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School Log 1870-1874    



Summary of Inspectors report: The School is in good order and has improved in other respects during the past year-singing good, needlework fair.
January 11th Funeral of the Vicar! No School.


15th February  Scarletina prevalent in the village.Several children ill.
16th February  Attendance poor owing to children being kept at home on account of the fever.
Summary of H.M.Inspector report: The school is in fair order and taught with fairly satisfactory results. The Officers require better approaches. Arithmetic is the weak point in all classes.
4th August  School closes for Harvest vacation.
28th August  School opens after Harvest vacation. A very thin attendance as Harvest not complete. Note: Two more references to children being kept off register due to poor attendance.


28th June  Holiday. Coronation Day. H.M.Inspector Report: It would be desirable if the Schoolyard was completely walled off from the Masterís garden.


5th October  The School is getting into better working order. The work has gone on steadily, increasing both in numbers and efficiency. The has continued to improve especially in Arithmetic. Note. References to visits of the Vicar, Rev.D.H.Spencer, taking Scripture lessons.
12th December  Today is the end of my first quarter as Master.


Sam Cross of Thorncombe has consented to his son, Alfred George to become a candidate at the next Pupil Teachers Examination. 
References to scholars from Thorncombe, Purtington & Leigh Moor.
Master: George M. Passmore and two Pupil Teachers. 
References, at the appropriate seasons, to harvesting and potato and apple picking and shooting parties (children as beaters, etc?) 
Reference to building work and repair of old buildings, clearing of rubble and cleaning up after carpentry work.


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