By Robert Elverstone
Following the 1870 Forster common schooling Act, Albert highway Board institution in Leicestershire opened on 2d September 1878 with an ordinary position of 500 youngsters. Drawn from the first-hand accouns of the headmasters within the institution log books, this booklet information the illnesses and diseases suffered; the fight of neighborhood households to feed and dress their teenagers, in particular in the course of tricky time of strike and battle; the advent of vaccinations and the college health and wellbeing inspector; the coming of the phone and electrical lights; and reviews in regards to the curriculum, employees and relaxation actions. occasionally funny and infrequently unhappy, daily life is captured the following: from debts of overcrowded study rooms and corporal punishment, to squabbles approximately tending the school room fires. This e-book captures the truth of existence at this Victorian tuition and is a needs to for neighborhood and relatives historians alike.
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I could not make her understand that in consequence of their so frequently coming after the registers were closed they were marked absent. Miss Buckler complained of the same thing this afternoon. ’ August 19th: Gave an exam to the pupil teachers this week and sent in the papers to the Board. Miss Dudley’s history and Miss Treaddell’s geography was not well done. August 23rd: Applied to the Board for a week more holiday, which they have been kind enough to grant. September 11th: Commenced work again this morning.
June 26th: Mistress absent from lessons this morning through illness. The timetable has not been strictly followed this afternoon, owing to a mistake of one of the pupil teachers. June 30th: Lily Kiddle been absent since Monday, bypermission, to go to the seaside. At ten o’clock this morning Mary Parker sent home because she was told to take a lower class than ordinarily. Shortly after her mother came up. After an explanation Mary came back. Sarah Riddington left school this afternoon at half past three, by permission.
February 1st: School visited by Mr Kiddle who advised me to write to the Board and apply for another teacher as Mary Wright is not suitable and she seems so little adapted for school work. February 4th: This afternoon sent a child back for her money as there were two weeks owing for. When the mother came, and after a deal of abusive language, she refused to pay the school pence. February 5th: Holly Goode at school this morning without her pence. Sent her home this afternoon for it and refused to have her till it is sent.
Absent Through Want of Boots. Diary of a Victorian School in Leicestershire by Robert Elverstone