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Results of The following Table contains a tabulated statement of the results of my last exami- last examination, similar to those which have been given in my former nation,
Candidates The following were the eight candidates for the Central School whom I
Alfred Murray Chatham.
The Lords of the Admiralty, taking into account the small annual number of vacancies in the office of leading man, have determined not to admit any candidates to the Central School during the present year.
Six students have completed their terms of residence at that school; but it has not yet been determined how to dispose of these young men.
Besides the apprentices whose names I have given, the following have Other apacquitted themselves well in their examinations; some of them, indeed, prentices better than those who were re-examined at Portsmouth, with whom they were quitted disqualified from competing by not being in the prescribed year of their themselves
:} Woolwich. On the whole, I have a confidence in reporting to your Lordships that Conclusiou. the discipline of the schools, heretofore so difficult, is now easily maintained; that the apprentices are advancing in knowledge, a large proportion of them having learned to appreciate and to value it ; and that the prejudices of the workmen themselves have, as I am credibly informed, given way.
I have the honor to be, &c.,
HENRY Moseley. To the Right Honorable
The Lords of the Committee of Council Education.
REPORTS ON NORMAL SCHOOLS.
Rev. H. MOSELEY's SpeciAL REPORTS on the MALE
TRAINING Schools of the Church OF ENGLAND.
Special Report, by Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools, the Rev. HENRY MOSELEY, M.A., F.R.S., &c., on the Church of England Training School, at Worcester, for School
masters for the Diocese of Worcester. MY LORDS,
Wandsworth, 14th September 1852. In compliance with your Lordships' instructions, I visited the Worcester Training School on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 7th and 8th instant, accompanied by Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools, the Rev. H. W. Bellairs.
The institution is situated in the parish of Saltley, near the line of the North-western railway, about two miles from the Birmingham station, on a hill, and surrounded by fields, but in a direction towards which Birmingham is rapidly extending, so that Saltley will soon be included in it as a suburb. The parish has been recently formed, and the (new) church stands near the training school. As a considerable population is collecting around the training school, the means of filling a practising school from the immediate neighbourhood will probably soon be supplied. At present the scholars of that school must come from dwellings scattered over an area of from one to two miles round the school. I entertain no doubt, however, of an abundance of scholars, whenever the reputation of such a school shall be established. In adverting to the elevated healthy character of the site, I cannot but bear testimony to the importance which appears to me to attach to a selection made with reference to those characteristics, and the more so as the grounds are destined to be surrounded by houses. The building is in the form of a quadrangle.
of a quadrangle. The front, which is towards the north, and three stories high, is destined for the training school. The other sides were erected for a middle school. These remain unfinished internally, excepting that the Principal's house, which forms a portion of one of them, is completed. The material of the building is a hard sandstone of the country, with Bath-stone facings. The character of the architecture is massive and severe, the masonry good, and the elevation simple and beautiful.
The site covers five acres, of which three belong to the training school, and the rest to the middle school, which is a separate foundation, Between the premises of the training
Exterior of building.
school and the railway there are two acres of land which it is desirable to add to the site, for other reasons, and because there stands on them a low public house, which it would be well to get rid of. Three quarters of an acre only of the site is at present set apart for a garden ; the rest, except that occupied by the building and its approaches, is meadow land. A site has been marked out for a chapel, but none has yet been erected. A plot has also been marked out for a botanical garden, the Principal being desirous to cultivate in the students a taste for botany and horticulture. A corridor runs round the internal area of the quadrangle, Interior of
. giving access to the lecture-rooms. The offices, which occupy the western angle of the front, are spacious, and well fitted up, and their separation internally from the rest of the building is complete. The lecture-rooms and class-rooms are well adapted to their uses, and conveniently arranged. The dormitories, of which there are two, run along the whole length of the front. They are divided by partitions into separate sleeping apartments, each seven feet by nine and a half. The par titions are about eight feet high; but they do not reach to the ceiling, which is about ten feet high. At the eastern extremity of each dormitory is a suite of apartments for a master, and contiguous to it a bath-room and a sick ward.
It was a matter of great regret to us to find the ventilation Defective of the building very inadequately provided for. Excavations had been made under the basement story, and flues had been built in the walls, for introducing Sylvester's ventilating apparatus ; but, after an expense of 4001. had been thus incurred, the plan had been abandoned, it being found to involve a further outlay of 1,000l. No other expedient for ventilation had been adopted in the place of this. The dormitories and the classrooms are nevertheless of such dimensions as will render some process of artificial ventilation necessary to the health of the inmates, whenever any considerable number of them shall be assembled in the institution. In recording this fact, I cannot but express my regret that in several of the training schools recently erected the ventilation is very imperfect.
The apartments for the Vice-Principal and other officers, at the extremities of the dormitories, besides being imperfectly ventilated, are ill lighted. The cost of the building in its present state, and of the site, has been 10,4081. 68. 2d., of which 6,6541. 48. 10d. have been expended on the part appropriated to the training school, and 3,75tl. 18. 4d. on the middle school. The site was the gift of C. B. Adderley, Esq., M.P., and is valued at 1,4501.
ventilation. Practising school.
No room has been provided for a practising school; but a portion of the buildings of the middle school is to be set apart for the purpose, and a contract has been entered into for its completion before Christmas, at which time a practising school is to be opened.
The Principal of the institution is the Rev W. Gover, M.A., of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, a gentleman of much experience in matters connected with parochial schools and other institutions for the benefit of the working classes acquired as curate of a large parish in Birmingham, and afterwards of the parish of Marylebone, in London. The appointment of a Vice-Principal is postponed until thirty students shall be resident. Mr. Joseph Draper, a certificated master class 1., division 3.), educated at the Cheltenham Training School, has been appointed to the office of assistant master. A master of the practising school and a master of model drawing are to be appointed at Christmas; for both which appointments there are eligible persons in view. The garden work is done under the direction of an industrial master. The secretary is W. Hare, Esq.
Six exhibitions have been founded by the Worcester Diocesan Board of Education, each of 151. annually, and one of the same amount, by C. B. Adderley, Esq., M.P.
The income of the institution, arising from annual subscriptions or donations,—exclusive of contributions to the building fund, the fees of the students, and exhibitions,—is, for the year terminating 31st of October 1852, 5481. 8s. 6d.
The institution affords accommodation for sixty students. It was opened in April 1852. At the time of our visit only five were resident in it. The fees of three of these were paid by themselves or their friends. The two others held exhibitions. The smallness of the number of students is accounted for by the following fact :-1st, that the class of persons who have hitherto been candidates for the office of schoolmaster are now deterred from seeking it by the competition on which they have to enter with the pupil-teachers; 2d, that all the pupil-teachers who completed their apprenticeship last year were otherwise disposed of when this institution was opened and, 3d, that if they were not, yet, from the fact of the college not being as yet recognised as one where Queen's scholars may be appointed, they would not be likely to resort to it. The divisions which unhappily prevail in the Church on questions of education, as well as others, may not have been
* Mr. Gover is the Honorary Secretary, and was one of the principal founders, of the Birmingham Provident Society; an extremely well-conducted and prosperous institution.