By Robert Elverstone

Following the 1870 Forster undemanding schooling Act, Albert highway Board university in Leicestershire opened on 2d September 1878 with an ordinary function of 500 little ones. Drawn from the first-hand accouns of the headmasters within the institution log books, this booklet information the ailments and illnesses suffered; the fight of neighborhood households to feed and dress their youngsters, specifically in the course of tough time of strike and conflict; the advent of vaccinations and the college healthiness inspector; the coming of the phone and electrical lighting fixtures; and reviews concerning the curriculum, employees and relaxation actions. occasionally funny and occasionally unhappy, way of life is captured the following: from debts of overcrowded school rooms and corporal punishment, to squabbles approximately tending the school room fires. This ebook captures the truth of existence at this Victorian university and is a needs to for neighborhood and family members historians alike.

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Many away with colds. May 28th: Refused the admittance of two children today, not yet being three. June 7th: Examined the first and Class Twos on Monday and found them fairly proficient. On Wednesday examined the third and was obliged to speak strongly to Maria with regard to the reading and writing work, it being very poor. Mary Wright has agreed to stay to the end of the quarter as we have been unable to engage another one yet. School closed today for a fortnight on account of the Whitsuntide Holidays.

Misses Carryer and Sarll have given model lessons to the second and Class Threes on ‘How the earth is natured’ and ‘The Mouth’. Both maintained good order and gave very fair lessons.

Buckler and S. Treaddell had leave of absence this afternoon to attend the children’s treat at the Church School. Very few children in consequence of the treat. August 11th: Too wet for children to go out for play: marching instead. Gave a lesson on ‘form’ for one of the pupil teachers. August 16th: Had poetry repeated the last half hour because the children were tired and sleepy. September 23rd: Half-holiday for the fair. October 5th: Attendance visitor called; many children away through sickness.

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