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could hardly be expected, which, under more favourable auspices, attended their exertions elsewhere. But enough upon the whole has been accomplished to warrant the assertion that a system is now fairly in operation which, if the friends of Religious Education are true to their cause, and if the Ministers and Members of the Church combine heartily to advance that cause, bids fair, under Providence, not only materially to improve, but also greatly to extend the instruction of their fellow-countrymen, in all that it really concerns them to know. It will be remembered that these were the especial objects for which the Diocesan Board was constituted; and with God's blessing and the cordial aid of the Clergy and Laity throughout the whole Diocese, the Board are satisfied that they will be at length fully attained. To that aid they feel that they are entitled; not so much perhaps for what they have done (for their operations are yet only in their infancy), as for what they are engaged in doing; and for that blessing they trust that all will join them in humble prayers to that Great Being without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy, and under whose rule and guidance alone they acknowledge and confess that this great work of His Church can be carried on and brought to perfection.

APPENDIX I.

DIOCESAN TRAINING SCHOOLS.

I.

Training School for Masters.

Principal, REV. JOHN THORP.

This School is situate at Summertown, near Oxford. It is under the direction of a Committee (appointed by the Board for that purpose); by whom the Pupils are examined at the end of each half year. The admission-days are the first Tuesday after the 10th of January; the first Tuesday after the 25th of March; the last Tuesday in July; and the first Tuesday in October. Candidates must be at least 15 years of age. They must produce a certificate of their Baptism, and a testimonial from the Clergyman of their Parish; and will then be examined in Reading, Writing, and Spelling, in the four first rules of Arithmetic, in the Old and New Testaments, and in the Church

Catechism. The charge for boarding is 201. per annum; but Exhibitions varying from 57. to 157. are awarded by the Committee.

II.

Training School for Mistresses.

Mistress, Miss LENNOX.

This School is situate at Reading. It is also under the direction of a Committee. The religious instruction is superintended by the Rev. G. Hulme.

Candidates for admission must produce a certificate of their

Baptism, and be at least 17 years of age. They will be required to read, write, and spell well and correctly; to be acquainted with the first four rules of arithmetic (simple and compound); to possess a general knowledge of the Old and New Testaments, and to know perfectly the Church Catechism. They must also be well skilled in plain needlework. There will be an examination in these subjects before admission.

They must likewise produce a testimonial from the Clergyman of their Parish to the following effect:

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Incumbent (or Curate) of

do hereby certify, that I have known

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and believe her to be qualified in moral and religious habits, as well as in ability and attachment to the Church, to become a Candidate for admission to the Diocesan Training School for Mistresses."

The instruction embraces the theory and practice of teaching, as well as improvement in religious and general knowledge. The shortest period for which persons will be received, is six months.

The charge for boarding and instruction is nine pounds for six months, or at the rate of sixteen pounds a year-the payments to be made quarterly in advance. It is competent for the Committee to render assistance occasionally to such as remain in the School for periods exceeding six months. The washing will be a small extra charge. Each person must bring two pair of sheets and three towels.

Mistresses of existing Schools in union with the Board, who are desirous of improving themselves, will be admitted for shorter periods; and economical arrangements will be made for their boarding and lodging.

Applications for admission must be addressed to "The Secretary, Diocesan Training School, Prospect Place, Reading."

II.

Archidiaconal Boards.

ARCHDEACONRY OF OXFORD.

President, VEN. C. C. CLERKE, Archdeacon.
Secretary, REV. JOHN LEY.

ARCHDEACONRY OF BERKSHIRE.

President, VEN. Edward BERENS, Archdeacon.

REV. W. BUsfield,

Secretaries, {REV. J. HOLDING.

*The Oxfordshire Board meet on the First Tuesday, the Berkshire Board on the third Thursday, in each month.

Local Boards.

OXFORDSHIRE.-ASTON DEANERY.

REV. C. L. KIRBY, Rural Dean.

REV. E. F. GLANVILLE, Secretary and Inspector.

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At the Quarterly Meeting of the Diocesan Board, February 4, 1841, it was resolved: "That the receipt of the Inspector's Report in each year be considered to satisfy the requirement made in sect. 5. of the terms on which Parochial Schools may be received into union by the Board." By the original terms, parties uniting schools pledged themselves to make a report of the state of their schools every Christmas. The object of this resolution was to relieve them of the obligation in consequence of the provision made by the Board after these terms were drawn up, for the annual inspection of all schools in union.

Schools marked with an asterisk have been united since the date of the last Report.

A certificate, stating the date of its reception into union with the Board, will be sent to each School: and it is requested that it may be placed in a secure and conspicuous position.

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Bicester Diocesan Commercial School: Master, MR. PAINTER.

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