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Elected Members of the Board.

OXFORDSHIRE.

WARDEN OF MERTON.
CHARLES TAWNEY, Esq.
J. LOVEDAY, Esq.
F. J. MORRELL, Esq.

J. S. HARRISON, Esq.
H. NORRIS, Esq.

H. HANNAM, Esq.

W. H. B. EARLE, Esq.
L. PICKERING, Esq.

Mr. W. WARD.

BERKS.

W. STEPHENS, Esq.
H. C. HIPPESLY, Esq.
W. H. H. HARTLEY, Esq.
J. P. ANDERDON, Esq.
W. BLANDY, Esq.
R. TULL, Esq.
M. G. THOYTS, Esq.

J. HOPKINS, Esq.
B. HAWKINS, Esq.
H. CLIVE, Esq.

H. VANDERSTEGEN, Esq. (High W. BENNETT, Esq.

Sheriff.)

J. BROWN, Esq.

REV. C. KEENE.

REV. DACRES ADAMS.
REV. L. A. SHARPE.
REV. A. P. COOPER.
REV. C. P. GOLIGHTLY.
REV. H. D. HARINGTON.
REV. E. PARKER.

REV. J. WILSON.

REV. R. GORDON.

REV. E. Moore.

REV. S. E. BATHURST.

REV. C. D. WYATT.

G. BOWYER, Esq.

REV. S. BELLAS.

REV. J. A. LEIGH.
REV. R. RICE.
REV. DR. FRITH.
REV. J. E. ROBINSON.
REV. A. CAMERON.
REV. W. CHAMBERS.
REV. H. HARPER.
REV. J. W. HAYES.
REV. J. HITCHINGS.

REV. W. L. RHAM.

REV. T. STEVENS.

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REV. T. CHAMBERLAIN.

Honorary Secretaries. {REV. C. J. CLUTTERBUCK.

At the Quarterly Meeting held Feb. 4, 1840, it was resolved, "That the Secretaries of the Bucks Board, and of the Windsor and Eton Church Union Society, as well as of the Archidiaconal and Local Boards in the diocese, be considered members of the Diocesan Board."

Quarterly Meetings of the Diocesan Board are held at the Archdeacon's Lodgings in Oxford, at 12 o'Clock, on the first Tuesday in February, May, August, and November. When either of these days in any year is appointed by the Church to be kept holy, the Secretary will fix some other convenient day, of which due notice will be

REPORT.

THE Report of the year just concluded, the fourth since the institution of the Board under the Bishop's auspices, will suffice, it is hoped, abundantly to satisfy Subscribers, not only that the work to which they are contributing affords promise of future usefulness, but that it is even now bearing forth good fruit, and giving evidence that the measures taken for the advancement of education were both generally well advised, and suitable to the wants of this diocese in particular.

Adhering to the order which has been followed in preceding Reports, the first subject to be noticed is the Training School for Masters.

At the commencement of 1842, twenty pupils were receiving instruction at Summertown, of which number fifteen belonged to the diocese of Oxford, and five to the archdeaconry of Bucks. From reasons which will be presently mentioned, no additional pupils have been received from Buckinghamshire; so that all admitted during the past year, amounting in the whole to ten, will be at the disposal of the Board for its own purposes. In the same interval of time, six young men have had situations found them by the Committee. Two, after a residence of two years and a quarter, and one, after

a residence of a year, were recommended to the charge of the Schools at Kirtlington, Garsington, and the parish of St. Ebbe, in the city of Oxford. A fourth, who had been two years and a half in the school, is engaged as usher in the Diocesan Commercial School at Cowley. Two others have gone out with the sanction of the Committee, whose course of study was incomplete. One, who was received upon the understanding that he should return to the place from which he was sent, so soon as the persons sending him considered that he was sufficiently qualified, is now placed in charge of the school at Stanford-in-the-Vale. The other, who is a married man, and had conducted a school previously to his admission, was desirous of continuing longer under training; but was advised by the Committee, from peculiar circumstances, to accept an appointment to the school at Great Tew, to which the Committee was asked to recommend. This is upon the whole a larger number than the Committee can expect to be able to send forth in every year; but it may certainly be considered a good augury for the future, that in what is really the first year, in which visible results could fairly be looked for, the Training School should have been able to supply so large a number of masters. The three who were mentioned in the last Report as having at that time been appointed to schools in the diocese, continue to be approved in their several situations. The number of pupils at this time receiving instruction is 23; and the Committee represent that, under the careful management of the Principal, the Institution

appears to be fully answering the purposes for which it was established; while the Principal himself is well satisfied with the order and diligence of the pupils. Some alteration has been made in the arrangement of the premises, which are now found very ample and commodious.

II. The Training School at Reading, at the date of the last annual meeting, contained five young women, who were preparing themselves for school mistresses. Since that time eight have been admitted as general pupils, and three to qualify themselves for situations, to which they were, under this condition, already appointed. These three are now gone back to their respective homes; and mistresses have in the course of the year been supplied to the following parishes, viz., Newington and Tackley, in the county of Oxford; and Burghfield, Swallowfield, Harwell, Faringdon*, and Shinfield, in the county of Berks. The last is only a temporary appointment. With one exception, all who were sent out last year retain their situations, and continue to give satisfaction to their employers. Mr. Hulme reports that he can give a most encouraging account of the general good conduct of the pupils, and of the indefatigable attention paid by Miss Lenox to the various duties of her office. It is still to be regretted that the number of the applications for admission is so small; nor have the qualifications of those admitted been always equal to the standard proposed by the Committee. This necessity under which they are compelled to act has of course the effect of

*To the School in the Union Workhouse.

lowering the standard of qualification at which the pupils go out as mistresses; but unless they are better prepared at the time of admission, or can remain a much longer time under training, it is impossible that the Committee can fully carry out their wishes. It should be added, however, that up to this time there has been no difficulty in abundantly satisfying the requirements and expectations of school-managers, who are too often crippled by the want of means for providing an adequate salary.

The new system of singing, commonly known by the name of "Hullah," has been introduced into the school; but the short period which the young women pass under instruction, prevents them from learning it completely, as they are unable to attend the full course of sixty lessons in the usual classes. Many, however, are stated to have gained considerable knowledge, which they will be able to turn to good

account.

The condition of the Diocesan Commercial Schools has occupied the frequent consideration of the Board during the year. They were all visited in the summer by the Rev. A. Goldney, and were considered by him to be all, with the exception of the school at Reading, which has since been given up, in a satisfactory, some in a highly efficient, state, especially those at Cowley and Banbury. The Board regret, however, to say, that they have not yet been able to arrange matters with regard to the whole number, that there should cease to be any expenditure incurred on account of this class of schools. The increase of the boys at Cowley rendered it necessary,

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