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Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

January, 1911

10thRe-opened school.  One boy in the fifth standard & one girl in the second standard left, having gone to live at Hoddesdon.

Admitted two children.

16thThe Hon. Mrs. R.A. Smith visited in the afternoon, & brought some materials for girls’ needlework.  She listened to the children’s singing.
18thOwing to the dull dark weather, children did not work as neatly as they might have done.

February, 1911

3rdSeveral children absent with influenza.
6thTwo elder children absent with influenza.
10thAttendance much reduced through an epidemic of influenza.
17thSeveral children absent owing to the prevalence of influenza.
20thAttendance slightly improved, but still some cases of influenza.
24thDuring the past week eight children have been absent with influenza.
27thOnly twenty-two children attended School to-day.  All the rest are absent because of an epidemic of German Measles.
28thAttendance still small. The Vicar visited and taught.

March, 1911

1stAttendance slightly better amongst the older scholars, but very low in Infants’ class. The Vicar visited.
2ndThe Attendance Officer visited.  Twenty-nine children present.
6thThere were 31 children present to-day but the Vicar said that all children who had any cases of measles at home must be excluded for three weeks.
7thOnly 17 children present.

Dr. Dunn Medical Officer of Health & the Vicar visited.

8thThis afternoon I took the children for a walk.
11thThere were 24 children absent during the whole or nearly the whole of the past week.
13thOnly 17 children present.
17thDuring the past week there were 22 children absent.
20thAttendance improved.
23rdDr. Dunn, Medical Officer of Health  & a nurse visited & examined six children: also two children for eyesight only.
27thA half-holiday given in the afternoon, because of a Confirmation Service being held in the Church by the Archbishop of York.
31stAttendance good all the week.

April, 1911

May, 1911

4thE.N. Wix, Esq. H.M. Inspector visited.

The Vicar visited & taught.

7thAttendance very good all the week.

Miss Grace Wightman has been raised to a Supplementary Teacher.

12thSix girls attended Cookery Class at Bulls Mill to-day.
19thSix girls again attended Class for Cookery.
26thGeorge French and Elsie Wells, two children of Class I. were presented with framed Diocesan Certificates.
24thSchool commenced by children singing the National Anthem in the play-ground, lessons were given in the morning on the British Empire.  A half-holiday was given in the afternoon. [Empire Day]
26thThe Vicar visited.  Six girls attended Cookery Class.

A Meeting of Managers was held at 5 o’clock.

June, 1911

16thSchool closed for one week’s holiday given in honour of His Majesty, King George V’s Coronation.
26thRe-opened school.

July, 1911

4thThe Attendance Officer, Mr. Ilott visited.
11thThe new Attendance Officer, Sergeant-Major Coles visited.

Dr. Dunn, Medical Officer of Health visited at 3.30 & examined six children.

21stJ. Marsh, Esq. H.M. Sub. Inspector visited

August, 1911

2ndSchool closed in the afternoon for the Harvest Holidays.

September, 1911



Head Teacher: Martha Ryle, trained Certified Teacher of the 1st Class.

Assistant Teacher (Supplementary)        Grace Wightman

Signed. Arnold Mayhew


Scheme for Instruction during

 the Year ending July 31st 1912.


Subjects                       Lower Division                         |           Upper Division


Arithmetic         Scheme B.                                            | Scheme B

‘                                                                                             |


Reading              As many books as                            |  Selections from  Geog:

‘                             possible (General &                          |  & Historical Readers.

‘                             continuous.                                        |  One or two books  (General

‘                                                                                             | Two or more continuous

‘                                                                                              |  readers.  A separate

‘                                                                                               | book for each child.

‘                                                                                               |


Recitation.        St. 2 & 3                                                  |

‘                            The Wreck of the                                  | Arthur & Hubert (Shakespeare)

‘                            Hesperus.                                                | The “Revenge”. (Tennyson.)


‘                             Lucy Gray.                                                | Selections from Shakespeare’s

‘                             Casablanca                                               |  “Henry V.”

‘                                                                                                   |

‘                              St. I.                                                            |

‘                              The little mushroom-seller                  |

‘                               Willie’s robin.                                           |


Geography       Geographical terms                                  | The British Isles.

‘                             Illustrated as far as                                   |

‘                             possible by places in                                |

‘                             this neighbourhood.                                |

‘                             Some knowledge                                       |

‘                             of England & Wales.                                  |


History               Twelve chief events                                   | The Plantagenet

‘                             from the Plantagenet                               |  Period

‘                             Period.                                                            |


Elementary         Thirty Lessons.                                           |  Subjects for

Science                (Separate List.)                                             |  Composition.

‘    &                                                                                                 |

Hygiene                                                                                         |

‘                                                                                                         |


Writing                St. 3. Abstracts of oral  lessons                | Description of local

‘     &                      Description of local                                      | places & events.

Composition     places & events.                                            | Girls to write on

‘                              Composition on visible                              | cookery & other work

‘                              objects.                                                            | done at home.

‘                              St. I. II.  On visible objects                        | Boys to write on work

‘                               (chiefly)                                                          | done in garden & on

‘                               Copy Books.                                                  | farm.

‘                               Transcription.                                               | Dictation.  Writing

‘                                Dictation.                                                      | from memory.  Trans-

‘                                                                                                         | cription.


Map-               St. 3. Map of    England                                     | Sketch-maps of

Drawing.         & Wales.                                                                | British Isles.

‘                         (St. 1 & 2  Plans of                                              |

‘                         schoolroom &  playground.                            |

‘                                                                                                           |

‘                                                                                                           |

List of Observation Lessons &c.

for Educational Year ending July 31st 1911.


A plant.

The division of labour in plants.

Fruits.  How seeds are scattered.

Shooting seeds.            Flying seeds.

Leaves.  Shape, veining, arrangement.

Trees of the forest.



Air & water compared.


Solids – liquids – gases.



Porous bodies.



Plastic bodies.

Buds.                                       Rice.

The silk-worm & silk.                           Air-currents.

Feet & their adaptation to habits of animals.

Elementary Hygiene &c.


On cleanliness.

The importance of fresh air.

Good & bad habits.

The importance of having fixed duties

& of the regular performance of same.

On clothing suitable to our climate.

Nine ways in which health may be impaired.

September, 1911

12thRe-opened school after holidays.

All children present except two, one of whom is ill with rheumatism.

The Attendance Officer visited.

October, 1911

November, 1911

12thE.N. Wix, Esq. H.M. Inspector visited.

Copy of  Report by H.M.I. E.N. Wix, Esq. who inspected on 2nd Nov. 1911.

Mixed & Infants’ School.

The discipline is very good, and the school is taught as usual with much painstaking care and with creditable success;  the written exercises though rather weak in the lowest section are decidedly good, and Brushwork is very praiseworthy.

The children show some Knowledge of Geography, but in all their oral work there is want of free distinction and confident expression, and the progress of the elder children would be more rapid and assured if they were trained to study independently and not kept back by being grouped with younger children.


The infants are orderly and happy and are taught in a bright and attractive manner and with very fair success.  At present the teacher does not understand how to manage three sections, and hence there is much over-grouping; and there would be more power and better phrasing in reading if unfamiliar words were thoroughly prepared beforehand.  The Infant Time Table needs some modification.

Premises &c.

The rooms are insufficiently lighted; it would be difficult to enlarge the classroom windows, but the windows of the main room could and should be enlarged, and the lighting would be improved if large panes took the place of the present small latticed panes.  The external plaster is in a bad state, the seats of the Infants’ closets are much worn, and some more good pictures and maps of the British Isles and of Scotland are required.

Staff.    Martha Ryle – Trained certified Teacher of first class.

Assistant Teacher (Supplementary)   Grace Wightman

signed Arnold Mayhew Correspondent

Nov 21  1911

December, 1911

1stThe Vicar visited and taught.

The afternoon session commenced at 1.10 p.m. instead of at 2 o’clock, in order to give time for the room to be prepared for a concert to be held in the evening.  All children present.

20thSchool closed in the afternoon for the Christmas Holidays.
22ndThe Hon. Mrs. R.A. Smith entertained the children at a Christmas Tree, and the Prizes for good attendance were given.  Owing to an epidemic of Measles, & other illnesses very few children were able to make very good attendances during the last year.

Prize List for Attendances during the

Year ended May 31st 1911.

1   Elizabeth Bygrave.      (Six years perfect Attendance.)

2.  Stanley Draper.  (missed once.)

3.  Winifred Bygrave. Fourth year perfect       “

4.  Bertie Potterill.  (missed 10 times.)

5.  Alfred Hart.   (missed 15 times.

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