By Robert Elverstone

Following the 1870 Forster simple schooling Act, Albert street Board college in Leicestershire opened on second September 1878 with a normal function of 500 young ones. Drawn from the first-hand accouns of the headmasters within the institution log books, this booklet information the ailments and illnesses suffered; the fight of neighborhood households to feed and dress their little ones, particularly in the course of tricky time of strike and conflict; the creation of vaccinations and the varsity health and wellbeing inspector; the coming of the phone and electrical lighting fixtures; and reviews in regards to the curriculum, employees and rest actions. occasionally funny and infrequently unhappy, lifestyle is captured the following: from money owed of overcrowded school rooms and corporal punishment, to squabbles approximately tending the school room fires. This e-book captures the truth of lifestyles at this Victorian tuition and is a needs to for neighborhood and relatives historians alike.

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It was found this morning, upon the investigation of the affair, that three of the teachers were guilty. They were reprimanded very severely and also told what the consequences would be, did such a thing ever occur again. ’ Consequently she was absent. The letter further went on to say she (Mrs Wills) was hoping so much would not have been said. She had said enough herself, evidently considering that the Mistress ought not to correct the girl for bad conduct in school. 1883 May 28th: Miss Scanlon absent with ringworm.

The Scholarship Examination commences on Monday next, consequently she will be away from school. Permission has been granted for her to stay in London during the following week also. Another complaint has been made this week about Annie E. Knight beating the children. She has to be constantly told of it. July 5th: Mary Parker reprimanded this afternoon for striking a child. One of the babies fell off the bed this morning and bruised its forehead. It has not been possible to strictly follow the timetable during the absence of Sarah and Lily.

This morning received note from her mother which stated that she will not pay what is owing. Further saying that if Ada were sent home again she would be kept until sent after. She was accordingly sent back home with a message for her mother to come up and set matters straight which had no effect. May 19th: Annie E. Knight absent from lessons this morning, excuse: indisposition. A child sent home ill this afternoon. Several children are away from school ill: scarlet fever is prevalent. May 22nd: Polly absent from lessons this morning.

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