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Boys' and Girls' Whittlesea, Cambridgeshire ;
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Stock, Essex, Girls'.—Two schools, neat and convenient. The religious instruction in the girls' school is good. The mistress has been ill till lately.
Sible Headingham, Essex, Boys':-Same teachers, numbers, and general system, as on former occasions. The reading, writing, spelling, and ciphering, indicate great industry in the master. There is a want of clear explanation and sygtematic questioning ; good progress in geography. Sible Headingham, Essex, Girls'.—The mistress has taken pains, and the school is improved since last year. Trumpington, Cambridgeshire, Boys' and Girls':-Schoolroom well built. The instruction, though quite elementary, is conducted by an intelligent and industrious master, under the direction of the curate.
Toft, with Over, Cambridgeshire, Boys' and Girls'.-A good village school, maintained chiefly at the expense of the rector. The children are kept in remarkably good order by the mistress, who belongs to a family of teachers. The instruction is elementary. The clergyman teaches geography and singing. The lower classes are well advanced. The elder children were much depressed,
on the day of examination, by the very recent death of the curate, who had taken great pains with their instruction. The mistress, a person of exemplary character, was also suffering under a severe illness.
Tewin, Herts, Boys' and Girls',- A mixed school, under master and mistress. The schoolrooms inconvenient; ventilation imperfect. Discipline not sufficiently precise. Children rough, and talk loud. Some read very well in Third Irish Book, and are intelligent. Ciphering taught with skill. Master and mistress trained at Glasgow,
Ugley, Essex, Boys' and Girls'.-An ill-built room, two miles from the church. It is the intention of the clergyman, and resident gentry, to build a new school in a better situation. The children behaved very well during the examination.
REMARKS. The mistress a neat and respectable woman, with little education ; she has taught needlework with great success, and taken pains with reading. The girls' minds have not been exercised till lately.
Ware, Herts, Boys':-A handsome well-arranged room, with parallel desks, abundance of apparat118, good maps, ruled and plain boards, &c. The boys are all under 11 years. Order imperfect. Arithmetic well explained; the progress likely to be rapid. Reading not good. Some of the boys are very intelligent, and will write sensible abstracts with proper attention. The master trained at Battersea; a young man, who seems to be skilful and to love his work. Ware, Herts, Girls'.--A handsome room, with every facility for complete arrangements. The instruction very defective; few read the New Testament with ease. The mistress is about to leave. The system of the school requires a total revision. The infant schoolmistress is about to leave also.
Welwyn, Herts, Boys'.-A handsome spacious room. Very regular attendance. The boys do not read well, but write sensible letters. They are imperfectly acquainted with their own language.
Willingaledoe, Esser, Boys', Girls', and Infants'.—The instruction imperfect and unsatisfactory; some progress in arithmetic. The clergyman takes great pains with the religious instruction.
Watton, Herts, Boys and Girls'. -The girls' school in very good order. The religious instruction very satisfactory; spelling and ciphering imperfect; reading not bad. Mistress a very respectable and good woman, has been 16 years in the school, W'eston, Herts, Boys' and Girls'.-A large village school, conducted by a mistress and an old man, paid by the parish. The discipline goud; the penmanship neat. Reading not well taught; spelling imperfect.
Whittlesea, Cambridgeshire, Boys' and Girls'.—The attendance irregular; out of 110 girls, 45 were present; 2 only can read the New Testament with ease. Rough and untidy in their appearance, and little idea of order.
Weathersfield, Essex, Girls'.—The girls are under the master's wife ; 'some change for the better is perceptible.
Report_ by Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools, the Rev. H.
W. BELLAIRS, M.A., on Schools inspected in the South Midland District, comprising the Counties of Hereford, Monmouth, Oxford, Warwick, Gloucester, and Worcester; for the year
, 1847-8. Sir,
I HAVE the honor to forward a Report upon the Schools inspected by me in 1847-8. In many instances I have to record considerable improvement, effected principally by the exertions of the parochial clergy, who, by affording assistance to the masters and pupils in their schools, have mainly contributed to the attainment of that standard required by their Lordships in the apprenticeship of pupil teachers. While it is difficult to overrate the extent to which parochial clergy may assist in improving the state of Elementary Education, still this point does not as yet seem sufficiently recognised by them. I do not speak of pecuniary assistance, for in that respect the clergy, comparatively speaking, give much more than
other class of society, but I allude to a uniform and attentive superintendence, without which, even under other favourable circumstances, no high standard is to be attained in our parochial schools. I am also convinced that in many cases the Clergy entertain needless apprehensions as to the difficulty of a due discharge of this duty. On this point I would quote a passage from a very valuable pamphlet published by the Rev. R. Dawes, Vicar of King's Somborne, entitled . Hints on an Improved and Self-paying System of National Education.'—“However much the clergy may have to do, I am quite convinced that all have sufficient time, and without neglecting their other duties, for the purpose of rendering a school effective; and that, instead of such a one not being found in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, he ought to be found in nine cases out of ten; it is not so much the amount of time which is wanted as the manner of employing it, and the rising generation of the clergy will, I have no doubt, find both time and inclination; in fact, the organising such schools is a duty which at the present time is required of them. The amount of time to be given for this purpose, either by a clergyman or any other person interested in a school, will be less in proportion as he himself is well acquainted with what is necessary; with the knowledge of the subjects to be taught, and the manner of teaching them; with the kind of discipline to be kept up; and the tact, manner, &c., required in the master in order to effect it. Now if the clergy would consider it a part of the preparatory studies for their profession to make themselves acquainted with these subjects, a thing by no means inconsistent