Examinations and Reports

"This is an interesting village school, recently commenced. All who need such help are admitted at half price to themselves and the other half is paid by a neighbouring gentleman. Reading, writing, arithmetic, grammar and geography, all give evidence of intelligent and sound teaching This school promises to be useful, not only in effectiveness of the methods adopted, but in the stimulants applied to existing schools." (Wesleyan Education Committee Report, 1857).

"The Reading and Writing of this school are satisfactory; the Arithmetic continues to show the same inaccuracy which I noticed last year. Nearly half the children examined failed in this exercise. The Discipline shows improvement" (20th February, 1866).

"This school shows great improvement under the new master. The arithmetic is already much more accurate and sound; and the discipline is well maintained.

The Infants under 6 should be able to go through their drill with greater precision. Frequent exercising in the movements of the hand and body has a great tendency to preserve good order among them." (22nd February, 1867).

In the Examination Schedule for 1880, 81 children have been passed in the subjects of reading, writing and arithmetic. Two children William Bratley and John Smith, come under the title •exceptions* and, I believe, have not passed as only one comment is given to each by the Inspector - 'Imbecile'. Reasons given in a letter signed on behalf of the Board by S. E. Pinder Hon Clerk in February 1884 for children being represented or with- held for Examination:- 'Dull; Young and Dull; Delicate- Very Dull; Imperfect Utterance.'

Since the setting up of the School Board the Managers Return each year asked if a Ladies Committee superintended the Girls' Instruction in Plain Needlework and Cutting Out. 1887 was the first time that a committee was appointed and they met once. The girls had three lessons a week lasting 1^ hours each. The Return for 1889 showed that the Ladies Committee had disbanded but the girls continued their lessons unsupervised.

Religious Knowledge Examination, 25th February, 1914.

Opening and closing of the school. This usually takes place in three different parts of the premises. It is desirable that the School as a whole should meet at the beginning of each day.

Infants. I have nothing but praise for the excellent way in which these little ones have been taught.

Juniors. These children passed a fairly good Examination. I should like to see the answering more general; too large a proportion of the class left the answering to be done by their neighbours.

Seniors. The children in this section passed a highly creditable Examination. They answered sensibly and showed unmistakably that earnest and regular work had been done throughout the year. The following children especially distinguished themselves: Samuel Robinson, Robinson Stark, Robert Munilz, Arthur Simon, Iley Archer and Elsie Hewson.

A quieter and more deliberate rendering of the prayers is desirable. This remark does not apply to the Lord's Prayer which was intoned in a suitable and reverent manner. Percy Hewson Chairman, Tetney School Managers.

"When appointed to the school about a year ago the Head Teacher and the two Assistants had little experience of the type of work they were about to undertake. Since then they have attended courses and attempted to make themselves conversant with modern methods. ..... there is, however, much to be done to make the standard of work good, especially in connection with spoken and written English and with Arithmetic. Little provision is made for the rather large group of backward children in the top class. The introduction of more practical work would be beneficial in this direction.

The Head Teacher is entering some of the older children for the Music and Drama Festivals ....." Mr. A. Sandys, H.M.I. 27th February, 1939.

"The large main room accommodates the upper junior class and a second large, pleasant classroom houses the infants. The room which accommodates the lower junior class is small however. The former school house provides a kitchen and stores and additional cloakrooms for the school. The premises are in a good state of repair and are clean and well maintained.

There is an intimate and homely atmosphere about this school. The industry, sincerity and kindliness of the Head Mistress are reflected in the attitude of the children towards their work and towards each other. They are usually frank and friendly and have a good deal of self-assurance. At the same time, they are courteous and have a marked sense ofresponsible behaviour ....." (2nd May, 1950).


1. School Log Books 1863 to the present day.

2. Wesleyan Education Committee Report, 1857.

3. School Board Minutes Book 1891 to 1903.

4. School Documents, 1872 to 1938.


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