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Home Winsham School School Log Book Entries 1863 – 1869

1863 – 1869

Orginally published Jan 2021
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March 4thMany of the elder children away to work in gardens
March 6thTook a wine glass from a boy, who had it in his pocket. Caution, - "Never carry such things in your pocket, if you were to fall and break it, it might cause a great injury to you."
March 9th & 10thHoliday. Marriage of the Prince of Wales.
March 25thA woman came to school and gratuitously instructed me in the method of spelling.  Her children would be taken away unless they had the customary lessons out of the old spelling books.  Better attendance.  Discipline improving; knowledge of drill.
April 1stChildren improving in discipline.
April 6thIncreased numbers, children peculiarly clean and orderly.
April 8thMusic progressing, some good voices but apt to sing flat.
April 13thHomework well prepared except in a few instances where the elder girls are required at home.
April 16thSome of the children picked the young fruit in the garden.  Told them of the sin of stealing.
April 29thInquired into the habits of the children, instructed them to observe cleanly habits.
May 6thExpelled a boy after repeated warnings for playing the Truant.
May 13thObliged to punish a boy for indulging in his propensity of throwing stones.
May 14thBoys brought their sticks to school & received their 1st lesson in the Sword Exercises after school.
May 22ndBroke up for the Whitsun Holiday.  Cautioned them about their behaviour especially regarding the clubs.  Gave them a lecture concerning the Missionaries.
The children have far exceeded my anticipations both in regard to their manners and eagerness to attend their studies.  Did not meet with the obstacles a new master generally has to overcome. Boys wished to attend the cricket club lately formed in the village.
June 3rdOldest girl in the school left to go into Service.
June 4thIncreased attendance, children very quiet.  Taught them a new hymn and song "Little Bird".
June 9thMore absent haymaking, weather being so beautiful.
June 22ndPoor attendance this morning being Market day at Chard. The girls either go or keep house at home.
June 25thTwo of the elder boys copied answers to their sums and denied it, compelled to punish them.
June 29thChildren clean & orderly. Some boots extra polished.
(Note - Comments often appear in the Log Book about behaviour in church, visits to which were a regular part of the school timetable.)
July 8thOne of little ones picked a gooseberry, cautioned them about it.
July 17thVery good attendance, only 6 away. Inspector visited school, stayed till half past five. Mr and Mrs Ware with the Misses Ware were present. Examination successful, Inspector satisfied, remarks very encouraging, observed that the children acquitted themselves as well as the Chard Schools.
July 23rdExcursion to Charmouth; children greatly pleased, inclined to be showery, but rain kept off.
July 24thMore than usual away today, tired from yesterday's trip. Little ones had tea etc in the Vicarage.
July 30thOne or two of boys went to the Choral Festival at Buckland. Rather cloudy. Quiet etc in School.
August 3rdAttendance not so good as regards the elder ones. Weather delightful; very hot in school; occupied 5 minutes in giving water to them, much relieved.
August 4thDrum & fife band discussed; subscription entered into. The cricket field too far off for boys to play at dinner time. Good attendance in 3rd and 4th Classes.
August 10th1st division improving in Vulgar Fractions, 2nd division improving in Reduction. Discipline pretty good, punished one of the elder girls.
August 13thChildren anxious about their holidays, indulging in anticipations etc.
August 14thLast day at school prior to Harvest Holidays, gave them plenty of work to occupy their time. Cautioned them as to behaviour etc.
September 14thWeather fine. One of the elder girls gone away on a visit to Malvern.
September 17thScolded them (all of the 1st boys especially) for the noise they make in passing up the village from School. They promised amendment.
September 24thSinging much better, difficult to keep them in time, progress satisfactory. Amused the 1st Class with tales of Animals.
September 29thDiscipline good. 1st Class wishing for more tales, gave them instead a lesson on Electricity, pleased them very much
October 8thExamined them in their tables.
October 14thObject lesson to 1st Class on the "Mechanical properties of the Atmosphere", liked very much. Heard 2nd Class read very nicely.
Snippet from entry logs October 14th 1863
October 15thCautioned the teachers of indolence, not exhibiting any energy with children, & fully employing their time.
October 22ndLessons gone through very well. Was told of the practice some of the boys indulged in of swearing. Told them the evil of it and cautioned them for the future.
October 26thHad occasion to punish one of the little ones for playing in Church. Explained to the 1st Class the 3rd Commandment and especially referred to their bad language.
November 3rdDiscipline very good. Drill excellent.
November 5thBoys all excitement regarding the bonfires, told them the occasion of the ceremony.
November 12th1st Class assisted materially in clearing a playground out of my garden. Made a bonfire of the refuse.
November 17thExamination in Arithmetic. Great difficulty in recollecting Multiplication Tables.
November 25thLittle ones excited by promise of promotion next quarter.  One or two made great progress during the term.
December 16thXmas the only topic during intervals of school, children apparently crazed about decorations.
December 18thGood attendance. Work done very well. Discipline good. Broke up for the Xmas Holidays. Cautioned children as to their behaviour during time, spoke to several individually about associating with some of bad boys. Told them not to waste all time playing etc, some went after holly etc to decorate the School etc.


January 18thOne of the girls secreted a reel of cotton in her bosom.
January 20thDiscipline etc good in school room, little ones noisy. One of the girls secreted a reel of cotton in her bosom. It being missing, enquired for it, caused those who were using it to stand out; searched in vain; suspected a girl named Baker; watched and discovered it, the girl denying all knowledge and wondering how it came there; kept her by herself till an enquiry was made.
January 22ndLast night Mrs Baker came down and was much surprised at my statement, the girl having given a different account. The girl told a number of lies. Received her again in hopes she would reform being such a bad girl. Scripture very good in 1st Class. 3rd Class Reading much better. One of girls obliged to go home being so unwell.
February 5thObliged to punish one of the boys for attempted deceit and for stealing things from home, cautioned the others from taking anything from him.
February 23rdOne or two of little ones ill. 3rd Class Arithmetic improving. Had again to speak of conduct in dinner hour. 2 of elder girls took off their boots in order to run about without noise; they were shamed before the whole school by standing on a form without them for an hour, very sorry.
February 25thAttendance very poor on account of the snow. Scolded the elder ones for snowballing the little ones.
March 15thChildren came late, fancied they stopped to gather the flowers which they gave me. I told them that doing wrong would not please me; pointed out the contrast.
March 22ndBeautiful weather; the boys pressed me earnestly to stay out in the playground. Gave them permission for an hour. Amused themselves with the Bar-marbles they enjoyed it much.
AprilChief Teacher: Peter Thos: Schonfield
Pupil teacher: John Way
The wife of the master undertook the needlework.
(Note - There are constant references to undisciplined behaviour & misbehaviour in Church.)
April 4thAttendance very good; children worked very well, very pleased the Inspector is coming tomorrow, little ones still behind.
May 9thBoys as well as girls cogitating about the Club next week. Attendance poor.
Good many of 1st class away.
May 13thBroke up for the Whitsun Holiday. Told them to be sure to come back next week.
May 23rdVery poor attendance owing to the Whitsun clubs in the neighbourhood.
June 22ndPunished one of elder boys for throwing stones.
June 23rdBoys went out in Garden for half an hour this afternoon clearing up. Wanted to do so very often.
July 29thWork rather lagged owing to the notion of the holidays.
Broke up school this afternoon for the Harvest Holiday. Gave one month owing to my going home for the vacation. Broke up school this afternoon for the Harvest holiday. Cautioned the boys as to their behaviour during that time.
August 29thResumed work after vacation. Pretty good attendance considering the Harvest is not quite over.
August 30thRevised a little of the back work. Found a larger amount of forgetfulness than I had expected.
September 9thSchool Treat
Snippet from entry logs September 9th 1864
October 5thLittle ones rather forgetful, Teacher not much up to work.
October 25thTables by 2nd class very bad.
October 26thTables said again today. Much better than yesterday.
(Note - Frequent reference is made to performance of saying tables.)
November 2ndSome of girls stayed later than necessary in coming to school. Kept them in.
December 1stMany of children away on account of fever.
December 6thSome of parents afraid to send children.
December 13thVery great distress in village on a/c of the fever.
December 26thDecember 26th - January 9th XMAS HOLIDAYS


January 12thChildren this afternoon very noisy with their feet.
March 2ndHad a little rest after the severe work of yesterday.
March 6thCommenced the next succession of lessons, some of the children not fit to take the same as their class warrants them in consequence of their absence.
March 13thAttendance still very poor, so many of the little ones ill.
March 20thAttendance very poor, so many of them ill and others staying in.
March 21stChief Teacher: Peter Thomas Schofield
Copy of Summary of the Inspector’s Report: “Considering that the children were detained a long time in school in consequence of the returns not being ready, I found the discipline very fair, and the Religious Knowledge in some cases good but the answering should be more general. The progress in elementary subjects was on the whole very fair, but the arithmetic of the first and second, and the spelling of the third standard want attention. More parallel desks are wanted. The classes below the first have only double desks. Considering the prevalence of illness in the school, My Lords are ready to waive the deduction incurred by the non-adherence to the ninth Supplementary Rule, which must however in future be strictly observed. H.M. Inspector adds that more Books are needed. A Register must in future be kept of the Evening School by the Master. The Master will shortly receive his certificate".
S A Ware. March 21st 1865
April 7thScripture said extremely well. Cautioned them in regard to their careless way of learning Home Lessons.
April 10thAttendance much better this morning. Good many fresh little ones. Some very young.
April 11th3rd Class rather idle, no play for them.
April 17thAttendance poor, so many elder ones away at work.
April 26thCould not work so well today owing to receiving bad news of little one.
April 28th-May 6thAway from school on account of child’s illness. School carried on.
May 8thGood many fresh little ones. Very tiresome as most all of them were too young for Standard 1 & there were too many in the classroom.
May 29th Could not work much in school owing to my little one’s illness.
May 30thWork rather slack due to same cause.
June 13thAttendance much less than average owing to the Haymaking. Work pretty well. 3rd Class improving.
July 5thBother with 2 or 3 of parents regarding the payment of School Pence.
July 10thThe Girl never brought School penny, extra desired her to bring it tomorrow. Work and Discipline good.
July 11thGirl stayed away, children said she was not coming.
July 17thMuch better attendance, one or two came rather dirty. Had to caution one or two in regard to their behaviour in Church.
July 20thChoral Festival at Wells.
July 25thChildren in better order than they have ever been. Writing in 2nd Class and Reading in 3rd improving rapidly. Arithmetic poor owing to those who have lately come from other schools and do not know a figure. Very tiring work this afternoon, so hot.
August 28thCommencement of school work after Holidays. Attendance poor.
September 12thWeather so hot, almost impossible to do very much.
September 22ndVery poor attendance again today. Picking potatoes, leasing etc
October 2ndAttendance much better with elder ones. 24 little ones gone to another school.
October 3rdBegan old rules again as we found the Diocesan inspector was not coming.
November 15thMany late today owing to bell being broken.
November 23rdPunished a boy for swearing. Cautioned all.
December 13thUnable to do much in consequence of the death of my little girl.


January 11thSevere snowstorm. Holiday.
January 24thSome of children away at funeral.
February 2ndGood many away again today especially in 1st and 2nd Class. Work fair.
March 16thDay of Humiliation; Church.
April 20thBetter attendance today owing to the giving out of prizes.
May 9thAttendance very fair this morning, busy for the Inspector this afternoon. Disappointed this afternoon of the Inspector's visit.
May 10thAscension Day. Holiday in afternoon.
May 17thReady and Tables this morning better. Went through Scripture. Inspector came this afternoon but though the work went off pretty well, 3 of boys behaved badly, obliged to punish them after school.
Copy of Summary of the Inspector's Report on the School:
"The Master is zealous and has done a good deal under the circumstances especially in the upper standards. The Discipline and the notation require attention. More books are needed.
If it appears from H M Inspector's Report next year that the books are defective, a reduction will be made in the grant under Article 52 (a).
The twelfth Supplementary Rule must in future be carefully complied with, a Portfolio must be provided Article 50 (b), and the School Accounts should be submitted to H M Inspector.
The total number of attendances of all the Scholars (34854) divided by the number of times the School has been held (440) gives an average attendance of 79 instead of 81 as stated in the Manager’s return.
See Supplementary Rule 11.
The grant under Article 40 (a) has therefore been calculated upon the former number.
The sum of £5 received from Beltour (?) Charity being a fund inalienably appropriated to Education (article 93) has been treated under Article 53 of the Revised Code for 1866"
S A Ware. April 18th 1866
May 18thBroke up for Whitsun Holidays.
June 22ndGirls over needlework very tiresome. Other work fair.
June 26thWent to Martock Festival, Holiday.
July 2ndAttendance thinner. Haymaking. Wife very busy superintending needlework
July 25thChapel treat. Several of children away, especially little ones.
August 3rdWork rather slack. Broke up for the HARVEST HOLIDAY
October 8thAttendance thinner. Fine day. Potato digging.
October 15thAttendance poor in 1st Class, busy with apples and potatoes.
November 5thChildren excited about Guy Fawkes.
November 6thIn consequence of sudden death of my little girl, obliged to suspend school.
November 7thSchool carried on by Monitors.
November 8thChildren very quiet. I cannot do any work.
November 9thChildren very quiet.
December 17thAttendance fair, could not do much in School owing to a bad headache.
December 21stBroke up today for the Xmas Holidays. Wished them all a Happy New Year and hoped they would begin well by all returning to school at proper time etc.


January 7thSchool resumed. Poor attendance owing to wet weather.
January 10thChildren got behindhand
February 22ndEnd of yearly Registers. Scripture good. Attendances this quarter very poor.
March 1stSome of 1st Class away this week.
March 18thWork fair; attendance very poor, the weather being very bad.
April 16thDiocesan Inspector's visit.
April 30thEnd of School Year.
May 21stVery busy today. Getting ready for tomorrow.
May 22nd1867: Master: P J Shurfield, Certificated Teacher
May 23rdWent to Pillesdon Hill with the elder ones for a holiday.
June 7thScripture good. Broke up for the Whitsun Holiday.
June 26thFire occurred here this morning. No school in afternoon.
June 28thArithmetic in 1st Class not so good. Report from Council Office came.
Copy of Summary of the Inspector's Report:
"The discipline in pretty fair. The instruction appears to have been imparted with fairly satisfactory results. The Arithmetic requires more attention.
Fewer failures in Arithmetic will be looked for next year. No extra grant is payable in this case as Section 1a of the Minute of the 20th February 1867 has not been fulfilled."
July 4thNo school. Choral Festival.
August 2ndBroke up for the holidays. Last day of my services in the school. It is hoped that they would do better with my successor than with myself.
September 2ndCommenced my duties in the Winsham National School.
Admitted Martha Marks, Mary J Marks, Mary Roper, Eliza Collard, Elizabeth Collard, Heziah Bridle, William Brown, Jan Hodder and Benjamin Hodder.
September 3rdFound a great defect in the spelling of the upper standards.
September 5thRather a thin attendance owing to wet weather.
Admitted Harry Chick.
September 9thAdmitted George Baker
September 12thMiss Ware visited the school
September 16thAdmitted Mary J Baker and James Stacey. Hyrum Case's Indentures signed
September 17thSeveral children absent, working in the fields
September 24thNaomi Hynard left the school.
September 25thHalf Holiday. Attended the Harvest home at Lord Bridport's with the Fife and Drum Band.
September 26thChildren's annual school treat. Marched through the village with the Drum and Fife Band, & took tea in Mr Ware's meadow.
September 30thAdmitted James Searle, Richard Paull, William Rowe and Robert Tarran
October 3rdHoliday. Went with the monitors to Combe St Nicholas
October 8thAdmitted Sydney Harvey
October 9thMiss Ware took the upper Standards in singing.
October 10thJohn Bevis left the school
October 22ndAdmitted M A Larcombe
October 23rdMiss Ware visited the School
October 24thSeveral boys absent, apple picking
October 28thAdmitted Henry Larcombe
October 31stSeveral boys absent, fruit picking
November 4thSeveral boys absent, fruit picking
November 6thThin attendance, owing to Chard Fair
November 11thAdmitted Flora Crisp, Mary Cleal and Rose Aplin.
Thomas Lacey left the school
November 15thHeard the 4th and 5th Standards repeat the Collect and Gospel
November 26thAdmitted Mary Jane Dear
November 29thThe following infants left; Harriet Long, Mary Jane Baker, Matilda Mitcham, Jane Hawker, Mary Welsh, Herbert Singleton, John Dean, George Morris, William Long, Edward Rowe, Flora Stacey, Samuel England and George Dean.
December 4thMiss Ware visited the school
December 20thClosed the school for the Xmas Vacation


January 6thCommenced school after Xmas vacation.
Admitted Henrietta Jeffery.
January 7thThin attendance, especially among the infants, owing to the cold weather. Keziah Bridle left the school.
January 10th Children unable to come to school, owing to the slippery state of the roads
January 13thAdmitted Eva Jeffery
January 27thAdmitted Adelaide and John Jeffery, John England and Flora Stacey
February 3rdAdmitted Emily Singleton, Bertie Singleton and Henry Larcombe
February 4thAdmitted Robert England
February 10thThomas Dicker, Melonia Cook left the school
February 12thSpelling improving in the upper standards. Lady Bridport visited the school
February 17thAdmitted Jane and Sydney Hawker
February 26thAsh Wednesday - Attended a service in the church
March 4thMiss Ware visited the school. Admitted Annie James
March 5thHarry Larcombe left school for work
March 9thAdmitted Emily Cook
March 11thAttendance rather poor, owing to the state of the weather
March 16thAdmitted Henry Hardyman. Jabez Hitchcock left the school
March 19thRather a thin attendance. Punished George Davey for theft
March 20thRosa Dork left school for service
March 25thMiss Ware gave a singing lesson to the 1st and 2nd classes. Jane and Benjamin Hodder left the school
March 30thRosa Dark left school for service. Admitted Ellen Crop and George Hodder and Eva Singleton
March 31stM A Larcombe left school for service.
April 6thSydney Harvey left the school and Ruth Meech for service. Admitted Joseph Turner and George Aplin
April 7thSeveral children absent, potato planting
April 14thAdmitted William and Robert Perham
April 16thWhooping cough prevalent among the little ones
April 23rdTook the 3rd Standard in arithmetic. Received notice of HM Inspector's visit
April 27thWilliam and Gertrude Barnes left the school
April 30thEnd of School Year
May 4thAdmitted William Beer, Ella Welsh, Frederick Seaward and Richard Beer
May 5thAdmitted George Meech and Edward Perham
May 6thHoliday - Pupil Teachers' Examination
May 8thHoliday. Confirmation at Crewkerne
May 12th1868: Master - Charles Marks Home, Certificated Teacher
Pupil Teacher - Hyam Case in First Year
May 15thTook the children out for recreation in Mr Hodder's meadow
May 18thClassified the children under their standards.
Admitted Hugh Trenchard
May 21stEverything going on as usual. Admitted Luke Paul.
May 25thHarry Larcombe left school for work
May 29thStill a very poor attendance. Whitsuntide Vacation
June 8thCommenced school after a week's vacation. Admitted John Turner, John Pitcher and Charles Pitcher.
June 9thAdmitted Eustace Boon
June 11thSeveral children absent in the hay fields
Copy of Summary of Inspector's Report on the School:
"The School is in very fair order, and the examination was, in most respects, satisfactory.
No grant can be made for William Way and James Stacey who are mere babies."
Signed: S A Ware June 15th 1868
June 15thAdmitted Keziah Bridle, Abraham Roper, Esther Roper, James Cross, Bessie Dark, Ashely Dark, Mary Brown, George Brown, Henry Bulford, Annie Clarke, Tom Warren, Herbert Baker
June 22ndAdmitted Mary Jane Baker and Elizabeth Baker
June 23rdJesse Symes, the pupil teacher came from Combe
June 26thSeveral children came late. Melvina Cook left school for work
June 30thHoliday. Choral Festival at Martock
July 1stTom Loaring, William Case and James Bridle left school
July 2ndRose Aplin, George Aplin and Thomas Franks left school.
Malvina Cook, Alfred Hodges, left school for work.
Thomas and Bessie Vincent left the school
July 6thJane Lacey and William Marsh left school
July 8thMary Roper left the school. Miss Ware took the 1st and 2nd classes in singing
July 11thHome lessons better said. Charles Rowe left school for work
July 13thAdmitted Frederick and Albert Singleton and John Bevis. Admitted George Bond
July 20thAdmitted Louisa Bond
July 27thA great many children absent, sent leasing
July 31stBroke up for the Harvest Holidays. Harvest Vacation 3 weeks
August 24thCommenced school. Fair attendance. Admitted Lydia and Jane Roper, Robert Roper and G Boait
August 25thThin attendance of children. Eliza Collard, Elizabeth Hynard, M A Barnes and Frederick Larcombe left the school
August 26thSeveral of the elder children absent, potato picking.
August 27thThe Chapel school treat, several absent
August 31stAdmitted Emily Cleal, William Barnes, Elizabeth Paul, Rhoda Paul and Frederick Chick
September 1stSarah Ann Raisen, William and John Raisen left the school.
September 3rdChildren's Annual School Treat held in the school room. A great many persons present
September 4thNot such a good attendance owing to several children attending Crewkerne Fair
September 10thSeveral children absent from having swollen faces
September 14thAdmitted William Baker, Caroline Crop, John Crop and George Trenchard, Jane Kerslake left the school
September 21stAdmitted George Bowditch
September 23rdSeveral children absent picking apples
September 28thOpened the Evening School
October 1stSeveral of the children picking acorns
October 5thAttendance better than the previous week. Mrs Henley visited the school
October 26thA great many of the children absent picking acrons
November 10thAdmitted William Grimsted
November 13thEverything going on as usual. Good attendance. Admitted George Holbrook
November 18thMiss Ware visited the school. Mrs and Miss Henley visited the school
November 23rdAdmitted William Stacey, James and Elizabeth Searle, and Eliza Paul
November 30thAdmitted William Single, Jane Single and Elizabeth Long.
The following children have been left out of the register; John and William Baker, Elizabeth Paul, Lydia Roper, Ashley Dark, Bessie Dark, Mary Cox, Annie Clark and Herbert Singleton
December 7thAdmitted Richard Cook and M J Seaward
December 8thAdmitted Hannah Searle
December 14thAdmitted William Long
DecemberClosed the School for the Xmas Vacation


January 11thCommenced School after the Xmas vacation.
Admitted the following children; Fanny Butler, Jane Butler, Kate Hoare, Flora Trenchard, Aaron Bulford.
January 12thGeorge Hutchings, Emma Davey and Hannah Meech left school.
January 18thAdmitted Elizabeth Perham, Vashti Perham, Hy Perham, Esther Single and Rose Collinsford.
January 25thAdmitted Mary Hazel.
February 1stAdmitted Rebecca Beer.
February 2ndAdmitted Elizabeth Singleton.
February 8thMartha and M J Marks left the school, Tom Dunster left for work.
February 10thAsh Wednesday. Attended Church Service.
February 15thAdmitted Guppy and John Smith. Wm. and Esther Single left school.
February 23rdAdmitted M Jane Baker.
March 1stAdmitted Bessie Row, Chas Baker and Arthur Beer.
March 5thEverything going on as usual. Elizabeth, Jane and Robt Roper left the school.
March 16thAdmitted Jane Bond and Edward Rowe. Jane Way left school for service.
March 26thGood Friday.
April 5thJas Searle and Ellen Welsh lef the school.
April 6thThin attendance. Mark Paul left for work, Richd Paull left for work.
April 7thVery fair attendance. Eliza Paul left school.
April 8thSeveral boys absent, bird-keeping.
April 9thHome lessons said very nicely. Miss Evans visited the school.
April 12thAdmitted Fredk Larcome. Richard Cook, Hannah and Elizabeth Searle left for work & S Davey. Several boys absent, planting potatoes.
April 13thJames Grimstead left for work.
April 16thAttendance poor owing to wet weather. Henry Loaring left school for work.
April 26thAdmitted Anne Smith. Received notice of HMs Inspector's visit.
May 3rdPupil Teacher examined at Taunton.
May 4thRather a thin attendance, owing to wet weather. Mary Hazel left the parish.
May 5thAttendance thin, many of the children gone to Chard Fair.
May 10thJohn Perrott left for work.
1869: Master: Charles M Hoare, Certificated Teacher, 3rd deg
May 24thCommenced school after a week's vacation. Admitted William Bowditch, Elizabeth Denning and Abigail Dodson.
May 25thJohn and Charles Pitcher left the school. Admitted George Bond, Charles Cook, Tom Warren, William Wills, Samuel Paul, Harry White, John Cook, John Singleton, William Searle, Joseph Burridge, William Lang, Emily and Mary Cook.
May 31stAdmitted Tom Boon and Emily Singleton. Frederick Holbrook and Malonia Cook left the school.
June 4thElizabeth and William Long left the school.
June 7thAdmitted Harriet Long and Mary Beaufort. Emily Meech left the school and Abigail Forsey.
June 9thAdmitted George and Sarah Davey.
June 14thFrederick Larcombe left the school.
June 16thMiss Ware took the children in singing, esse Symes' indentures signed.
June 18thEmma J Chick left school for service.
June 21st Admitted William Singleton.
June 22ndSeveral children absent through measles.
June 24thA great many children absent in the hay fields.
June 29thAttendance better than yesterday. Abigail Dodson left the school.
Copy of Summary of Inspector's Report on the School:
"The School is in a pretty fair state of general efficiency. I am told that the attendance is more than ordinarily irregular, and this may account for the upper classes passing such a very poor examination. The Grant is reduced by £10 under Article 52/b. Unless much better results are shown next year, the Grant will suffer reduction under Article 52/a. J Symes is admitted at the beginning of the second year. He should improve especially in Geography."
Signed S A Ware, Winsham Vicarage, June 8th 1869

NB. The above reduction of the grant was evidently caused by a mistake. The facts of the case were subsequently laid before the Committee of Council and the £10 remitted.
S A Ware, Winsham Vicarage, June 23rd 1869
July 2ndSeveral children absent in the hay fields.
July 12thHoliday. Choir treat to Seaton.
July 19thAdmitted Samuel England.
July 27thHome lessons imperfectly worked. Admitted Joseph Rowe.
July 29thSeveral children gone to Chard.
August 2ndAdmitted Frederick Palmer and Elizabeth Paul
August 30thAdmitted Harry Smith, Herbert Franks, Gertrude Barnes and Flora Trenchard. Wm Stacey and James Stacey left school. Elizabeth Dunston left school for service.
August 31stAdmitted Ann Acland and George Boait.
September 1stHoliday. Went to Seaton with the Band.
September 2ndAttendance poor. Eliza Collard and Alfred Hodges left school. Admitted Ellen Way.
September 6thAdmitted George Dean.
September 7thChildren's School Treat. Tea held in the schoolroom. After tea the children played in the meadow.
September 8thCharles Cook left school for work.
September 9thMeasles prevalent among the children.
September 13thAdmitted Harry Loring.
September 14thElizabeth Pigeon left the school.
September 20thMeasles very bad among the children - nearly 20 absent on that account.
September 27thGeorge England left the school.
September 28thUnable to attend school; owing to my little boy's death.
October 1stMeasles still increasing amongst the children.
October 4thAttendance slightly improving. Opened the Night School.
October 25thAttendance much better today. Admitted Flora, John, Wm and Tom Stacey. Herbert and Eustace Boon left school.
November 1stAdmitted Ann Butler and Hannah Bishop and Ann Bishop and James Searle. Admitted Henrietta Jeffery.
November 2ndAdmitted Hannah Searle.
November 8thAdmitted Eva Jeffery.
November 25thThe following children's name left out of the register owing to continued absence: Chas. Baker, John Cooke, Wm. Singleton, Tom Boon, Wm. Lang, Joseph Row, Hy. Smith, Tom Stacey, Harriet Long, Jas. Grinsted, Mark Paul & Flora Stacey.
November 26thFrederick Palmer left the school.
December 20thAdmitted Adelaid Jeffery.