24 present. C.Wood.
Mr Wood has told me that the attendance officer will bring in attendance cards for the parents to state on them the reason of their children`s absence.
25th My brother Willie came in this afternoon and took the singing until five to four.
28th Hilda Derrick came too late to be marked.
May 1st Mildred and Marie Jordan again came too late to be marked.
2nd I gave an examination of the standards this morning and finished with Standard I this afternoon.
5th Four children late this afternoon.
7th Tommy and Hilda Derrick both late again.
9th Received some coal this morning.
16th Mrs Bessant came down and complained of Ada being punished. I examined the Standards today and find the children improving in their Writing.
20th Ivo Harrington asked permission and left at 3-30 this afternoon, therefore his mark of attendance is cancelled.
21st Examined registers and called over names, 28 present. C.Wood.
22nd Closed school today for Easter Holidays.
April 2nd School reopened. I have not left a week`s space for the Easter Holidays in the register.
4th Annie away this afternoon to attend a funeral. Only 17 present. Some children children have stayed away for the same reason. I believe.
5th H.Miles came at five past two this afternoon.
10th Have altered the Time Table to allow for Recreation etc; afternoons.
12th A holiday today as I have to seek another post.
13th Marie Collins and Andrew Collins and Walter Court came too late this afternoon.
Gilbert Court has just come too late as well. They could not come before because they had a cow bad.
I examined the children today.
15th Emily Durbin has brought her little sister for this morning and this afternoon, also she is not yet three years of age yet.
17th E.Durbin has brought her little sister again, her mother being out to work.
18th Charles and Frank Derrick too late this morning.
20th Called over names and examined Registers and found correct, 29 present. C.Wood.
23rd The school-room has been scrubbed today, Monday.
Very wet today, only 18 this afternoon being present.
H.Miles and Maria Collins both late, they could not have dinner before as it was their mother`s washing day.
24th Marie and Andrew Collins late. Their excuse being that their mother hadn`t their dinner ready earlier.
27th No fire in school today.
Rev. C. Wood called this morning with the Government forms.
May 1st Have allowed in the Time Table for Standards. I.II & III to have Object Lessons.
Marie and Andrew Collins both late again.
3rd Have marked two boys for this afternoon by mistake. Received some coal this morning and have a fire again in the school room.
4th Teddie Bessant is a naughty boy so I have sent him in the infant class for his lessons. No singing Lesson this afternoon as I have such a cough, am letting the Children do Recitation instead.
7th Harry Miles came at five past two this afternoon.
8th Received the New Code, some kindergarden materials, some foolscap paper and some blotting paper. I examined the Standards today.
I.Knight and I. Harrington have not done well and G. Court did the best in sums.
9th Maria Collins too late this afternoon.
Received three new registers and a new summary. I examined the infants this morning. Rather stormy this afternoon, only 20 present.
11th Closed school for Whitsuntide Holidays.
16th School reopened this morning.
18th I examined Standard I and II this morning and Standard IV in Arithmetic this afternoon.
21st School close today as the windows are being painted (Monday) and the room smells of paint so much that I was afraid it was not fit for children to stay.
23rd Ivo Harrington just 2 minuets too late this morning.
24th Bertie Carey came for Joseph this morning to take him to Clevedon for a drive.
Charlie Derrick is a naughty boy and has to remain in playtime.
28th H.Miles too late this afternoon as his mamma went out and put the key in the rabbits hutch.
1894 May 29th
29th Examined Registers and called over names and found all correct. C.Wood.
30th Drawing Examination this afternoon.
June 4th Very wet today and we only have a few children.
5th Mildred and Maria Jordan both came to late to receive a mark of attendance this afternoon.
6th Charles Derrick is a naughty boy and has to remain in playtime.
7th Herbert Carey too late, had to go on two errands previous to school. His mother wished him to return home if too late to be marked.
8th I examined the standards this morning. The top class have not done well in Sums. Have kept them back after school for Sums and I examined them again this afternoon in this subject.
14th Mildred and Marie Jordan both came too late this afternoon.
15th A half holiday for the room to be cleaned.
18th W.Shore has wasted his time this morning and hasn`t any sums correct.
Marie and Andrew Collins both late this afternoon.
19th Top Class and Standards are singing the last lesson this afternoon.
20th Charles Derrick is wilfully disobedient, this morning.
21st Called over names in the afternoon and found correct, 23 present.
1894 June 22nd
Examined the School.
J.Bould. Ass. To H.M.I.
A half holiday this afternoon.
25th A holiday today.
26th Children remained in from play for a week for playing in the road instead of the play ground last week.
Charles Derrick left school at a quarter to four to take his father`s tea.