Pound Lane School - Extracts from School Inspections

Maths Exercises
Craft Syllabus
Maths Exercises and Craft Syllabus

21 Oct 1908 copy of Reports made by HM Inspector following a visit on 10 September

Boys' School

"The School is well ordered, and work is proceeding on good lines, although in many respects the boys' attainments leave much to be desired. No doubt this will be largely rectified in time, but the large proportion of children who come and go during the year is a serious hindrance to steady progress. Efforts are being made to interest the parents in the progress of the children."

Girls' School

"The school is working steadily, the girls are in good order and all the staff are earnest and painstaking. Some of the children in the lower part of the school are old for their classes."

Population movements

Since the school had opened some 200 children have been and gone from the school showing how unsettled the local population was. This may be because many people worked at or were employed in building the Mental Hospitals just up the road at Horton and may have moved on to other work quickly.

22 June 1910 - return for Board of Education [BSLB]

Ages of children on books 1 Oct 1910
"This has vividly brought to notice the shifting character of the population of the neighbourhood, and the following statistics were collected:

The School was opened in Sept 07.
Since opening 600 boys have been admitted, 311 have left, leaving 298 on roll at present. The 298 boys now on the roll were admitted as follows;
Sept to Xmas 07 111
Jan - July 08 62
Sept to Xmas 08 12
Jan - Jul 09 53
Sept - Xmas 09 24
Jan - June 10 31

Thus 120 boys have been in the school less than 2 years, and this number includes only from the Infants' School at Easter 1909".

December 1910

Boys' School

"The school has been somewhat hampered by lack of space, by building operations and by the want of a regular teacher for the lowest class, which during the months of September and October was grouped for much of its work with the next class., forming a combined class of over 80 children. (The class now has a teacher of its own and is making satisfactory progress).

Difficulty is also caused by the unusually large number of boys who are admitted to the school; during the current term 45 boys have been admitted, in addition to the boys received from the Infants' School.

There is evidence throughout the School of careful and industrious teaching, and the conditions of the highest class which contains a very fair proportion of scholars, is distinctly credible, and augurs well for the future of the School.

The Composition exercises of the elder boys are especially good.

During the coming year it will probably be possible to give these boys more independent individual work and to develop Handwork for the lower part of the School."

Girls' School

"There is a good spirit of work in the school and steady progress is being made. Several girls have been successful in winning Scholarships during the year"

Comment - what a difference in reporting the two schools.


Again in 1913, the reports for the three schools were very different.

Boys' School

"This school has again had to contend with exceptional difficulties:- 1. Owing to the large influx of boys into the lower classes a considerable number of boys have been promoted without passing through each "standard" in turn.
2. The ages at which the children have been received from the Infant Schools have been much higher than usual; more than half the children admitted from these schools during 1912 were 8 or 9 years of age, one of them being even 10 years old.
3. The lowest class has had no fewer than seven teachers since the beginning of the educational year.

It is possible that a regular system of half yearly promotions, with a corresponding arrangement of Syllabuses, would mitigate some of the difficulties.

On the whole it may be said that good earnest work is being done, although the boys' attainments do not reach a very high level. Great efforts are being made to teach the backward boys in the lower classes to read fluently. Indeed the teaching of the lowest class but one is particularly stimulating and effective."

The report goes on to make various suggestions and recommendations on the teaching of various subjects.

Girls' School

"The Head Teacher has had the advantage of the assistance of the same staff during the past five years, an advantage leading to both continuity and development of work.

A number of children in the lower classes are above the normal school age, but this is largely accounted for by the age at which they were admitted; 20 children out of the 42 admitted from the Infants' Dept last August were 8 years and more.

The girls are well behaved and interested in their lessons, and on the whole are doing very satisfactory work. A good deal of independent study and other individual work is being done by the eldest girls; the Composition exercises are of a suitable character and carefully written."

As with the Boys' School report, the Inspector goes on to make various suggestions and recommendations on the teaching of various subjects.

Infants' School

This department is being well coordinated by the Head Teacher who is assisted by a competent staff. Good methods are employed in teaching Reading, Writing and Numbers, and satisfactory progress is being made in these subjects. The children evidently enjoy their games and Physical Exercises. The first and second classes consist of children of suitable age who have been drawn from different classes throughout the school. These children are not yet well advanced in their elementary work, but may confidently be expected to make all the advance that is possible."

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