The School Day

The first intake of children soon arrived.


School life must have been very hard work for everyone concerned. Boys and girls were taught separately, but as the master and mistress were the only teaching staff, this meant classes of up to fifty for boys and forty for girls, and they were of mixed ages.


The school day was from 7am to 5pm in summer and 8am to 4pm in winter, six days a week. And the children and staff were expected to attend church twice on Sundays.




However, holidays were generous. There were two-week breaks at Christmas, Easter, Whitsun, in the summer and in the autumn at Bartholomewtide.