Waterford Church of England (Mixed) School, 1883

"This School continues to deserve its reputation for excellent order and for thoroughly sound and intelligent instruction." HMI Report

By Geoffrey Cordingley

Waterford School behind the War Memorial
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

January, 1883

8thRe-opened school – 43 children present. Several children absent with whooping cough. The Rev. L.R. Tuttiett visited.
10thClasses III and IV had a lesson on “the Cat”
12th19 children away from school all the week.
15thThe Rev. L.R. Tuttiett visited. Only 42 children present, 20 children absent with whooping cough and other illness
17thClasses III & IV had a lesson on “Moist Sugar”
18thSent two children home because of “Chicken pox”
22ndTwenty-one children unable to attend school because of illness amongst them.
24thLesson on Loaf-sugar given by Pupil-teacher
29thAttendance much better.

February, 1883

4thFifty-two children present in the morning.
6thLesson given to Class III & IV on the “Clothing of Animals.”
14thClasses III & Iv given a lesson on “Coffee”
20thThe Rev. L.R. Tuttiett visited in the morning and Mrs Robert Smith in the afternoon and she heard Class I read; afterwards at her request Classes I & II sang some music from the Blackboard.
23rdAttendance much improved but still several children absent through illness.
26th53 children present in the morning.
27thPunished a child for being untruthful.
28thThe Rev. L.R. Tuttiett visited. Classes III & IV had a lesson on the “Cow.”

March, 1883

1stChildren of Standard III worked their sums more correctly than usual.
7thClasses III & IV had a lesson on “Salt.”
9thSeveral children absent during the week on account of the weather.
14thThe Rev. L.R. Tuttiett visited.

Classes III & IV had a lesson on “the Sheep.”

20thThe Rev. L.R. Tuttiett heard children of Class I recite their poetry.
21stLesson given to Classes III & iv on “the Tiger.”

April, 1883

2ndClasses III and iv had a lesson on “the Tiger.”
10thAttendance good. The children of Second division of Infants wrote very nicely to-day.
11thThe Rev. L.R. Tuttiett took children in Class I to Recitation. Classes III and iv had a lesson on the Fox.
18thA lesson on Glass given to Classes III & iv.
23rdSeveral children absent with colds. A child of Standard III reproved for untidiness and uncleanliness.
25thChildren of the lower division had a lesson on “Bees.”

May, 1883

2ndThe Rev. L.R. Tuttiett visited and tested the registers.
4thThe Rev. L.R. Tuttiett visited and called over the names in the Registers
7thRegisters not marked in the morning because of the Examination in Religious Knowledge.
9thGave M. Wallis leave of absence to attend Confirmation.
10thA lesson on “the Whale” given.
11thThe Rev. L.R. Tuttiett visited and tested the Registers.
14thWhit-Monday. A holiday.
15thA holiday.
16th)Miss Cannon assisted by two teachers from Bengeo Girls’ School
17th)superintended the school, as I was unable to attend through illness.
18thM. Wallis assisted by the Bengeo pupil teachers took charge of the school during my absence.
21stSchool as usual. Miss E. Smith visited.
23rdA lesson given on “the Gnat.”

June, 1883

6thChildren of Division II had a lesson on the “Rook”
8thChildren did needlework until half-past three.
11thThe School was inspected in the morning by H.M.I. Mr. Healing.

List of School Songs

I For Infants. “Dance Thumbkin dance.”

Action Song. “Here we stand &c.”

“See the little honey-bee.”

II For Girls.

1. The Frost.

2. Hunting song.

3. On the water.

4. Jack Frost.

5. The botanical excursion.

6. How sweet to be straying (R.)




iv. v. vi. Selection from Merchant of Venice.

III.     Beth Gelert

II.     Bruce and the Spider

I.      The two crossing-sweepers.

Infants. Prose.  (The Sheep.

Poetry. (Freddie and the Cherries

( The Lambs.

18thRe-arranged classes.
20thChildren of Classes III and IV had a lesson on “the Elephant”
24thSent five boys to Bengeo Boys’ School.
26thClass I had a Reading lesson instead of learning Poetry.

July, 1883

19thClass I. had a Dictation lesson instead of a Geographical exercise.
21stSummary of Inspector’s report and Remarks

“This School continues to deserve its reputation for excellent order and for thoroughly sound and intelligent instruction.”

M. Wallis has passed well.”

Principal Teacher, Martha Cordell,

Certificate Teacher of the 2nd Class.

Pupil Teacher , Martha Wallis.

Of the Third Year.

Signed on behalf of the School Managers

J.C.M. Mansel-Playdell

26thA holiday on account of Children’s School treat.

August, 1883

3rdAttendance rather irregular all the week.
6thA holiday.
10thMrs R. Smith visited in the morning and gave money-prizes to those children who had attended 380 times during the last school year.

School closed in the morning for the Harvest holidays.

September, 1883

17thRe-opened school – Several children absent because the gleaning is not yet finished. Mrs. R. Smith and the Rev. H.L. Wright visited.
26thChildren of Classes III and IV very much enjoyed their lesson on “Cheese”

October, 1883

1stSeveral children kept in to work sums because they did them so inaccurately.
2ndSome of the Infants did their hemming very nicely.
24thChildren of class I were much interested with their lesson on “Scandinavia.”
30thThe Lower Division had a lesson on “Bread.”

November, 1883

2ndThe Rev. H.L. Wright visited.

Also Mrs. Mansel-Playdell.

5thOne child obliged to be sent home because she was ill.

All the rest of children present.

7thThe Rev. H.L. Wright visited.
8thMiss Wright visited.
9thThe Rev. H.L. Wright visited.

Mrs. Robert Smith visited and heard the Upper Division sing a new song.

Tune written on the black-board

15thThe Rev. H.L. Wright visited.
16thThe Rev. H.L. Wright visited.
20thMiss Emmeline Smith visited.
23rdA holiday.
25thSchool as usual.
26thThe Rev. H.L. Wright visited.
28thTwo children of Class I absent in the afternoon.


December, 1883

4thMrs Robert Smith and Lady Maud Grimston visited, looked a children’s needlework.


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