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. Inspected October 24, 1849.-1. Six classes under master, and
Halifar, Trinity, Girls'. Inspected October 24, 1849.-1. Five classes under mistress,
Halifax, St. James's, Victoria-street, Girls'. Inspected October 25, 1849.-1. Six classes
Halifax, St. James's, Victoria-street, Infants'. Inspected October 25, 1849.-1. Eight
sickness. The little ones seem to be in very fair order, and intelligently taught. The offices are rather confined. (Books and apparatus)-sufficient supply for Infants' school. (Desks and
" Wangust, Saudieri peta, boys. inspected October 29, 1849.-1. Sis classes under
they are both heavy and sheepish ; the second class is particularly ignorant
Woodhouse, Huddersfield, Girls'. Inspected October 29, 1849.-1. Sis classes under
Lockwood, Boys'. Inspected October 30, 1849.–1. Six classes under master, with three
Lockwood, Girls'. Inspected October 30, 1849.-1. Nine classes, not very well defined,
Report by Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools, the Rev. E.
Douglas TINLING, on the Schools visited by him in the South Eastern District of England, in the year 1848.
January, 1849. MY LORDS,
In obedience to your Lordships' directions, I have visited the following schools situate in the Rev. H. Moseley's district. The distance over which I had to travel being so great, and the time allotted for the visit to each school being only one day, I was unable to test minutely the knowledge of each individual child, but was obliged to confine myself principally to the examination of the general state of the different schools, – the tone and manner exhibited by the children,—the intellectual power and attainments of the teachers and apprentices, as well as their religious and moral character, and their efficiency in class-teaching. In Atworth school my visit was for the examination of candidates previous to apprentices being sanctioned; whilst at Nunton the object of inspection was to report upon the power of the schoolmistress (who received her certificate after the examination of the Salisbury Training Institution, in December 1847) as a teacher, and as a guide and instructor for the young.
Atworth, Wiltshire.-The population of this parish is about 800. I found three schools, Boys, Girls, and Infants, under a master, his wife and their daughter. The general state of the school showed that much care was taken of the children. The replies of some of the children in the upper class were made with much readiness and accuracy upon Scriptural subjects. There was no candidate prepared in secular subjects. The discipline of the school was very fair. The numbers present at inspection were
116 which was stated to be rather less than an average attendance.
Burley, Hampshire.—This school is situated in a most wild and picturesque part of the New Forest, with a very scattered population of between 600 and 700. I found 24 boys and 43 girls present in one room, the former under a master and one apprentice, the latter under a mistress, assisted by one apprentice also. The age of the master only 154 years, and his intellectual advancement rendered him unfit to have the charge of an apprentice. The mistress was not examined by me, as she had presented herself as a candidate for certificate in London a short time before. I am sorry that I cannst report very favourably of the state of instruction in these schools. In addition to religious subjects, the children are taught English grammar and geography, but they did not exhibit much information upon the subjects in which they were examined.
Coombe Bissett, Wiltshire.—This is a very nice, satisfactory school ; boys and girls mixed, under a mistress, who was under training at Salisbury for one year, assisted by one apprentice. The whole tone and demeanour of the children were highly satisfactory. The mistress appears very earuest and
zealous in her school, and is reported to have worked hard with her pupilteacher, who is a pleasing, well-informed girl. The knowledge of the children, as a body, upon Bible history and the doctrine of the Church of England, was very satisfactory. The upper class have a fair idea of the elements of geography. The reading of the children was good. The clergyman and his wife take deep and practical interest in the school, and to them is owing much of its present efficiency. The population of this parish is about 400. The attendance on school was 56, rather above the average.
Castle Coombe, Wiltshire.—I can speak with much pleasure of the schools in this parish, both boys and girls; in the former there were 77 present, under a master and one apprentice. The instruction is carried further in this school, and is more satisfactory than in the Girls' school, though in the latter much pains is taken. There were 58 present in this Girls' school. The master is a pleasing, energetic, earnest person ; he bears a high character from those interested in the school, and, as far as I could judge, deservedly. The mistress is quiet, kind, and painstaking.
The religious knowledge in both schools was satisfactory. The upper classes, boys and girls, are learning geography. The boys are very ready in their replies to questions upon this subject, and are also acquainted with a little English history. The reading may be improved, and the lower classes receive a greater amount of attention.
Durrington, Wiltshire.- A Mixed school, under a mistress and two apprentices; in excellent order, and in a most satisfactory state. The instruction is given with the greatest care and attention, and with proportionable success. The population of the parish is about 500. The number present on the day of inspection was 60. This is an extremely nice school. The clergy man and his wife take great interest in the school, and it is owing to their assistance that the apprentices passed such a satisfactory examination.
Heywood House, Wiltshire - This is a pleasing school, under a mistress, aided by a pupil-teacher and one candidate for apprenticeship. Discipline good. The mistress is intelligent, and has been successful. The replies made by the children upon Holy Scripture and the Articles of the Church of England were very satisfactory. English grammar and geography are taught to the upper children. The singing is nice. Each child of the 67 present appears to have equal care taken of him.
Nether Wallop, Hampshire.— A Boys' school, under a master, and a Girls' school, under a mistress, assisted by a pupil-teacher. The instruction in each school is very limited, on account of the extreme youth of the children. The master appears careful and attentive; the mistress is a quiet, pleasing person, who was for some time under training at Salisbury. She has taken much pains with her children, but has not been very successful. There were present 23 boys and 38 girls, from a population of 900.
Nunton, Wiltshire. This is a small school; 46 children present out of a population of 300 ; in very nice order, under a mistress, formerly trained at Salisbury and certificated, who disciplines her classes nicely, but gives less time in proportion to the junior than to the senior classes. The upper children reply moderately to questions upon Holy Scripture, read fairly, and learn a little English grammar and geography.
Romsey, Hampshire -A Boys' school, under a master, who is at this time leaving from ill health, and a pupil teacher and two candidates for apprenticeship. The instruction in the first class good ; the younger children not proportionably advanced. Present at inspection 100. The pupil-teacher, in the absence of the master, was very successful. Trowbridge, Wiltshire.— I examined three large schools :
A Boys', with 144 present.
In Boys' school and Girls' there were apprentices and fresh candidates for the office. There is a want of life and animation in the Boys' school. The master requires to throw himself more into his school. The mistress is well fitted for her work; she obtained her certificate at Bath, Michaelmas, 1848. The instruction in each school may be increased. On the whole, these are nice schools, though there is room for improvement.
Westmeon, Hampshire.-A Boys' school, under a master-43 present; and a Girls' school, under a mistress—69 present. A pupil-teacher in each school. Discipline good. The master is a shrewd person ; examines a class nicely, and has taken pains with his apprentice. The mistress is not very successful as a teacher, but hears a very high character from those who are interested in the school. The instruction is sound and good. Religious teaching taken much pains with. In each school English history, Geography, and English grammar are taught to the
E. Douglas TINLING,
To the Right Honorable
Report by Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools, the Rev. E.
Douglas TINLING, on the Schools inspected by him in the South-Eastern District of England, in the year 1849.
November, 1849. MY LORDS,
I received instructions from your Lordships' secretary, in the month of April last, to visit the following schools in the Rev. H. Moseley's district. Accordingly, I beg leave to lay before your Lordships a short report of the general observations which I made upon these schools during my visit, and the tables of statistics according to the forms which were forwarded to me to be filled up. I found in these schools an earnest, anxious desire for improvement, a steady perseverance in the cause of education, and an amount of life and animation which were very satisfactory. These schools, with the exception of Ashbury and Old Swindon, which are in Berkshire, are situate in the county of Wilts; and the great majority of them are in the thickly-populated valley between Chippenham and Warminster, in the midst of the cloth manufactories, e.g., Trowbridge, Dilton's Marsh, Melksham, Westbury, Warminster, West Ashton. I have the honor to be, &c.,
E. DOUGLAS TINLING,
To the Right Honorable