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and to examine them half-yearly, so as to be able to certify to the Churchmen of the neighbourhood that they may safely trust their children in them.

The Examiners appointed in Oxford have examined at Midsummer and Christmas the Schools of Mr. Andrews, the Misses Beaufoy and Howe, Mrs. C. Cook, and Mrs. Thorp. All these Schools can be most confidently recommended as affording to the children of Churchmen that which is so rarely found-a Churchman's Education. The Catechism is most carefully inculcated in all, and in the higher Classes is most satisfactorily understood, together with an intelligent and reverent knowledge of the Creeds and the Holy Scriptures. The Examiners have suggested that these Examinations might be made much more efficient if they received their appointment at the May and August Boards, and had time to arrange a more complete system of Examination, in accordance with the studies of the half year. It appears to the Board to be exceedingly desirable to give the utmost efficiency to these Examinations.

III. GRANTS TO SCHOOL BUILDINGS.

It was announced in the last Report, that a sum, not exceeding £100 would be devoted to Grants out of the Income of 1851. The following have been made, and paid out of the Income of the current year.

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As these Grants have been made and paid out of the Income of the current year, and not, as formerly, out of the possible Income of future years, they leave the Income of 1852 untouched. It is very uncertain whether any Grant can be made for the year 1852.

IV. INSPECTION.

Inspection has proceeded during the year 1851 on the same plan as in the preceding year. The Inspectors were assembled at the Bishop's Palace, Cuddesdon, on Tuesday, February 10th. The reports from the entire Diocese are not quite complete, owing to the unavoidable absence from the meeting of more than one Inspector. The Schools actually inspected during the year amount to 384, and 28 more are open to inspection, making a total of 412. A Committee was appointed to draw up an amended form of Subject-Paper, for circulation in the Schools under inspection. The amended forms of return issued by the National Society, and adopted in this Diocese, were very fully considered and some further improvements suggested.

A change in the place of meeting of the Quarterly Board has become necessary from the cessation of Mr. Davenport's interest in the house in the Turl. Mr. D. has, by a most liberal payment, secured to the Board the use of the present rooms until May, and has further offered to the Lord Bishop for his general use, and also for the use of Diocesan Meetings, the Office which he has built for a Diocesan Registry near the County Hall. The Board owes Mr. D. the most hearty thanks for his present offer, and for his great liberality which has secured to them the use of the present rooms; but as it will be necessary to provide a room accessible to all School Managers, for the exhibition of the Privy Council School maps and books, and Mr. D's. office is not available for this purpose, it behoves the Board to find a place where that most useful set of school books may be exhibited.

After surveying the whole extent of its own operations, the Board cannot but take an anxious glance at the Great Educational Contest which is drawing near with much threatening of speedy issue.

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The proposal of an Education Rate, and of gratuitous Education for all who choose to claim it, is one that cannot be contemplated without anxiety. If established, they must lead to further results, probably to that of compulsory Education, and the Education so forced upon the Pupils, must needs be one which is capable of being administered to all religious parties it must be neutral in its Religious Views, or omit them wholly. But the prospect of an Educational Rate and its consequences may still be a distant one, if the Church is true to her mission, and exhibits to the Nation the possibility of educating the People by the free alms of her Members, aided by a reasonable payment from Pupils, and, by the public grants for the encouragement of improved educational Machinery. The advance which the Church has made within these few years towards this end, is sufficient earnest that the work may be accomplished, but the difficulties that have met her are also sufficient proofs that it cannot be accomplished without the employment of every instrument, both spiritual and temporal, and by stirring up all her Members, Lay and Clerical, to contribute after their power to the work, in money and labour, in legislative aid, in the study and completion of the method and means of Instruction, and in making them available to the most needy and ignorant.

ABSTRACT OF THE ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31ST, 1851.

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Balance in hand from last year, including £100 Repayments from Mr. Thorp and Mr. Bennett

161 10 2

Training School for Masters at Summertown Exhibitioners of the same

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Subscriptions up to Feb. 12, 1852

543 9 6

Music Masters' Salary

60 0 0

Donations in 1851

44 4 0

Music Masters' Board

20 0 0

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W. Tyler

£ s. d.

1 6 8

1 0 0

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5 0 0

Wooburn

25 0 0

Benson

25 0 0

7 68

PRINTING.

Money realized by the sale of Mr. Gordon's Pamphlet..

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The following Papers may be had of the Secretary.

1. SCHOOL-BUILDING.

a. Form of Application for Grant in aid of.

b. Rules for Applicants.

c. Certificate of Completion.

2. UNION OF SCHOOLS.

a. Terms of, to be signed by Managers.

b. Certificates of, to be hung up in Schools.

3. INSPECTION.

a. Forms for Bishop's Authorization of Inspection.

b. Schedules for Inspectors' Returns.

c. Decanal Digest Sheet, returnable to Bishop.

d. List of Books to be recommended by Inspectors, where desired.

e. List of Prize-books (given to Schools in Union) kept at Oxford

Depôt.

f. Labels for Prize-books.

g. Subjects of Examination issued annually by the Board.

h. Ornamental Certificate of Merit.

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