Geoff Cordingley

Waterford School behind the War Memorial
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

January, 1904

11thRe-opened school. All the children present except one, who is ill.
20thA boy in Standard I. left this afternoon to become an inmate of Dr. Barnado’s Home, London.

February, 1904

1stVisit of Inspection
5thSeveral children absent with influenza.
12thAfternoon school was held from 1.15 p.m. to 5.15. because the room was required for a Concert.
The Rev. H.C. Orpwood visited.

March, 1904

25thA half-holiday given in the afternoon, because a Confirmation Service was held at Bengeo Church.

April, 1904

14thSchool Attendance Officer visited & took weekly per-centages of attendance for the last three months.
20thDiocesan Inspection. The Rev. A.R. Buckland attended from 2.15 p.m. to 4.30

May, 1904

16thVisited School.
Ernest N Wit,
20thAttendance good all the week.
School closed in the afternoon for one week’s holiday. (Whitsuntide.)Report of Religious Instruction.No. present 36.The Religious Instruction continues to be carefully & efficiently given.
The upper children as usual, were very anxious to show to advantage, the older members of the class, in particular, exhibiting an accurate & detailed knowledge of all subjects. Written work & Repetition also deserves praise.
The younger children in the class-room are being nicely taught.
(Signed.) A R. Buckland.
Diocesan Inspector.
30thA Meeting of School Managers was held in the school-room at 4.30. p.m.

‘                           Scheme for Instruction during the Year ending May 31st 1905.

Subjects         | Lower Division                             | Upper Division
Reading          |Two books. (General reading)   | One general Reader.
‘                        |One book. (History.)                   | Selections from Geog.
‘                        |And any suitable books.            | & Historical Readers,
‘                        |                                                       | & any suitable books.
Recitation       |St. I. Willie’s Robin (Craik)          | Charge of the
‘                        |                                                        | Light Brigade.
‘                        |                                                        | The Idle Shepherd
‘                        |ST. II. III. Gelert.                           | boys. ( Wordsworth.)
‘                        |                                                        | The Battle of
‘                        |                                                        | Blenheim.
Writing.           |Copy Books. Transcription.         | Copy Books. Transcription
Composition  |Abstracts from reading                | Abstracts. Essays.
‘                        |& object lessons.                            | Letter writing.
‘                        |Description of pictures.                | Short Stories.
Arithmetic.     |Scheme. B.                                      | Scheme B.
Geography.   | Definitions                                      | Australia.
‘                        | Hertfordshire                                 | New Zealand.
‘                        |General Geog: of Eng:                   | South Africa.
‘                        |& Wales                             .              | Canada.
History.           |The Norman Period.                      | The Stuart Period.
Elementary    |Thirty Lessons                                 |
Science.          | (Separate List.)                               |
Grammar.      |Sentences containing                    | Analysis of Simple
‘                        | Noun. Verb. Adjective                   | Sentences.
‘                        |Adverb.                                             |

Needlework.  |St. I. II. Spec: of sewing                   |St. iv – vii. Specimens showing
‘                        |felling, knitting.                                |gathering, stroking,
‘                        | Garments.                                        |stocking, patching in
‘                        |St. III. Specimens showing              | calico, print & flannel;
‘                        |sewing, felling, stitching                 | button –holing, sewing
‘                        |herring-boning,                                |on button; darning
‘                        |darning on canvas,                          |on stocking web; knitting
‘                        |knitting.                                              |heel of stocking.
‘                        |Garments. Cuffs.                              |Cutting out one garment
‘                        |                                                            | Garments. Socks.
Drill                  | Model Course.                                |
‘                        |                                                            |
Singing.           | Staff notation.                                 |
‘                        |Five new songs.                                |

List of Lessons in Elementary Science. St. I. II. III.

Oysters and Pearls.
A plant.
A knife.
How plants grow from seeds.
Air currents.
Plastic bodies.
Teeth & their adaptation to habits of animals.
Leaves of plants.
The air we breathe.
Fusible substances.
Cocoa & chocolate.
Orange & lemon.
Glass beads.
Fir cones.
The three states of matter.
Olive oil. Caster oil.
Transformation by heat.
The mole.
Liquids & solids.

List of Object Lessons for Infants’ Class.

Summer Flower.
The pig.
The Cuckoo.
A cup & saucer.
The potato & plant.
The cat tribe.
A butterfly.
The broad bean.
The sheep.
The swallow.
A clock.
The camel.
The dandelion.
The cow.
A bird.
Birds’ food.
A penny.
A piece of honey comb.
An umbrella.
An acorn.
The frog.
Straw & its uses.
The horse.
The snail.
An India-rubber ball.


June, 1904


A half-holiday in the afternoon given as a reward for the good attendance during the preceding month.


A half-holiday given in the afternoon for the school buildings to be surveyed by C.C.


A half-holiday. Children had their School treat at Goldings.

July, 1904


A holiday. Boys belonging to the Church Choir went for their Annual trip to Hastings.

29thChildren attended well all through the week. School closed in the afternoon for the Harvest Holidays.

August, 1904

September, 1904


Re-opened school. Two children absent having gone to Bournemouth for a holiday.
Four children have left the neighbourhood.

22nd A half-holiday given in the afternoon for the good attendance in the month of July.

October, 1904

10thThe Rev. H.C. Orpwood visited.
Mr. Sambels,1 C.C. Attendance Officer visited after 12 o’clock.
14thCopy of H.M. Inspector’s Report made after visit of 1 Feb & 16th May 1904.
“This little school is very well conducted: the children are very pleasant, cheerful and orderly, and there is much evidence of sound, intelligent and effective instruction. The infants have been taught with care and with very fair success, except in Arithmetic which is very weak.
The fences need repair, the dustbin should have a cover, and the offices are in an unsatisfactory condition.”Special note on offices. “Disinfectants should be used in the offices, which need repair; the walls are dirty and discoloured, the seats are not clean, especially in the boys’ closets, partitions between the seats are needed, a proper urinal must be provided, & the wall between the boys’ and girls’ closets should be carried up to the roof.”
Staff. Martha Ryle Ist Class Teacher.
Sarah Wrangles Monitor.H.C. Orpwood, Correspondent.
17thThe Rev. H.C. Orpwood visited.
The monitor, S. Wrangles, absent through illness.
Although a rainy day, all the children on the registers were present in the morning except a child three years old.

November, 1904

7thThe monitor returned to school this morning. {She had influenza} Two infants absent through illness & wet weather.
17thThe Rev. H.C. Orpwood visited.
The Afternoon Session commenced at 1p.m. instead of 2 p.m. because the school-room was required after 3.10. to be prepared for an Entertainment.
25thOwing to the severity of the weather all the Infants did not attend regularly.

December, 1904

9thAlthough the weather has been wet & cold during the past week, the children have attended well.
22ndThe school broke up this afternoon for the Christmas Holidays. The children were invited to a Christmas Tree kindly given by the Hon. Mrs R.A. Smith.



1  John Philip Sambels was born in the third quarter of 1847 in Plymouth.  He was originally a wheelwright and by 1891 he was living in Letty Green.   by 1901 he was the Organising Secretary for Technical Instruction (HCC) and in 1911 he described himself as Assistant Education Officer. (HCC.)  His wife Mary Ann died in the first quarter 1918 at the age of 69.  They had been married for 46 years or so and had no children.

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