Following are a collection of School Log Book entries as collected by the
Headmaster of 1958 Mr. Vernon Ball.
The comments in bold are Mr. Ball's as he collated the information for a school
"Opened school at 9. Typhus
Fever (12 sick) Ten days later "School
closed for a week in consequence of the death of my little son".
"Thomas Townley’s name taken off the register (Dead Typhus
(It may well be that earlier logbooks were destroyed because of this
"Children went down to Rode to witness the laying of the
cornerstone of the new church by Mrs.
1870 "Jesse Mayers put
in an appearance today but I sent him home to inform
his parents that I could not allow him to come because of irregular attendance
there were other children waiting to be admitted"
What an opportunity!!
"I made John Barlow and Henry Smith carry down the "Communion Rails" from
the stables by themselves because they showed an unwillingness to help the
(At this time the school was used
as a Church and "School Sermons" were held)
1875 "Have had to send
several children home for their "School Pence".
"John Foster left not 12 years of age. This going to work so young
is one of the
difficulties we have to attend with
roads in many places are blocked with snow. Let the few children that were
and clap till 9-35 as it was exceedingly cold and the N.E. wind prevented
the fires burning".
Wilson run over by the wagon (down the brake)- foot taken off".
(Mr. Davies Recurrent themes
are stone throwing, climbing walls and birds nesting)
1887 Another one was
absent "Compulsory attendance is certainly a dead letter in this
part of Cheshire".
He reports "Coal mine closing down (Hall
1894 "Explosion at Moss Collieries 60 children
away picking coal.
1896 Mr Willmer became head and was married one week later
1898 Dec 12th The funeral of a bandsman today interfered
with the attendance
Lewis Hancock is away this week sitting for the scholarship examination
1899 Feb 1st Lewis Hancock returned to school this
afternoon having been absent since Monday, suffering
from a gathered throat)
1899 Feb 10th Miss Lawton (Mrs Jackson) absent
three days this week, owing to her marriage taking place
1899 Feb 16th visited under act 84 (6) s.(1) The
school had a visit from an inspector who wrote:-
Some of the classes are larger than the Ed code allows, considering that
status of the teachers in charge of them.
1899 Mar 17th Three boys and a girl are away this
morning attending a labour exam at Congleton
1899 Mar 20th A half holiday given this afternoon
(by permission) to allow of a rehearsal being given in preparation for the
school concert tonight.
1899 Apr 28th Sickness and parental neglect have
militated against the attendance this week.
1899 May 18th School closed today for the Whitsuntide
Holidays. One week.
1899 May 29th School re-opened this morning after
miserably wet holidays.
1899 Jul 3rd Mr Mollart is absent all week at Rhyl,
sitting for 1st yr certificate
1899 Jul 14th Scripture examination conducted this
afternoon by Mr Paul Whitehurst. (Member of the board)
1899 Jul 15th Summary of H.M inspectors report.
"the school is well disciplined and is taught with much zeal, and credible
intelligence. Weak points alluded to at the first visit have generally received
1899 Sep 6th By permission of the board Mr W.J
Stanton of Birmingham, gave an object lesson "Alcohol and its effects"
this afternoon to stds IV to VII from 2 to 2:50.
1899 Oct 20th Poor attendance this week. There
is much sickness in the district; chiefly measles and scarlet fever.
1899 Oct 27th Sickness is on the increase, 16 children
have been absent all week through sickness.
1899 Nov 3rd Attendance half-holiday today. Sickness
is on the increase still
1899 Dec 1st Have examined all standards in paperwork,
Arithmetic, Dictation or Composition and some reading. Many children are
away through sickness, chiefly Scarlet Fever.
1899 Dec 15th A snowstorm on Monday evening has
interfered with attendance all week; the roads being still for pedestrians,
1899 Dec 21st Poor attendance through stress of
weather and sickness has prevented completion of examinations earlier.
1900 Jan 12th Several children have been removed
owing to their fathers (reservists) being called to arms in S. Africa.
1900 Jan 17th Have had several complaints against
Mr Hancock punishing children in an improper manner. Have repeatedly mentioned
the matter to him
1906 William Edward Taylor
was presented with a dressing case on leaving for Bede College, Durham
1908 "Had occasion to tell chid to have her
hair combed- creepers fell on to her slate- most impudent note from mother
1909 School gardening became an increasing part
of the curriculum.
1911 Mr. C.H. Lowry joined the staff teaching often
in the parish rooms
1912The choir won the first prize at Congleton
1917 A little girl fell in the lavatory
1930 Mr. Lowry was appointed headmaster. He had to
bear the brunt of the new things in education. "School Dinners"
1932 Milk for payment, woodwork for boys and domestic
science for girls.
1940 Practice in using Air Raid Shelters. Evacuees
from Stretford and London