Images de page

made in prosecuting these various objects and measures. And first for the two Training Schools.

1. At the date of the last Report nine Pupils had been received at Summertown. Since that time, the Board have pleasure in informing the Subscribers that the admissions have increased to twenty-six, that is, have almost trebled; thus more than justifying the expectations that were held out last year, and shewing that the advantages of the system are becoming more generally appreciated. The Board also continue to receive from the Committee a most favourable statement concerning the progress of the pupils in the several branches of learning, as well as of the moral condition and discipline of the institution. Considerable attention has been paid during the past year to the study of Ecclesiastical Music; and it is hoped that most of the Masters, who are trained in the School, will be able themselves to give instruction in the art. It is early yet, of course, to speak of effects produced. Three Masters, however, have gone forth during the year to places provided for them by the Board. One, who was mentioned in the last Report as having been just elected to the Free School at Henley, entered upon the duties of his situation at Easter; and from all that the Committee can learn, is conducting himself very much to the satisfaction of the Trustees. The School has risen so much in reputation under him, that applications for admittance are more numerous than the institution can accommodate. A second proceeded at Midsummer to organize the Central Commercial School established by the Board at Cowley; and

judging by the experience of the first half year, and by the rapid increase of Scholars, there is every reason for believing that the Training School will shortly have contributed to realize one of the most important objects proposed by the Board. A third, also a young man of great promise, who had been engaged in tuition before he entered the Training School, has just been appointed to the Diocesan Commercial School at Hungerford. Two others have left the Institution during the last twelve months; one, who had only just entered, on account of ill health; the other, who had been there one quarter, was dismissed for insubordination. There remain now twenty pupils; of whom two will be ready to go out at Lady-day next, and others shortly after; so that though the Committee have been unable to meet several applications for Masters during the past year, they hope henceforward to maintain a continual succession. Out of the number now in the School, five have been sent from the Archidiaconal Board of Buckinghamshire; two are in the receipt of Exhibitions from the Windsor and Eton Church Union Society; two from the Warden and Fellows of Merton College; and one from Mr. Pusey. Two Masters have been admitted for short periods, with the view to assisting them towards self-improvement. It will be seen under the head of "Expenditure" that a considerable outlay has been required for the fitting up of the new building, and especially in order to provide for the reception of the increased number of pupils.

2. Of the Training School for Mistresses the

Committee have not to report the same increase in numbers; nor indeed is it to be expected or desired, seeing that the period during which the pupils continue under instruction is so much shorter. The nine who had been admitted at the date of the last Report have been disposed of as follows. Seven are now conducting Schools within the Diocese, viz., in St. Giles' Parish Reading, Cowley, Hurst, St. Mary's Reading, Shrivenham, Cuddesden, and HookNorton. Two were obliged to leave on account of ill health. Ten additional applications for admission have also been made; but seven only were found eligible; and this number has been since reduced by the withdrawal of two; one on account of sickness; and the other at her own request. Thus five pupils remain. Mr. Hulme, to whom (as was mentioned in the last Report) the Board and the Subscribers are so largely indebted for his kind and laborious superintendance of the School, assures the Committee, that the conduct of the inmates has been very orderly, and that he has every reason to be satisfied with all that he has seen in the management of the School, and repeats his former testimony in favour of the Mistress, Miss Lennox. He also adds, that the reports of all who have gone from the School, as far as they have reached him, are very satisfactory, both Patrons and Mistresses seeming well pleased. One young woman, who had already received an appointment to a School in Berkshire, was admitted for a short period of time.

From this statement it will appear, that though much benefit is being derived from this Institution,

the Candidates for admission during the past year have neither been so numerous, nor so well qualified as might be desired; but as an easy remedy seems to lie in the increased activity of their friends, the Committee hope that, after the circumstances of the case are made known in this Report, the School will be hereafter better supplied.

The Diocesan Commercial Schools were all visited at Midsummer last by an Inspector appointed by the Board, with a view as well to ascertain their progress, as to promote, to a certain extent, a uniformity of practice; and a Committee was subsequently appointed, to report upon their financial condition. It was found, as might be expected in the absence of all experience, that a considerable diversity of system prevailed in the various local Boards, and that in some instances the calculations made had not been realized. The Board hope now, however, that matters are placed on a more uniform and secure footing; though, of course, time will be required before all the Schools are in an equally satisfactory


The only addition that has been made to this class of Schools during the year is the Central one established at Cowley, of which mention has been already made; and to which, as being the first commenced under a Master who has himself enjoyed the advantages of the Training School, the Board look with strong anticipations of usefulness.

The independent Commercial Schools in union with the Board were likewise visited at Midsummer by the Rev. Dr. Jelf and Mr. Hamilton; and at

Christmas Miss Bygate's and Mr. Andrews' Schools were again visited by the Principal of New Inn Hall and the Rector of Exeter College: and the result was in the highest degree satisfactory to the Examiners, both as regards the proficiency of the pupils and the ability and faithfulness of the Teachers.

The Schools of Handborough, Somerton, Swinbrook with Widford, Shinefield, Steventon, Great Shefford, Thatcham, Watlington, Wolvercote, Wootton, and Woodstock, have been united to the Board during the past year; those of Hungerford, Hampstead Marshall, and Wasing, were accidentally omitted in the last Report.

The Board regret to state that there are several important Parishes in the Archdeaconry of Oxford now destitute of Schools for the Education of the Children of the Poor, to which they have in vain offered grants of money to assist in supplying the deficiency; having been met by local difficulties which up to this time it has proved impossible to surmount. Two grants only have been finally awarded during the year, viz. to Sutton Courtney and Sunningdale. Other applications are under


It remains now only to speak of the proposed operations of the year just begun. In most particulars, of course, they will proceed in the course which has been already marked out and commenced. One exception only exists; in reference, viz., to the manner in which the inspection of Parochial Schools is to be conducted. It was recommended originally

« PrécédentContinuer »