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At the Quarterly Meeting held Feb. 4, 1840, it was resolved, "That the Secretaries 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 Canon Dowdeswell's Rooms, Ch. Ch., at 1 p.m., 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 given.


THE Year 1847 commenced in the midst of a very important Educational Movement, the results of which are yet far from developed, and its effects have as yet acted only partially on the Oxford Board.

At the General Meeting on Feb. 16, the Board embraced the offer from the Privy Council of Inspection, and inquiry was made of each Clergyman through his Rural Dean of his willingness to receive inspection. The result was that the managers of 67 Schools, many of them double Schools, were returned to the Privy Council as willing to be inspected. Some have since declined to complete the engagement.

It became obvious immediately that the present Training School not being Freehold, or otherwise capable of complying with the Privy Council requirements, must be removed. At the Meeting, August 10th, the Board appointed a Committee to choose a

a The number of Schools previously under Government Inspection was seventy-four.

freehold Site in the neighbourhood of Oxford; and at the same time opened a negotiation with the Boards of Gloucester and Bristol, for a union on the same footing as that which has existed for some years between the Dioceses of Winton and Sarum. According to the proposal, the Oxford Board will build and maintain the Male Training School, and the other Boards the Female. This proposal has now been accepted by the Two Boards, which have resolved to commence a Training School for 60 Mistresses in the neighbourhood of Bristol, as soon as the commercial panic has subsided.

At the same time application was made to the Privy Council for a grant towards the Building, under covenant that, if the Board should, at any time, repay the grant, it should be free from all conditions. The ground for this request was, that it had been granted to some Dissenting bodies, and it was allowed upon that ground.

The Committee for choosing a Site, recommend one adjoining the proposed new Church at Headington, which Site is yet under consideration. The Committee also beg to state, that the Board is deeply indebted to the Lord President for a liberal offer of a Site near Cuddesdon, but the Committee were unable to recommend its acceptance because of its very inaccessible position.

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The great necessity for the Education of the Middle Class, especially of the Yeomanry, has caused a further proposal, viz., to attach to their Training

School a School for the Sons of Yeomen and others, that they may receive under the same Principal and Masters, and by aid of the advanced Training Pupils, a sound English Education and religious discipline.

The benefit of this School will, it is hoped, re-act upon the Training Pupils, by giving them practice in the art of Teaching. It has been agreed on all hands, that the number of Farmers' Sons requiring Education is so great, that if a School can be built capable of receiving 150 Pupils, it will not be more than adequate. It is hoped that a sufficient Building can be raised for 100 Training Pupils and 150 Yeoman Pupils, at a cost less than £12,000; of this sum the Privy Council will probably grant £5,000 and the National Society £500.

The Training Schools have been in more than usual efficiency this year. In March Four Exhibitions were opened for competition for Pupils from all Schools within the Diocese. The successful Candidates were of a superior order, and three of the unsuccessful found means to get admitted. The foundation of Four new decanal Exhibitions, gives hope of bringing in a more constant supply of qualified Pupils.

Eight Pupils have been appointed to Schools within the Diocese, viz., to Nuneham and Kirtlington,

b By His Royal Highness Prince Albert, C. Eyre, Esq., and J. Bowles, Esq., for the Deaneries of Maidenhead, Newbury, Abingdon, and Wantage. The boys to be chosen by the decanal Inspector from Schools in union.

Oxfordshire; to Windsor Free School (Assistant); Newbury Diocesan School (Assistant); Wantage and Faringdon (Workhouse), in Berks; to Newport Pagnell, and Chalfont St. Peter's, in Bucks.

The Master of Long Wittenham School was received for a short period of training; and temporary aid has been furnished to several Schools, and most gratefully acknowledged.

There are 13 Pupils now in Training.

Of the School at Kidlington, the Committee Report: "That there are 11 Pupils now in the School; 15 have left during the year, of whom 11 are discharging the office of Schoolmistress; 2 are rendering temporary aid, but will return to complete their Training. The majority of those who have left are at work in the Diocese. Two were admitted as special cases; the one to be prepared for a School in Worcestershire; and the other to go out with the Bishop of Adelaide. There is still much room for improvement from the insufficiency of the numbers in Training, which is unequal to the demand for Mistresses: consequently, the Committee are necessitated to send out Teachers, who, from the shortness of their stay, are much less efficient than they could wish. It is respectfully suggested to those of the Clergy who examine Candidates for admission, that they cannot be too careful in certificating Pupils, who, as adults,

e The Schools of Wingfield, Coleshill, Peasemore, Aston Tyrrold, Berks; Langley Marsh, Bucks; Fringford, Sarsden, Ewelme, Henley Workhouse, Oxon, have received Mistresses.

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