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Medbourne Village School, 1872 - 1968

What follows are the "interesting bits" from the Medbourne Village School logs. There are no records remaining for the 1880's.

See also the Medbourne School History page.


  • The incomplete condition of the school in regard to its apparatus and out-buildings prevented Mr. Harrison from obtaining his third class Teaching Certificate even though his requirements had met his Inspector’s standards in every way, e.g. desk accommodation is deficient both in kind and quality.
  • The Offices (lavatories) should be separated by a space sufficient to deaden the sound and adapted to a dry earth system.
  • A room should be added in which the younger children could be instructed suitably to their age. For lack of this the children in the village cannot be admitted under six years of age.
  • Likewise the Education Department would not recognise the school as efficient unless :-
    1. Separate Offices with separate approaches for girls and boys were provided, and
    2. Proper teaching in needlework required as part of the ordinary course of instruction.
  • There were not funds for the above. A meeting of parishioners asked that a sum of money could be obtained from the Local Government Board as they held £72 from the sale of certain parish buildings. Twenty villagers attended the meeting. Various objections from the Board!
  • The trustees of the school building and the Moyes Charity set up a rate of charges, e.g. children of large Farmers and Land Owners 9d. a week, children of Tradesmen 4d. a week, children of work people 1d. a week, children from other parishes 6d. a week. (240d = £1)


  • An Inspector wrote that the Headmaster seemed to be carrying out his duties under great difficulties. Sewing was introduced and taught by the master’s wife and daughter.


  • The improvements were carried out and Mr Harrison gained his certificate.


  • Miss Harrison was appointed paid monitor. Several boys were given Labour Certificates when they left. The presence of so many agricultural children, who have scarcely any schooling at all, makes it very difficult to maintain good order.


  • Several more Railway children admitted but their presence is not at all desirable for most of them appear to be under no sort of discipline and are very unruly. The constant changing of children, the irregular attendance and the disorderly conduct of the strange children is having a bad effect on the whole school.
  • Numbers on the books 97, present 48. The continual coming and going of strange children interferes seriously with the working of the school for none stay long enough either to do good for themselves or to be any credit to the school.
  • Special days holiday on July 18th for a special service in the Church for its opening of the new Chancel.


  • These children admitted who had never been to any school before, their ages are ten to eleven and fourteen but they can scarcely read or write.


  • School not re-opened after the summer holiday until October 6th due to the late harvest.


  • Measles epidemic and school closed for a week.


  • Drawing introduced for boys whilst girls have needlework.


  • School was closed on 27th November 1891 in consequence of Scarlatina, re-opened 15th February 1892, by order of the Medical Officer of Health.
  • Cooking lectures after school.


  • Mr Craddock when he took over found no exercise books or record books. Ordered new ones, new slates and infant stock.
  • School closed for 4 weeks by the Medical Officer for Health due to an outbreak of measles.


  • Mr Craddock’s little girl is very ill with Intussusception.
  • Emma Rigby appointed probationary Monitor at a salary of two shillings a week.


  • Children given a longer playtime on March 2nd. to commemorate the relief of Ladysmith.
  • School closed for afternoon on May 21st to celebrate the relief of Mafeking.


  • Letter from Medical Officer of Health informing that no children to be admitted from homes affected by Whooping Cough.
  • Christmas concert held.


  • Poor attendance due to Mumps and Ringworm.
  • Use of slates entirely abandoned in the Upper Division.


  • A partition put up to separate the infants from the older scholars, this is a great improvement.


  • School closed for three weeks due to Scarlet Fever, buildings to be fumigated and cleaned.
  • Children sang over the grave at Mr Harrison’s funeral.
  • Dumb Bells arrived.
  • No infant teacher.
  • The drains round the school being in such unsanitary condition it has been found necessary to re-lay the whole of them. The Managers decided immediately to close the school for the summer holidays until August 1st.


  • Children are taking meals out to the fields especially in hay time and not getting back in time for afternoon school.
  • Library started, C.W.B. Fernie sent £1 to buy books.


  • Lady Cunard has sent a sovereign toward acquisition of more books. Her Ladyship also lent books.
  • Clement Warner aged four years has died of Diptheria.


  • Exercises with Indian Clubs and Dumb Bells and exercises without any tools.


  • The standard of Needlework is very unsatisfactory and is very crude.
  • Athol Burrows aged six years died of Diphtheria.


  • Nellie Horsley died of Diphtheria.


  • School gardening started, found to improve the boys’ attendance.


  • New infant's room finished and opened. Also a glazed partition in the main room.


  • Rapid thawing of snow and ice on March 19th combined with heavy rain causing flooding. Children were taken home by Mr. T. Lygoe in his trap, five journeys being necessary but by 4 p.m. things were normal.


  • A selection of vegetables grown, fruit trees planted. Also instruction in pruning given in the Head’s garden.


  • Six weeks summer holidays because of shortage of labour. A great many children being required by farmers and others to assist in various kinds of work.


  • Freda Palin died of Diphtheria.
  • Mr Hagger called up for Military Duties.


  • School closed for three afternoons in October so that the teachers and children could go gathering blackberries to be made into jam for the Army and Navy.


  • Six half day holidays in September and October to collect blackberries for jam for the Army and Navy.
  • Mr Hagger returned from Military Duties on November 15th and resumed as Headmaster.
  • School was closed between October 20th and December 6th due to the influenza epidemic. In Christmas holiday the school was thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.


  • Three hundredweight of horse chestnuts sent to Market Harborough.
  • Bert Barlow first pupil to gain a scholarship to Market Harborough Grammar School.
  • Children joined in Peace Celebrations on 19th July following The Great War.


  • Mr Hagger away suffering from rheumatism of the nerves.


  • Leonard Vines died of Sleeping Sickness


  • Four girls have commenced attending domestic science classes at the Langton Centre.


  • Five pupils granted permission on November 11th to absent themselves from school for the purpose of assisting in the sale of Flanders Poppies.


  • The Managers unanimously resolved “Feeling that our Caretaker has, for some time, been underpaid, we recommend her salary be increased to £52 per year, with an allowance for window cleaning”. The school laundry was no longer to be regarded as part of the Caretaker’s regular duties. Two shillings a week to be paid extra.


  • Eleven senior pupils transferred to Church Langton. Medbourne School reconstituted for Juniors and Infants.


  • Children given Horlicks Malted Milk.


  • Bottled milk obtained from Mr Knight of Tetbury


  • Lavatory pans fitted but no means of flushing supplied.
  • Beryl Orton died from Scarlet Fever, top class attended her funeral.
  • On September 2nd the Police Constable fitted all the children with gas masks.
  • Seventy Evacuees from London have been admitted to the school. An additional school room at the Nevill Arms (the Clubroom) has been taken to accommodate thirty five of these children. Six teachers and one Headmistress came with them.


  • Only a few Evacuees are left and the children from the Nevill Arms Clubroom have been brought over to the school.


  • The Wardens have visited the school and fitted the children with ear plugs.


  • The Head Warden came and thoroughly overhauled the children’s gas masks.


  • Dancing is being taken instead of Handiwork.
  • School closed for two days on May 8th and 9th for V.E. celebrations.


  • Electric Boiler fitted for Caretaker’s use and water butt fitted outside.


  • New clock with Arabic figures put in the west room.


  • P.C. Robinson gave a talk on the care of cycles.
  • Flushing system installed in the lavatories.


  • Two new stoves fitted.


  • Wellingtonia tree in playground felled due to its dangerous condition.


  • New oil heating system fitted in main room.


  • Weekly period of swimming at Market Harborough baths started.


  • Mr Hinch had to render assistance to tow the Dentist’s mobile surgery on and off the playground.
  • Sharon Bradley awarded the Gold Survival Swimming Award.


This page was researched and authored by Keith Sandars, February 2017.