School History

Here are some extracts from the School Log Book which parents might find interesting.

In the third edition of that excellent little booklet 'This is Broughton,' Mr. David Graves illustrates the changing phases of education in Broughton.

He reveals that:

The birth of the village's educational system took place in the early18th Century. Records show that no school whatsoever existed in 1709 but eight years later in 1717 a Visitation of Enquiry concerning hospitals, alms-houses, schools and school master, asks:

Is there any hospital, alms-house, or free schools founded in your parish?

Answer: No.

Does anyone keep a public or private school in your parish without a licence?

Answer: We have a school but the master has a licence.

Further records show that in 1837 the master of a day school (partly supported by voluntary contributions) received £13 - 'In consideration of his teaching gratis 20 poor children of the parish.'

The £13 was derived from two sources; £10 being the income from the letting of two cottages purchased from the Catherine Thompson bequest and £3 being the rent from a right of pasture on Broughton common called horse-gate.

In 1849 the second Earl of Yarborough donated the land and financed the building of the National school which still forms part of the present school.

The 80 children who attended the school in 1855 saw the introduction of William Crossman as the new schoolmaster.

School records show some interesting information on the methods of teaching, the conditions under which the children were taught, their recreation and the weather prevailing in the area from the year 1874onwards.

May 5th, 1875: Brigg Statute week, attendance very thin. Here the farmworkers offered their services to the local farmers - the following week being 'flitting week' also affected attendance as the children helped their families move into new tied cottages. Another great effort on attendance was the lily season when many children were absent from school picking lilies for the visitors.

May. 1875: High Day in Broughton, the lilywoods thrown open to the public - the school given a half-day holiday.

June. 1875: Great excitement in the village, the Rev. Phillips and Miss E. Campbell were married - only 41 children at school this day.

August. 11th: Scarlet fever on the increase - terrible thunderstorms frighten the children.

December. 1879: Temperature 40 degrees below freezing. There were frequent reports of 20 degrees of frost and over and records show that 'many little children came to school crying with cold.'

June. 1880: School given a day's holiday because of an important event - the Lincolnshire Agricultural show at Brigg.

July. 1881: 92 degrees in the shade.

May. 1882: S.A. Millson added to the teaching staff which now comprises of William Crossman, Jane Crossman and S.A. Millson. Average attendance now 163.

A further addition to the teaching staff in 1883 was Mr. James Craven who continued at the school until 1900.

The month of February, 1884, showed that on the 15th there was a great number of children ill with measles and sore throats - two removed by death. Three days later there were 30 on the sick list. And on February 29th, two more children died from measles.

In January 1888 there was 22 degrees of frost, heavy snowstorms and deep drifts.

In January 1889, Mr. and Mrs. Crossman retired to live in a cottage behind the Church.

Then there is a record on February 4th, 1889 "I Thomas Dobson took charge of these schools finding order and discipline in a very bad condition.

"The reading - extremely monotonous; geography - backward, much not even done; grammar and spelling - fair; writing - indifferent; singing - very hearty but coarse.

"I shall introduce many changes with as little delay as possible."

Thomas Dobson, the longest serving headmaster at Broughton school, came to the parish from Wrawby. He introduced many changes in the educational system and helped to form many organisations both in and outside the school timetable.

In the first few weeks of his reign he gave away all the old school books, ordered replacements and introduced monitors for each class to keep the books and slates clean.

July, 1889: I can only account for the low attendance by the excessively rough character of the population and by the fact that hitherto no effort whatsoever has been made to improve it. Even the teachers were late.

October, 1889: Introduced night school, 16 attended. Introduced homework - all children took home lessons on Friday for the first time.

October to December, 1889: Whooping cough epidemic, some children were absent six and seven weeks - nearly 100 away every day.

January, 1890: Due to small attendance gave up night school. Fees lowered to 1d. with no effect.

March, 1890: Measles epidemic - school closed for a fortnight.

June, 1890: Government grant of £140 6s, 4d. this was based on the performance of the children.

November, 1890: Highest attendance on record199, fell best week to 62 due to the weather. School very cold, concert performed to raise money for a new stove.

March, 1891: Attendance low - no boy in six and seven standards has been present for some weeks.

June, 1891: More trouble over payment of school fees now that free education scheme has been published.

October, 1891: Attendance improved. School now free from paying fees.

January, 1892: First written exam - results satisfactory.

November, 1891: Lead pencils introduced instead of ink.

July, 1894: Diocesan inspector, Rev. Matthews reported: "I consider myself justified in awarding to Broughton school the highest mark at my disposal and class it as excellent."

August, 1895: One case of smallpox and one of scarlet fever in the village.

March, 1896: Exams - writing satisfactory but dirty. Hands and faces checked. Marble season has come in and it's difficult to keep hands clean.

June, 1896: Mrs. Barley brought truanting son for flogging. I declined - I consider this to be parent's duty.

June, 1897: School's diamond jubilee.

November, 1900: Typhoid outbreak at Castlethorpe.