The Head Masters Logbook
'EXCERPTS FROM THE HEADMASTER'S LOG BOOK 1931-1949'
The Forms were assigned: IA Miss Jones IB Miss Walker IIA Mr Silcock IIB Mr Heathcote IIIA Mr Middleton IIIB Miss Clayton IV Miss Smith
17 April 1931 The percentage attendance this week was 99.3%.
1 May Mr Middleton, Mr Denison & Miss Griffith Jones were allowed to leave this afternoon by permission of the Education Officer, to attend lectures on science teaching at Buxton.
5 May At 9.15am I gave a sudden & unexpected fire alarm to test the organization. The whole building was cleared with rapidity, the time taken from alarm to 'building evacuated' being 3 minutes.
15 May Inspector Arnold of the Borough Police Force addressed the children on Safety First this morning. Mr Fawcett absent from duty. He left the school at 8 pm last night & was knocked down by a motorcyclist. He is in Hospital suffering from head wound & concussion.
22 May School closed at 4pm for the Whitsuntide Holidays.
27 May School reopened after the Whitsuntide Holidays.
1 June Mr Fawcett resumed duty.
9 June Fire drill taken at 3.40pm. The whole school was cleared in less than 3 minutes from the first signal.
12 June School closed for afternoon session: attendance holiday for April.
15 June The official opening ceremony took place on the Tennis Lawn this afternoon at 3pm when the Right Honourable A. V. Alexander, PC, MP, First Lord of the Admiralty and MP for the Hillsborough Division of Sheffield, attended, addressed the 500 guests and declared the School officially open. The Mayor, Coun. HJ Watson, presided, The Archdeacon (Rev GH Clayton) recited a prayer of dedication, and the Chairman of the Education Committee, Alderman H. Cropper, J.P., made a statement on the aims of the Committee and the School. The School Charter was read, approved and signed by the First Lord, the Mayor, Chairman of Education Committee, Vice-Chairman, and the Chief Education Officer Dr HG Stead. A bouquet was presented to Mrs HG Stead & a leather bag to Mrs Cropper. The First Lord was presented with the pen with which he signed the Charter - by the Senior Boy Prefect - and with a leatherwork blotter - by the Senior Girl Prefect. After the procedures tea was served in the Assembly Hall Workshops & Art Room and the guests inspected the School.
17 June School closed pm for the School Sports of the Boro' Schools held in the Queen's Park. Two trophies and several medals were won by the children & Henshaw became senior boy champion. 22 June Mr Middleton absent by permission today sitting the preliminary & subsidiary subject of his degree examination at Nottingham University.
24 June Approximately one hundred parents of children in formsIIIA, IIIB and IV visited and inspected the School this afternoon. They were conducted round by the prefects & the Headmaster and entertained to tea in the Dining Hall.
30 June Visited School & Checked Reports IB & IIIA - HG Stead 1 July Mr Middleton absent by permission continuing the subsidiary part of his degree examination. About 130 parents of children in Forms IA, IB, IIA, IIB visited and inspected the School this afternoon. They were conducted round by the prefects and entertained to tea in the Dining Hall.
3 July School closed for afternoon session: attendance holiday for June - 97.7% for the month.
10 July Examined all registers & found same correct. Signed ?
13 July The ordinary lessons will be suspended for the morning sessions during this week to allow the Term Examinations to be taken.
15 July Headmaster absent for afternoon session attending a meeting of the East Midland Education Union in Nottingham.
16 July Miss Smith absent from duty until 11.30 owing to illness of mother.
20 July Miss Smith absent from duty owing to the death of her mother which occurred this morning.
23 July Miss Smith resumed duty.
24 July School closed at noon for the Midsummer Vacation four weeks. The School has been given a general examination & reports on the work & progress of every child sent to the parents.
24 August School reopened after the Midsummer Holidays of four weeks. 28 children (14 girls and 14 boys) were admitted to the various forms & slight alterations made in the numbers of the Forms to balance the numbers of children who left at Midsummer with scholarships for the local Secondary Schools.
28 August School closed for afternoon session an attendance holiday having been gained for the month of July.
9 September After morning break Dr HG Stead, Director of Education, presented, after advising the children, a silver cup given by the Headmaster, to Hardwick House for success during the cricket season. This afternoon the parents of new entrants came to inspect the school by the Headmaster's invitation.
16 September School dismissed at 3.50pm, because of a sale of vegetables and fruit contributed by the children, in order to raise funds for School activities.
25 September Fire drill at 9.30. The School was reported clear in 21/2 minutes.
2 October School closed for afternoon session an attendance holiday having been gained for the month of September with a percentage of 95.9.
9 October The whole School left at 2.30pm to attend a showing of films at the Lyceum Theatre, Whittington Moor at 3 pm, in connection with health Week.
15 October A general School concert organized by Miss Smith was held in the Assembly Hall at 7 pm. Chairman of the Education Committee, Alderman H. Cropper, J.P., , presiding when five silver cups were presented to the School for competition among the Houses. Permission had been granted by the Chief Education Officer for the use of the Hall & Verandahs. There was a crowded attendance of parents and friends.
22 October Mr WH Young, Miss Fletcher, Miss Ferguson HMIs, and Dr HG Stead spent the afternoon session at the School observing the work in and facilities for, physical training.
23 October School closed at 3.50 pm for the regulation October holiday - one week.
4 November A beginning was made today with the serving of hot dinners in the Dining Hall. The service was successful but owing to the distance of the kitchen from the Hall the food gets cold before the children settle down to it.
6 November School closed for afternoon session an attendance holiday having been gained for the month of October with a percentage of 96.1.
16 November At 3.30 pm today a lecture illustrated by lanternslides & gramophone records of native music was given to the School in the Assembly Hall. The subject being Fang, tooth & claw in Africa by F Conque Esq of Bakewell on the invitation of the Headmaster.
23 November Commencing today and until the evenings shorten again afternoon school will commence at 1.30 and lessons will run as follows Assembly 1st period 2nd period Break 3rd lesson 1.25 1.35-2.15 2.15-2.55 2.55-3.05 3.05-3.45 The session will conclude at 3.45pm.
4 December School closed for afternoon session an attendance holiday having been gained for the month of November.
5 December J White and his wife, caretakers, left today and their places were taken by F Firby and his wife as caretaker and the wife as cook.
9 December Visited School & Checked Registers IIB & IIIA - EC Walker EO
16 December A Geography Exhibition to stimulate interest in the subject, arranged by Mr Middleton, the Geography master, was held in the Assembly Hall today. It was visited by a number of parents. Every Form was conducted round & talks given & questions answered.
21 December A party for the Senior Scholars was held from 3.5 to 6 pm in the Assembly Hall. Tea was served in the Dining Room. The Hall was festively decorated.
22 December A party for the Junior Scholars, Forms I & II, was held from 2.30 to 5 pm in the Assembly Hall. Tea was served in the Dining Room from 6.45 to 9 pm. A fancy dress dance was held in the Assembly Hall when 60 children attended.
23 December Mr R Denison absent by permission to attend a wedding. The term's examinations have been held & reports on the term's work sent today to the parents of every child. School closed at 3.45 pm today for the Christmas Vacation.
11 January 1932 School reopened at 9 am after the Christmas Vacation, with a fair attendance of children = 94.6%.
15 January School closed for afternoon session an attendance holiday having been gained for the month of December.
18 January Mr Oliver (Maths & Chemistry) & Mr Harkey (Chemistry & Geography) commenced their intermittent practice (School practice students from Sheffield University) today. They will attend whole of Mondays & on Wednesday mornings 18 Jan - 26 Feb: and for continuous practice 29 Feb to 23 March.
26 January Fire drill practice at 10.40 am. School cleared in 21/2 minutes, delay owing to confusion caused by one Form.
28 January Headmaster absent afternoon session owing to death of relative. Education Officer informed of absence.
1 February Headmaster absent, Education Officer having been notified, attending father's funeral in Wakefield.
4 February Mr Young, Miss Fletcher, Mr Whitworth HMIs, spent today at the School with the various Forms.
8 February Miss CM Walker absent today attending an interview in Derby. Norah Turner absent today as well as Friday: note from mother stating she is suffering from influenza.
18 February At the Dramatic Section of the Musical Festival held Tuesday and Wednesday 16 & 17 February, the School was awarded the Shakespeare trophy for its presentation of scenes from Macbeth and a 1st class certificate for its one act play Slippers of Cinderella. At the Musical Section on 4 February, the School gained the Trophy for Country Dancing and 1st class certificates for Senior Choirs and Boys Choirs obtaining second place in these two classes.
18 March Visited School & Checked Registers IA, IIB & IIIA - E Coate NMI
21 March Miss Smith absent with permission attending an interview by the Durham City Education Committee.
22 March Miss Griffiths-Jones absent sending word she is suffering from an ulcerated throat. First issue of the School Magazine, 'The Rocket', made today. The children were much interested.
24 March School closed at 11.45 am for Easter Holidays.
30 March School reopened after Easter Holidays.
7 April Miss Griffiths-Jones absent today: no message as to nature of illness received.
21 April The Mayor ( Ald Simons) & the Mayoress, accompanied by the Chief Education Officer visited the School this morning.
27 April Mr Young HMI and Dr PCL Thorne HMI for Technical Branch in Derbyshire and Leicestershire spent the day in the School observing English, Maths & Science teaching.
2 May Five students attended this morning from Sheffield University to study the work and organization of the School.
13 May School closed at noon today for the Whitsuntide Vacation ie until Monday 23 May. An attendance holiday having been gained for the month of April.
23 May School reopened after Whitsuntide Vacation.
24 May Empire-Day-Chapter read from Ecclesiadicus, 'Let us now praise famous men' and short address in Hall. Afternoon School closed for regulation holiday.
1 June Two hours secular instruction given both morning and afternoon sessions, lunch period cut down to 1 hour, recreation periods omitted so that School could be closed in time for the School First Annual Sports on the Rugby Football Ground, Sheffield Road at 3 pm.
15 June Commemoration Day. Children assembled on the lawns at 2.40 after the parents had viewed the school at work and visited exhibitions of work in various subjects. 700 people present. The Mayor presided. The Chairman of the Committee addressed the children and parents. Then followed the presentation of trophies to the successful houses. The Cock House cup was gained by Cavendish House. School Charter read by and entrusted to Head Prefects. Prizes gained at Athletic Sports were presented. A production of scenes from Midsummer Night's Dream was presented on the lawns by the children, which gave delight to the company.
17 June Mr Middleton absent since Monday 13 June by permission in order to take the final degree exam of the University of London. His absence will continue into next week.
22 June Visited School & Checked Registers, all correct - W Baines
24 June Mr Middleton resumed duty this morning.
27 June During this week the Term examinations are being held and while they are continuing the operation of the Time Table will be suspended and an examination T.Table put into force.
1 July The School was visited by a party of 30 industrial leaders of the district and tea was provided in the Dining Hall. The visit was organized in connection with Education Week.
6 July School closed for morning session. The usual lessons were worked in the afternoon. School recommenced at 5.30 pm until 8.00 pm. A modified timetable was worked during the evening session so that various activities in the School curriculum might be demonstrated to the visiting parents and friends.
8 July During the past week, 310 parents & friends have been escorted around round the School by the Prefects and it is estimated that at least 250 other people visited the School during the week.
15 July Informed today, through the Education Office, of the results of the entrants from this School in the Central Schools Exam of the East Midland Educational Union. 14 children entered and 11 passed the General course examinations.
20 July School closed for afternoon session for Combined Chesterfield School Sports.
22 July School closed at noon for Midsummer Vacation of five weeks.
29 August School reopened this morning after five weeks vacation. During the first holiday week Mr Denison camped at Baslow with the School Scout Troop. On Friday August 19, I together with Mr Heathcote and Miss Walker took 9 girls and 8 boys for an 8 days tour of Belgium and a rapid morning survey of London. We visited Blankenberghe, Ostende, Knocke-sur-mer, Sluis, Ghent, Antwerp and as Bruges was our headquarters we explored the museums and antiquities and historical parts very thoroughly. Miss Skidmore absent owing to illness. New entrants admitted & children placed in new Forms. The number of Forms is now 10 and until 1 September a temporary Time Table is being worked as it is not possible to use the science & craft rooms with half classes.
31 August Mr Middleton BSc left the staff today to take up the post to which he has been appointed by the Chesterfield Education Committee as Headmaster of Brampton Junior Mixed School. He was presented with a fountain pen as a memento of his successful service here. 1 September Messrs G Smith and Routledge and Misses Vessey BA & Stanley BSc, commenced duties this morning.
22 September After school today a Country Dance Party was held for the children. Proceeds to be used for buying sports apparatus.
27 September Visited School & checked registers - HG Stead
28 September Fire drill at 9.55. School cleared in 2 minutes. An inspector of Chesterfield Police Force gave an address to the assembled School on 'Safety First' at 10.15 am. A sale of fruit in aid of sports funds was held at 3.45 when more than six pounds was realised. Many parents of new entrants visited the School.
11 October Miss Walker absent - ill : severe cold.
12 October Miss Walker resumed duty.
14 October Fire drill at 9.55. School cleared in 23/4 minutes.
21 October School closed at 3.50 pm for the regulation October week holiday.
31 October School reopened after October holiday. Mr Routledge absent attending Sheffield Hospital for throat operation.
7 November Mr Routledge absence continues.
10 November Mr Routledge resumed duty this morning.
11 November Armistice Day. The usual Wednesday service was postponed until this morning. Special hymns 'For all the saints' and 'God our help' were sung, chapter from Ecclesiasticus read and an address given by the Headmaster on Armistice Day & its meaning for us with special reference to the perspective of war and an appeal for peace. The Headmaster distributed the EMEU certificates gained by the pupils at the June examination. School closed by regulation for the afternoon session.
21 November Commencing today and while the darkest days and winter continue afternoon school will commence at 1.25 and lessons will run as follows 1st period 2nd period Break 3rd period 1.35-2.15 2.15-2.55 2.55-3.05 3.05-3.45 21 November Visited School - Violet Markham
30 November At the Shakespearean section of the Chesterfield Musical held in the Bradbury Hall this evening, the 40-minute play submitted by the School, The Taming of the Shrew, gained first place (bracketed equal).
5 December During the first few days of this week the normal timetable will be suspended to enable the term examinations to be held in the various subjects.
6 December At 2.50 pm a party of IVA&B Boys were sent to Durrant Hall, Durrant Road, to examine an exhibition of working models.
9 December Party of V Form boys & girls sent to the exhibition of electric and working models in charge of Mr Denison.
15 December This evening a Fancy Dress Ball for the past and present pupils was held in the Guide Hall. About 150 attended.
19 December During the weekend parties of children have visited the conversazione at the Technical College to see the various scientific demonstrations.
19 December Visited the School and checked Registers 3, 7 & 10 EO
19 December Christmas parties have been held on these three days. On Monday
20 December Forms IR IA IB: on Tuesday on Wednesday IIIA: IVA: IVB: V went 21 December to the Dining Room at 3.20 and were entertained to tea by the Headmaster. Afterwards plays were performed, tricks performed by Mr Macara, games played, dances indulged in and presents were distributed from the Christmas tree.
22 December End of term. Reports have been sent out to all parents & receipts received this morning. School closed at 3.30 pm.
9 January 1933 School reopened after the Christmas Vacation. Miss Stanley absent from duty owing to a sprained ankle. Ordinary times of afternoon session resumed.
11 January Miss Stanley resumed her duties.
13 January Miss Griffith Jones absent with ulcerated throat.
16 January Medical certificate sent to Education Office for Miss G-Jones whose absence continues - complaint, septic throat.
23 January Miss G-Jones resumed her duties. Miss CM Walker absent today owing to attack of influenza.
25 January Miss CM Walker resumed her duties.
4 February The Folk Dancing Team of the School was successful in gaining the senior trophy at the Chesterfield Musical Festival out of 22 teams.
8 February Headmaster absent for afternoon session attending a meeting of the EMEU at Nottingham University College.
13 February L Shorter gained 2nd place Boys Solos, Edith Nolan 2nd place Girls Solos & 1st place Elocution while the School Choir obtained the Devonshire Shield.
17 February Mr Fawcett & Miss Stanley resumed duties this morning.
27 February On Friday afternoon a blizzard set in and by 4pm the park was deep in snow. The fall continued until Sunday afternoon when a thaw set in. I asked on 26 February for a snowplough to clear the drive but on arrival I found that this had not been done. The children's buses had to unload in the Brimington road. A very poor attendance & many of the staff had difficulty in getting here owing to delay of buses & trains.
28 February Shrove Tuesday. School closed pm for regulation holiday.
2 March The School presented two plays, a pantomime The Jellyfish and a 14th century legend The Devil among the Skins, at the Children's Drama Festival at Bradbury Hall. The latter play gained a cup.
14 March The School was visited by Miss Ho, of Lingnam University, Canton, accompanied by Mr Young HMI, and Dr Stead. The visitors saw the School at work and stayed to luncheon.
24 March Visited School & checked registers. HG Stead.
30 March 114 pupils of Forms III, IV, V, went to a performance of Julius Caesar at the Market Hall this afternoon. The performance was the Grammar School play.
6 April Miss CM Walker left School at 10.30 am for the day in order to attend an interview with the governors of Eccles Secondary School.
7 April Miss Smith absent ill this morning: resumed work at 2.45.
13 April School closed at noon for the Easter Holiday, resuming on Monday 24 April. Miss G-Jones absent with permission.
24 April School reopened this morning. A new timetable was put into operation. Years IVA & IVB being combined into one Form owing to the drop in numbers of girls.
28 April Miss Smith left the staff today on the occasion of her marriage. She was presented with a timepiece by the staff and a table lamp by the pupils.
1 May Miss GM Clark MA joined the staff today as Senior Mistress. Mr WH Jarvis also began duty as a temporary master for work in Music and commercial subjects and to gain teaching experience before entry into college.
22 May Miss Vessey absent suffering from tonsillitis. Medical Certificate sent on her behalf to the Education Office today.
25 May School closed today for Ascension Day holiday by regulation by the Education Committee.
29 May Miss Vessey resumed her duties.
31 May Today having been arranged for the School's 2nd Annual Athletic Sports, the time table was slightly rearranged: the dinner period shortened and the afternoon break dispensed with to allow the dismissal of the School at 2.30 pm. The full time required by the Code was devoted to secular instruction.
2 June School closed at 3.50 pm for one week's Whitsuntide Vacation.
12 June School reopened after Whitsuntide Vacation. Miss G-Jones absent today & tomorrow to attend an interview at Thornbury Grammar School, Nr Bristol.
14 June School closed for afternoon session. Inter School Athletic Sports at Queen's Park.
16 June Miss G-Jones left School at 10.20 to attend an interview this afternoon at Whitley Bay.
16 June Examined Register 4 & 8 and found correct - EO
19 June On Saturday 17 June a party of pupils & teachers went to Stratford on Avon, visited Lichfield Cathedral, Warwick, Stratford Grammar School, the Birthplace & attended a performance of The Merchant of Venice at the Memorial Theatre. The School troop of Scouts camped at Tapton and took part in the rally of the Chesterfield area during the weekend.
22 June A double session was worked today in order to allow for lessons concluding at 2.45. On this day we held Commemoration. About 800 to 1000 parents and friends assembled on the lawn. His Worship the Mayor (Councillor AW Swale) was in the chair. Hymn All Things are Thine followed by prayers read by the Headmaster & the Lords Prayer. The Mayor, Ald Cropper & the Director were presented with copies of the new booklet produced by the school Trees at Tapton House. Address by the Mayor and Ald Cropper: songs by school choir: presentation of trophies, study and athletic prizes by the Mayoress and further songs made the programme. Col Ames HMI moved the vote of thanks. The pastoral play Robin Hood and the Pedlar by John Drinkwater was presented on the lawn & proved to be a beautiful and acceptable production. The staff and their guests were entertained to tea in the Dining Hall. Exhibitions of work in art, cookery, laundry, geography, history, science, French and the aquaria were on view until 6 pm & great numbers took the opportunity of viewing the school and its work.
30 June As the Chesterfield Boys are playing Derby Boys at Cricket at 3.45 today at Queens Park & 3 boys from this School are included in the Town Team, School was begun at 1.15 pm, lessons and recreation given their usual length and school closed at 3.30 to allow children to view the match.
4 July The King and Queen passed through Chesterfield this afternoon on their way from Chatsworth House to Hardwick Hall. On instructions from the Education Office, the children were marched to the Market Place by 2.50. It was exceedingly hot & some of the children saw their Majesties. School was begun at 1.25 and the first lesson of the afternoon timetable was got in. The classes were dismissed at 3.25 in Tontine Road.
14 July On Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday afternoons from 2.30 to 4 the Headmaster was interviewing parents of free place winners. On Friday afternoon, Dr Stead & the Headmaster interviewed special cases from 2.30 to 5.15 pm.
18 July Miss Stanley who developed a high temperature this morning, went home for the afternoon session.
21 July Medical Certificate sent to Education Office for Miss Stanley.
24 July Miss Stanley resumed her duties this morning.
26 July The results of the EMEU Central Schools examination were received. 22 candidates sat: 19 for the General Course: 3 for the Domestic Course. Of these 12 General Course candidates passed and 3 Domestic Course. 11 candidates passed in all 6 subjects: 4 in 5 subjects.
31 July Mr WH Jarvis concluded his engagement here as Uncert. Teacher here today. At his own request he will remain for the remainder of the week in order to acquire teaching practice before proceeding to college.
2 August The School Team gained the Thompson Cricket Cup on the Queens Park Ground last evening defeating the Central School. At assembly this morning small silver cups were presented to Thurgood and Marion Hutchinson the winners of the School Tennis Tournament.
4 August School closed at 11.45 for Midsummer Vacation, reopening on 11 September.
11 September School reopened this morning after five weeks' vacation. During the first week of the vacation Mr Denison & Mr Heathcote camped with the School Scout Troop at Birchover, Nr Matlock. On 30 August I with Miss Walker (and Mrs Mellor and Mrs Middleton) took a party of 3 girls and 15 boys to Paris. We visited all the principal points of interest and the children were intensely interested. On the return journey we stayed several hours in Rouen visiting the Jeanne d'Arc memorials, the cathedral, the river port etc. Returned to London 6 September. New entrants were admitted this morning and the Forms reorganised. The school is very crowded and difficult to run smoothly and with precision. Miss Davidge, Mr C Middleton MA and Mr J Routledge joined the staff today. Messrs Wilkins & Jarvis are spending three weeks here before proceeding to college in order to do observation work and teaching practice.
14 September Edward Mountain an entrant tripped on a slope at 1.15 pm on the woodland paths & cut his forehead. He was conveyed to hospital to have the wound stitched.
25 September Brian Combe began his duties today as a Student Teacher.
25 September Checked Registers 5, 9 and 10 and found correct - EO
26 September Inspector Frost of the Chesterfield Boro' Police Force gave an address at 10.15 am to the assembled School on Safety First.
27 September Harvest Festival held at 3.45 pm when £6/10/- was raised for Sports Funds.
29 September Messrs Wilkins & Jarvis left today having completed their periods of three weeks in observation & practice of teaching before entering Training College. 9 October Messrs EC Morris and JA Allinson began two weeks continuous School practice on Mondays and Wednesday mornings until the end of term. The former will chiefly be interested in English and History, the latter in Maths and Chemistry.
20 October School closed at 4 pm for mid term regulation holiday - two days - reopening on Wednesday morning 25 Oct.
31 October Mr WH Young, Miss Fletcher, and Miss Ferguson HMIs, visited the School today. The last named spent the morning seeing IA&B, IIR, IV & V PT in the Gymnasium & was not present for the afternoon session.
1 November From 2.30 to 3.10 pm years II to V were assembled in the Assembly Hall for a lecture on Coal Gas & Air Pollution by a lecturer from the Gas Association. Mr WH Young, and Mr Blagdon HMIs spent the sessions in the School today with the various Forms.
8 November As Armistice Day this year falls on Saturday, the Headmaster devoted the weekly address to the School to the topic of Armistice Day and dwelt on the need for the search for Truth and understanding of the Other Man's Point of View.
13 November Headmaster left School today at 3 pm. By permission.
15 November Brian Coombe absent today ill. Owing to heavy rain during dinner period, afternoon School was commenced at 1.30 pm and School dismissed at 3.50 pm.
16 November Brian Coombe resumed his duties.
20 November Commencing today and while the darkest days of winter continue, afternoon School will commence at 1.25 and lessons will run: 1st period 2nd period Break 3rd period 1.35-2.15 2.15-2.55 2.55-3.05 3.05-3.45
30 November At the Shakespearean section of the Chesterfield Musical Festival held last evening at Bradbury Hall, this school's production of scenes from The Tempest gained second place. Today, Friday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday next week the usual time table will be suspended except for the last period of the afternoon session so that the Term examinations might be carried through.
7 December Yesterday evening, by permission of the Authority, the School Scout Troop held a campfire meeting to which their parents and friends were invited. Goods made by the Troop were on sale: slides picturing their activities were shown: the parents were greatly interested.
11 December Miss Davidge absent today owing to the death of her mother.
12 December Miss Davidge resumed her duties afternoon session today.
20 December Visited School & checked Registers 9 & 10 - HG Stead
21 December On Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 18, 19, 20 December for Yrs I; II; III - V respectively afternoon lessons were suspended at 2.55. At 3.00 the children were entertained to tea by the Headmaster and afterwards to 8 pm Christmas parties were held. On 15 Dec the 3rd Annual Fancy Dress party was held at the Guide Hall from 6.45 to 11 pm. Today at 3.30 the School was dismissed for the Christmas Vacation.
8 Jan 1934 School reopened after the Christmas Vacation and work resumed on the 3rd day of the timetable.
15 January Today the ordinary times of opening & closing the afternoon session were resumed [See entry for 20 Nov]
23 January Miss Wakefield HMI spent the day with Needlework & Domestic Science classes.
27 January Merrs Williams & Crimpton, students from Sheffield University began their period of teaching practice today.
13 February Shrove Tuesday. School closed for the afternoon holiday in accordance with the Education Committee's regulations.
16 February Mr Silcock absent by permission for afternoon session to attend a funeral.
22 February Headmaster left at 2 pm by permission to attend the funeral of a colleague, Mr Brown, Langwith.
26 February Mr Silcock absent from duty for the morning session owing to acute diarrhoea.
27 February By error a series of ciphers was placed in Reg 12 by Mr Middleton. All the children were present. Their attendance s have been reckoned in the summary totals.
9 March Fire drill. School cleared in 3 mins. 21 22 23 On these afternoons the various Forms (boys) have visited the Exhibition of Model Engineering in the Durrant Hall.
27 March Visited School & checked Registers - HG Stead
29 March School closed at noon for Easter Vacation. B Coombe finished his engagement as Student Teacher having been appointed H A at Peter Webster School.
9 April School reopened after Easter Vacation.
19 April Mr TC Archer of the League of Nations Union addressed the assembled school at 3pm. & gave a valuable lecture on the Aims of the League.
24 April Headmaster left during afternoon session to attend the funeral of Mr G Turner, late Headmaster of William Rhodes Junior School.
9 May Mr Fawcett absent by permission attending a London City & Guilds examination. Shortened sessions worked today in order that lessons might be concluded at 2.30 so that children could proceed to the Schools 3rd Annual Athletic Sports on the Chesterfield Rugby Football Ground.
10 May School closed today for Ascension Day holiday by regulation by the Education Committee.
11 May Headmaster & Miss GM Clark absent attending a Head Teachers 14 May Conference at Buxton (organised by HMI Mr Young).
14 May Miss Stanley absent suffering from a chill.
17 May Miss Stanley resumed her duties this morning.
18 May School closed at 4 pm for the Whitsuntide Vacation, one week.
1 June Examined registers 5, 6, 7 found correct - Annie Wright.
6 June School closed at noon on the occasion of the Annual Athletic Sports of the Borough. Mr Fawcett absent by permission to attend a funeral.
8 June Afternoon session today was commenced at 1.30: School closed at 3.45 for the convenience of visitors inspecting the School.
20 June Commemoration Day. Shortened sessions were worked so that schoolwork might be suspended at 2.45 pm. The school was thrown open to visitors and hundreds of parents & friends took the opportunity of inspecting the School and the various exhibitions of work. The following programme was followed on the lawn:- Hymn All Things are Thine The School Anthem The Lord is my Shepherd (Smart) Choir Prayers Chant The Lords Prayer Presentations of tooled blotter to Professor Wortley, bouquets to the Mayoress & Mrs Cropper & booklets 'Birds at Tapton House' to the Chairman & Dr Stead Address by Ald H Cropper Songs A Birthday (Cowen) Fall on me like a silent dew (C Taylor) Choir Distribution of Trophies Distribution of Athletic Prizes & Study Prizes Songs Sing, sing, break into song (Mathinson) Barcardle (Offenbach) Choir Reading and Entrusting of Charter Songs Village Song (Borland) Pipes of Pan (Monckton) Choir Address by Professor HAS Wortley MA Votes of Thanks Dr Stead Coun HP Short Pastoral Play The Prince who was a Pauper H Brighouse The guests of the staff were afterwards entertained to tea in the Art Room: parents in the Dining Hall.
23 June Saturday. A School excursion was made to the Whipsnade Zoo: 77 scholars and 5 of the staff including the Headmaster took part.
27 June School closed for afternoon session. In the afternoon & evening two concerts - Festivals of Song - were held in the grounds here, conducted by Mr Cyril Winn HMI. At the evening concert 200 children from this school took part in the massed choruses and we repeated the pastoral play 'The Prince who was a Pauper'.
2 July Mr Denison absent taking Inter Sci examination (Lond Univ) at Nottingham today and tomorrow.
3 July Headmaster left at 2 pm to attend Examination Board meeting at the Education Offices.
4 July Headmaster attended Open Day at Highfield Hall School by permission pm at 2.15.
9 July Mr Denison absent by permission taking Inter Sci examination.
10 July Mr Silcock accompanied the Chesterfield Boys Cricket Team to Derby this afternoon. Play Derby Boys.
11 July Fire drill at 11 am. School cleared in 21/2 mins.
12 July By permission of the Director shortened sessions were worked today to enable children to visit the Derbyshire v Australia match second day.
13 July Miss CM Walker absent during afternoon session attending an interview at Hemsworth Secondary School.
19 July Mr Denison absent today attending examination.
23 July Mr Denison absent today attending examination. Afternoon School begun earlier and session closed at 3.40 pm so that children might attend the School Swimming Sports at the Central Baths.
26 July Today were received the results of the EMEU Central Schools Examination. 24 candidates sat for the General Course: 20 passed (83.33%): 13 passed in all six subjects: 7 in 5 subjects. The four failures were weak drawn from Form IVB.
2 August Mr Silcock & Mr Heathcote absent today & tomorrow morning by permission, the former being married, the latter attending a course at Oxford.
3 August School closed at 12 pm for 5 weeks Midsummer Vacation.
10 September Joan Huxtable passed the Northern Universities School Certificate Examination with 5 Credits. Mr RJ Wilkins joined the staff today. New entrants admitted and the Forms reorganised.
20 September Checked registers & found them correct - H Slatcher
26 September Mr Heathcote absent with permission through illness.
3 October Mr Heathcote resumed his duties today. Medical Certificate sent to the Education Office on 1/10/34.
19 October School closed at 3.45 pm today for the regulation mid-term holiday of two days viz: Monday & Tuesday.
24 October School reopened after the October Vacation.
7 November Mr RJ Wilkins absent with permission today.
12 November Mr RJ Wilkins resumed his duties: absent due to severe cold. Mr Middleton absent from duty - severe head pains.
12 November Commencing today and while the darkest days and winter continue afternoon school will commence at 1.25 and lessons will run as follows 1st period 2nd period Break 3rd period 1.35-2.15 2.15-2.55 2.55-3.05 3.05-3.45 Chief Education Officer has been informed of these changes.
13 November Mr Middleton resumed his duties.
15 November At 12.50 today a lantern lecture on the Route des Alpes was given by the Headmaster in the Assembly Hall.
22 November At 12.50 today in the Hall, Mr Heathcote gave a lantern lecture on Castles and Historic Places near the LNE Railway.
30 November Miss Stanley absent today. Serious illness of her father. During lunch hour a talk, illustrated by lanternslides, given by the headmaster on a Holiday in Belgium. At the Chesterfield Musical Festival held last evening at Bradbury Hall (Shakespeare Festival), the school gained second place with its production of Scenes from Macbeth produced by Mr J Smith.
6 December Miss Stanley resumed her duties. Reason for absence - death of father.
7 December During this week the operation of the Time Table has been suspended and the Term examinations have been held. Ordinary lessons have gone on during the last period of the afternoon.
12 December Mr Jenkin, Divisional HMI; Mr Blagdon HMI, with Dr Stead visited the School this morning. During the dinner period the Headmaster gave a lantern lecture on Coroiea - Slides lent by the PLM Rly.
13 December Checked Registers 7, 8, 13 & found correct H Slutcher.
14 December Last evening at 7.30pm a Carol Service was held in the Assembly Hall when a programme of 18 old carols, solos, duets etc was sung by the School Choir. Scenes from Macbeth were also given. Ald H Cropper Chairman of the Education Committee attended & addressed the parents after distributing the EMEU Certificates: 3 Bronze Medals of the Royal Life Saving Society (G Chapple, S Lander, B Pashley) Certificates of the RLSS, 9 Swimming Certificates given by the Education Committee. A silver collection yielded £4.9.81/2 to School funds.
17 December On Friday evening 14 Dec, the School's Fourth Annual Fancy Dress Dance was held in the Guide Hall Cross Str. It was a most successful function, many old pupils attending & showing their appreciation of the School.
20 December On Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday evening's parties have been held. Yr I on Monday; Yr II Tuesday & the upper School on Wednesday. the Headmaster entertained the children to tea and afterwards games were played: a concert was organised by and afterwards to 8 pm Christmas parties were held. On 15 Dec the 3rd Annual Fancy Dress party was held at the Guide Hall from 6.45 to 11 pm. Today at 3.30 the School was dismissed for the Christmas Vacation.
7 January 1935 The School recommenced work at 9 am after the Christmas Vacation.
10 January Miss Vessey absent from duty today suffering from a chill.
14 January Medical Certificate for Miss Vessey forwarded to the Education Office. Mr Middleton absent from duty today.
15 January Mr Middleton resumed his duties.
21 January Miss Vessey still absent. Messrs Thompson & Emnutt (English: Botany & Geography) students from Sheffield University commenced their intermittent School Practice today.
22 January Medical Certificate for Miss Vessey forwarded to Education Office.
23 January Mr Macara absent from duty today.
24 January Mr Denison absent from duty today by permission attending an interview in Bradford.
25 January Miss Davidge absent this morning session.
28 January Miss Davidge absent by permission attending an interview in London. Miss Vessey returned to duty. Mr Macara still absent.
29 January Mr Macara's Medical Certificate sent to the Education Office.
30 January Mr Macara resumed duty after his illness.
1 February A lantern lecture was given today by Mr Routledge on 'The Peak District'.
6 February His Worship the Mayor (Ald H Varley JP) with Dr Stead visited the School today & saw the classes at their normal work.
12 February A lantern lecture was given during the dinner hour today on 'Roman remains in the Rhone Valley' by Mr Heathcote.
13 February Form IIR and IIA boys this afternoon visited under Mr Fawcett , the Chesterfield Gas Works in order to study the manufacture of gas & residuals as an illustration of their Science work. The Education Office was notified that the journey was being made.
14 February Miss Davidge absent today through illness.
15 February Mr Fawcett absent by permission acting as Director of Competitions at the Chesterfield Musical Festival.
18 February Miss GM Clark absent today suffering through influenza. Medical Certificate forwarded to the Education Office.
25 February Miss GM Clark resumed her duties. Time table suspended at 3.10 pm - School assembled in the Hall for rehearsal of play 'The Stolen Prince'.
28 February At Bradbury Hall yesterday evening the School was successful in gaining the first place in the Junior Drama Festival with its entry of The Stolen Prince by Dan Tothersh. The trophy is the Mrs Markham cup. Miss Davidge left the staff today to take up an appointment in London.
5 March Shrove Tuesday. School closed for the afternoon session - regulation holiday.
7 March Registers 4, 7, 8 & 13 examined - A Bines
11 March Miss AP Muir commenced duties today as Trained Domestic Science Teacher and Needlework Teacher.
27 March This evening a Concert was held in the Assembly Hall and a large number of friends and parents attended. The concert was most successful & was much appreciated. The profits are to reduce the debt on the new curtains. A new biology lantern has been purchased by the Headmaster (until School funds are able to pay off the debt) from Messrs Flattner & Garnett. Apparatus has also been obtained in order to make the lantern of maximum use in both biology and physics laboratories. The Chief Education Officer has been requested to consider the remodelling of the Biology Laboratory.
29 March The students from Sheffield University completed their periods of continuous teaching practice today.
5 April Forms 3-5 taken this afternoon to the High School for a recital of Alcestis (Murray's trans). Education Officer's approval has been obtained. Rearranged time table for 1st & 2nd Yr Forms.
16 April At 2.45pm Rev Owen Roebuck gave a lecture to the School on With the Mediterranean Fleet. The lecture was illustrated by lanternslides & concluded at 4.20 pm. It was a valuable account and much appreciated.
18 April School closed for Easter Vacation at noon today.
29 April School reopened after the Easter Vacation.
6 May School closed today. The day, being the Silver Jubilee Day of their Majesties' (King George & Queen Mary) reign, had been proclaimed a Bank Holiday. On Friday 3 May, a new sixpence was presented to every child in attendance by the Jubilee Committee. The School flag is being flown.
7 May Mr Fawcett and Miss Stanley are both absent ill.
8 May After arrangements to the time table as in previous years the School Athletic Sports were held this afternoon on the ground of the Rugby Football Club, Sheffield Road. They concluded at 5.45 pm & were very successful. Several amusing items were included to make the meeting enjoyable by non Athletic children as a Jubilee celebration. Today, a commemoration medal has been presented to each child on behalf of the Jubilee Committee.
9 May Medical Certificates for Mr Fawcett & Miss Stanley sent to the Education Office. At 11.45 I assembled the School in the Hall to listen to a broadcast of the ceremony in Westminster Hall when HM the King was presented with addresses of congratulation by the Houses of Parliament.
20 May Miss Stanley resumed her duties.
30 May School closed today for Ascension Day holiday by regulation of the Education Committee.
31 May Yesterday a party of 55 children & 13 staff made an Educational excursion to the London Zoological Gardens. Leaving Chesterfield at 7.37 am the party arrived at the Zoo at 11.30. An hour was spent in the Aquarium. After tea the party was taken to the Tower of London where the Regalia excited much attention. There followed a motor tour of the more important streets & buildings. The party reached Chesterfield at 9.21. Cost per child was 8/10.
3 June Mr Fawcett resumed his duties this morning.
5 June School closed for afternoon session for Annual Athletic Sports of the Boro' Schools at the Queen's Park.
6 June Owing to a heavy rain and thunderstorm causing the abandonment of the Sports meeting yesterday afternoon it was announced on behalf of the Chief Education Officer that the Sports would be continued and concluded today at 3 pm, weather permitting. School closed at 2.25 pm all the children proceeding to the Sports Ground.
7 June Miss Vessey absent from duty. School closed at 3.50 pm for Whitsuntide Vacation.
17 June School reopened after the Whitsuntide Vacation. Mr Heathcote had taken a party of children to the Nottingham Pageant. Mr J Routledge organised a choir trip & the children sang in churches at Bakewell & Longstone on Tuesday 11 June. Miss Vessey resumed her duties. She was absent on Friday 7 June owing to tonsillitis.
21 June EMEU examinations. time tables for IVA. IVB. Altered to allow for this.
26 June Commemoration Day was celebrated today on the lawn. School work was broken off at 2.30 & children assembled on the lawns. Several hundreds of parents and friends attended. The programme is appended.
28 June Checked Registers & found to be correct - H Slutcher
1 July Commencement of School Certificate Examination (Nottingham Univs). Seven pupils are sitting this year. Their fees had been paid by the Education Committee.
10 July Mr Fawcett absent for afternoon session by permission, to attend the funeral of a relative.
15 July Term examinations begun. Time tables suspended until break in afternoon session and special exam. time table put into force.
18 July Results of the General Central Schools Examination were received today. No of children who completed the Examination 18. No passing in 6 subjects 15 No passing in 5 subjects 3 Percentage of passes = 100%.
31 July Miss KM Clayton absent today and until the opening of the holidays by permission of the Education Officer in order to attend courses in Physical Training at Sturry Court. 1 August Mr Routledge absent by permission this afternoon.
2 August School closed at noon for Midsummer Vacation of five weeks duration.
9 September School resumed after five weeks' vacation. During the holiday the School Scout Troop and other boys camped with 3 masters at Sutton on Sea. Other boys later camped with two other masters. The results of the School Certificate Examination of the Northern Universities were received. Of the 7 candidates presented 5 were successful viz. Harry Allison 2 Goods, 2 Credits 4 Satisfactory: F Checkley 4 credits : John Everett 1 Good 2 credits: GW Walker 2 credits: Betty Pashley 1 credit.
17 September Messrs Young, Fowler and Barrett HMI spent the morning session observing the School at work and the two latter attended the afternoon session.
18 September Messrs Fowler & Barrett spent today at the School.
19 September Letter received from Director authorizing Headmaster to retain in the School children who became 16 years of age, the authorization extending in the first place to the present term only.
25 September Visited School & checked Registers 9 & 12 - HG Stead.
11 October Form IVE sent to the Geographical Exhibition at the Wm Rhodes School at 3 pm.
25 October School closed at 4 pm for Midterm Vacation which has been arranged by the Education Office for 28 & 29 October.
30 October School reopened after two days autumn holiday.
31 October A Halloween Party was held in the Hall to raise funds for the Biology Laboratory.
4 November Mr Heathcote absent from duty owing to chill & attack of rheumatism.
5 November Mr Heathcote resumed his duties.
6 November School closed today a special holiday having been granted by the Chesterfield Education Authority in response to the request of His Majesty the King to celebrate the marriage of the Duke of Gloucester.
11 November Armistice Day. Special hymns at morning service were sung and a brief address given by the Headteacher. Times of lessons were slightly altered and children assembled in Assembly Hall at 10.50 to listen to wireless broadcast of ceremony at the Cenotaph. Wireless set has been constructed and installed by Mr Wilkins.
13 November Messrs Shaw (Science & Geography) and Pountney (English & French) of Sheffield University commenced their continuous practice periods today.
14 November Notified this morning by the Education Officer that permission had been received from the Board of Education for these pupils to be retained on the registers until end of term in which they reach 17 years of age. Ena May Baston: Betty Pashley: Margaret Rodbourn: Mary Peabody: Alice B Clarke: Constance Fell: Ino Everett: GW Walker.
18 November Commencing today and while the darkest days and winter continue afternoon school will commence at 1.25 and lessons will run as follows 1st period 2nd period Break 3rd period 1.35-2.15 2.15-2.55 2.55-3.05 3.05-3.45
22 November Headmaster absent owing to illness. Herr Boeke, principal of the 'Workshop School', Holland, with Dr Stead, visited the School and saw some of the classes at their normal work.
25 November Headmaster resumed his duties. 6 December Visited School & checked registers 6 & 10 - HG Stead
9 December Boy. Harold Taylor. Working in IIIR hanged himself on the 7 Dec. No reason could be found: the boy's reports were uniformly good & the mother stated he was happy at School - a verdict of death by misadventure was returned.
10 December Miss Stanley absent from duties.
11 December Miss Stanley resumed her duties this morning.
16 December On Friday evening 13 Dec, the Annual School Dance was held in the Guide Hall Cross Str. Dancing for Forms II. III 6.30 to 9.30: for older pupils and old pupils 6.30 to 11. Many old pupils attended to meet the staff. 16/18 Dec Parties held in the Dining Room by invitation of the Headmaster, followed by Concerts & games, and distribution from the Christmas Tree
19 December School closed for Christmas Holidays.
6 January 1936 Monday. School reopened after a fortnight's holiday.
14 January At a special meeting of the Education Committee yesterday evening Mr Middleton MA of this School was appointed Assistant Education Officer.
20 January Mr Middleton loaned to the Education Office: his duties here undertaken by the Headmaster & members of the staff.
21 January Hazel Atkins met with an accident in Cooking Room, scalding her face. She was immediately taken to the Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
22 January School assembled in Hall at 10.45 to listen to Proclamation of Edward VIII as King. Mr Heathcote commenced duties at this School. Opening of afternoon session delayed until 1.45 to allow children to hear reading of proclamation in the Market Place.
28 January On this day, the funeral of King George V. Full assembly in the Hall and a memorial service held. Hymn… O God Our Help in Ages Past; Prayers, with sc Prayers: Ecclesiastices…… Let us now Praise Famous Men: address by Headmaster on the late King (1) devotion to duty (2) loved for his personality: Hymn….Abide with Me: Funeral March…….. Chopin. On instructions from the Education Office, the School was closed at 11.30 am for the rest of the day. The children were asked to attend Commemoration Services in the various places of worship in the Borough.
11 February Miss CM Walker absent from duty today.
12 February Miss CM Walker resumed her duties.
14 February Mr Fawcett had leave of absence today in order to act as Director of Competitions at the Chesterfield Music Festival. Mr Heathcote had leave of absence this afternoon to attend a meeting of the Derbyshire Archaeological Society at Derby.
20 February examined Registers 8 and 12 and found same correct. Walter Wicks.
24 February Messrs Spothaky & Hartley, students from Sheffield University commenced their School practice period today.
25 February Shrove Tuesday. School closed at noon for afternoon session as a regulation holiday.
2 March Forms IIR & IIA boys under Messrs Fawcett & Macara visited the Chesterfield Gas Works this afternoon.
4 March Form III Boys under Messrs Denison & Wilkins visited the BTH Electric bulb works this afternoon.
13 March Senior girls in charge of Miss Clarke & Miss Muir visited the Derbyshire Times Works this afternoon to see printing and bookbinding operations. Mr Wilkins absent suffering from a cold.
20 March Mr Routledge absent - under observation for appendicitis.
23 March Medical Certificate for Mr Routledge sent to Education Office.
24 March Miss Muir absent. Under observation for German Measles.
8 April School closed for the Easter Vacation at 4.00 pm.
20 April School reopened after the Easter Vacation. Miss CM Walker absent - measles. Miss Muir & Mr Routledge still absent. Medical Certificates dated 8th & 18th April for Miss Muir & 18th April for Miss Walker sent to the Education Office.
27 April Miss Muir & Miss Walker resumed their duties. Mr Routledge still absent.
1 May WH Young esq HMI & Mrs Sargeant HMI called this afternoon to obtain figures regarding accommodation on prospective effect of raising School-leaving age to 15.
4 May Mr Routledge resumed his duties today after his absence owing to operation for appendicitis.
6 May Headmaster visited Gregg's Commercial Institute by invitation of Dr Stead leaving at 11 am, returning to duty at 3.30 pm.
8 May 11 am Headmaster attended a meeting of the Senior Panel (dealing with the Curriculum etc) at the Education Office.
13 May Shortened sessions were worked today as in previous years, the dinner hour recess was cut down to one hour & recreation periods omitted in order that the 5th Annual Athletic Sports might be held on the Rugby Football Ground, Sheffield Road.
21 May School closed by regulation for Ascension Day. The Annual School Excursion was organised, a train journey to Liverpool being arranged: inspection of a liner, the Laconia: trip through the Mersey Tunnel to New Brighton: St George's Hall: The Cathedral etc. 76 children & 8 members of the Staff took part.
27 May School closed for afternoon session for the Annual Athletic Sports of the Town Schools in the Queens Park.
29 May School closed at 4 pm for Whitsuntide Vacation - one week, reopening on June 8th.
17 June Commemoration Day. Celebrations on the lawns about 1000 parents & friends attending. Trees planted in Commemoration Grove by WH Young Esq. MA HMI, Ald H Cropper & Dr HG Stead. The programme is appended.
25 June Registers 9, 11, 13 checked and found correct. C Middleton
1 July Headmaster absent after opening of School in order to attend Assizes at Derby, having been summoned to act as a juror.
2 July As for 1 July.
3 July Headmaster resumed his duties, having been discharged of further attendance at the Courts. Commencement of School Cert of Examinations - 26 pupils are sitting.
13 July Commencement of term examinations. time tables suspended during the week to allow of this except for last period of the afternoon session. Commenced interviewing parents of new entrants - interviews go on Mon - Tues - Wed - Thurs from 2.30 to 5 pm.
22 July The results of the EMEU Examination were received this morning. 16 children sat: one did not complete the examination owing to spraining his ankle. Results. Passed in 6 subjects 3 Passed in 5 subjects 7 Failed 5 All these candidates were drawn from B forms.
31 July School closed for Midsummer Vacation until Monday 7 September. During the period the Scout Troop is going into camp at Morecambe: another party is camping at Stanton Moor: a third party is proceeding to St Malo for ten days.
7 September School reopened after the Midsummer Vacation. The new children were admitted and graded into Forms. A new time table was put into operation designed to allow shorter periods of Physical Training in Yr I and the introduction of some Chemistry. The results of the Northern Univ Matriculation Examination are to hand. No entered 26. Disqualified 1. Full Matriculation: Hilda Davies, 5 credits + very good in French: A Bradbury 5 credits: Phyllis Swan 4 credits + very good in French. The following had the CA mark ie a few more marks short of Matric in the aggregate. AE Clark 5 credits: Frances Ecclestone 5 credits. JE Pett 2 credits: Barbara Clark 4 credits + very good in Eng Lit: L Gwen Tinsley 4 credits + very good in Eng Lit: F Dauncey 1 credit: H Hodkinson 2 credits: CA Thompson 1 credit: J Wilde 4 credits: Mayoue Payne 2 credits + very good in Botany: Betty Robinson 2 credits: Mary Sheldon 1 credit, also gained School Certificates.
15 September Registers 10 and 12 checked and found correct. C Middleton.
29 September WH Young Esq HMI and Messrs Barrett & Fowler HMIs spent today inspecting the School.
30 September Messrs Barrett & Fowler & Miss Sergeant spent today inspecting the School. 1 October Messrs Barrett & Fowler & Miss Sergeant completed their inspection at noon today. 29 September On this evening 106 children and 16 staff went to the Repertory Theatre Sheffield, to see the production of St Joan (GB Shaw).
21 October Miss Vessey absent from duty: high temperature.
23 October Miss Vessey resumed her duties today. School closed at 3.50 pm for the October Vacation until Wednesday 28 Oct.
28 October School reopened after the October Vacation. This evening 50 children & staff visited the Sheffield Repertory Theatre to see 'She Stoops to Conquer.'
4 November Classes suspended at 2.40. School assembled in Hall to hear Mr G Makin BA. Lecture on Characters from Dickens in costume with make-up.
11 November Dress rehearsal at 3.20 of play The Second Shepherd's Play from the Wakefield Mysteries. This play was performed during the evening at a concert held at Highfield Hall School in connection with the Exhibition of English Preaching. The School Choir was responsible for the musical portion of the Concert.
12 November The items were repeated this evening at a second concert held at Highfield Hall School.
17 November Time table suspended at 2.40. Rev Wallace Lawrence gave character sketches from Dickens in the Hall in Character make-up Programme: Sergeant Buzfuz Pickwick Papers Sidney Carton Tale of Two Cities Squeers Nicholas Nickleby Scrooge Christmas Carol Chadrand Bleak House Drotty Veck The Chimes
18 November Shortened sessions worked today viz 8.50 to 11.25 am and 12.30 - 2.30 omitting recreation periods to allow Staff & pupils to attend the Official opening of the English Exhibition at the William Rhodes School at 3 pm. Mr Smith & Mr Macara were attending at the William Rhodes School yesterday and Mr Smith today.
23 November As in previous years, the School today begins at 1.25 pm, closing at 3.45 pm during the darkest period of the winter.
24 November Headmaster, Messrs Smith, Hoffman & Miss Clayton attended a conference in English teaching at the Central Schools at 10.30 am. 25 November The Osiris players gave Julius Caesar in the Assembly Hall this afternoon from 2 to 4.30pm. The ordinary time table was suspended.
3 December Term examinations commenced today. They will continue during tomorrow and on Monday & Tuesday of next week.
7 December Miss Muir absent from duty today suffering from a cold.
15 December Mr Smith & Miss Clark absent by permission today.
16 December Registers checked and found correct. C Middleton.
16 December Today the report on the School was received through the Education Office together with a letter of congratulation from the Chief Education Officer. The report attached herewith.
18 December Swimming Certificates distributed this morning to 8 boys & 16 girls. The breaking-up party for Year I was held last night. 120 children were entertained to tea. Games and plays & concert items in the Hall followed by distribution of presents from the tree by the Prefects disguised as Father Xmas. Tonight the Sixth Annual School Dance in the Guide Hall from 6.30 to 11 pm with Eric Dans's Orchestra. Numbers are limited to 150 present senior pupils & Old Boys and Old Girls. More than 200 were present.
21/22 Dec The middle & senior School parties were held on these evenings from 4 pm to 8.30 pm. The pupils were entertained to tea by the Headmaster & then games, charades, plays etc were played concluding with distribution of presents from the tree.
23 December After prayers, the Carol Service & series of Nine Bible lessons as held in Kings College Chapel was held until 10.45 am after which ordinary lessons were resumed. Today Mr J Routledge leaves the staff to take up an appointment as Headmaster of the Bromford School. He was presented with a case by the staff & book tokens by the Headmaster. School closed at 3.45 pm for the Christmas Vacation.
11 January 1937 School reopened after Christmas Vacation at the normal opening time. Mr N Clarke commenced duties in the place of Mr J Routledge . Mr Heathcote absent through influenza and Miss Vessey through rheumatism following on an attack of tonsillitis. Medical Certificate for the latter sent to the Education Officer.
13 January Mr Hoffman absent by permission today to attend the funeral of a relative.
15 January Miss Muir absent today called away to Scotland owing to her mother's serious illness. Report of depletion of staff telephoned to the Education Office at 9.20 am.
18 January Mr Hoffman absent from duty. Mrs Reay took up duties as substitute for Miss Muir.
19 January Medical Certificates for Mr Heathcote and Miss Vessey sent to Education Office with letter from Miss Muir explanatory of continued absence.
20 January Mr Hoffman resumed his duties this morning.
21 January Today a congratulatory letter was received from the Education Authority through the Education Office in the matter of the recent School Report from the Bdg Education.
25 January Miss Muir, Miss Vessey and Mr Heathcote all resumed duty this morning. Last week's attendance fell to 61% owing to the influenza epidemic. This morning sees a recovery in the number of children attending School.
26 January Miss Ferguson & Capt Whewell HMIs visited the School this morning and saw classes at PT in the Gymnasium.
1 February During afternoon session Miss CM Walker went home ill.
2 February Miss CM Walker absent suffering from a feverish cold.
3 February Miss CM Walker resumed her duties.
9 February Shrove Tuesday. School closed at 12 noon for the afternoon holiday in accordance with the Education Committee's regulations.
18 February Forms III:IV:V Boys under the charge of Messrs Denison, Fawcett & Wilkins visited the Devonshire Works of the Staveley Coal & Iron Co, as a supplement to their Science work.
1 March A very heavy fall of snow during the weekend accompanied by high wind consequently the special buses were unable to get up the drive. Many children absent today. Several of the staff were late owing to difficulties of travel.
5 March The Senior Girls under Miss Clark visited the works of the Derbyshire Times Ltd in order to see the bookbinding department. 9-10 March Concerts given in the School Hall by Old Students - plays, dances, recitals etc.
23 March Register checked and found correct. F Henshaw
23 March The School this morning listened at 11.00 am to the broadcast of the University Boat Race. School timetable suspended this afternoon for a lecture by Mr Alfred Lugg on Shakespeare illustrated with excerpts from Twelfth Night, Macbeth and Julius Caesar.
25 March School closed for Easter Vacation at 12 noon.
5 April School reopened after the Easter Vacation. Mr Denison left the School at 11.30 am to attend a course in Science Teaching held by inspectors of the Bd of Education at the Chatsworth Hydro, Matlock. He will be in attendance there for the rest of the week.
6 April Time table suspended at 2.55 & School assembled in the Hall to hear a lecture by Philip Ross - Tramping Round the World.
7 April Headmaster left at 2.15 to attend a conference of Head teachers in connection with a science course held by the Bd of Education at Matlock. - lecture by Mr Savage.
14 April 2R & 2A boys this afternoon spent the session at the Sewage Works, New Whittington, under the charge of Mr Fawcett. The visit was supplementary to their Science work.
26/27 April Mr Denison absent for 2 days by permission to carry out duties in connection with funeral of a relation in Bradford - Yorks.
6 May School closed today for Ascension Day holiday by regulation by the Education Committee.
6 May On Monday 139 children & 15 members of the staff visited London to see the coronation preparations. A tour of London was made by 4 motor charabancs: special launches conveyed the party from Westminster Bridge Pier to Greenwich & back. Tea in London, special train reaching Chesterfield at 9 pm.
11 May School closed at 4 pm for Coronation holiday & Whitsuntide Vacation. On Thursday the Coronation festivities in connection with this School will take place.
24 May School reopened after Whitsuntide Vacation. On Thursday 13 May it was not possible owing to rain to hold the proposed Athletic Sports. Many children came to help prepare the Hall for tea. Decorations were arranged by the Art Master, Mr Macara. The Mayor & Mayoress attended at 5.35 & addressed the children. After his departure tea was served. During the evening the staff performed two plays (1) The Purple Bedroom (2) The Crimson Cocoanut which was hilariously received. Ice cream was served in the interval. The festivities concluded with a Coronation Dance which ended at 10.30 pm. Each child was presented with a Souvenir Mug and Book dealing with the life of George VI. Miss Vessey absent from duty: swollen glands.
26 May Double session worked today in order to comply with the Board's Regulations re secular instruction. School terminated at 2.25 to enable our School Annual Sports to be carried out on the Rugby Football Ground, Sheffield Road. Sports postponed due to torrential rain.
28 May Double session worked today - due notice having been given to Education Office. Sports successfully carried out commencing at 3 pm & concluding at 5.15.
7 June Medical Certificate for Miss Vessey posted to Education Office.
8 June Boys from Forms III & IV E made a visit at 2.45 pm this afternoon to the General Post Office to see the Automatic Exchange.
9 June Miss Vessey resumed her duties. School closed for afternoon session because of the Inter School Athletic Sports on the Queens Park.
23 June The School Scout Troop has won the Premier Troop Flag Trophy open to all the Troops in the area.
23 June Commemoration Day. Dr L du Garde Peach planted a gingko tree in the new avenue. Prizes were distributed & the trophies gained by the various house were handed over: Dr Peach addressed an audience of approx 1000 parents & friends. The play My Lady Greensleeves was performed. The Chairman of the committee, Ald H Cropper JP presided. Miss Sergeant HMI was among the visitors.
29 June Registers checked and found correct. C Middleton
29 June Miss Stanley absent by permission attending an interview in London.
30 June Headmaster absent by permission. The Mayor & Chief Constable attended this morning to present prize to the Cadman winner of the Safety First Essay Competition.
12 July Term examinations commenced today. The ordinary time table being suspended for the week to enable the examinations to be carried through. Miss Muir absent by permission to undergo an operation.
21 July Miss GM Clark absent by permission attending an interview in London. Mr J Smith absent by permission during afternoon session proceeding to Colchester for attending an interview. He will be absent from School tomorrow, Thursday 22 July. The results of the EMEU Central Schools Examination received today. 21 pupils entered and 18 sat, 2 having left and one ill. 2 passed in 6 subjects 12 passed in 5 subjects 4 failed - All these children were drawn from the former B forms.
22 July Miss Muir resumed her duties.
27 July Miss Clayton absent with swollen eye.
28 July Miss Clayton resumed her duties at afternoon session. School begun earlier, recreation time omitted, to allow School to be closed earlier on reason of Cricket Match Staff v School.
30 July School closed for term at noon until Monday 6 September. Miss CM Walker left the staff on her appointment to Barrow on Soar Grammar School & Miss Vessey to be married.
6 September School reopened and approx 117 new entrants admitted. Miss Wildin & Miss FM Wood BA joined the staff. During the holiday Mr J Smith has been appointed to the Headmastership of a Grade IV School at Aldershot. He will take up his duties on 1 December. Mr Denison carried through a Scout Camp at Spelton. History Camp at Mickleover Results of Northern Universities School Certificate Examination are to hand. F Dauncey 4 credits + Distn in Maths - Matricn. GK Richards 7 credits + V Good in Maths - Matrcn. Betty George 5 credits + V Good in French - Matricn. Alan Musson 7 credits just failed to achieve Matric Leonard Wheeldon 4 credits School Certificates Betty Handford 3 credits School Certificates Lillian Rennie 2 credits School Certificates Bessie Sambrook 3 credits School Certificates
24 September Registers 5, 6 & 12 checked and found correct. FJ Scrimshaw
7 October Miss Stanley absent suffering from biliousness.
8 October Miss Stanley resumed her duties.
11 October Headmaster absent attending a funeral of a relative.
22 October Visit by Mr Webster to the School Historical Society to deliver a lecture on Native Life in Kenya from 3.30 to 4.30. 22 October School closed until Wednesday 27 October for the vacation as provided in the Local Authority's regulations.
27 October School reopened. Last evening 26 October a party of 167 staff and pupils went by motor charabancs to the City Hall Sheffield to see a performance of Edward German's Merrie England. Miss FM Wood absent from duty this morning owing to a chill. Miss Wood at School for afternoon session.
28 October Miss Wood absent again through a chill.
29 October Miss Wood still absent. 1 November School closed on instruction so that it might be used as a polling booth in Municipal Elections.
2 November School reopened. Miss Wood resumed her duties. Medical Certificate produced by her forwarded to the Education Office. 8 November Mr Smith absent suffering from a chill.
9 November Mr Smith resumed his duties this morning.
15 November A party of 22 pupils drawn from Forms V & IV Sc went to Sheffield this afternoon with Miss Clark to attend a performance at the City Hall by the Comediens de Paris of Gringoire and Le Medecin Malgre Lui.
22 November We have again planted more than a thousand daffodil bulbs round the drive just outside the entrance gates to the house: we have also planted five hundred grape hyacinths. Mr Denison absent today suffering from a chill. As in previous years, today we commence a shortened lunch hour, afternoon School opening at 1.25 and closing at 3.45 pm. These hours will be kept to during the darkest winter days.
25 November Registers checked and found correct. FJ Scrimshaw
26 November Headmaster absent during afternoon by permission of Education Officer. Medical Certificate for Mr Denison sent to Education Office on 24/11/37. Mr J Smith left the staff today proceeding to the Headmastership of a Grade IV School at Aldershot. He was presented with a fountain pen by the staff and with book tokens by the Headmaster.
29 November Mr SE Davey MA commenced duties today.
3 December Miss GM Clark absent today owing to an accident to her mother.
6 December Mr Denison resumed his duties.
7 December Miss GM Clark resumed her duties today at afternoon session.
8 December Miss GM Clark absent am: attended for afternoon session.
9 December Registers 9, 11, 12 checked and found correct. A Wright
14 December A party of 35 senior scholars with members of the staff visited Sheffield Repertory Theatre to see The Merry Wives of Windsor.
15 December A dance for years I. II was held this evening in the Guide Hall, Cross Street, over 100 children taking part: dancing 7 to 10 pm.
17 December The Seventh Annual School Dance for Seniors & Old Pupils held from 7-12 pm in the Guide Hall.
20 December Mr Davey absent from duty today.
20-22 Dec On Monday evening 20 Dec immediately after close of afternoon school Year I was entertained to Xmas tea by the Headmaster. Afterwards a party was held in the School Hall when games, dancing etc took place. A play Admiral Peters was presented by members of the staff and the evening concluded at 8.30 with distribution of presents from Xmas Tree by Santa Claus (impersonated by prefect). On Tuesday evening the middle School was entertained in similar fashion.
22 December The first period was this morning was taken up by our Carol service when the nine lessons were read by prefects and Headmaster and these were divided by carols, unison, solo and choir. In the evening the Senior School and the Old Pupils were entertained as outlined before.
23 December The Xmas tree was sent to the Hospital. School reports were sent home by the children & School dismissed at 3.30 pm until Monday 10 January.
10 Jan 1938 Monday. School resumed after the Christmas Vacation. Mr Davey took up his duties again.
13 January Miss GM Clark absent this morning owing to mother's illness.
18 January Miss GM Clark absent today owing to mother's illness.
19 January Miss GM Clark's absence continues. On Monday last 17 January the ordinary times of afternoon session were resumed ie 1-40 to 4 pm.
20 January Miss GM Clark resumed her duties at the afternoon session.
21 January Miss GM Clark absent today owing to her mother's death. This morning Forms IV E & V Girls attended at the Technical College at 10 am leaving here by bus at 9.40 to attend a lecture arranged by the Education Authority.
24 January Miss GM Clark resumed her duties again.
25 January Forms IVE & V Boys went to the Technical College at 10 am leaving here by bus at 9.40 to attend a lecture arranged by the Education Authority.
26 January Forms IVE IVSc Boys and Girls went to the Odeon Picture House at 10.05 am to see the historical film 'Victoria the Great'.
28 January Mr SE Davey absent from duty today. 1 February Mr N Clarke absent this morning. Mr Scowthorn HMI spent today inspecting the School.
21 February Reg. 12 No7 Kathleen Bradshaw. The red ink canceling line was inserted by error on 14/7/28. The child's attendances are correctly recorded.
23 February Miss Thomson VP of Derby Training College with 6 Students visited the School this afternoon.
28 February Miss Wildin absent from duty today.
1 March Shrove Tuesday. School closed pm session. Boys made excursion to Rolls-Royce Works under Mr Wilkins and Girls to Crown Derby Works under Mr Routledge. Several members of staff accompanied the parties. Miss Wildin still absent.
2 March Miss Wildin resumed her duties.
10 March Miss Wildin absent today owing to attack of quinzies. Mr Scowthorn HMI spent this morning at the School.
11 March A first meeting to decide on starting an Old Pupils Association was held at the Guide Hall at 7.30 pm last evening. More than 250 former pupils & several of the Staff attended. A committee was appointed to draw up the constitution etc.
14 March Miss Wildin resumed her duties this morning.
16 March Councillor DD Hogg gave a lantern lecture on 'Sailing on a Merchantman in the Days of Sail'.
21 March Miss Stanley absent today owing to tonsillitis. Mr Macara absent this afternoon owing to severe chill. Boys of IIIR IIIA under Mr Fawcett visited the Gas Works today at 2 pm to observe the processes of manufacture.
22 March Miss Stanley resumed her duties.
24 March Registers checked and found correct. C Middleton Forms IIIR A B visited the BTH Works this afternoon with Mr Purdie (Student) and Staff.
1 April Egg collection week for Royal Hospital. 290 eggs provided by the children.
4 April Miss Muir and Mr Macara absent today.
5 April Miss Muir resumed her duties today. Absence caused by chill. Yesterday pm boys of IIIR A sent to cinema lecture on the internal operations of a motor car engine.
6 April School closed on instruction from the Education Office, during the afternoon session on the occasion of the opening of the New Town Hall. Two scholars, Betty Radford and Geoffrey Wilcockson, prefects, were chosen to represent the School. The School Scout Troop had the place of honour, as champion troop, in the guard of honour for the Duchess of Devonshire. The Headmaster attended the ceremony as a member of the Chesterfield Library Committee.
13 April Mr Macara resumed his duties today. Fire Drill practice. School cleared in 23/4 minutes.
14 April Fire Drill practice. School cleared in 21/4 minutes. School closed for Easter Vacation at 11.50 am reopening on Monday 25 April.
25 April School reopened after Easter Vacation. During this holiday a party of boys & girls under Messrs Heathcote and Fawcett have visited the Roman Wall and York. Mr Hoffman resumed his duties this morning.
4 May Miss GM Clark absent ill - influenza cold.
18 May This afternoon was to have been the date of our Annual Sports. Owing to heavy and continuous rain it was impossible to carry them out consequently the School worked its normal hours.
19 May The day proved to be fine but cold & after notifying the Education Office during the morning we carried through our Seventh Annual Athletic Sports on the Rugby Football Ground, Sheffield Road, closing School at 2.30. The sports were completed soon after 5 pm. A letter was sent to the Education Office today drawing attention again to the condition of the floor in the Domestic Room.
20 May Notification this week from the Office a) that a Mrs Salisbury would take temporary duties from 1 June b) that Mrs Pursglove would be transferred at Midsummer as a permanent member of the staff & to take charge of the Girls' Physical Training. It had been pointed out by me that in my judgment the circumstances at this School called for the appointment of a female assistant with special training and qualifications in Physical Training: this opportunity was a chance of appointing such a qualified mistress.
24 May Empire Day. Headmaster gave a half address to pupils at Morning Assembly. School flag was flown. 'Jerusalem' was sung.
26 May School closed today for Ascension Day holiday by regulation by the Education Committee. 54 children with several staff on visit to Leeds, Ripon, Wakeman, Thorpe Ribend's House, Cathedral, Fountains Abbey. Then to York for tea visit to walls and Minster, returning to Chesterfield by train.
27 May Lecture by Miss Helene Hansen from Norway. She gave the children a delightful & pleasant resume of Norwegian life & letters.
31 May Miss KM Clayton left the staff today in view of her forthcoming marriage. She was the recipient of numerous presents.
1 June Mrs Salisbury TC began duties today as a temporary assistant mistress. School closed for afternoon session on occasion of combined Athletic Sports of the Elementary Schools of the Borough.
2 June Owing to torrential rain at 4.45 pm it was impossible to carry through the sports consequently today short sessions have been worked 9-11.15 and 12.15 to 2.15 to enable the children to proceed to the Queens Park for the resumption of the sports at 2.30.
3 June School closed at 3.50 pm for the Whitsuntide Vacation.
13 June School reopened after the Whitsuntide Vacation.
22 June Commemoration Day. Unfortunately the weather turned wet in the lunch hour and heavy rain forced us to take the ceremony in The Hall. Ald Cropper presided owing to the Mayor sending notice of his inability to be present, at the very last moment. The Hall was crowded & the verandah packed with parents. Mr Eric Barber gave an address & distributed prizes and trophies. He was presented with a leather blotter & stationery case made by Doreen Pyrah. The play Sophro the Wise by Laurence Binyon was performed twice so that all the visitors might be accommodated. Mr Barber planted a Hornbeam in the Commemoration Grove. In the evening the choir sang & the play was done again for the Old Pupils Assoc., about 200 members of which attended and enjoyed a dance until 10.30 pm. Mr & Mrs Scothorne and Mrs Peach were presented during the afternoon ceremonies.
23 June Letter received from Education Office stating that commencing 1 January 1939: 1) Attendance holidays will be abolished 2) Easter & Whitsun vacations remain as at present 3) Summer holidays to remain of same length but to commence one week earlier i.e. at end of last but one complete week before August 1 4) Last complete week in October to be a holiday.
29 June Registers checked and found correct. C Middleton
1 July Dr Viola of Vienna gave a talk on Austria to the pupils. The lecture was held on the lawn.
4 July Mr RJ Wilkins absent today, by permission, attending an RAF interview in London.
5 July Form IVE under Mr Heathcote spent today at the Western Park Museum & Art Gallery, Sheffield. Permission had been obtained through the Education Office from HMI for this visit to take place.
20 July Results of EMEU Examination received today. 12 children sat 6 passed in 6 subjects 2 passed in 5 subjects Boys of IV SC visited the BTH Works this afternoon. Our School swimming sports held this evening 6pm - 8.30 pm. Contest against Old Pupils etc - a very successful event.
25 July Boys of Forms III visited this afternoon the Sewage Works & recovery plant and the by-product plant at the Devonshire Works Staveley. The school cricket team won the championship shield: they have already gained the Thompson Cup.
26 July Mr SE Davey absent.
27 July The Osiris players performed Twelfth Night before the School this afternoon. Unfortunately rain came on at 2.45 forcing a quick change - over from lawn to Hall.
29 July School closed for Midsummer Vacation at 11.50 am.
5 September School reopened after Midsummer Vacation five weeks. During the recess the results of the School Certificate Examination were received. Seven pupils were successful. Ronald Grainger 4 credits 3 passes Joan Blenkinship 5 credits 1 passes Sybil Brailsford 4 credits 1 passes 1 V Good Betty Owen 2 credits 5 passes Barbara Williams 1 credits 5 passes Roy Dixon 4 credits 4 passes Peggy Hutton 3 credits 3 passes The Scout Troop camped - a history camp was held and a week was organised at Wimeseux, 14 pupils travelling in charge of Mr & Mrs Mellor. Miss GM Clark & Miss Wood shared supervision at Wimereux. During the holiday the interior of the School has been painted & thoroughly cleaned. New children admitted & arranged in their forms.
9 September Mr Hoffman took charge of pupils going on Mayor's outing to Skegness. Many children from this School preferred to attend school & declined the offer of a full day at the seaside.
22 September His worship the Mayor (Ald H Hatton) visited the School this afternoon.
27 September This afternoon Messrs Routledge & Silcock having volunteered to assist in distribution of gasmasks were absent from duty here. Other members of the staff are working at this distribution in the evenings.
29 September Mr Fawcett & Miss Muir absent this afternoon having volunteered to distribute gasmasks.
18 October 64 children & staff visited Sheffield to see a performance of Faust (Gounod) given at the City Hall.
21 October School closed at 4 pm for the October vacation of two School days.
26 October School reopened this morning after being closed for the October vacation week-end.
31 October Mr RJ Wilkins left the staff today in order to take up an appointment as Schoolmaster in the RAF. He was presented with an attaché case by the staff and book tokens by the Headmaster. 1 November Mr Arthur Steward MSc began duties here today having been transferred from the Peter Webster School. After School the children held a Halloween Party and at 8 pm the older children were joined by the Old Pupils Association, the party ending at 10 pm.
10 November As directed by circular received today from the Education Officer I have to record that during the quarter ended 30 September 575 v attendances were inserted and included in the registered totals of attendances. Yesterday 9 Nov two students from Sheffield University commenced a period of teaching practice and observation at the School. Messrs Bedford & Bonser.
18 November Mr Heathcote absent this afternoon by permission to attend the funeral of a relative. Headmaster left at 2.00 pm by permission to prepare for production of a play in the Buxton Festival.
28 November Miss FM Wood absent from duty today suffering from a chill.
29 November Pupils ie Boys of Forms IIIR & A with Messers Denison & Fawcett visited Messrs Boots factories at Nottingham this afternoon, the visit having consent of HMI.
30 November Miss Wood sent home suffering from chill. Mr A Lugg of London, lectured to the School this afternoon on Merchant of Venice & Julius Caesar with excerpts from the plays. 1 December Miss Wood absent.
2 December Miss Wood absent. Miss Stanley absent by permission to attend an interview.
6 December Medical Certificates dated 4 & 6 December forwarded to office for Miss Wood.
8 December Rev CH Wilson of Buxton lectured today to the pupils of Year 1 on Prehistoric Derbyshire illustrating lecture with lantern slides.
12 December Miss Wood resumed her duties today. The Children's' Theatre gave a performance this afternoon (lessons being suspended). The show comprised folk songs, dances, mimes, play etc., and was arranged and paid for by the Headmaster. This evening the Junior Children's Dance was held from 6.30 to 10 pm. in the Girl Guide Hall. Some 100 children from Years I and II attended. Mr N Clarke played and the children found it a pleasant evening.
13 December The Senior School spent 2.45 - 3.45 singing carols in the Hall while the annual boys v masters match was being played on the football ground.
19 December On Friday 16 December from 7.30 to 12 in the Girl Guide Hall, Cross Street, the 8th Annual Senior Dance was held. About 150 pupils and former pupils were present & a most enjoyable time was spent. The decoration scheme had been carried out by the girl prefects. Registers checked & found to be correct. FJ Scrimshaw.
19-21 Dec On Monday evening, immediately after the close of the afternoon session, Year I was entertained to a Xmas tea in the Dining Hall and afterwards a concert was held in the Assembly Hall (at which the Chief and Deputy Education Officers attended) followed by distribution of presents from the Xmas tree by a prefect acting as Santa Claus. Similarly, Year II was entertained on Tuesday evening and the Senior School on Wednesday evening.
22 December Yesterday evening. The Old Pupils' Association held its First Annual Dance at the Station Hotel, 8pm to 1 am, when about 170 attended. Several members of the staff - past & present - went on from the senior party. At opening of School today, the buses were unable to get up the drive owing to deep snow drifts. There has been continuous snow since Monday with a few fine periods, while bitter east winds have made outdoor games etc impossible. This morning from 9 - 10 am was taken up by the Carol Service when the nine lessons were read by Prefects & Headmaster and these were interspersed by carols, (solos, trios and unison singing). The Xmas tree was given to the Scout Troop who took it, with toys, books etc collected from the children to the Chesterfield Hospital. School dismissed - children received their reports at 3.30 pm for the holidays until Monday 9 Jan 1939.
9 January 1939 School opened after Christmas Vacation. We have planted another thousand bulbs in the grounds.
10 January Letters sent to Education Officer asking for 1) Machinery for shops and new windows into metal shop 2) Power plug in History Room 3) Gas by sink in Physics Lab 4) Disused power plugs in Shops to be connected up to lighting circuit to enable us to light the shops more efficiently. Request 1 & 3 were made in 1937 and 1938 also.
16 January Miss Muir absent today suffering from a septic throat.
19 January Medical Certificate sent to Education Officer for Miss Muir whose absence continues.
27 January Mr N Clarke absent through cold. Miss Muir's absence continues. Mr Heathcote absent during afternoon session by permission to attend an interview in Warwickshire.
30 January Miss Muir resumed her duties this morning. Mr N Clarke still absent.
31 January Medical Certificate sent to Education Office for Mr N Clarke.
1 February Mr Heathcote absent by permission today to attend an interview.
6 February Registers checked & found to be correct. FJ Scrimshaw. Mr N Clarke resumed his duties this morning.
8 February Miss Wood absent today.
9 February Mr Steward absent today to attend an interview at Halesowen.
13 February Medical Certificate for miss Wood whose absence continues sent to Education Office.
14 February Miss Muir sent home this morning suffering from pleurisy and heart affection.
16 February This afternoon Miss Goodwin commenced temporary duty.
20 February Miss Wood resumed her duties this morning. Medical Certificate for Miss Muir sent to Education Office.
21 February Shrove Tuesday. School closed for the afternoon holiday in accordance with the Education Committee's regulations. A team drawn from the Old Pupils Society is presenting a One Act Play The Spartan Girl in the British Drama League Festival tonight. The headmaster has produced the play while many of the minor properties have been made in the school.
23 February Medical Certificate for Miss Muir dated 21.2.39 sent to Education Office. Last evening the Old Pupils Society was awarded the Swanwick Trophy in the Dramatic Festival. 72 pupils from Senior Forms attended a showing of the film Sixty Glorious Years at the Odeon Picture House this afternoon. No child found any disability in finding the necessary small entrance fee.
28 Feb-1 March Visits to the School by Headmasters of the Norwich Education Authority.
1 March This afternoon funeral of Wilfred Richards, a prefect of the School who died of pneumonia.
3 March This morning at 10 pm (a) 115 pupils of Year II and IVE visited the Odeon Theatre to see the film Tom Sawyer and (b) boys of IIIA and girls of IIIB attended lectures at Chesterfield Technical College.
8 March Lessons began 5min earlier this afternoon, break was omitted and School closed at 3.40 pm to enable teachers by Directors' permission to attend at Market hall at 4 pm to receive instructions about taking details for scheme for evacuating children in case of air raids.
9 March Miss Goodwin, temporary Domestic Science and Needlework mistress concluded her appointment today. 10 March Mrs Reay, temporary Domestic Science and Needlework Mistress began her duties this morning.
13 March Notice received from Education Officer that Tattersal & his wife, caretakers, have been appointed Caretaker & Cook respectively at Brambling House.
17 March Registers 6, 11, 13 checked & found to be correct. W Wickes.
22 March Mrs Reay concluded temporary duty today.
23 March Miss Muir resumed her duties this morning.
5 April Mr Davey absent from duty today. 3-4-5 April School concert held each evening in aid of School Funds.
6 April Mr Davey resumed his duties. School closed at noon for Easter Vacation. During the vacation a party of pupils is visiting Snowdonia under charge of Messers Heathcote & Fawcett.
17 April School reopened after Easter Vacation. Headmaster absent during afternoon session by permission.
18 April Mr Heathcote absent today by permission to attend an interview at Newark.
20 April Notification received from Education Office that Mr Denison has been appointed Headmaster of the Hasland Hall Senior School.
27 April Headmaster left at 2.10 pm to attend official opening ceremony of Brambling House School.
8 May Mr Fawcett absent today suffering from chill. 10 May Mr Fawcett resumed his duties this morning.
12 May Mr Silcock absent by permission traveling with the Town School Football Team to Swansea, playing in Final Round. Two boys Randon, Thorneycroft are playing with Spence as reserve.
18 May School closed today for Ascension Day holiday by regulation by the Education Committee. 66 children and 9 staff spent a happy day at the Whipsenade Zoo leaving Chesterfield at 7.30 am returning at 10.35 pm. Lunch and tea were taken at the Cloisters Restaurant, Whipsenade. Total cost to pupils was 7/6.
22 May Annual Athletic Sports on Rugby Football Ground, Sheffield Road. Double sessions worked School closed at 2.30 to permit of start at 2.45 pm.
25 May Mr Heathcote absent by permission to attend an interview. Yesterday evening pupils from this School assisted with items at a concert given in the Miners' Welfare Hall in aid of the Spanish Refugees Aid Committee for the Basque children.
26 May The boys' football team won the Clayton Challenge Shield this evening.
27 May School closed at 3.45 pm for the Whitsuntide Vacation of one week.
5 June School reopened after on weeks Whitsuntide Vacation.
13 June This afternoon the Osiris Players gave a production of The Merchant of Venice in the Assembly Hall. Lessons were suspended for this purpose. The performance began at 1.50 and concluded at 4 pm.
14 June School closed for afternoon session for Chesterfield School Athletic Sports on the Queens Park.
15 June At the Chesterfield Schools Athletic Sports held yesterday afternoon our boys gained the Championship shield while the girls were the runners up for the girls' trophy.
20 June Registers checked & found to be correct. HG Stead.
21 June Miss GM Clark first assistant mistress has been appointed Headmistress of the Violet Markham Senior Girls School. Commemoration Day. The weather was dull but fair after a stormy night. The ceremony was held on the lawn - Ald Cropper presided and there was a splendid attendance of parents, old pupils & friends while a great many members of the Education Committee also were present. Miss Violet Markham CH JP planted an acacia tree in Commemoration Grove distributed prizes & trophies and gave an inspiring address. Joyce Swan presented a pair of gloves made in the craft lessons. Two plays, The Charcoal burner's son and Pandora's Box a Greek play in verse and mime were presented twice on the lawns and again in the evening for the Old Pupils. In the evening the Old Pupils had their Commemoration Dance in the Hall until 10.30 pm.
23 June Mr Steward absent by permission this afternoon.
30 June Mr Macara had to go home this morning suffering from a severe cold. Forms IIR & IIA this afternoon visited the Sewage Works, Old Whittington.
3 July Mr Macara absent.
6 July Medical Certificate received from Mr Macara and sent to the Education Officer.
10 July Mr Macara resumed his duties. Term examinations begun and time table suspended for this week.
14 July Mr Denison visited Hasland Hall School.
17 July Mr Heathcote absent visiting Camps on East Coast with the Director to choose site for Mayor's Fund Holiday.
18 July Miss GM Clark absent visiting 2 Schools in Manchester to observe methods of Senior Girls School.
20 July Miss GM Clark absent today visiting Schools in Birmingham.
26 July Mr Silcock absent today to attend an interview at Luton. Boys of IVE & IVSc this afternoon visited Coalite Plant, Bolsover & IIIR&A Electricity Works, Chesterfield. Results of the EMEU Central Schools Exam received. Total passed 9 out of 16 entries. Passed in 6 subjects 3. Passed in 5 subjects 6.
28 July School closed at end of morning session for Midsummer Vacation of five weeks. Miss GM Clark & Mr N Denison leave the staff today the former to become the Head Mistress of the Violet Markham Girls School, the latter, Headmaster of the Hasland Hall School. Miss Wood terminates her engagement today on the occasion of her marriage.
4 September Staff assembled at School. Children who arrived were sent home immediately on instructions from the Education Officer, the School being closed for two weeks owing to declaration of war against Germany at 11.00 am 3 September. The staff are instructed to meet daily at 9.00 am and 2.00 pm at the Centre, Highfield Hall School during the next fortnight. Mr Wilfred Pearson was transferred to this staff today from the Hasland Junior School. Miss LD Roberts BA and Miss Phoenix BA joined the staff today. During the Midsummer Vacation the Scout Troop enjoyed a weeks camping at Castleton under command of Messrs Denison & Hoffman. A visit to the Drama Festival at Buxton to see Romeo & Juliet had been arranged for 40 children for Friday 8 September but owing to the outbreak of hostilities this had to be cancelled. Results of the 1939 School Certificate Examination have been received. 12 pupils were successful Frank Cannon 7 credits 1 pass Desmond Ecclestone 2 credits 5 passes John E Simmons 4 credits 2 passes Frank Walker 5 credits 1 pass 1 distinction Richard Nicholson 4 credits 2 passes Dennis Varley 3 credits 3 passes 1 distinction Kathleen Barlow 5 credits 3 passes Betty Ford 4 credits 2 passes 6 credits were Lilian Jebson 3 credits 4 passes obtained by the other candidates Madge Shaw 3 credits 3 passes Eileen Waterhouse 5 credits 0 passes Betty Young 2 credits 4 passes
18 September School opened today by order of the Education Officer. During the past week the male staff have been preparing trenches under the sunken wall on the South side of the School.
19 September Fire Drill (School closed in 2 minutes). Gas Mask examination (only one child without mask; Authorities supplied 20 supplementary masks).
26 September Girls of IVE & V under Miss Stanley visited the Sewage Works, Old Whittington.
28 September Pupils of IVE & V under Mr N Clarke attended a showing of the film version of 'The Mikado' at the Odeon Picture Theatre this morning.
9 October Headmaster left duty at 10.30 am by permission of the Director to attend a funeral.
17 October Mr Silcock had to go home at lunch suffering from acute appendicitis. Medical Certificate was sent to the Education Office on the same day.
23 October MR RG Bown transferred from Peter Webster School began duties while Mr Silcock is incapacitated.
6 November Mr Silcock resumed his duties. Permission granted by Education Officer for Mr Bown to remain here to assist in Physical Training. Mr Hoffman absent for morning session owing to illness of his wife.
10 November Note sent to Education Office pointing out that as it was reported that Anti-Aircraft guns were likely to be posted on the outskirts of the town, it was desirable to consider question of proper headcover to the trenches. Mr Bown returns to Peter Webster School on Monday.
14 November Social held by two of the houses. So far £3 has been raised to provide comforts for old pupils serving in the war. Knitting and sewing parties have been arranged. Headmaster is compiling a register of all old pupils in the services. Three students from Sheffield University commenced their continuous periods of teaching practice here today: Mr Furness, Maths & Science; Mr Barker, French & PT; Mr Murray, Geog & Music.
23 November Notification received today from the Education Officer that the coming Xmas Holidays are to run from Friday 22 December to 3 January only instead of the Holidays as laid down by the Committees Regulations.
28 November Mr Pearson absent from duty today through illness. Pupils held a musical hour last evening and raised over £3 for Old Pupils Comforts.
13 December The Junior dance (for Years I & II) was held last evening from 6.45 to 9.45 at the Cooperative Hall, Elder Way, when approx 150 children attended. Today Miss Murray & Miss Furness, students from Sheffield University completed their period of continuous School practice.
14 December Mr Pearson resumed his duties. Headmaster has received an anonymous letter containing £2 to be expended on Xmas gifts for children of members of HM Forces.
15 December Senior Dance at the Cooperative Hall, Elder Way. About 250 pupils, old pupils, staff and former members of the staff present. A very successful reunion.
19-21 Dec School parties. Each year ceasing work at 2/5 pm. Games & concert in the Hall, tea at 4 pm in Dining Room, Christmas Tree & distribution of gifts in Hall.
22 December Registers IIA & IIR checked & found to be correct. A Greenwood School closed at 3.20 pm for Christmas Vacation.
3 Jan 1940 School reopened this Wednesday morning, the Christmas Vacation having been shortened by one day at the commencement and by three days at its end by order of the Committee.
8 January Miss Muir absent today owing to a severe chill.
10 January Miss Muir resumed her duties this morning.
15 January Miss Muir absent today owing to laryngitis.
24 January Miss Muir resumed her duties this morning.
25 January Mr Silcock absent from duty today.
29 January There has been a heavy snowfall during the weekend, the average depth being at least 2'. Consequently the buses were unable to proceed up the drive & the children had to wade through the drifts. There was a very poor attendance. Instructions were received to mark the Registers. Miss LD Roberts absent from duty today owing to illness.
30th Mr Bown temporarily took Mr Silcock's place.
2 February % of attendance this week - 52.3%. The heavy snow has persisted and children have had difficulty in getting to School.
6 February Miss LD Roberts resumed her duties. A very bad attendance. Heavy snow, combined with difficulties of travel and half holiday brought attendance down to approx 18%. School closed at noon for Shrove Tuesday. Mr Macara absent today through lack of transport facilities.
7 February Mr Macara present today.
9 February The attendance has been very poor this week owing to the exceptionally severe weather and difficulty of transit. Attendance again 52%.
10 February An improvement in Attendance. Mr Heathcote absent suffering from influenza.
19 February Mr Davey & Miss Stanley absent owing to influenza. Mr Silcock writes that he has had a recurrence of his illness. Mr Hardy, student from Nottingham University, began his period of School practice today.
21 February Mr Heathcote resumed his duties
22 February. Visit of Osiris Players to play 'Tale of Two Cities'.
23 February Mr Bown absent today.
26 February Miss Stanley & Mr Bown resumed duty.
29 February Mr Fawcett absent. Bown transferred to Gilbert Heathcote School. I am left with three teachers absent from duty.
4 March Messrs Silcock, Fawcett & Davey resumed their duties.
7 March Mr Ian Heller, a Czech refugee, lectured to the children at 3 pm. His talk was illustrated by lantern pictures & gramaphone records.
11 March On Saturday afternoon a party of 30 children with several members of the staff visited the matinee performance of the Vic Wells Ballet at the Lyceum Theatre.
18 March Registers checked & found to be correct. FJ Scrimshaw Medical Certificate forwarded to Education Office on behalf of Mr Silcock (reading as follows) The Limes Saltergate This is to certify that Mr Silcock is suffering from Chronic Appendicitis with an unresolved inflammatory condition surrounding it. It is advised that he be excused Physical Training. (signed) Andrew M Duthie MD FRC Miss Kevins, an Estonian, visited the School to observe teaching of English.
21 March School closed at noon for the Easter Vacation until Monday 1 April. During the holiday a party of children is going to Leam Hall with Mr Heathcote to make the Youth Hostel their base for History work in the Peak District.
1 April School reopened after Easter Vacation. Mr Silcock absent undergoing operation for appendicitis.
2 April Mr GW Cutts BA began temporary duty to take place of Mr Silcock.
15 April Mr Hoffman absent attending at Education Office on Panel for marking Scholarship papers.
17 April Miss Pursglove absent by permission to attend an interview for a traveling scholarship. A lecture on The Faust legend was given to the School by Dr Frieds Gosemann of Berlin, a German refugee. She afterwards, at the Headmasters request, held a séance with the Senior Forms to discuss conditions inside Germany.
22 April Girls of IIIR & IIIA under Miss Wildin paid a visit this afternoon to the Exhibition of Art at Public Library.
23 April Boys of IV & V & Girls of 3B and IVE visited Exhibition of Art at Public Library at 3 pm this afternoon.
1 May Shortened sessions and contracted dinner hour today allowed School to finish at 2.30 pm for School Athletic Sports on the Rugby Football Ground, Sheffield Road at 2.45.
2 May School closed today for Ascension Day holiday by regulation by the Education Committee. An excursion, arranged by the Headmaster, was made by 30 pupils & staff to Dove Dale. We climbed Thorpe Cloud, gathered specimens and wandered through the Dale. Proceeded by motor to Buxton where the spa manager conducted the party through Natural & Thermal baths explaining their history and functions. Tea at the Pavilion. Chesterfield reached at 7.30 after a pleasant excursion.
6 May Mr Silcock resumed his duties today.
7 May Mr Steward absent by permission taking City & Guilds examinations.
8 May Mr Cutts completed temporary service & left this afternoon for William Rhodes Senior School.
9 May Mr Steward absent by permission for morning session. The Senior Girls held a Dance Cabaret during the dinner hour and raised 18/8 for the Funds for providing Old Pupils with parcels.
10 May 1940 Phone message from the Deputy Education Officer to the effect that as the King has proclaimed the abolition of Whitsun Bank Holiday owing to the invasion of Holland and Belgium by Germany the School would re-open on Monday.
13 May Whit Monday. School reopened at the usual time. There was 30.8% of the pupils present. The Govt had announced during the weekend through the broadcasting service that Schools in neutral areas were to reopen on Tuesday morning 14 May.
17 May Miss Phoenix absent by permission today and Monday 20 May. The Chief Education Officer has issued a circular granting two days leave of absence to teachers at Headmaster's discretion between now and Midsummer.
20 May Letter sent to Education Officer drawing attention to need of head cover in School trench system.
22 May Mr Pearson absent today owing to illness.
24 May Mr Pearson resumed his duties. Mr Fowler HMI, Dr Stead & Chief Constable inspected trenches.
3 June Mr Pearson absent by permission. He has obtained army exemption to enable him to take his BSc Exam (London) and the Education Officer has granted him this week's leave in order to complete his studies and the necessary days in next week to sit the examination.
10 June Mr F Booth commenced duties here on his transfer from the Central Boys School.
14 June Mr Pearson resumed his duties. This evening 40 pupils and 3 staff went to Gt Hucklow to see a performance of Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra.
21 June Registers checked & found to be correct. FJ Scrimshaw
16 June Mr Pearson absent by permission taking practical part of final examination in London. Commemoration Day. The ceremony was held in bright sunshine on the lawns. Ald H Cropper JP presided and there was a gratifying attendance. Francis Jackson Esq. Past President of the Rotary Club planted a tree in Commemoration Grove, gave prizes and addressed the gathering in heartening fashion. He was presented with a case of cigarettes on behalf of the School. An original play The Willow Pattern Play written, rehearsed & produced by the Headmaster was presented, the properties & dances & costumes being extremely effective. Exhibitions of craft, art, needlework etc. were much admired. A social was held in the evening by our Old Pupils attended by about 150.
28 June Informed by the Education Officer that on account of the additional classroom accommodation, the rated accommodation is now 385.
1 July Miss Stanley absent owing to an injured foot.
3 July Medical Certificate for Miss Stanley sent to Education Office.
4 July Mr Steward absent in afternoon to attend an interview with officials at Sheffield University regarding his enlistment.
8 July Medical Certificate for Miss Stanley sent to Education Office. Term examinations begun. The periods are reduced to 45 mins 20 mins break between examinations.
9 July Mr Booth fell ill during lunch time. Dr was called in & he ordered him to remain in bed for rest of week. Conveyed home by Headmaster who, later, with two prefects attended funeral of an old pupil.
10 July Interviews with parents of entrants began & will continue on 11th 15th 16th July.
11 July Miss Stanley resumed her duties. Medical Certificate for Mr Booth forwarded to Education Office.
17 July Miss Wildin absent ill. Mr Steward absent pm by permission.
18 July Miss Wildin resumed her duties. Also Mr Booth resumed his duties. Results of the EMEU Examination received today 13 candidates out of 17 entries were successful. 7 passing in 6 subjects: 6 in 5 subjects.
26 July Today should have been end of term but by the decision of the Town Council the School will work until August 2nd. Children due to exemption today were able to leave. The whole School was allowed to go to the cricket field at 3 pm to watch the Staff v School cricket match.
29 July Mr Pearson absent pm attending recruiting office in Sheffield.
30 July Mr Pearson absent morning session having a medical examination for RAF.
31 July Mr Hoffman left the staff tonight, temporarily, in order to enter the Army on 5 August.
1 August Mr Pearson absent having been ordered to report at an RAF station for further examinations and testing. He will be absent tomorrow also.
2 August School closed at 3.30 pm for 4 weeks. The staff has one week holiday: then one third of the staff in turn on each of the next 3 weeks. 2/3 of the staff to be in attendance while the children attend on a voluntary basis. A schedule of occupations & activities has been drawn up for inspection by the children. Today, I was informed that the Domestic Science Mistress to take Miss Muirs place if she succeeds in entering the RAF is a Miss Carmichael, a girl of 21, straight from training college. To take the place of Mr Hoffman, Senior English Master, the only offer was a Miss Mackrill, whose speciality is Arts & Crafts. I offered to try and let the latter into the School arrangements.
2 September School reopened after one weeks holiday and three weeks play antics. The attendance at the latter varied from 60 to 20: during the latter half of the three weeks the attendance was very poor. On 19 August I took a party to Gt Hucklow to see a performance of Twelfth Night & on 22 August a party to Buxton to see the Old Vic Company in She Stoops to Conquer. Miss Carmichael and Miss Mackrill joined the staff today.
9 September Miss Carmichael attended a Domestic Science Teachers course at the Central School today.
10 September Lessons suspended at 2.15 pm today for the School to witness a performance of 'Tobias and the Angel' by James Bridie, done on the lawn. The show was performed by the Pilgrim Players. Invited parties from Violet Markham School and Hasland Hall School to join the audience.
12 September Lessons suspended at 2.15 pm today for the pupils to witness a performance of 'Murder in the Cathedral' by TS Eliot, in the Assembly Hall, by the Pilgrim Players. Parties from Hasland Hall and Derby Lane Girls School attended by invitation. The results of the 1940 School Certificate Examination showed that 12 pupils were successful. Joan Tylor 5 credits 2 passes Alan Hall 2 credits 4 passes William Hollis 4 credits 2 passes Thos Jones 3 credits 3 passes AH Kean 1 credits 5 passes Geo Tagg 3 credits 4 passes Marjorie Fretwell 3 credits 5 passes Joyce Pennington 3 credits 3 passes Muriel Radford 3 credits 3 passes Hannah Stancill 5 credits 1 passes Joyce M Swan 4 credits 3 passes 1 distinction Kathleen Wilbourne 2 credits 5 passes Betty Young 1pass special subject Domestic Science
16 September Lessons suspended at 2.15 pm for children to attend a performance of England's Green by Morna Stuart in the Hall by the Pilgrim players. Mr Pearson joins the RAF on Friday 20 September. Miss Carmichael is assisting this week at a Food Exhibition (war time Cookery) at the Domestic Centre, Foljambe Road.
19 September Mr Pearson's engagement here terminates on his leaving for army duty. Miss Wildin ill this morning: she was sent home.
25 September Mr N Clarke absent.
26 September Mr N Clarke resumed his duties at afternoon session. Party of Senior children under Miss Muir sent to Victoria Cinema to see 'Hunchback of Notre Dame'.
27 September Mr Davey absent this morning: wife ill. Miss Skidmore, Cook, left today.
30 September Mrs Ellis, Cook, commenced duty today.
1 October Miss Muir absent this afternoon attending Medical Inspection at Derby for enlistment in Auxiliary Women's Forces.
11 October Medical Certificate for Miss Wildin forwarded to Education Office.
15 October This afternoon His Worship the Mayor of Chesterfield (Coun JW Thompson) accompanied by the Mayoress paid an official visit to the School & visited the various classes.
18 October School closed at 4 pm for Regulation October holiday of 1 week. Mr Steward absent today attending an interview at the Admiralty.
28 October School reopened after one weeks vacation.
1 November Miss Wildin resumed his duties.
8 November Mr Steward absent today attending an interview at the Admiralty.
15 November Forms IV E & V sent under charge of Miss Muir, at 1.50 pm this afternoon to see picture 'Pastor Hall' at Victoria Picture House. Education Office was notified previous day.
18 November School suspended this afternoon for visit of Osiris Players who performed 'Julius Caesar' in the Assembly Hall.
25 November By order of the Education Officer, morning School from today until the end of January will commence at 9.30. The season periods of the morning session are therefore changed to 35 mins each, morning School session closing at 12.25. The afternoon sessions remain unchanged.
29 November Mr A Steward left today to take up an appointment under the Ministry of Supply.
3 December Miss Dorothy H Woodhall began duties today. Reg 12 No 30: the apparent cancellation rings are now blotted from the previous register page. The attendances were made & have been reckoned in the weekly totals.
13 December Owing to severe air raids on Sheffield during the night which lasted from 7 pm to 4.30 am the attendance was very low indeed today.
16 December Registers checked & found to be correct. F Scrimshaw
16 December Year I party in the Hall. Children were entertained to tea. Games in the Hall and distribution from Christmas tree.
17 December We were unable to hold the Second Year party as the sirens sounded an alarm at 2 pm. The School spent the afternoon in the Air Raid Shelters as the 'All Clear' siren did not sound until 4 pm.
18 December This afternoon parties were held for the 2nd Year and Senior children & we succeeded in carrying through two full teas in the Dining Room.
19 December School closed at 4 pm for Christmas Vacation. Xmas parcels have been dispatched to every old pupil serving with HM Forces that we have been able to trace. The Annual School Dance was held from 6.15 to 10.45 in the Cooperative Hall, Elder Way. About 200 pupils attended.
6 Jan 1941 School reopened after Christmas Vacation. A new time table was put into operation changes in the staff compelling this course.
23 January Copies of new Scriptures received from Education Office.
24 January Heavy snowfall last weekend: buses unable to come up drive. % attendance dropped to 69.9% for week.
31 January Miss Muir left today to join the NAAFI organization and Miss Phoenix also left the staff. The School by order received from the Education Officer continue to open at 9.30 until Monday 17th February.
3 February Miss Pursglove absent through illness. Mrs Youle joined the staff today.
4 February Miss Pursglove resumed her duties at afternoon session.
11 February Miss Woodhall absent from duty today.
12 February Mr Booth absent from duty today owing to severe chill.
14 February Miss Woodhall resumed her duties. Medical Certificate for Mr Booth forwarded to Education Office. Thursday 13 Feb: Forms III, IV, V visited the Regal Picture House this afternoon to see 19 February The whole School except 20 children who had already seen the film visited the Victoria Cinema to see Chaplin in the film 'The Great Dictator' by permission of the Chief Education Officer.
20 February Mr Booth resumed his duties.
21 February Registers 9 & 10 checked & found to be correct. F Scrimshaw Mr F Booth left the staff on taking up a commission in the Educational Service of the RAF.
25 February Shrove Tuesday. School closed for the afternoon holiday in accordance with the Education Committee's regulations.
28 February Mrs Youle left the staff today.
3 March Mr Bamford joined the staff today.
12 March Dr Freed, A Czech from Prague, lectured to the School on Children & Life in occupied Czechoslovakia.
8 April Mr Silcock absent by permission pm to attend a funeral.
10 April School closed at 11.50am for the Easter Vacation reopening on Monday 21st April.
21 April School reopened after Easter Vacation. Miss Muriel Jackson BA commenced duties here under the Chesterfield Education Authority. I was informed by letter from the Chief Education Officer that the B of E have recognised Miss Woodhall as a C Teacher from date of her appointment.
8 May A display of Folk Dancing was held in the Assembly Hall this lunch period.
22 May School closed today for Ascension Day holiday by regulation by the Education Committee. School excursion to Eyam & Castleton (Caves, Castle) Derwent Dams, Hathersage, Grindleford.
26 May Miss Wildin absent today.
27 May Miss Wildin resumed her duties. Short sessions worked and at 2.30 School proceeded to the Cricket Ground on Brimington Road for the Tenth Annual Athletic Sports.
30 May School closed at 3.50 pm for Whitsuntide Vacation.
9 June School reopened after Whitsuntide Vacation. The caretakers have carefully colour washed the rooms and beautified the School.
11 June Visit of Osiris Players who took up the morning session playing Sheridan's 'The Rivals' which was greatly appreciated by the whole School. The Chief Education Officer had been informed of the change in time table.
13 June Miss Ferguson and Mr Fowler HMIs called this afternoon to inspect Girls Physical Training.
18 June Mr Silcock absent at Air Ministry.
24 June Registers VIII and X checked & found to be correct. A Greenwood
25 June Commemoration Day - A day of brilliant sunshine. Ceremonies began at 2.25 when Ald PM Robinson planted a Clalpha Syringofolia in the Grove before all the pupils. The Mayor presided at the subsequent ceremonies on the lawn where, after presenting prizes and trophies, Ald Robinson gave a fine address to parents & children. About 1000 parents & old pupils attended. A dancing display, costumed by Simmons, was then given followed by a semi original play A Sentimental Scarecrow. Exhibitions of posters, art, needlework, cookery etc., were held. In the evening a Reunion Dance of Old Pupils was held attended by at least 200.
26 June Mr Routledge absent am attending Medical examination.
30 June Miss Roberts collapsed in the Westminster Bank at noon and was absent for the afternoon session. Work suspended at 3 pm. The School gathered on the lawn & was addressed by Mrs Marsden-Smedley of the Ministry of Information. The Senior pupils entertained her to tea afterwards & then proceeded to question her & discuss points raised relating to the occupied countries.
4 July Miss Salt HMI for Domestic Science spent the major part of this afternoon discussing this subject.
7 July Time Table suspended during morning sessions so that Term examinations might be conducted. School Certificate examinations are also being held during the next fortnight, the Art Room being utilised.
14 July 19 Girls of Form IIR under Miss Stanley departed by bus on a four-day visit to Leam hall, Grindleford where they will do intensive study of botanical and biological work. Miss LD Roberts absent this morning.
15 July Miss LD Roberts absent by permission owing to her mother's death.
21 July Miss LD Roberts resumed her duties.
22 July Results of the EMEU Examination received today 3 candidates out of 5 entries were successful. K Fisher passing in 6 subjects: R Dore & J Presswood in 5 subjects.
25 July Mr Davey absent today having been granted leave of absence. He officially leaves the Staff today in order to join HM Naval Forces on Monday.
30 July Miss Woodhall absent today attending an interview. Miss Carmichael attending a course of 'canning'.
1 August Mr Silcock left today to join RAF. School closed at noon for 3 weeks Midsummer Vacation.
25 August School reopened after Midsummer Vacation. Mr Allen Moorhouse joined the staff today. Miss Wildin & Miss Stanley returned from camp at Darley Dale with 25 Senior children. New time table adopted: new children admitted & classes arranged.
1 September Mr A Moorhouse absent by permission for a fortnight to attend a Youth Leader's Course. Miss D Lowe began duties while Miss Williams took up temporary duties in absence of Mr A Moorhouse - Miss Don's Leigh began period of School practice.
4 September Registers V & VIII checked & found to be correct. S Short
9 September Mrs Ellis, cook, absent from duty today. Mrs Higgins, caretaker since her husband left to join the RAF relinquished her duties yesterday and Mr Higgs became caretaker. The results of the School Certificate Exam, received
29 August show 17 pupils passed L Ellis 7 passes DA Newton 2 credits 3 passes 1 distinction FW Smelt 2 credits 2 passes 2 distinction VR Carpenter 3 credits 3 passes K Hallows 3 credits 3 passes V Hoole 3 credits 3 passes E Ulyatt 5 credits 2 passes L Gainey 6 credits 1 pass DF Higginbottom 3 credits 1 pass 2 distinction CG O'Dell 3 credits 3 passes KH Parkin 5 credits 1 pass JD Parsons 3 credits 4 passes R Robertshaw 3 credits 3 passes T Swann 3 credits 3 passes Norma Blankeley 5 credits 2 passes Audrey Sambrook 3 credits 3 passes Joan Booth 3 credits 3 passes Hannah Stancill Passes in Lit Eng & Latin
15 September Mr A Moorhouse resumed his duties. Miss Williams finished her duties as temporary teacher on 12 September. Mr Myhill reported for duty as newly appointed caretaker. I find he is quick without knowledge of the work. Mr Higgs, the temporary caretaker, is spending this week instructing and assisting.
17 September Myhill absent from duty.
19 September Miss Pursglove left on a three months leave of absence to attend a PT course at Honerton Training College. Myhill's absence continues.
26 September Mr A Moorhouse absent attending an interview.
29 September Mr Steward took up duty in place of Miss Pursglove.
14 October Mr H Routledge having obtained leave of absence for tomorrow finished duties prior to joining the RAF on Thursday morning. On Monday 13 October lessons were suspended at 3 pm. Whole School enjoyed a show of the Viennese Puppets in the Hall.
17 October School closed at 4.45 pm for October vacation. Mrs PM Steward leaves the staff today.
27 October School reopened after October vacation. Mrs Lewis-Lloyd joined the staff to take Mr Routledge's place. Mrs Southeran began nee Mrs Steward. New time tables have been necessitated. These put into operation.
4 November Visit by Mr Fowler HMI to inspect work of Miss Woodhall.
11 November Mr A Moorhouse absent owing to cold & loss of voice.
12 November Mr A Moorhouse resumed his duties.
18 November Forms IIR & A to a History Aids exhibition at Brampton Junior School in charge of Miss Woodhall.
20 November Afternoon session - work suspended. From 2.10 onwards a performance in the Assembly Hall by the Market Theatre: songs: mimes: sketches & a play 'The Man of Destiny' by GB Shaw.
24 November On instructions from the Education Office School will, until Feb, open at 9.30 am. Morning lessons will be of 35 mins duration each instead of 40 mins.
28 November Miss LD Roberts left today to take up a post at Mold County School. She left her Register unfinished for the quarter.
1 December Mrs Marion Coop began work as a supply teacher.
5 December Mr Bamford away today suffering from influenza cold.
10 December Mrs Coop absent today.
14 December Mrs Coop absent again today.
18 December Parties held on 15, 16 & 17 December. Dance on 18th 6.45 - 11.45. School closed for Christmas Vacation at 3.45.
5 Jan 1942 School reopened after Christmas Vacation. Miss Pursglove resumed her duties. Mrs Southeran having completed temporary duty on 18/12/41. Miss Woodhall away on 3 days leave. New girl commenced work in Kitchen.
9 January Miss Woodhall resumed her duties. Miss Pursglove absent by permission to attend a BDL course today and Monday. Mrs Coop absent by permission owing to her mother's sudden illness.
20 January Heavy snow: many children absent. Miss Jackson absent this afternoon & tomorrow morning in order to attend an interview. Permission for absence had been obtained.
24 January Mr A Moorhouse absent pm by permission.
26 January Mrs Lewis-Lloyd and Mr Heathcote absent from duty.
29 January Mr Fawcett absent suffering from slight concussion.
2 February Miss M Pennington commenced duties today. Medical Certificate for Mr Fawcett sent to Education Office.
4 February Miss Ferguson HMI visited for Girls PT.
6 February Headmaster absent because of wife's illness - pneumonia. In the afternoon 80 Senior children under 4 of the staff attended Bradbury Hall to hear an orchestral concert by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
9 February Messrs Fawcett, Heathcote, Mellor & Mrs Lewis-Lloyd resumed duties today.
12 February This afternoon at 2.30 pm School work was suspended and the School assembled in the Hall where an address by Commander Thompson RN on 'The Work of the Navy'. He first inspected the School Troop of Scouts. After the lecture he was entertained to tea by the Senior Pupils who discussed problems with him arising out of his address and their own reading.
13 February Mrs Coop, temporary teacher, left today to take up similar work at Old Road School.
16 February Miss Carmichael absent today - sore throat.
17 February Miss Carmichael resumed her duties. School closed for afternoon session for Shrove Tuesday.
27 February Salvage Campaign. The girls of the various forms gave a peasant dancing display in the Hall from 1 to 1.50 pm. Admission: one old newspaper.
5 March Rev CA Lewis Lloyd CF gave a lecture to the School at 3 pm in the Hall on the Royal Regiment 1939-1942 & afterwards discussed points with the Senior Pupils at tea.
6 March Mr Higgs Caretaker away owing to wife's illness.
9 March Miss Jackson absent owing to a cold. Caretaker resumed duty on Saturday morning 7 March.
11 March Miss Jackson resumed her duties.
12 March Registers VIII & X checked & found to be correct. HS Short
19 March Miss Woodhall absent.
23 March Miss Woodhall resumed her duties.
26 March Mr Fawcett resumed his duties. Col Rhys Danes DSO lectured to the School on Convoys. He gave a most interesting address & afterwards held a discussion at tea with the Senior children.
1 April A concert vocal & instrumental was given in the hall in lieu of the usual Wednesday Assembly. The participants were drawn from Year III.
2 April Year IIR performed a play in the Hall this morning after prayers. School closed at noon for Easter Vacation.
13 April School reopened after Easter Vacation.
14 April Miss Mackrill absent attending at William Rhodes School to assist in arranging an exhibition of toys for Nursery Schools.
15 April Miss Mackrill absent.
16 April Headmaster & Miss Mackrill attended opening ceremony of above exhibition at 2.30 pm.
20 April Miss Mackrill attended at William Rhodes School to assist in dismantling the exhibition. Miss M Pennington sent home suffering from influenza cold.
22 April Miss M Pennington resumed her duties.
27 April Mrs Lewis-Lloyd attended at the Education Office to assist in making the 1942 Selective examinations papers.
1 May At 3 pm. The Chief Constable addressed the whole School on 'Safety on the Roads'. The Scouts held a dance in aid of funds. The Girl Guide troop had their first enrolment on 24 April & further tests today.
4 May Mrs Lewis-Lloyd still away at the Town Hall making papers.
6 May Mr Haddock who attends here in place of Mr Bamford on Wednesdays, absent today. No information received as to the reason of his absence.
12 May Officers of the Free French Navy visited the School this afternoon. Sir Roger Curtis & Mr Fowler HMI visited to discuss the gathering of medicine plants.
13 May School closed at 2.30 for the Schools Eleventh Annual Athletic Sports held on the Brimington Road Cricket Ground.
14 May School closed today for Ascension Day holiday by regulation by the Education Committee. Owing to petrol shortage and railway travel restrictions it was not possible to carry out the Annual School Excursion.
20 May Miss Stanley absent through illness.
21 May Miss Stanley resumed her duties.
22 May School closed at 3.50 pm for Whitsuntide Vacation. During the past week, Louis, Free French Officer, has given lessons in French to the various classes. Good speaking contests have been held for Commemoration Day prizes. On Tuesday 19 May Girl Guide troop held a jumble sale & raised £4/1/6 for Red Cross.
1 June School session resumed after Whitsuntide Vacation.
3 June Visit of His Worship the Mayor at 3.30 pm today accompanied by the Chief Education Officer. The children were drawn up on the South lawn: guards of honour of Scouts & Guides - songs, work displayed: short address by the Mayor.
18 June Commemoration Day. After the lawn had been prepared & loud speakers fixed the rain set in & so the prize distribution was held in the Hall. Ald H Cropper OBE JP presided. The Mayoress Mrs NE Woolley, distributed the prizes and the Mayor the Trophies & addressed the meeting. The Hall was completely filled and parties of parents were directed into the exhibitions in School (Geography, French, Science, Art, Needlework, Cookery, Craft). The Cock House Cup was gained by Hardwick House for the first time. As the weather cleared, the display, The Pied Piper in mime & dance was given on the lawn followed by The Oracles of Apollo by the Senior pupils. The proposed display of gymnastics had to be abandoned.
24 June Registers 5, 10 & 13 checked & found to be correct. C Middleton
1 July Children from the School took part in an Inter School Annual Athletic Sports on the BTH Ground. St Marys, Violet Markham, Peter Webster were the other Schools. This School remained at work for this afternoon: Miss Pursglove & Mr A Moorhouse accompanied the children.
8 July Visit of the Osiris Players who performed 'As You Like IT' for us on the lawns from 2 pm to 4.15.
16 July Mr A Moorhouse absent by permission to attending an interview at Huddersfield.
23 July Results of the EMEU Examination received today. R Brocklehurst, Margery Evans, & G Stubbings each passing in 6 subjects: G Connolly in 5 subjects. A 100% success.
24 July School closed officially at noon for Midsummer Vacation. At the Government's request, the LEA is opening the School during the next four weeks. A portion of the staff will attend each day except Bank Holiday Monday from 10 to 4 to arrange activities etc.
24 August School reopened after Midsummer Vacation. During the holiday, a senior camp was held at Birchover (Mr Heathcote & Mr Fawcett ), Scout Camp at Youlegrave (Mr Bamford & Mr Denison), Guide Camp at Tapton (Miss Pursglove & Miss Mackrill).
10-11 Sep Pupils of Years IIIR A B sent to exhibition of Students work at the Art School.
11 September Extra day inserted in time table to enable pupils in IVSC to have their subjects adequately treated.
18 September Miss Adza Vincent (Ministry of Information) addressed the School from 3 to 4 pm on 'India as I saw it'.
21 September Miss Wildin absent owing to an influenza cold.
22 September Miss Wildin resumed his duties.
21 October Bruno Inlins marionettes (glove puppets) at 3 pm in the Hall today.
23 October School closed at 3.50 pm for October holidays.
2 November School sessions resumed. Clothing coupons issued to children under 14 years either 5' 3" in height or 7st 12lb in weight.
6 November Mr Richard Dimbleby, BBC War Correspondent from Egypt addressed the School on the 'Libyan Campaign'.
9 November Mr Fawcett absent for morning session (stiff neck). Kitchen maid has been absent since 5 November.
23 November Revised times of winter opening of morning session put into operation. As last year each lesson in morning is shortened by 5 min, morning thus ending at 12.25. Afternoon sessions remain unaffected. Chief Education Officer paid a visit re School dinners, accounts etc. A report was given of the present position.
3 December At 2.30 pm Prof Newell of Boston USA addressed the School on American & British relationships. Afterwards he held a discussion group with the Senior pupils.
14 December This afternoon teachers from William Rhodes School did a short play 'Something to talk about' in the Hall.
16 December After 4.0 pm the Teachers Drama Group did 'The Poetasters of bepaham' in the hall.
18 December A successful School dance was held in the cooperative Hall from 6.45 to 10.45 at which many old pupils attended. 21-23 Dec Christmas parties were held each afternoon. Year I on Monday. Year II on Tuesday. Year III on Wednesday. Christmas tree set up in Hall. On Wednesday afternoon at 3 pm the staff did 'Pages from our Magazines!' School closed for Christmas Vacation.
11 Jan 1943 School reopened after the Christmas Vacation.
25 January Miss Stanley absent from a severe cold.
27 January Miss Carmichael absent owing to an influenza cold.
28 January Medical Certificate for Miss Stanley forwarded to Education Office.
1 February Miss Stanley & Miss Carmichael resumed their duties.
2 February Mr A Moorhouse absent owing to father's decease.
3 February Major Collis, Northern Command, spoke to the Senior boys this morning on the 'Organisation of the British Army'.
10 February Mr A Moorhouse resumed his duties. He was given special permission for Friday. Mrs Lewis-Lloyd absent this afternoon.
12 February Mrs Lewis-Lloyd absent this afternoon.
18 February Registers 7 and 12 checked & found to be correct. Levickinson
25 February School time table suspended at 2.45 pm. School assembled in Hall at 3 pm for Violin Recital by Louis Godowsky, accompanied by Miss Doris Butts. A very fine programme was given. Concert concluded at 4.20 pm.
1 March Miss Pursglove absent from duties.
3 March Miss Jackson absent.
5 March Miss Jackson resumed her duties.
8 March Miss Pursglove resumed her duties. Miss Jackson again absent. Medical Certificate to Education Office.
9 March Shrove Tuesday. School closed for the afternoon holiday in accordance with the Education Committee's regulations.
10 March Headmaster absent pm by permission attending his installation as WM of the Hardwick Lodge.
12 March The British String Quartet gave a recital in the Hall from 11 am to 12.15 am. The School time table being suspended. Items ranged from Schubert to Glazunov.
19 March Mr Macara absent from duty today.
22 March Mr Macara resumed his duties. Miss Pursglove absent.
24 March Miss Pursglove resumed her duties.
29 March Headmaster absent by permission today.
1 April Old Taptonians entertained Senior Pupils to a dance in School Hall tonight.
2 April Girl Guide Troop held a fun fair in Hall to raise funds for Merchant Navy Comforts.
7 April Mr A Moorhouse absent by permission.
12 April Admiral McKinnon addressed the School on 'Convoys' at 3.30 pm.
21 April Mr A Moorhouse absent by permission.
22 April Since Thursday last 15 April Mrs Lewis-Lloyd has been attending daily at the Education Dept to assist in the marking of the Transfer Exam papers. School closed for Easter Vacation.
3 May School reopened after Easter Vacation. Mr Bamford has received his calling-up papers and consequently Mr Haddock has taken his place on the staff.
12 May Mr Fawcett absent for afternoon session to attending an interview with the Governors of the Technical College. Miss Mackrill entered a Nursing Home today to undergo an operation. She will be absent for a month.
14 May Miss Molly Poole, special correspondent of the Daily Express in Japan, spoke to the School on the subject Life in Japan. After lunch a discussion took place on the lawns.
27 May School Athletic Sports held on the Brimington Cricket Ground in glorious weather - 2.45 to 5 pm.
1 June Visit of His Worship the Mayor & Mayoress. PT and dancing display on lawn.
3 June School closed today for Ascension Day holiday by regulation by the Education Committee. Some Senior boys went camping & assisting on a farm at Birchover.
11 June School closed for Whitsuntide Vacation.
21 June School reopened after Whitsuntide Vacation. Miss Mackrill still absent.
22 June Miss Wildin and Mr Haddock had leave of absence in connection with Teachers Dramatic Society.
24 June Mr Haddock absent but resumed work at mid-morning session after visit to his doctor.
25 June Mr Hans Husch of Vienna addressed the pupils this afternoon on 'The Condition of Europe'.
30 June Commemoration Day. The Mayor Counc W Baines presided and Mr EW Woodhead, Director of Education for Norwich presented the trophies and prizes. Ald H Cropper entrusted the School Charter. The Cock House Cup this year was gained by Markham House. We had many interested visitors. Loudspeakers had been erected & the Dancing display and play gave the audience of 2000 much pleasure. There were exhibitions in most of the rooms and workshops which were an attraction to the parents. Cups of tea were served in the Dining Hall & tea for visitors in the Art Room.
1 July Double session worked and school concluded at 2.45 to enable children to attend Annual Athletic Sports on Queens Park.
5 July This week a party of 17 girls from IIIR was sent under Miss Stanley to Leam Hall for a weeks camp.
9 July Children returned from camp.
15 July Mr Heathcote absent afternoon session by permission attending an interview at Technical College.
19 July Miss Mackrill resumed her duties this morning.
22 July Miss Mackrill absent this morning to consult her doctor. Teachers Drama Group performed 'Pierre Patelin' before the School from 3 to 4 pm.
23 July End of Term. School closed for one month from 11.50 am.
23 August School reopened. New entrants admitted and changes in time table adopted. Mr Heathcote absent attending a course at Oxford: Miss Wildin attending conference at Exeter: Mrs Bamford (nee Pursglove) suffering from tonsillitis. Mr Roddis and Miss Humans attended for temporary duty.
27 August Mr Heathcote resumed his duties. Mr Roddis proceeding to Hasland Hall Senior School. Results of the EMEU Examination received today 5 candidates were successful. 3 passing in 6 subjects (R Mills, K Platts, Shedd): 2 in 5 subjects (D Knowles, Kathleen Lodge).
28 August School Certificate results received. 18 pupils passed, many very creditably.
30 August Miss Wildin resumed her duties.
6 September Mrs Bamford resumed her duties. Miss Human (temp teacher finished Friday 3 Sep).
16 September Register five checked & found to be correct. WH Benton
17 September Prof GE Jessop of Hull Univ College gave an address to the School in the Hall on 'How Hitler rose to Power'.
24 September Capt Lennox Short, South Africa, gave an address on South Africa in the Hall at 3 pm & afterwards held a discussion with the Senior Pupils.
27 September Miss Mackrill absent owing to an attack of tonsillitis.
30 September Mr Haddock absent owing to a cold.
4 October Mr Haddock resumed his duties.
6 October Miss Mackrill resumed her duties.
8 October Capt Robin Miller, War Correspondent, New Zealand Forces gave an address to the pupils at 3 pm today in the Hall.
15 October Concert by the British String Quartet in the Hall at 2.50 pm today.
2 October Mr Moorhouse absent attending an interview. Mr Arnold Hastell lectured on the Ballet at 3pm. School closed for October vacation.
1 November School reopened after October vacation.
6 November Capt Netherby, Canada, lectured to the School on Canada at 3 pm.
10 November Miss Carmichael absent owing to mother's illness.
11 November Miss Carmichael returned for afternoon session.
12 November PM. Miss Wildin & Mrs Lloyd absent, the former for Xray examination & the latter to attend before an employment panel on behalf of a friend at home.
22 November School begins from now on until February at 9.30 on instructions from Education Officer. Miss Lowe absent.
24 November Miss Lowe returned at 10 am.
26 November Lecture by Col S Tomkins on West Africa.
29 November Mrs Bamford absent by permission this week. Miss Jackson absent through illness.
1 December Mr Heathcote away ill. Boiler broke down. Fires put in every room & examinations were begun.
3 December Mr Heathcote resumed his duties.
8 December Mrs Bamford resumed her duties.
9 December Miss N Harvey, Caretakers Assistant, absent owing to influenza.
10 December Miss Harvey resumed her duties.
13 December Miss Jackson resumed her duties.
15 December Form V gave a party to the Staff this evening.
17 December Annual School Dance at the Cooperative Hall. 450 present. During weekend Scouts Xmas Party & gathering of parents.
20 December Miss Carmichael sent home ill. Year I party from 4 to 7.30 pm.
21 December Miss Carmichael absent. Year II party from 4 to 8 pm.
22 December Miss Carmichael resumed her duties. Year III party from 4 to 8.45 pm.
23 December Mr Moorhouse left the staff today. Year IV V party from 4 to 8.45 pm. School closed for Christmas Vacation at 3.45 pm. Nine lessons Carol service to open School.
10 Jan 1944 School reopened after Christmas Vacation. Miss L Johnson transferred from Violet Markham School, took the place of Mr Moorhouse. This change has necessitated the putting into effect of new time tables. Joyce Ramsdale began work as temp Clerk to Headmaster.
14 January Mme Kai Ko Fan lectured on Chinese Life Today.
18 January Miss Woodhall absent owing to illness.
19 January Miss Woodhall resumed her duties.
21 January Mr Edmund, Merchant Navy, gave an account of his adventures in the Hall today.
31 January Miss Mackrill absent owing to illness.
2 February Miss Mackrill resumed her duties.
21 February Registers checked & found to be correct. T Haddock
22 February Shrove Tuesday. School closed for the regulation afternoon holiday.
28 February Heavy snowstorm on Sunday had blocked up many roads. Miss Macara unable to attend.
29 February Mr Macara resumed his duties at noon.
6 March Miss Jackson absent owing to laryngitis.
8 March In the afternoon the Headmaster left at 2 pm in order to conduct the Installation Ceremony of The Hardwick Lodge of FMs. Permission obtained from Chief Education Officer.
9 March Miss Jackson resumed her duties.
20 March Mrs Lloyd attending at Education Office for marking of Selective examination papers.
27 March Mrs Lloyd absent this week on leave of absence owing to return of husband from abroad.
3 April Mrs Lloyd resumed her duties. Rev Llewis Lloyd CF Vicar of Bolsover lectured to the children on 'Life in the Falkland Islands'.
6 April School closed at noon for Easter Vacation.
17 April School reopened after Easter Vacation. Miss Stanley absent by permission attending a course in Sex Instruction. Mrs Crane, Cook, absent.
18 April Miss L Johnson absent from duty today through cold.
20 April Miss Stanley resumed her duties.
24 April Miss L Johnson resumed. Mr Haddock absent.
25 April Violin recital by L Godowsky at 3 pm.
1 May Mr Haddock resumed his duties.
8 May Mrs Crane resumed her duties.
11 May School Athletic Sports at 2.30 pm on the Cricket Ground, Brimington Road.
18 May Ascension Day holiday by regulation by the Education Committee.
19 May Visit of the Lanchester Marionettes at 3pm.
22 May Mrs Lloyd absent owing to illness. Mrs Carver resumed work.
23 May Mrs Lloyd resumed work. Miss L Johnson sent home ill during afternoon. Visit of Mayor & Mayoress.
26 May Miss L Johnson absent ill. School closed for Whitsuntide Vacation.
6 June School reopened after Whitsuntide Vacation.
14 June Commemoration Day. PJ Kitchen of Rugby presented the prizes. Ceremony held on the lawn. Play 'Jack in the Green'. Several hundreds of people present.
15 June Miss Jackson absent.
16 June Miss Jackson terminated her appointment on the 15th on occasion of her marriage. She is due to resume in a temp capacity on Wednesday 21 June.
21 June Miss Jackson (Mrs Hallam) resumed her duties.
23 June Sir Wm Dobbie, Governor of Malta, gave an address to the pupils at 3.15 pm.
16 July School opened for the night as a Raid Welfare Centre to accommodate 50 evacuees from the Epsom and Carshalton Districts.
17 July Miss Jackson (Mrs Hallam) absent attending an interview at Dronfield Girls School. Resumed her duties at 3 pm.
18 July Centenary service at Parish Church. By instruction of the Education Authority the pupils of 3R, IVE, IVSC, V under Headmaster, Mr Heathcote, Mr Haddock & Mrs Lloyd attended the Parish Church at 11.15 am.
20 July Headmaster absent by permission to attending an interview at Board of Education.
21 July Mr Haddock absent from duty.
24 July Mr Haddock resumed his duties.
26 July Mr Fawcett absent by permission attending a funeral. Results of the EMEU Examination received today. 23 entries were successful. 17 passing in 6 subjects: 6 in 5 subjects. 5 failed.
27 July Mr LC Lewis, an evacuated teacher from London, began duty today.
28 July End of term. School closed at 11.55 am for 4 weeks vacation during which period the Staff will be on duty two days each at various centres.
28 August School reopened. Miss L Johnson absent ill. Mr Woodward commenced duties. School Certificate results received. 33 students were successful.
4 September Medical Certificate received at Office for Miss L Johnson.
6 September Miss Carmichael absent attending hospital in London for injections.
14 September Mrs Lloyd absent afternoon session.
15 September Medical Certificate on 10 September received at Office for Miss L Johnson. Mr LC Lewis left the staff on his recall to London.
2 October Miss K Roulson commenced duty today. Mrs Brailsford took place as cook of Mrs Crane who terminated her engagement on 29/9/1944.
4 October Miss Wildin absent today.
5 October Miss Wildin resumed her duties. Mrs Lloyd absent at Derby being sworn in as a Justice of the Peace.
17 October Miss Power and Miss Thomas inspected the Domestic Science & Needlework today.
18 October Messrs Jenkin, Dunn, Sir Roger Curtis and EJ Fowler inspected the School today.
19 October Inspection concluded at noon today. Headmaster held conference with HMIs for discussion of points raised. Afternoon at 2.30 children had a concert 'A Musical Division' presented at the Hall. One additional School Cert success notified.
20 October School closed for October vacation.
30 October School reopened. Miss L Johnson resumed her duties.
31 October Mr Heathcote left the staff today.
1 November Miss Pennington absent from duty today.
2 November Miss Pennington resumed her duties.
3 November Headmaster absent for afternoon session by permission.
6 November Mrs Hallam (nee Jackson) absent through illness.
8 November Mrs Hallam resumed.
10 November Mr Haddock absent from duty.
14 November Miss Wildin absent from duty today.
20 November Mr Woodward absent. There are 3 members of the staff away ill.
24 November Children attended a Childrens Theatre performance of 'The Snow Queen' at Bradbury Hall.
27 November Mr Haddock resumed his duties.
29 November Joyce Ramsdale (Clerk) absent from duty today.
30 November Joyce Ramsdale resumed her duties.
4 December Miss Mackrill absent.
11 December Mr Routledge resumed duty.
18 December Miss Mackrill resumed her duties.
15 December School Dance at the Cooperative Hall a very successful function.
18 December Yr I Party and Christmas Tree were held commencing at 3.40 pm.
19 December Yr II Party and Christmas Tree were held commencing at 3.40 pm.
20 December Yr III Party and Christmas Tree were held commencing at 3.40 pm.
21 December Carol Service & Festival of the Nine Lessons in the Hall. Senior Party at 3.40 pm. School closed for Christmas Vacation.
8 Jan 1945 School reopened after Christmas Vacation; Miss Wildin & Mr Woodward still absent. Miss Pennington absent today.
15 January Visit of Compass players in 'Abraham and Isaac' by Laurence Houseman.
16 January Higgs absent to attend to his wife - very ill.
23 January Miss L Johnson absent ill.
24 January Miss Carmichael absent today attending an interview.
30 January Higgs absent.
1 February Mr Routledge absent. Mrs Hallam absent.
5 February Mr Routledge resumed his duties. Caretaker Mr Higgs resumed.
7 February Mrs Bamford absent. Miss L Johnson resumed her duties for afternoon session.
9 February Mrs Bamford resumed.
12 February Mrs Hallam resumed.
13 February Mrs M Batty began duties as a temporary assistant. Shrove Tuesday. School closed for the afternoon holiday in accordance with the Education Committee's regulations. Miss Mackrill enters a Nursing Home today & will be absent for some weeks.
14 February Miss Mackrill absent to undergo an operation.
19 February Mr Haddock absent today through influenza.
20 February Miss Wildin resumed her duties.
21 February Mrs Lloyd absent for part of the morning session to attend her duties as a magistrate.
22 February Miss K Roulson absent for an operation to knee. Informed by Chief Education Officer that Mr Woodward's resignation owing to ill-health, had been received by him to take effect on 28 February. The School has been without a Science Master since November.
23 February Lecture on 'North of the Forty Ninth' by Mr Torvell at 2.45 in the Assembly Hall.
26 February Mr Haddock resumed work: Miss K Roulson resumed at 11.30. Miss Carmichael & Mr Routledge absent.
28 February Miss Carmichael & Mr Routledge resumed. Mrs Batty left.
2 March Miss Carmichael attending Domestic Science conference at Staveley. Mrs Lloyd absent by permission.
13 March Miss L Johnson absent.
19 March Mrs Bamford will be absent all the week at the Town Hall to assist in the marking of the papers in the Transfer examination.
23 March Mrs Brailsford absent owing to illness. Children of Years 3B, IVSC and V visited the Kitchen Planning Exhibition this morning.
29 March Mr Macara absent by permission. School closed for the Easter Vacation.
9 April School reopened after Easter Vacation. Miss L Johnson resumed her duties. Miss Carmichael absent by permission of Education Office to attend a course. Mr Williams commenced duty.
16 April Miss Carmichael resumed duty.
8 May School closed Tuesday & Wednesday on occasion of the Cessation of Hostilities in Europe & the capitulation of the German Armed Forces.
10 May School closed today for Ascension Day holiday by regulation by the Education Committee & also on Friday 11 May on instructions from the Chief Education Officer.
16 May School Athletic Sports held this afternoon on the Cricket Ground, Brimington Road.
17 May Miss K Roulson absent by permission today.
18 May School closed at 3.45 for Whitsuntide Vacation.
28 May School reopened. Mrs Bamford absent owing to return of husband from Active Service on 7 days leave.
4 June Mrs Bamford resumed. Mrs Hallam absent owing to a chill.
6 June Mrs Hallam resumed. School closed at noon on occasion of the School Athletic Sports on the Queens Park. This School gained second place in Boys Championships being one point behind the leaders and third place in the Girls Championship.
7 June Miss K Roulson absent for afternoon session attending hospital for treatment of the knee.
8 June Miss K Roulson resumed
11 June Miss K Roulson absent.
12 June Miss K Roulson returned.
13 June Commemoration Day. It was fine and sunny. The Mayor (Counc Taylor) presided and GJ Cons Esq MA London University Education lecturer addressed the parents. A play written for the School 'The jackdaw of Rheims' was presented and gave much pleasure. In the evening a reunion dance was held in the Assembly Hall. There was a crowded attendance.
18 June Miss L Johnson absent owing to Asthma.
21 June Miss L Johnson resumed her duties at noon today.
2/3 July Parties of children in the charge of members of the staff attended evening performances of 'Midsummer Nights Dream' at the Bradbury Hall.
4 July Mrs Brailsford, cook, absent ill.
10 July Miss K Roulson absent through illness.
17 July Miss K Roulson resumed her duties.
18 July Mr N Clarke absent through attack of dysentery.
19 July Mr N Clarke resumed duty.
23 July Mrs Brailsford, cook, resumed her duties.
24 July A party consisting of 32 pupils, Guides and Senior Pupils, under the charge of Miss Wildin, Mrs Bamford and Miss Mackrill left this morning by the 11.3 for Keld, a Youth Hostel, in the Yorks Pennines, nr Richmond for a weeks holiday, returning to Chesterfield on Tuesday 31 July.
26 July Informed this morning that the four pupils entered for the EMEU Central Schools Examination had all been successful.
27 July End of Term. School closed at 3.45 pm for Midsummer Vacation 6 weeks resuming on 10 September.
10 September School reopened after Midsummer Vacation. New entrants admitted and new time table put into operation. The chief change is that Scripture now becomes a Form Subject.
14 September Mr Charles Mellor, Managing Director of Metalichard Mellor Gordon Ltd of Beunos Aires gave a talk on Argentina to several Forms at 3 pm. Today.
25 September Miss Harvey absent.
26 September Miss Harvey resumed her duties. I have visited Classes V, VI, VII, VII & XII & have been much interested. This is a delightful School. Helen S Short
27 September Miss L Johnson absent through illness.
10 October Miss L Johnson resumed her duties.
15 October Margaret Turner began work as kitchen maid. Mrs Brailsford, cook, absent through illness. Mrs Lloyd absent afternoon session & following day by permission, to attend her husband's investiture.
17 October Mrs Lloyd resumed her duties. Mrs Hallam absent owing to a sore throat.
18 October Miss Deas HMI spent the day inspecting French and History teaching. Mrs Hallam resumed her duties this afternoon.
19 October The whole School attended a showing of the film, 'Henry V, at the Odeon Cinema at 9.30 this morning. Afternoon School as usual.
26 October Mrs Brailsford, cook, resumed her duties. School closed at 4 pm for Mid Term Vacation.
5 November School reopened after Mid Term Vacation. Mr Booth resumed his duties.
15 November Miss K Roulson absent through illness suffering from nervous debility.
16 November Miss Carmichael absent today. Medical Certificate for Miss K Roulson forwarded to office.
20 November Miss K Roulson resumed her duties.
23 November Thanksgiving Week Savings Effort. The School raised £2176-11-0 in the five days & also took part in a special concert on Thursday & Friday evenings at Bradbury Hall presenting a dance Scena.
26 November Miss Carmichael resumed her duties.
27 November Mrs Hallam absent by permission.
30 November Miss L Johnson absent.
4 December Miss L Johnson resumed her duties.
12 December Mrs Hallam absent this afternoon by permission.
17 December Miss K Roulson absent today.
18 December Miss K Roulson resumed her duties. 17/18/19/20 On these evenings at the conclusion of School at 3.45 the various Year parties were held. December Large Christmas Tree in Hall. A good time was had by all. On Friday 14 December the Schools Fifteenth Annual School Dance in the Cooperative Hall, Chesterfield when a large number of Old Pupils and former members of the Staff gathered together.
21 December Carol Service and Festival of the Nine Lessons in the Hall this morning until 10.25. Afterwards, the usual time table followed until 3.30 pm when School was dismissed for the Christmas Vacation of two weeks reassembling on 7 January. Mrs Hallam leaves the staff today.
7 Jan 1946 School reopened. Miss L Johnson and Miss Woodhall absent, the former sending Medical Certificate. Mr D Ashton joined the staff to replace Mrs Hallam. Mrs Hill joined the kitchen staff.
9 January Miss Pennington absent through illness.
10 January Miss Pennington resumed her duties.
11 January Mrs Brailsford goes into hospital.
14 January Mr D Ashton and Miss K Roulson absent from duty today.
16 January Mr D Ashton and Miss K Roulson resumed duties.
21 January Miss Woodhall resumed her duties. Mr Haddock absent through illness a feverish cold.
23 January Mr Haddock resumed his duties. Joyce Ramsdale absent.
30 January Miss Wildin absent.
31 January Miss Wildin resumed her duties. Mr Macara absent by permission attending a funeral. Mr Williams leaves the staff today on transfer to Peter Webster School.
1 February Miss Mackrill absent through illness - a chill. Mr F Silcock and Mr W Pearson both released from service in the RAF resumed duties today.
18 February Mr Hoffman resumed duties on demobilisation.
21 February Miss K Roulson absent by permission.
1 March School closed at 3.45 pm. For Mid Term Vacation reopening on Wednesday 6 March.
11 March Miss Walker, canteen assistant, absent.
13 March Miss Stanley absent by permission today.
18 March Mr Routledge absent through illness. Miss Walker, canteen assistant, resumed her duties.
20 March Miss Walker, canteen assistant, absent through illness. Mrs Lloyd attended at Education Office to work on the Transfer Exam Marking Panel.
25 March Mr Routledge, Miss Walker resumed today. Miss Harvey, asst caretaker, returned.
26 March Miss Pennington absent through illness.
27 March Joan Ward absent. Mrs Lloyd returned. Mrs Bamford to Town Hall for marking panel duty.
28 March Miss Pennington resumed her duties.
29 March Mr D Ashton absent from duty today.
1 April Mr D Ashton & Miss Harvey resumed duties.
3 April Joan Ward, canteen maid, absent from duty today.
8 April Mr Silcock & Mr Hoffman away attending courses by permission of the Education Office.
10 April Joan Ward resumed her duty.
12 April School closed at 3.50 pm for Easter Vacation.
29 April School reopened. Mrs Brailsford resumed her duties as cook.
30 April Headmaster absent this afternoon to attend Drama Advisory Meeting in Derby.
1 May Miss L Johnson reported for duty.
9 May Our Annual Athletic Sports held this afternoon in fine weather on Cricket Ground, Brimington Road commencing at 2.45 pm. Miss L Johnson attended at Town Hall to mark English papers in the Transfer Exam.
10 May Miss L Johnson still engaged in marking papers.
29 May 62 pupils from Forms IVSC1 & II under Miss Wildin & Miss Lowe traveled to Stratford today to see a performance of 'The Tempest'. A break was made in the journey to see the cathedral at Lichfield.
30 May Ascension Day. 25 requests received from parents to withdraw children from a attendance: these withdrawals from attendees at two churches.
31 May Mrs Parkes. Divisional HMI accompanied by Messrs Fowler & Peppit and the Education Officer inspected the School this morning. Mr Hodkin transferred to Hasland Hall School.
3 June 20 boys with Miss Mackrill (the NSO Architecture class) visited Chatsworth House this afternoon and were shown over the building by Mr RH Thompson MA, the Curator & Librarian.
5 June School closed at noon because of the School Athletic Sports on the Queens Park.
6 June School closed at 3.50 pm for the Whitsuntide Vacation to resume on Monday 17 June.
17 June School reopened. Mr N Clarke absent suffering from a chill.
18 June Mr N Clarke resumed his duties for afternoon session.
24 June Mr N Clarke absent through Tonsilitis.
26 June Mr N Clarke resumed his duties. Commemoration Day. A storm of rain at 1.45 and broken weather gave way later to bright sunshine. A large company assembled and the traditional order of ceremony was followed. Ald H Jackson of Sheffield was our guest: he presented prizes and trophies and gave a most inspiring address to pupils and parents. The Mayor (Ald TJ Mitchell JP) presided and the Chairman of the Education Committee (Ald H Cropper OBE, JP) Mrs Jackson & the Mayoress were presented with bouquets by the prefects. The play, written by the Headmaster, and costumed by Miss Mackrill, with dances by Mrs Bamford, seemed to give much pleasure.
29 June The boys of the Architecture Class with several staff visited Hardwick Hall this Saturday afternoon and were shown round by the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire.
10 July School closed at noon on occasion of the cricket match Derbyshire v Indians. The children taking the School Cert. Had their Scripture examination during the afternoon session.
11 July School again closed at noon on official instructions.
18 July Miss K Roulson absent by permission. Miss L Johnson absent pm. Party of boys went to Firth & Browns Labs, Sheffield with Mr Booth. 19 July Party of girls to Eyam & Tideswell with Miss Stanley & Miss Woodhall.
22 July Miss L Johnson resumed. Party of Senior Girls to Chesterfield Laundry & to inspect new Corporation Houses.
23 July Miss Mackrill absent.
24 July Miss Mackrill resumed. 25 July Visit of Senior Pupils Forms V & IVSC to Williamthorpe Colliery in morning session. Cricket Match pupils v staff in afternoon.
26 July School closed at 3.45 pm for Midsummer Vacation of six weeks. Miss L Johnson leaves the staff today.
9 September School reopened after Midsummer Vacation. New entrants admitted and new Forms established with new time table. Results of School Certificate successes received on 31 August. Out of 64 entries 54 children gained SC = 83.3%. Country's % was 76. In every subject the % success gained by the School's candidates was greater than the County %. Mr Davey returned to the staff from the Navy. Mr Lennon joined the staff while Miss K Roulson terminated her engagement during the vacation.
24 September Lecture to Senior Girls by a Trained Nurse on the Nursing Profession - arranged by the School Medical Office.
25 September 300 children visited the Police Station this morning to view films on Road Safety.
26 September Miss Carmichael allowed to leave at 2.45 to attend a lecture on Dietetics.
3 October Mlle Kitty Sciarli d of b 8.7.23 of Aix-en-Provence began her rota period of 3 days of teaching here. She is serving at the Boys & Girls Grammar School also: in this School she is taking small sections for Oral French.
7 October Miss Harvey absent ill this morning.
14 October Miss Mackrill absent today. Medical Certificate received & forwarded to Education Office on behalf of Miss Walker, canteen assistant, who is absent.
15 October Miss Lowe absent through death of her brother.
18 October Miss Lowe resumed her duties. Lecture in Hall by Mr Ulrich Burke.
21 October Miss Mackrill and Miss Walker resumed their duties today.
28 October Mr Booth absent by permission. Mrs Ivy Ashmore of 216 Brimington Road, began work as Asst to the Caretaker.
29 October According to arrangements made through the Education Office, a squadron Leader of the RAF attended this afternoon and spoke to the Senior Boys on that service. School closed for Mid Term Vacation at 3.45 pm.
4 November School reopened after Mid Term Vacation. Mrs Bamford who has been re-engaged for another month (she had arranged to conclude her engagement with the Authority on 31 October) absent today & tomorrow by permission.
11 November Three students from Sheffield University: GL Wilson (Maths) L Moore (Physics) A Godfrey (French) began a period of School practice today.
18 November Miss Wildin absent for morning session. Mrs Bamford absent through illness severe cold. From today & until the end of term - the hours of the afternoon session will run from 1.30 to 3.45 to enable children to get well on their way home before sunset.
19 November At 2.30 pm a recital entitled 'The play's the thing' was given to Senior Pupils by Mr Geoffrey Thomas, the playwright, assisted by Miss Allen in the Assembly Hall.
21 November Miss Wildin & Mrs Brailsford absent ill.
22 November Miss Wildin & Mrs Brailsford resumed.
25 November The Senior children attended a performance of King Lear by the Fortune Co of the West Riding Theatre in the Bradbury Hall at 3 pm.
29 November Mrs Bamford left the staff today. She was the recipient of book & gramaphone record tokens from Headmaster and staff.
2 December Miss Savage commenced duties this morning. Term examinations began and will continue for the remainder of the week.
17 December Mr Routledge has leave of absence in order to attend a Medical Board today at Nottingham. Mr Davey absent today and tomorrow attending an interview for an administrative post at Warrington.
19 December Mr Hoffman absent today attending an interview for a small headship in the East Riding. Carol Service and Festival of the Nine Lessons in the Hall at the opening of the morning School. School closed for Christmas Vacation at 3.30. Parties have been held - Monday. Year I: Tuesday. Year II: Wednesday. Year III: Thursday. Year IV: and the Sixteenth Annual School Dance on Friday 20 December at the Cooperative Hall, Elder Way.
6 Jan 1947 School reopened after Christmas Vacation. There was a heavy fall of snow during the day. The weather was far too cold for the children to drink their milk so part was warmed and part used for making a hot cocoa drink.
10 January Mr Silcock absent owing to a chill.
14 January Mr Silcock resumed his duties.
16 January Mr Routledge absent owing to asthma.
20 January Mr Routledge resumed his duties. 21 January Mr Lennon absent owing to a chill.
23 January Miss Wildin absent owing to suffering from Laryngitis.
24 January Mr Lennon resumed his duties.
27 January Miss Wildin resumed her duties.
28 January Miss Wildin absent.
30 January Headmaster, Misses Wildin, Lowe, Stanley, Carmichael, Mackrill and Mrs Lloyd and Messrs Haddock, Hoffman, Silcock were absent by permission taking part in the Northern Area Drama Festival in the 'Taming of the Shrew' produced by the Headmaster.
31 January All the staff resumed duties.
4 February Miss Pennington & Mr Macara absent: they have found it impossible to get to work owing to the blocking of roads by heavy snowdrifts. The % attendance dropped to 30 as most of the children were prevented from reaching school through the cancellation of buses.
5 February Miss Pennington & Mr Macara resumed duties.
8 February Miss Harvey, cooks help, away suffering from bronchitis.
12 February Mr N Clarke absent to attend funeral of his father in law.
13 February School closed at end of afternoon session until Thursday morning 20 February.
20 February School reopened but so cold that short sessions were worked.
24 February Miss Harvey resumed her duties. Mrs Brailsford absent.
25 February Miss Woodhall absent. 26 February Miss Woodhall returned. Mr Macara, Miss Pennington, Miss Savage, Mrs Lloyd, Mrs Brailsford, Miss J Ramsdale absent - impossible to get through snow drifts.
27 February The above resumed. Miss Woodhall absent.
3 March The cold weather still continues and there was no fuel. Years I to III sent home for the day: fires were put into the smaller rooms and the Senior Forms carried on with their lessons. Miss Carmichael absent owing to a septic throat.
5 March Miss Carmichael resumed.
12 March Mr Silcock absent by permission attending an interview.
17 March Miss Woodhall resumed her duties.
24 March Mr Davey ill with fibrositis. Mr Hoffman engaged at Town Hall marking Transfer Exam papers.
28 March Mr Hoffman resumed teaching duties. End of term: School closed for Easter Vacation. Mr Hoffman leaves being transferred to M Swanwick Primary School.
14 April School reassembled. Mr Hoffman commenced duties for the term.. Miss Mackrill absent through illness.
15 April Miss Mackrill resumed her duties.
23 April Concert recital given in the Assembly Hall this afternoon by Miss Maxwell- Lyte and Miss Joan Davies. Piano hired from Wilson Peck.
24 April Miss Mackrill absent ill.
25 April Miss Mackrill resumed her duties.
8 May Mrs Brailsford absent owing to husband's illness.
12 May Mrs Brailsford resumed. Miss Woodhall absent.
16 May Miss Pennington absent as a result of a motor accident. She is in Mansfield Hospital.
19 May Miss Woodhall resumed her duties.
21 May Mrs Brailsford absent through illness at home. School closed, afternoon session, on occasion of Annual School Sports.
22 May School closed at 4 pm for Whitsuntide Vacation until 2 June.
2 June School resumed. On Tuesday 25 May a party of Sixth Form Girls was taken to Stratford to see Romeo & Juliet. Tea was taken at Chipping Campden & we went on to Broadway. The return was via Loxley Wood to hear the nightingales singing. Miss Pennington still in Hospital. Mrs Brailsford absent owing to illness of her husband. Headmaster absent by permission for afternoon session and on Tuesday attending meeting of BDL Central Festival Committee in London.
4 June Mr Haddock absent owing to his wife's illness.
5 June Mr Haddock resumed. Mr D Ashton absent.
12 June Mr D Ashton resumed work. The whole School attended a performance of 'She Stoops to Conquer' at 7.30 pm by the Children's Theatre.
17 June Mrs Brailsford resumed. Miss Woodhall absent.
18 June Commemoration Day. The morning was wet and we were compelled to hold the Ceremony indoors. The Hall was crowded to capacity and the corridors were packed when the Mayor Coun Miss Florence Robinson JP took the Chair. Also on the platform were Counc JE Bird JP Councs Wilkinson & Robinson: Mr Petton HMI, Mrs V Pearson etc as well as the Headmaster and Mrs Mellor. The prizes were distributed by G Benson Esq MP for Chesterfield. Before this ceremony, the Mayor unveiled a memorial tablet to the pupils who died in the 1939 to 1945 war. The weather now became favourable. The visitors were entertained to tea by the Headmaster. The company and parents then proceeded to the lawn where a play 'The Princess Who Danced' (written & produced by the Headmaster with the help of the staff) was given: it seemed to give much pleasure to the gathering. In the evening the Old Taptonians held a reunion dance in the Assembly Hall.
23 June Miss Woodhall resumed. Mr Booth absent for afternoon session and on Tuesday 24 June attending an interview at Gillingham.
24 June Miss Woodhall absent to undergo operation for appendicitis.
25 June Mr Booth resumed his duties.
14 July Mr Lennon attended a course in PT in Derby. Morning session - Mr Macara resumed his duties for afternoon session.
16 July Miss Pennington resumed her duties. Mrs Marsh of the kitchen staff absent.
21 July Mr Lennon resumed his duties after attending PT course in Derby.
24 July Mr Routledge absent attending a Medical Board in connection with Army disability. Masters v Pupils Cricket Match won by latter.
25 July Mr Routledge resumed. School closed at 3.45 pm for Midsummer Vacation resuming on 8 September.
8 September School reopened. Mr Hoffman transferred to New Whittington. Messrs Haslam and Dunkerley began duties together with Miss M Bottomley, Domestic Science. During the vacation a party of 34 Seniors with several members of the Staff spent a fortnight in Paris, visiting Ecole St Erembert St Germain-en-Laye. A party of Guides went to Camp: also a party of Scouts. Miss Woodhall resumed her duties. Mrs Mary Shardlow began as a cleaner. Miss Mabel Bowler and Mrs Laughton joined the Canteen staff.
11 September Mr Clarke absent ill. Mr Silcock absent with permission to attend an interview at Ashbourne.
23 September Miss M Bottomley absent with permission.
24 September School closed at 4 pm for two days holiday on instructions from Education Office.
30 September Mr Routledge absent by permission to attend Medical Board. Miss Carmichael left the staff today.
1 October Mr Routledge resumed his duties.
8 October Mr Routledge absent suffering from acute asthma.
10 October Mr Routledge resumed his duties.
13 October Miss Wildin (cold) Mr Haslam (by permission) and Miss Ramsdale (septic throat) absent by permission.
14 October Mr Haslam resumed his duties.
15 October Miss Wildin resumed her duties.
17 October Mrs Brailsford absent owing to an accident.
20 October Miss J Ramsdale resumed her duties.
27 October Mr Macara absent with permission. Medical Certificate was sent to Education Office.
4 November Mrs Brailsford absent with dislocated ankle.
5 November School closed for Mid Term Vacation. 10 November Mrs Brailsford resumed her duties.
12 November Three students from Sheffield University commenced training.
13 November The Compass Players presented 'The Jester' in the School Hall this afternoon.
17 November During the week-end a section of the boiler had burst: the weather turned bitterly cold so it was necessary to put fires in the rooms and dismiss the Lower Forms (I to III).
18/19 Nov Lower Forms again sent home.
20 November School closed in celebration of marriage of Princess Elizabeth to Lord Philip Mountbatten. 1 December Mr Routledge absent.
2 December Mr Routledge resumed.
4 December Miss Pennington absent.
5 December Miss Pennington resumed.
12 December Mr Booth absent by permission.
15 December Mr Booth resumed.
19 December Year I party was held on Monday: Yr II on Tuesday: Yr III in the Canteen & Hall on Thursday: School closed today at 3.30 pm until 7 January. Miss E E Mackrill leaves the staff today to proceed to a Headship. School Dance in the evening at the Cooperative Hall from 7 pm to 11 pm.
7 January 1948 School reopened. Miss Jackson joined the staff.
19 January Mr Booth absent through illness.
21 January Mr Booth resumed his duties.
2 February Miss Bottomley absent owing to illness.
6 February Miss Joyce Ramsdale, clerk, absent with gastric influenza. Mr Haddock absent with permission in afternoon.
9 February Miss Ramsdale resumed work. Letter from Miss Bottomley to say she is suffering from pleurisy & conveying information of her resignation of post as Domestic Science mistress. Mr Ashton absent from influenza.
13 February School closed at 4 pm for Midsummer Vacation reopening on Wednesday 18 February.
18 February School reopened. Mr Ashton resumed his duties.
24 February Headmaster absent by permission to attend Council meeting of BDL in London.
8 March Mr Booth absent today and tomorrow by permission in order to attend an interview. Miss Sciarli absent.
10 March Mr Booth & Miss Sciarli resumed duties. Headmaster left School at 3 pm by permission.
18 March Mr Booth absent by permission. Mr Davey attending at Town Hall on marking panel. 4 teachers absent today.
23 March School closed for Easter Holidays.
12 April School reopened. Miss Hoole commenced duties as Dom Sci Mistress. It was necessary to send Yr I and IIB home so that the painters could finish the ground floor.
13 April Yr I again dismissed. 21/22 April Mr Haslam absent through a cold.
26 April School closed for afternoon session for celebration of Silver Wedding of Their Majesties the King and Queen.
27 April Headmaster absent by permission to attend Council of BDL in London.
11 May Lessons suspended at 2.30 pm for Athletic Sports on our Cricket Ground, Brimington Road.
13 May Lecture on lawn by Miss Jacqueline Robinson followed by a display of Creative Dancing.
14 May School closed at 3.45 pm for Whitsuntide Vacation. Miss Sciarli has been absent by permission for the past fortnight in order to carry out & complete her studies for an imminent examination.
24 May School reopened.
25 May Mr Macara, the Art Master, died this evening.
27 May Headmaster, Miss Pennington, Messrs Silcock, Routledge & Pearson, two Senior Boy and two Senior Girl Prefects attended the service at funeral of Mr Macara.
1 June Headmaster absent by permission to attend meeting of BDL Festival Committee in London.
8 June Miss Hoole absent by permission to attend presentation of diploma ceremony at Edinburgh.
9 June School closed for afternoon session for Senior Athletic Sports. The boys succeeded in gaining the Relay Race Cup and were first equal in the total number of points scored thus holding the trophies jointly.
10 June Visit of Mayoress & Mayor of Chesterfield accompanied by Mr Cutts.
11 June Miss Hoole resumed her duties.
16 June Commemoration Day. The day was fine but windy at times and so it was possible to hold the ceremonies on the lawns. A large gathering of parents, officials and friends assembled. The Mayor, Ald Smith presided: the chairman of the Education Committee (Ald H Cropper OBE JP) addressed the parents. After the Headmaster's report the trophies and prizes were distributed by Rear Admiral Breaks (Eng) who was accompanied by Mrs Breaks & his Secy Commander GC Hoffman. He then delivered a breezy address which was greatly appreciated. A play pageant written by the Headmaster, Times Tribute was then performed on the lawn: this was the School's celebration of the centenary of the death of George Stephenson & the play was the School's contribution to the celebrations. The guests were entertained to tea in the Art Room afterwards.
15 June School closed for half day for Commemoration Day holiday.
9 July Mr Haslam absent by permission to attend a funeral.
14 July Headmaster absent by permission to attend a Council Meeting of the BDL in London.
22 July Staff v School Cricket Match won by the Masters' Team.
23 July Mr F Booth leaves the Staff today to take up a Headmastership of a Senior School at Gloucester. Miss Ketti Sciarli left us on Tuesday 13 July having passed her written examination. She went to Paris for her orals before returning to Aix en Provence: the staff giving her a traveling clock. A presentation was made to Mr Booth. The Headmaster has leave of absence without salary for the month of September in order to enable him to fly out to, and back from, the Argentine. Mr Silcock will take charge of the School during his temporary absence. School closed at 3.30 pm until Monday 6 September.
6 September School resumed. Messrs Bates, Cox, Gillam and Furber joined the staff. During the vacation a party of Scouts went to camp at Ashbourne & a party of Guides to Ashford- in-the-Water.
7 September Mrs Margaret Durnelon joined the Canteen Staff.
17 September Miss Hoole absent by permission to attend wedding of a friend. A party of Form IV Girls visited the School of Art Exhibition at the Borough Library.
21 September Another party of Senior Girls visited the Art Exhibition.
23 September Miss Wildin absent for afternoon session.
27 September Miss Jackson absent through illness.
30 September Headmaster resumed his duties after visit to the Argentine.
4 October Mr Gillam absent owing to his child contacting Infantile Paralysis.
21 October Mr Cox absent today.
22 October Mr Cox resumed his duties.
23 October Governors meeting held in the Headmaster's study at 3 pm. Ald H Cropper elected Chairman, Mrs Sutton Vice Chairman.
25 October Miss Wildin absent ill.
26 October Miss Wildin resumed her duties.
29 October School closed at end of afternoon session for Midsummer Vacation reopening on Thursday 4 November 1948.
15 November Times of afternoon session changed - opening 1.25 closed 3.45 - until end of term. This is being done as previously by consent of the Governors and Education Officer. Two students, Blackburn & Barnes, from Sheffield University began five weeks teaching practice here.
22 November Miss Dickson absent by permission for afternoon session attending funeral of a relative.
26 November Mr Bates absent today.
29 November Mr Bates & Mrs Lloyd absent today.
30 November Mrs Lloyd resumed her duties. Mr Davey absent by permission.
1 December Mr Davey resumed. Headmaster absent in Civic Theatre business by permission. Mr Haslam absent.
3 December Mr Haslam resumed his duties.
6 December Mr Bates resumed her duties.
15 December Headmaster absent by permission to attend BD League Council meeting in London. Miss Wildin entered a nursing home for removal of cartilage from knee.
16 December Yr I & II Parties today.
17 December Students completed their teaching periods. In the evening, the Annual School Dance at the Cooperative Hall.
23 December Carol Service this morning till 10.30 then usual sessions. School closed at 3.45 for Christmas Vacation. The children have been given parties: Yr III. Monday evening. Yr IV. Tuesday and tonight Yrs V & VI & Old Pupils.
10 Jan 1949 School reopened after Christmas Vacation. Miss Wildin absent recovering from knee operation.
12 January Governors Meeting in Headmaster's study.
17 January Miss Wildin resumed her duty.
27 January Mr Bates absent from duty.
28 January Mr Bates resumed: absence yesterday was owing to stomach pains.
10 February Miss Hoole absent. Miss Lowe sent home suffering from an influenza cold.
14 February Miss Hoole and Miss Lowe resumed duties.
16 February Miss Stanley absent owing to suffering from an attack of influenza.
25 February School closed for Mid Term Vacation of two days, Monday 28 February and Tuesday 1 March.
2 March School reopened. Miss Stanley resumed her duties. Messrs Goodin & Cole, students from Sheffield University, began teaching practice periods.
8 March Miss Hoole absent owing to laryngitis.
9 March Mrs Foster (School Clerk) absent owing to illness.
10 March Mrs Foster resumed her duties. Miss Jackson absent.
11 March Miss Jackson resumed her duties.
14 March Miss Hoole resumed her duties. Bra, Housekeeper and Canteen Superintendent, absent owing to influenza.
15 March Mr Dumelow, Canteen assistant, absent owing to illness. Headmaster left School at 10.30 am by permission.
16 March Mrs Brailsford resumed her duties.
21 March Mr Davy at Town Hall marking papers in Transfer Exam.
24 March Mr Gillam sent home suffering from Laryngitis at opening of afternoon session.
30 March Mr Routledge absent through illness - Asthma.
31 March Mr Routledge and Gillam resumed duties. The quarterly Governors Meeting held in the Headmaster's study at 3 pm.
4 April Mr Routledge absent owing to his father's sudden death.
8 April Mr Routledge resumed his duties today.
13 April School closed at end of afternoon session for the Easter Vacation resuming on 3 May.
3 May School reopened after Easter Vacation.
11 May School Athletic Sports held on a pleasant afternoon on the Cricket Ground, Brimington Road.
MR MELLOR'S RETIREMENT
On the afternoon of Wednesday 19 July 1950, the Hall was filled to capacity with pupils, members of Staff and visitors to mark Mr Mellor's retirement. On him fell the responsibility and honour of creating a school of a new type in Chesterfield. Pupils came from all classes of homes, their only qualification was success in the entrance examination. From this cross-section of school life, Mr Mellor had to mould spirit and tradition. Those assembled in the hall paid tribute to their headmaster and saw John Godfrey, the first head boy present him with a television set and a cheque raised by voluntary contribution. 'I don't think that the link between Mr Mellor, old scholars and Tapton House can ever be severed,' said Mr Godfrey. 'I think the foundation he has built will be carried on with great care by those who follow - his spirit will always be at Tapton. He has been a grand chap - I don't think we could have had better.' 'If any of us were asked to give an example of a good headmaster, we would all point to Mr Mellor,' he said. 'He is not one of those people who have let their brains go to their head.' (Laughter). 'He has always had two feet on the ground and a true respect for all sources of knowledge.' Stressing that Mr Mellor had been a great influence on the lives of all students, Mr Godfrey added, 'We know that when you leave Tapton it won't be the end of all your activities. We know that you are the kind of person who can't be idle.' Commenting that Mrs Mellor too, had always been a part of Tapton House, he concluded, 'We hope that when you both look in (at the television), sometimes a vision of us will come before you and you will remember the affection in which we hold you.' A bouquet was presented to Mrs Mellor by Dorothy Marriott, the newest of the 'old scholars'. Mrs Mellor expressed her thanks and Mr Mellor thanked all the old pupils 'from the bottom of his heart' for their kindness. 'That has been the remarkable thing about Tapton House - kindness,' he said. 'We have tried to make a spirit and I hope that spirit is going to live.' 'Visitors always say, 'what a happy school'. That is three-sided. It comes from the children, the staff, and a little bit from myself. 'Brains don't matter so much so long as you get a happy spirit. It will take you through all the hardships in the world.' He said that he liked to look upon his pupils as friends; his home was well known by most and if anyone needed help they knew where to come. Turning to the staff, he remarked, 'We have had a wonderful staff here. No man has ever had a more trustworthy staff. But it is not I, it is not the staff, it is you who have made Tapton House....You have the right spirit.' Ald. Mrs D M Sutton, (Chairman of the Governors), who presided presented Mr Mellor with a brief case on behalf of the Governors and Harry Draycott (the first student admitted) led the pupils in singing 'For he's a jolly good fellow'. The Mayoress, (Mrs R Brightmore), joined in the informal get-together which was held in the canteen after the presentation. On Friday 21 July, Mr Mellor received a raw hide travelling trunk from the school, and the staff presented an album of photographs of the school bound in blue Morocco and a set of Dunhill pipes. The staff also entertained Mr and Mrs Mellor at dinner. In December 1999, Harry Draycott, the first head boy at Tapton House commented: 'The school charter was definitely Tubby's work. Macara was a good chum at school. He wrote out the charter for Tubby Mellor as a work of art. Violet Markham came to school the week before the opening of the school and took objection to the word 'brutality'. She had it changed to vileness or cruelty and Mac had only 24 hours to change the one word (in those days they didn't have such things as 'Tippex'). The first charter was a work of art and he tore it up in his anger. He was livid.' According to Harry: 'Tubby was so versatile. He taught me and others Pitman's shorthand but he hadn't had any training for the subject and kept one week ahead of the class by teaching himself first.' In 1958, Frank Silcock, the former deputy headmaster wrote in The Taptonian: 'The idea of a school in a house was always dear to Mr Mellor; the children were to be more than pupils, they were to be a part of a family and, as well as learning, they would receive sympathy, help, encouragement and guidance. From the start Mr Mellor saw that many of the pupils could gain more benefit from an academic education and soon School Certificate was being successfully taken by an ever-increasing number of pupils. The demand grew for more advanced studies, and in 1945 Tapton House became a Grammar School in all but name. From now on, the sixth form grew in strength, and the school reached full stature. It was not by accident that Mr Mellor chose for the school motto, Tenax Propositi. From the beginning he had seen the possibilities in the he school and that there was a need for another Grammar School in Chesterfield. He resolved that Tapton House should be that school and he never wavered in his aim. For 19 years he devoted his life to the good of the school and the welfare of its pupils and when he retired in 1950 Tapton House School and Mr Mellor himself stood high in the estimation of all. He had every reason to be proud of his achievements but, typically, he did not welcome retirement. He had so many more plans to put into operation; there was so much to do, so much that he could do. He had thrived on work, he had loved his teaching and being with young people. How well we remember his neat, quietly dressed rotund figure, his face fresh and almost cherubic, his spectacles glinting, as he moved through the school with quick, short, resolute strides. Never a welcome sight to idlers and fools! In his lessons too, he was vital, brimming over with ideas; he was never so happy as when he was in front of a class, preferably a large one, and his only aids a blackboard and chalk. He was, by any standards, a very fine teacher and many have cause to be grateful to him for his insistence on hard work and high aims. He never abandoned the slowest and no trouble was too great for those who tried. Many things spring to mind which were so much a part of him and of school life: his talks in Assembly every Wednesday morning; Room 1 at one o'clock where the best work only was good enough and lame dogs were helped over any stiles. In the early days who can forget those huge outings on Ascension Day. But chiefly, when we think about him and Tapton we remember those Commemoration Days, the beautiful setting on the Top Lawn, the service, the prize distribution and then The Play, this often written by Mr Mellor himself and often produced by him. The cast was always huge, the costumes colourful; there were dances, fairies, knights and ladies, honest tradesmen, romance and farce. The whole never failed to captivate the audience and bring sheer joy to the players - worth all the troubles and tribulations of rehearsals. His love for the living theatre probably came next after that for the school and he began and inspired that long run of remarkable and successful productions which have been, and still are, such and outstanding feature of the school. This dictum - "You get the standard you demand" - was never more fully proved. And who will ever forget Mr Mellor in his most jovial mood at the Christmas parties. The school, in its variety of Decorations, the Hall with its evergreens, streamers and balloons, the huge Christmas Tree with its lights, the tea, the ageless games and Father Christmas. No wonder that 'happy' is the adjective most often applied to the school. Tapton was ever foremost in his mind. So closely was he bound up with the school that to former pupils it is impossible to think of Tapton without thinking of Mr Mellor, and not only to former pupils but to most people in Chesterfield and even beyond. All who came to Tapton will never cease to be proud of their connection with him and remember him with affection, admiration, gratitude and respect. He was a man of wide reading and culture; a scholar of the highest order. He was by nature generous, kind-hearted and ever ready to help. He had a charm of manner and a sincerity that endeared him to all, and an extraordinary gift for remembering not only faces and names, but also the persons themselves. He was honest, fearless and never afraid of supporting an unpopular cause; he never shirked a duty or a responsibility. Into all pupils he instilled a love of learning and a love for the highest ideals in the conduct of life. He himself had an unbelievable capacity for hard work and he never ceased to praise the value of work. To do anything less than one's best or to give in was shame - 'The full and strenuous exercise of all the powers of brain and body'. There in the School Charter he set out his ideals clearly and beautifully. He was a great Headmaster; a noble example which indeed will be for ever a beacon set before us.'