Ogley Hay School.
Dimensions of Ogley Hay Boys School:
Length 51 Feet. Breadth 20 feet, Mean Height 16 feet.
Class Room: Length 18 feet, Breadth 14feet, Mean height 14 feet.
Area of Principal Room: 1020 sq. feet.
Area of Class Room: 252 sq. feet.
8 = 159
(this was the amount pupils the school was calculated to hold!).
3rd November 1876: (Friday) School Assembled, but teachers being requested to accompany the Rev. JORDAN, Chairman of the School Board, to the Board Offices to secure stationery for their schools, the boys were dismissed at 10am. Holiday in the afternoon.
6 November 1876: First day's work under the Norton-under-Cannock School Board. Attendance but small, it being the Brownhills Wake.
Attended a Meeting of the Board tonight and submitted Time Table which was unaminously approved.
Infants to be transferred to the new Infant School, - and all infants to remain there until after the Inspection following their 6th birthday.
Fees to be paid weekly in advance by all, Standard IV and upward 3d weekly, and fees to be paid to the Treasurer monthly at the Ordinary Meeting of the Board.
11 November 1876 (Friday): Average attendance for the week 113.
G. JOHNSON, Master - Certified II
M. JOHNSON. Assistant - Certified I
H. WALTERS, Pupil Teacher - 3rd Year.
18 November 1876: Average attendance this week 181. No. present at all 205. 101 present in the first Standard on two or three occasions. Classes settled down to work towards the end of the week.
William KINGSTON and Eli JONES commenced as Monitors.
Cautioned several boys who had been writing on walls and gates.
Many boys come to school half an hour late.
(NOTE: it was later established by the Master that many of the boys were having to take their father's breakfast at the Pit Head before running to School)
25 November 1876: Reading taken on last two days of the week in the Class Room. Less noise in Principal Room. Very wet on Monday and Friday.
Average for the week 172.5.
William and Thos. CROSS unable to pay fees. Received a supply of Drawing Materials etc.
2 December 1876: Average attendance 178. Thos. CROSS brought his fees this week. William absent. Fees for month £9.8.7d. In arrears, six boys paid for by the Guardians 5/-. others 1/8d. Total 6/8d.
Classes wrote in Copy books on Friday Morning - instead of the afternoon when it grows dark at 3.45.
Punished several late boys, and kept others in.
23rd December 1876: Average this week 154. Gave notice to 21 boys that they could not be readmitted after the Christmas Holidays, the School being overcrowded. Closed School at 4pm on Friday for the Christmas Holidays.
12 January 1877: Many away because of illness.
20 January 1877: Eli JONES (Monitor) unwell and unable to attend School since Tuesday. Several children away on account of the Epidemic (Scarletina) in the Village. Several parents sent messages today that they must keep the children from School until the disease abated.
23rd January 1877: received a note from the Rev. J. JORDAN at 9.30 this morning to close the School at once. The Medical Officer of Health for the District (Mr J. M. McCULLY) having ordered the Board to close all their Schools until further notice in consequence of the prevalence of Scarlet Fever in the neighbourhood. Gave the Pupil Teachers and Candidates lessons as usual.
3rd February 1877: School closed this week. From 15 to 20 deaths have occurred during this past month in the district. Pupil Teacher and Candidates received their instruction from 9 to 10.15 in the School each morning this week. Eli JONES (Monitor) able to attend again.
9th April 1877: Re-opened School after having been closed since Janaury 23rd. Teachers all present. The Rev's JORDAN called. Admitted six new boys. Average attendance for the week 135.
14th April 1877: No boys to be readmitted who live out of the School Board District. W.H. PRICE & F. G. WILLIAMS applied to the Board and were told no.
11th July 1878: Received report of the Drawing Examinations held in March last. Of 102 Examined, 92 gave proof of satisfactory teaching. Of these 10 obtained Certificates viz: - Jethro SCOFFHAM, Model Arthur CROSS, Thomas CROSS, Arthur DOLMAN, Chas. A. GREGORY, Albert JONES, Edward POOLE, David SMITH, Thomas TEW and Henry WILLIAMS. No.2222. Art Form No. 581.
3rd August 1878: The Board upon application gave a holiday on Friday, the Teachers wishing to join the Ogley Hay Church Choir Excursion. Thursday the 1st was my last day in this School. Left register etc in School Box for my successor. signed George JOHNSON.
16th December 1878: Attendance has fallen off by reason of the Strike. 10 boys sent home who had come without their School Fee. The falling off in attendance may be attributed to the severe weather, the younger boys mostly being absent.
6th January 1879: School opened with a comparatively good number of scholars considering the deep snow. Commenced money sums with St.III, Long measure St.IV.
10th January 1879: Boys show considerable improvement in Arithmatic and Grammer.
17th Janaury 1879: The Standard I Class has much improved both in writing and spelling.
10th December 1879: Four parents of Scholars attending this School were summonsed to Shenstone for irregular attendance of their children. Cases remanded for a month.
12th December 1879: Attendance irregular this week owing to the snow and mud.
15th December 1879: Two of the boys only of the parents summonsed last week made an appearance this morning. One sent back for coming without School Fee. He has not returned again this week.
12th August 1880: The number in attendance is good on the whole, being the first week after the holiday, but it varies too much. Weather very sultry, would have been unbearable if the ventilation had not been improved. The Schools have been cleaned and coloured and ventilated during the holidays and we felt more comfortable.
19th August 1880: School closed today to allow the teachers the opportunity of being present at the Teacher's Annual Party.
24th April 1882: Smaller nos present today, Measles prevalent in the district.
28th April 1882: Examined Upper Standards in Grammer. Analysis done well in St.V & VI. Fair in St.IV.
22nd June 1883: Curtain to divide the Classes brought into School on Monday but it is not yet fixed.
The ventilation is very imperfect. We notice it more in the hot weather but it must be very unhealthy the year through.
25th June 1883: Reveived a circular letter from the Clerk about the unpunctuality of the children, suggesting that their names should be written on the Blackboard and that those who make a practise of being late should be punished with the cane. I am making enquires of each boy and will calculate the result at the end of the week.
14th September 1883: New Infant Schools commenced opposite. Warned the boys about watching the men at work after the school had opened.
18th September 1883: Many boys late this morning. Several had been with breakfast to the pits.
21st September 1883: Boys in the 2nd Standard practised map of the Lakes of N. America. The maps already practised are England and Australia.