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Report by the Rev. John Allen on Schools in the Counties of Bucks,
Hants, Herts, Kent, Surrey, and Wilts.
Privy Council Office, London,
29th January, 1847. I have the honour to submit to your Lordships a Report of schools in my district inspected by me during the year 1846. On account of the time taken up in tabularising the results obtained from schools inspected in 1845, and on account of the additional Report of schools in the diocese of St. David's, and from other causes, the number of schools visited by me in 1846 has not equalled the number of those visited in 1845. It will appear from the following tables that the whole number of schools visited by me in my district during the past year is 235; of these, 50 are infant-schools, in rooms fitted with a gallery, all (with the exception of that at Croydon) under mistresses; 72 are schools for older children under mistresses; 43 are schools under a master, assisted by a sewing-mistress for the girls; and 70 are schools in which boys and girls are taught apart, under a master and mistress. If the schools in this last class be counted as double schools, the entire number of schools now to be reported on by me may be reckoned at 305.
The names of these schools, arranged in four classes as above, according to counties, alphabetically, together with the more important facts observed in reference to them, are exhibited in the following tables.
£. s. d. £. $. d. £. s. d. £. s. d. £. $. d. £. S. d.
10 0 0 6 0 0 10 0 0 know a good deal of Scripture; are taught the Catechism with pains. Girls also have learned a good deal of Scripture. Singing good, taught on Hullali's method. Master appears to do his work with pains, intelligence, and success. Three-quarters of an acre of ground enclosed round the infant-school, in which 12 of the elder boys have allot
in which Boys and Girls are taught apart.
Saviour, and some of the “Faith and Duty ;" but otherwise there is room for improve-
orderly. Room for improvement in the discipline. Instruction improved since last inspection;
the two lower classes of boys and the lowest class of girls ought to be in an infant
school. I recommended the use of good secular reading-books.
ledge of Scripture very pleasing. Writing, reading, and arithmetic good. Mulhauser's
gues, accurate; singing good ; writing fair.
Examination incomplete from want of time.
O Instruction somewhat scanty; better in the girls' school than in the boys' school. The
religious instruction of the girls pleasing. Writing good. Instruction in the boys' school very satisfactory; the children are, in all respects, taught
with intelligence. Arithmetic very good. The girls' school has recently had a change
of teachers, and is improving. Examination of the girls incomplete from want of time. Instruction in the boys' school much improved since last inspection. Room for improve.
ment in the girls' school. Boys' schoolroom dilapidated ; needs a boarded floor sadly.
Master trained at Chichester ; intelligent.
most advanced children. The upper class have learned the “ Faith and Duty." Ex
cellent building, except that the floor is of brick. 5 0 0 Girls clean; boys in fair order. The school has only been at work 18 months. Building
good; but the boys' school has a brick floor. £18 Discipline good. Instruction very satisfactory. Great pains taken in instructing the chilRewards. dren in the doctrines of the Church of England, and the grounds from Scripture for
those doctrines. A pressing need for new school-rooms. £10 Pension A residence for the teacher built by the lord of the manor since the last inspection.
to late Teachers changed. A prospect of improvement in the instruction. Master.
Children clean, quiet, and properly classed. Boys compose well, write well, read fairly ;
ments. Discipline good. Instruction of the girls very satisfactory; they are taught the Scriptures
with intelligence, care, and reverence. Some good exercises in composition. Only first class of boys examined, a new master having been appointed within the last few
weeks, and time running short. Instruction highly satisfactory; first class read well, and recite pieces: are not exercised
in composition : what is done in aritbmetic is well done. Knowledge of Scripture and intelligence very pleasing; the use of the Irish school-books has tended much to raise the intelligence of the children. Discipline very satisfactory; apparently greatly helped by the skill attained in music. Ad evening school for 30 young persous.