Extracts from Hayfield School Log Book
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The School opened at 9 o'clock Monday morning 27 Jul 1888
Staff comprised of Robert Henry FLETCHER lately engaged 2nd Master of Ellesmere Road Wesleyan School, Sheffield and Lucy FORD ex pupil teacher from Chapel en le Frith Girls School at which her apprenticeship was served.
27 Jul 1888 Geography "only 6 children in Standards 3 to 7 knew that England formed part of the continent of Europe, not more than a quarter of the same standards knew in what county they lived .
Sewing omitted this week as it was not decided whether children should provide their own material. (a local businessman later provided 50 yds of material for the poorer children to make clothes)
Average attendance for the week 100
30 Jul 1888 lists of new children who had previously attended Hayfield Wesleyan and Hayfield National sent to Messrs Jackson and Llewellyn for particulars of Examination results. (Many of the children when asked which standard or grade they had achieved in previous schools were unable to tell the teacher what they had attained to and this caused difficulties in grading the children hence the need for the Exam results. One boy David LYNE stated he had attained standard One and was placed in Standard Two, later it was discovered he had already attained the second grade but because he had spent most of his time in the second grade he had not progressed sufficiently to be moved on into the 3rd standard. He was therefore held back a year.
The following sums were asked, of which two children got 3 right, 3 children got two right, 4 children got 1 right and six failed to get any right.
59 - 16s -4 and a half penny multiplied by 56, 67, 35.
1 Sep 1888 Average attendance 130
20 Oct 1888 Order for a blackboard placed.
Ralph PARKER was sent off early to fetch his half time certificate - did not return.
16 Nov 1888 The rough weather still keeps the attendance low in the infant class, chiefly among those from Little Hayfield.
Dec 1888 John DIGBY when admitted his mother said he did not like to come to school if he is not allowed to write with his left hand
Teresa BEAVER has an impediment in her speech, she does not seem to have the power of speech or understanding of a child of four. Both of the above children were over 7.
18 Jan 1889 RECITATIONS
Standards 4-7 "Battle of Flodden"
" 3 "Blenheim"
" 2 " The miller and the King"
" 1 "Which loved best"
1 Feb 1889 Attendance this week has been very poor on account of the inclement weather and much sickness. One case of fever. Bertha WARDLE aged 6 died this week. Four children of the CAPSTICK family have returned to school since Christmas Vacation after an absence of 3 months on account of fever.
12 Feb 1889 Unable to prepare the following children in time for Examinations
Theresa BEAVER Edith HOLT John DIGBY Robert LONGE ( or Tonge?)
Fanny GREEN Geo REDFERN Emma SLANEY Polley CAPSTICK
14 May 1889 Attendance low today children being kept at home to help with "spring cleaning". School closed in afternoon, Hayfield fair.
5 Jul 1889 Children returned to Infant Class from Standard 1.
Mary Elizabeth WHITEHEAD 7 in Mar 1890
Sarah HUDSON 7 in Apr 1890
Edward Bowden GASKILL 7 in Dec 1889
Fred Augustus GREEN 7 in Jul 1889
Elizabeth LEE 7 in Feb 1889
31 Oct 1889 Examinations throughout the school
Standard 1 weak children John DIGBY, Edgar BARNES, Ada HODGSON,
Theresa BEEVER, E CRITCHLOW, Chas WYATT
Standard 3 "five or six children bad throughout"
Joe COOKE, David LYNE, John WOOD, Esther GIBSON, Alice HUTCHINSON.
3 Feb 1890 Rangeley LEE a boy in Standard 6 came this morning (Monday) with very untidy clogs and was sent home to clean them. The mother was annoyed at his return and sent him to the Church School
31 Oct 1890 Albert BRADLEY on returning to school yesterday afternoon had one leg run over by a trap. He was carried home on the back of a bigger boy. On examination by doctor the leg was found to be severely bruised but not broken.
11 Nov 1890 John DIGBY re-admitted today after sickness of hip disease and brain fever which has lasted 5 months. The Doctor informed me in August that the lad would not be fit for school for at least 12 months perhaps never again. Yesterday the mother saw me and desired the lad to be allowed to attend school when he felt able and also that he might be put in Standard 1 which he passed last exam ------ if the work of Standard 2 was to much for his "excitable brain"
10 Mar 1891 Septimus CRABTREE received two strokes across each hand for wilfull badness......... using a corner of the building as a urinal
9 Nov 1891 Joe MELLOR death from croup. He was an infant in the first division.
13 Nov 1891 George THORPE Assistant, left Friday for a situation at Bolsover nr Chesterfield
16 Dec 1891 Object lessons, occupations; baker, blacksmith, carpenter, bricklayer, candle -making, paper hanger, painter, silk weaver, paper maker.
NAME Adm DOB Parent last school left
Esther HIGGINBOTTOM 23/7/88 3/9/76 Anne Hayfield Weslyn 8/3/89 work
Adele YATES 23/7/88 26/3/78 Chas " " 20/9/88 left dist
Percy Joseph HOBSON 23/7/88 27/6/75 Edwin MASON Private 4/6/90 ------
Ada HOPE 23/7/88 11/7/77 Tho SMITH Private -----------------
Joseph EDGE 23/7/88 1/1/79 Stephen Hayfield Natnl 6/2/90 left dist
Geo HODGSON 23/7/88 20/10/80 Thomas " " 9/7/90 ------
Lavinia Rose HADFIELD 23/7/88 20/6/83 Tho Rose HADFIELD Hay Wes 28/9/91 to America
Emily KNOWLES 23/7/88 9/11/82 Joseph New Mills Board -------------
Alice Cotterill GOULD 8/10/88 26/11/79 Tho COTTERILL High Lane Disley --------
(surname for this entry is as in the register)
Saml WATERHOUSE 1/10/88 ------ only came half a day left dist 8/10/88
Jas John WALTSHIRE 7/1/89 18/2/74 Wm WADE uncle Lyndhurst, Hants 15/4/89
Rose KNIGHT 29/4/89 -/1/81 Levi MASON Derby St Lukes 25/10/89 left dist
Mary Elizb HADFIELD 7/1/89 15/12/77 Tom BAGSHAW Chapel e,l.F. 6/6/89 fees
Wilfred LOWE 12/8/89 16/4/79 Wm. Thornsett Board 18/12/91 Tech School, Manchester
Sebra Ann NEWTON 17/6/89 20/10/79 Wm. Philadelphia Brd, Sheffield 19/9/89 left dist
" " " 6/1/90 re-admitted 9/6/90
James W TURNER 27/8/90 5/4/84 Samuel. to Blackpool
Emily Maud YEOMANS 26/3/91 13/2/82 Alice TURTON Chester St 2/10/91 guardian Manchester to Potteries
Wilfred FIELDSEND 28/3/92 10/11/86 Charles. --------- 16/9/98 to Stockport
Wm PREEZE 3/3/02 23/7/92 George Heysham -----------
Laura TATTERALL 2/8/01 25/10/90 Martha. Gawthorpe Natl ------------
Nora HEARSUM 25/10/97 12/8/87 John. London 16/3/98
Arthur SHIRT 28/2/98 14/9/91 Chas . Burnley Brd -------------
Stanley SHIRT 28/2/98 17/10/92 " " --------------
Edwin CLAYTON 3/1/98 7/5/88 Herbert Glasgow 14/10/98