Thursday, 15 July 2010

School Inspections and Reports

7 Apr 1909 - the report of the Diocesan Inspector relating to the school was considered highly satisfactory. The General Report is as follows: “very good work has been done in this School and tone and discipline are excellent”.

3 Nov 1911 - Report of Religious Instruction:
“the present Headmistress, who has been in charge of the school since last December, has thrown herself earnestly into the work of Religious Instruction which was quite satisfactory as could be expected under the circumstances......a very good tone prevails.” (The Headmistress was Mrs Charlotte Dunbar.)

17 Nov 1913 - Diocesan Report - excellent work has been done in this school again in the course of the past year. Nothing better could be desired than the excellent results obtained at the examination. Certificates were presented to Maggie Morris and Millie Phillips. Certificates of Merit were given to Isabel Mortimer, Leslie Phillips, Maggie Phillips, Charles Allen, Evelyn Howells, Arthur George, Gwennie Simlett and Victor Davies.

Report of His Majesty’s Inspectors (inspected 18th Nov 1929, 4th Nov 1931 and 10th May 1932):-
“This is a small country school of 45 pupils and two teachers. Work is carried out in a crowded room. A low portable partition has recently been supplied to divide the two classes.
In the upper class the standard of work in the three ‘R’s’ is poor. In arithmetic the children should work in well-defined groups according to their varying ability and close attention should be given to the marking of exercises. Adequate time should be given to mental arithmetic.
The pupils have some grasp of History, Geography and certain items of General Knowledge, due mainly to the Head Teacher’s practice of reading to them from reference books and similar large volumes. It is very important that the other scholars be encouraged to read for themselves so that the Head Teacher’s time can be devoted to the more backward scholars. Intense individual and group work is necessary to give the weaker children a chance of improvement. A little cardboard modelling is done and occasionally some fretwork. It is doubtful whether the fretwork has much educational value. Book binding would be a more suitable developement of the earlier work on cardboard”.

5 Nov 1932 - discussed H.M.I. Report and considered the following suggestions:
1) an additional room for infants.
2) enlargement of cloakrooms.
3) additional office (lavatory) for the girls.
4) re-gravelling the school yard.
5) repairs to the building.

19 May 1939 - Report of an Inspection held on 6 March:
“this small school with 23 children has an air of neglect and decay - two broken windows, old sacks lying about the yard, dirty interior walls, unscrubbed floors and patched ceiling all show the immediate need of attention and improvement here.
As the school is frequently used for parochial functions the desks and other school property have to be moved to a shed in the yard and suffer in the process.
Two classes are divided inadequately by means of a low portable partition - both sides of the room are extremely untidy. Cloak rooms small, no water laid on and damp towels are left on clothes pegs.
Playground rough and uneven and the offices unsatisfactory.
It is difficult to teach successfully under such conditions as exist here, and the work throughout does not reach a good standard”.

4 April 1941 - Report of Religious Instruction at Crunwere School:
“this school is doing excellent work in religious instruction. Christian teaching is emphasised and a pleasant feature is the civility and manners of the pupils. Mr Wolff evidently takes a fatherly interest in the children and is ably assisted by Miss Player. The premises are in good condition and the period of religious education is not curtailed”.