Transcribed by: Bryn Jones

The school head was Mrs Jeanette Swann

The teachers were: Miss Scaife, Mrs H Hodgson (from June until November), Miss Storey (until June), Miss Maud Oakley (November and December) 

In 1915, King George V was on the throne and Asquith was the prime minister. World War 1 was now in its second year. More than 29,000 people were killed in an earthquake in Avezzano, Italy. The Women’s Institute was founded. The nurse Edith Cavell was executed by the Germans. Einstein formulated his theory of general relativity.

 

 

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Date of entry

Log entry

Editorial notes

261

15-Jan-1915

Average for week 71.5 Percentage 96.8 Have lost four children at end of year and admitted three. Re-arranged classes for New Year and began new work.

 

Staff: Mrs Swann C.M. Stds IV – VII

Miss Storey U. Stds II & III

Miss Scaife S. St. I & Inf

 

 

261

22-Jan-1915

Average for week 71.2 Percentage 96.3 Mary Botterill is still absent after Scarlet fever. Usual lessons proceeded with. Work seems very uphill.

 

261

29-Jan-1915

Average for week 72.4 Percentage 97.7 Mary Botterill has returned to school. Harold Hudson asked permission to bring his gramophone on Wednesday afternoon and gave the children many patriotic songs on it instead of the usual lessons.

 

262

4-Feb-1915

Checked the registers and found them correct.

Julia Eyre

 

262

5-Feb-1915

Average for week 68.7 Percentage 93 Several children absent with influenza. Have taken two extra singing lessons this week to get ready Patriotic Songs the children are to sing at a Recruiting meeting tomorrow night. Holiday this afternoon to prepare school for Patriotic Concert tonight.

The recruiting concert was reported in the local newspaper, the Beverley Guardian. It was addressed by Mr H Billings of the Parliamentary recruiting Committee. Only three men came forward as so many had already volunteered. The concert was organised by Mrs John Dunning and there were sketches, readings, performances and songs. Of particular note were the Scenes from Cranford performed by Misses Pearman, Van Brugh, Storey, and Huzzard (3).

262

12-Feb-1915

Average for week 65.3 Percentage 89 Influenza very prevalent and attendance lowered. Usual lessons taken anf work and conduct satisfactory.

 

262

19-Feb-1915

Average for week 67.0 Percentage 9. Four children absent school with Influenza. Had a half holiday on Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday also known now as Pancake day, signifies the start of Lent.

263

26-Feb-1915

Average for week 68.3 Percentage 94.7 Three children absent all week with Influenza. Miss Turner (County Council) visited the school on Wednesday morning and Mrs Eyre on Thursday afternoon.

 

263

5-Mar-1915

Average for week 68.4 Percentage 92.1 Harold Hudson has left – gone to farm labour. Gladys and John Wilson have been re-admitted. The elder girls have used the Sewing Machine in the last two weeks and have learnt how to fill the bobbin, thread the shuttle and thread the needle.

 

263

12-Mar-1915

Average for week 68.8 Percentage 95.4 Willie Girdley and John Curtis have left and gone to farm work. Usual lessons taken. Mrs Eyre visited the school on Thursday afternoon.

 

264

16-Mar-1915

Medical inspection by Dr Helen Forbes, accompanied by a lady doctor from the Board of Education, London.

 

264

19-Mar-1915

Average for week 67 Percentage 92 Miss Scaife absent two days this week with a severe cold. Poor attendance today owing to a snow-storm and deep drifts.

 

264

26-Mar-1915

Average for week 68.8 Percentage 95.4 Usual lessons proceeded with and work on the whole satisfactory except Arithmetic in St. IV

 

264

1-Apr-1915

Average for week 69.9 Percentage 96 Work in St. IV is very difficult – three or four children have a strange lack of intelligence shown in nearly every subject. Leave off today for Easter Holiday.

 

264

16-Apr-1915

Average for week 69.1 Percentage 94.7 Two children absent with Mumps. Have taken the quarterly Exam in the lower classes this week with fairly satisfactory results and begun them in the upper classes. Gave Mrs Eyre for distribution 16 articles for soldiers, children had finished.

 

264

23-Apr-1915

Average for week 69.8 Percentage 93 Walter and Leonard Brumfield absent with swollen glands – Alice Hudson with Mumps. Admitted Herbert and Arthur hayton who come from Raikes’ Farm. Usual lessons taken.

 

264

30-Apr-1915

Average for week 68.7 Percentage 92.5 Four children absent with Mumps. Finished the examinations this week. Result fairly satisfactory.

 

265

7-May-1915

Average for week 69 Percentage 94 Usual lessons proceeded with. Some children in upper classes seem deficient in intelligence and make progress difficult. Mrs Eyre visited the school this afternoon.

 

265

14-May-1915

Average for week 66.6 Percentage 92 Several fresh case of Mumps. Dr Helen Forbes visited the school on Wednesday afternoon and re-examined three children. The children had half an hour on the Green yesterday morning instead of playtime and saw 1100 soldiers from Dalton march past under Colonel Pease.

We haven’t been able to find any more information about Colonel Pease although it’s a name known in Beverley and was the name of a bank in North Bar Within at the location now  occupied by Barclays.

265

21-May-1915

Average for week 63.5 Percentage 80??  Six children absent all week with Mumps. Miss Storey absent on Tuesday and Wednesday – not well. Leave off today for Whitsuntide holiday week.

 

266

4-Jun-1915

Average for week 54 Percentage 78.2 During the week’s holiday Nelson Berridge developed Mumps and then Diphtheria. Seven cases of Measles have been reported during the week, besides two cases of Mumps. The attendance today was 50 out of 71 on the register.

 

Checked the registers and found them correct.

Julia Eyre June 10th 1915

 

266

11-Jun-1915

Average for week 50.4 Percentage 74.1 Seventeen children have been absent all week because of infectious disease. Dorothy and Bertha Dinsdale away with scare (??). Mis Storey terminates her engagement here to day.

 

266

18-Jun-1915

Average for week 52 Percentage 76.4 Many absentees again. Miss Scaife took St.I with Infants this week and Head Mistress St.II upward

 

267

25-Jun-1915

Average for week 55.4 Percentage 81 Stds II and III have given extra time to tables this week.

The reference to tables is to the practice of consigning to memory multiplication tables usually from 1 to 12. As example they would have to remember the eight times tables: 1 8 is 8, 2 8’s are 16, 3 8’s are 24 and so on up to 12 8’s are 96. The tables would often be chanted by the class as a whole. The figure 12 was significant because the pre-decimal currency had 12 pence in a shilling (now 5p) and quantities would often be counted in dozens e.g half a dozen eggs was six eggs.

267

28-Jun-1915

Mrs H Hodgson began her duties this week as Uncertificated Teacher in charge of Stds I, II and III

 

267

2-Jul-1915

Average for week 57 Percentage 85 Twelve children absent still through sickness. Mrs Eyre visited the school on Wednesday afternoon. Baptist children left early today because of Sunday School Tea.

 

267

8-Jul-1915

Half day holiday today because of Re-union of Sunday School Teachers.

 

267

9-Jul-1915

Average for week 65.9 Percentage 9?? Eight children returned – four still absent. Arithmetic in Stds I,II,III is still very backward and Tables not well known.

 

269

16-Jul-1915

Average for week 66.7 Percentage 95.2 Three children still absent through sickness. Usual lessons proceeded with and work and conduct fairly good.

 

269

23-Jul-1915

Average for week 66.9 Percentage 95.5 Usual lessons taken. Eight children absent this afternoon because of thunderstorm.

 

269

27-Jul-1915

Visit of Mr Wheeler H.M.I

 

269

20-Jul-1915

Average for week 65 Percentage 92.5 Another case of German Measles has caused the absence of three children. Holiday this afternoon because of children’s tea at the Hall. Leave off today for Summer Holidays

The tea would have been hosted by Mrs Eyre at High Hall, now the location of the Bishop Burton College of Agriculture.

269

17-Sep-1915

Average for week 65.5 Percentage 94.8 Four children have left and two been admitted. Work nicely started again. Mrs Eyre visited the school on Tuesday afternoon.

 

270

24-Sep-1915

Average for week 67.6 Percentage 97.0 Nelson Clubley absent eight times helping in harvest, owing to scarcity of labour. All children in attendance this week and all present today.

 

Checked the register and found them correct

Julia Eyre Sept 29th 1915

 

270

1-Oct-1915

Average for week 67.3 Percentage 97

 

270

8-Oct-1915

Average for week 63.3 Percentage 9?? Two children away all the week with chicken pox and two others with colds. Usual lessons taken and work and conduct satisfactory.

 

270

15-Oct-1915

Average for week 66.7 Percentage 9?? Nurse Ward visited the school on Wednesday and spoke to two girls concerning their hair. Complained of boys trespassing after school hours in search of walnuts.

 

271

22-Oct-1915

Average for week 66.7 Percentage 95.1 Usual lessons taken and work and conduct fairly satisfactory.

 

271

29-Oct-1915

Average for week 67 Percentage 95.6 Maud Hayton absent all week with swollen face. Work and conduct fairly good.

Afternoon school will begin at 1 pm and finish at 3.30 pm during the winter months, and all the afternoon lessons will be half an hour ahead of the time on the Time Table.

This was the year before British Summer Time was introduced.

271

5-Nov-1915

Average for week 66.6 Percentage 94.6 Five children are away because of Chicken Pox. Mrs Hodgson was absent on Tuesday having had a bicycle accident on Monday. Half holiday today because of Congregational Tea in the School.

 

272

12-Nov-1915

Average for week 62.2 Percentage ?? Six children absent though Chicken Pox. Wet weather today caused bad attendance. Mrs Hodgson terminates her duties here today.

Mrs Hodgson only spent six months at the school.

272

19-Nov-1915

Average for week 66.4 Percentage 93 Two children absent because of Chicken Pox. Severe weather rather interfered with the attendance of long distance children. Miss Maud Oakley has taken duty this week as Supply Teacher. She takes Stds I, II and III

 

272

26-Nov-1915

Average for week 67.2 Percentage 9?? One child away with Chicken Pox. [illegible line] and allowed Miss Oakley three afternoons off this week for study, as she sits for Certificate next week.

 

273

3-Dec-1915

Average for week 66.7 Percentage 93.9 Miss Oakley has been away all this week at her examination. Head Teacher has had all the standards. Mrs Eyre visited the school this afternoon.

 

273

10-Dec-1915

Average for week 66.6 Percentage 93.7 Miss Scaife was absent all week with a cold. Bad weather has interfered with the attendance. Have taken examinations in the Infants’ Classes with fairly satisfactory results.

 

273

17-Dec-1915

Average for week 66.6 Percentage 93.7 Have examined upper children this week. Std III did badly in Arithmetic. Other results fairly good.

 

274

22-Dec-1915

Counted the children and found the number correctly entered in the Register.

 

W.A. Pearman

 

274

23-Dec-1915

Average for week 65.6 Percentage 92.5 The children have written Christmas letters to thirty of our old School boys who are serving wither in Army or Navy, and sent them socks, mittens and mufflers, knitted by the girls and paid for from our weekly collections. Over 90 garments have been sent for Christmas.

 

Miss Oakley terminates her duties here today.

 

Leave off for Christmas Holidays

 

 

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