Manuscript Letter of 5 pages (page 4 is missing) on Headed notepaper
STROUD SCHOOL BOARD
Frederick Winterbotham Augut 14th , 1894
Stroud School Board
In compliance with your letter of the 29th March last, I have now the pleasure to submit herewith the resultu of the Census of children in the parish of Stroud, taken by my Board.
On page 1 is a statement showing that out of a present total of 2665 houses, 381 are void, these being principally old and small tenaments in the upper part of the town (referred to in your letter as “the congested area”), and on the the same page is a a note of the population - according to the Official Census of 1881 and 1891 showing an increase in 10 years of only 545.
Also on page 1 is the present Censu of 2711 children between the ages of 3 and 15 in the whole parish and an analysis (pp 1 and 2) showing
1 The Children attending the Stroud Board Schools
2 Children attending other schools under Government Inspection
3 Children attending other schools, including all middle class and upper class schools
4 Children attending no School
The accompanying (6” Ordanance Survey) map shows the configuration of the parish to be such that children living near its confines naturally attend schools lying just over the border, and athe analysis further shows that a large number of children attend public elementary schools at
1 Stroudend (note in red Painswick Bd)
2 Beeches Green (note in Red Painswick Bd RCS)
3 Cainscross (note in red NS in Stonehouse)
4 Slad (note in red Painswick bd)
5 Brimscombe (NS in Minchinhampton)
6 Bussage ( NS in Bisley)
Stroudend School is a rather high class board school, within 5 minutes walk of Stroud Parish Church, much sought after by Stroud children
Beeches Green RC School (lately reformed under Government Inspection) although not in the parish of Stroud, is just on its borders and draws nearly the whole of the its children from the town.
Cainscross School is very near to one end of Stroud parish, and takes a large number of children thence.
Slad School is also only just beyond the border and if these children in this part of the parish were provided for by a seperate school it would reduce the attendance at the Slad School by nearly one half and make two very small schools where one school fully suffices.
Brimscombe School again adjoints the boundary.
Bussage as to (4)
With regard to “other schools” so far as my Board is aware they are all giving efficient instruction, but if the Department desire, my Board wll summon 2 or 3 children from any of Schools that may be selected, in order to test the question.
With regard to the Children attending no School, under the byelaws 545 out of the 604 cannot be compelled to attend school, 12 are educated at home, and the of the remaining 47 some are ill, some are now attending school and the remainder have received notices to doso, and other parents will, if necessary be summoned in ordinary course.
On page 3 is the Census of what you designate “the congested area”. In this area the children between 3 and 14 are 1105 of whom only 36 between 5 and 13 (page 4) are non attendant. 12 of these latter
(page 4 missing)
outside” and (page 4) a summary showing a total of 1798 children in the compbined congested area and Urban district outside, which together constitute the whole Urban district.
In the whole Urban district, out of a total of 1798 children, 490 are educated at other schools, leaving 1308 for eduction in the Board schools. The Board schools accommodate 1105, without taking the Thrupp school into account, and my Board submit that there is ample accommodation in these schools for such of the 1308 children as will attend or can be compelled to do so. And because 229 of the 1308 are under 5 or over 13 and are not attending school, and in addition some under 13 have passed the exemption standard and left school.
Deducting from this 1308 only the 229 children actually non attenddant, ie 165 under 4 and 64 over 13 (page 5), there are left 1079, and the attendance of a fraction of these is voluntary. From this 1079 a further deduction may properly be made fo 15 or 20 percent for the difference between the highest compellable number and the average attendance; the final result being to leave a margin of accommodation of say 200 above practical requirements.
Your letter states that a number of new houses in the upper part of the town are not shown on the enclosed map. This is true but these are more than counterbalanced by the fact that the greater part of the 381 void (page 1) are in the same part of the town.
The map is the only one available and is merely intended to show the position of the various schools, more particulary with reference to the outlying distrists.
My Board believe that the population of the whole Urban district has declined ratther than increased since the Official Censue of 1891.
You are evidently under a misapprehension with regard to Castle St Girls & Infants Schools; they are conveniently situated in the upper part of the town and most accessible therefrom. In fact the map shows that all the Board Schools are very suitably distributed throughout the district.
My Board respectfully submit that the figures and information now presented justify their former contention that there is no lack of school accommodation in the town of Stroud.
I have the honour to be
Your obedient Servant