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187. The school days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

188. The school hours in all schools are fixed as follows:-


9 am to noon.


2 pm to 4.30 pm.

189. Infant Schools may close at 4 pm. This permission does not extend to children in Infant Schools who are over seven years of age.

190. The doors must be open in all schools not later than 8.45 in the morning, and 1.45 in the afternoon, when, at least one teacher must be present in charge.


191. The doors are to be closed at 9 am, and the Roll called and prayers offered. Immediately after prayers the doors are to be reopened, the children admitted who have assembled in the meantime, and the doors then again closed. From that time up to 9.40 the Bible Instruction is to be given. At 9.40 the doors are again to be opened, and the Roll finally taken, and closed by 9.45. The children who are withdrawn from Bible Instruction in accordance with the terms of the Act are to be received in a disengaged room, and there to receive secular instruction.

192. The first marking of the Register should be in black ink and the final in red ink.

193. Each child is legally required to attend for the whole time that the School is open for the instruction of children of similar age. The obligation upon each child to be present in the school is, therefore, not confined to the minimum time required to secure a Parliamentary Grant, but extends over the whole of the school hours.


194. No child under the age of 5 years shall be admitted to any Department to the exclusion of a child above that age.


195. In case of a scholar’s absence, notice shall be sent to the parents after school hours by the Head Teacher, on a form provided for the purpose.


196. They must be marked and closed in the morning by 9.45; and in the afternoon by 2.15. Should any child, after being marked present, leave school before the two hours of secular instruction have expired, his or her attendance mark on the Register must be cancelled.


197. The actual instruction in secular subjects must occupy at least two consecutive hours in the morning, and at least two consecutive hours in the afternoon of every school day. In Infant Schools, during the months of November, December, January, and February, the actual amount of instruction in secular subjects, of children under seven years of age, must occupy not less than one-hour-and-a-half. The hours of secular instruction must begin immediately after the Registers have, been closed.


199. Each department must have a distinct timetable, arranged in accordance with the scale of the Committee for the time being in force. It must be submitted for the approval of the Committee, and be conspicuously and permanently exhibited in the school. A copy of the time-table must be deposited at the Committee’s Offices. No deviation is to be made from the order of lessons as set down in the time-table signed by His Majesty’s Inspector, except under special circumstances, which must be entered in the Log Book, and each lesson is to be taken punctually in its proper order.

200. Head teachers of Infant Schools must draw up a syllabus of lessons for children below Standard I and submit it to the Committee for approval.


2O2. The holidays are as follows :-

(a) Five weeks in the Summer, commencing on the last Friday in July after afternoon school.

(b) Two weeks at Christmas…

(c) One week at Easter, commencing on the Thursday before Easter after morning school.

(d) Monday and Tuesday in Whit Week.

(e) The afternoon of Empire Day.

(f) No other holidays are allowed except with the special sanction of the Committee.


203. In order to maintain the .sanitary condition of the schools, the Head Teacher of each department will be held responsible for seeing that the following regulations are carried out :

(a) That the whole premises are properly ventilated, both during school hours and after the children have left. Any bad smells are to be reported at once to the Secretary.

(b) That the duties of the School Caretakers and Cleaners are strictly carried out. In case of default the matter is to be reported immediately to the Secretary.

(c) That Children who present themselves in a dirty condition are required to wash at once; if further cleansing is needed, they are to be sent home for the purpose.

(d) That the children hang their hats, cloaks, etc., on the pegs appropriated for their separate use.

(e) That any child showing symptoms of an infectious disease is immediately sent home with directions for the child to be seen by the School Medical Officer or by another Doctor. That any child coming from a house where an infectious disease exists is sent home forthwith. The Secretary is to be informed of the case immediately in order that enquiries may at once be made.

(j) Any child suffering from scarlet fever, diphtheria, small-pox, typhus fever, or whooping cough, erysipelas or typhoid, and excluded under rule (e), is not to be allowed to resume attendance at school within two months, unless a certificate from the Medical Officer of health is produced to show that such child may safely be re-admitted; but when a child has been attended by a duly qualified medical practitioner, his certificate shall be sufficient

((1) Any child suffering from mumps or measles .... must not be allowed to resume attendance at school within one month from such exclusion.

(h) Any child suffering from chicken-pox, and excluded under rule (e) must not be allowed to resume attendance at school within two weeks from such exclusion.


206. Teachers are requested to encourage the children in the schools to open accounts in the School Penny Savings Bank.


218. A report to Parents as to the attendance, conduct, and progress of Pupils in the Form approved by the Committee shall be issued by Head Teachers at the end of each term to parents of scholars in Standards 3 and upwards.


219. Attendance. That a bronze medal be awarded to every full time scholar in Standards I. and upwards who has attended punctually on every occasion on which the School has been open during the school year. Provided that absence on not more than four half-days or two whole days in the year shall not debar any child from receiving a Medal if permission for such absence has been given by the Head Teacher. By punctual attendance is meant attendance in the morning not later than 9 am, and in the afternoon not later than 2 pm.

220. No child may receive a medal who has not satisfied the Head Teacher as to his or. her cleanliness, tidiness and good conduct throughout the year.

221. Permissions given for absence are to be recorded by the Head Teacher at the time given, and the records kept.

222. Progress and Proficiency. That Prizes be awarded to each Class equal in number to 10% of the scholars in each Class.

223. The Prizes shall be awarded to the respective scholars on the results of their work during the School year. No scholar shall be eligible for a Prize whose conduct has not been completely satisfactory.

224. The average value of the Prizes is not to exceed the sum of 2s. 6d each.


225. In Infant Departments and in the Special School a sum equal to 3d per scholar in average attendance shall be allotted for prizes.


226. The following regulations shall govern the infliction of corporal punishment.

227. The head Teacher is held directly responsible for its infliction.

228. Assistant Teachers and Pupil Teachers are absolutely prohibited from striking a child, or inflicting corporal punishment.

229. In the absence of the Head Teacher, the regulations shall be administered by the teacher in charge.

230. Corporal punishment is only to be resorted to for grave offences, and not for trivial breaches of school discipline.

231. Grave offences are hereby defined to be - theft, indecency of language or conduct, gross insubordination, and positive refusal to obey orders of teachers and assaults upon other children during school hours, or on the school premises.

232. No corporal punishment shall be inflicted in Girls’, Infants’, or Special Schools.

233. Corporal punishment should not be inflicted immediately after the commission of any offence.

231. The utmost caution must be exercised in inflicting corporal punishment, so as never to strike a child on any part of the head, and the only instrument of punishment shall be a cane not exceeding 27 inches in length.

235. Every occurrence corporal punishment must be recorded by the Head Teacher at the time in the punishment book, together with the nature of the offence, and the number of strokes given.

236. Head Teachers must report in their log books every infringement of any of these rules by their Assistants.

237. Any Teacher violating any of the foregoing regulations concerning corporal punishment shall on the first offence be cautioned, and upon the second offence be dismissed.

238. Children may be "kept in" as a means of punishment for carelessness, bad behaviour, or late attendance, provided the Head Teachers have satisfied themselves that the late attendance of children arises from their own fault, but children are not to be detained beyond half-an-hour after ordinary school hours. Head Teachers will be held responsible for the strict observance of this rule.


239. No Head Teacher may be absent from School without first obtaining permission from the Committee, except in case of emergency, when the reason for such absence must be at once communicated to the Secretary. No Assistant Teacher may be absent from school without the permission of the Head Teacher, except in case of emergency, when the reason for such absence must. be at once communicated to the Head Teacher. The Head Teacher must at once report to the Secretary any Assistant who is absent more than two days. If the absence should be that of the Head Teacher, this information should be sent by the senior Assistant. If the absence should be caused by illness and extend for a period of 7 days a Medical Certificate must be produced to the Secretary..... The date of the return of the Teacher to work must be notified to the Secretary immediately.

240. In case of prolonged absence on account of serious illness, salaries will not. be paid for a longer period than three months, without a special resolution of the Committee.

241. Every absence, whether with or without permission, must be entered in the log book.

242. No Assistant Teacher or Pupil Teacher shall be sent on any errands during school hours.

243. All the Teachers must be in their places at least 10 minutes before 9 am, and 10 minutes before 2 pm.

244. In each department a book is kept in which the time of arrival at and departure from school must be entered and signed by each Teacher at the time and in the order of arrival and departure. The Visitors should examine the Time Books and see that they have been properly kept and that the entries are made personally by each Teacher.

245. The Head Teachers must insist on the regular and punctual attendance of Assistant Teachers and Pupil Teachers.


252. Home Lessons should not be given to children unless the circumstances of their homes are entirely favourable and the parents approve of them, and they should never be given in Infants’ Schools.

253. No scholar must be sent from School during school hours on any message or business.

255. Teachers are not allowed to see travellers during school hours.

256. Entertainments or lectures by itinerant lecturers, ventriloquists, etc, are not to be allowed, except with the permission of the Committee signed by the Secretary.


260. The salaries of the Head Teachers in the Boys’ Departments and Mixed Departments under Masters to commence at £140 per annum, and to be subject to an increase of not more than £10 per annum, until the maximum of £200 is reached.

261. The salaries of the Head Teachers in the Girls’, Junior Mixed and Infant Departments to commence at £120 per annum and to be subject to an increase of not more than £3. per annum until the maximum of £160 is reached.


262. Certificated and Trained, in Boys’ Schools, to receive not less than £100 per annum, and in Girls’, Junior Mixed, and Infants’ Schools, not less than £80 per annum, with annual. increase of not more than £5 after the first year, not more than £5 after the second year, and not more than £10 after the third and subsequent years .... up to. the maximum of £160 and £120 respectively.

263 Certificated and untrained, in Boys’ Schools, to receive not less than £90 per annum, and in Girls’, Junior Mixed, and Infants’ Schools, not less than £70 per annum, with. increases as above up to. the maximum of £150 and £110 respectively.


266. To receive - men not less than £65 per annum; women not less than £55 per annum; with an increase of not more than £5 per annum up to the maximum of £80 and £70 respectively.


267. The salary to be at the discretion of the committee.





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172. The whole of the school rooms and class rooms to be thoroughly swept every evening after a school meeting, the school furniture to be dusted and the rooms ready for use by eight. o’clock in the morning.

174. The fires to be lighted, when required, by 8 o’clock in the morning, and a supply of coals to be placed ready for use. Fires are not. to be raked, but allowed to die out.

175. Fireplaces, entrances, staircases, cloak rooms, and lobbies to be cleaned and washed once a week. Stoves are to be black-leaded at least once a week when in use and at such other times as may be necessary.

176. All glass inside the building to be cleaned weekly. All floors of school rooms, class rooms, cloak rooms, lavatories,. lobbies and staircases to be well washed and scrubbed with a brush once a fortnight. The walls at the same time to be brushed down with a Turk’s head brush. The desks and seats, and painted and stained woodwork, and painted dados to be thoroughly washed during the Christmas and Summer holidays, and all pictures and objects on the walls taken down and thoroughly cleansed.

177. The conveniences to be kept constantly clean, and to be washed out weekly. Any writing or drawing on the walls or in the offices to be washed off immediately. Anyone found writing or drawing in these places to be immediately reported to the Head Teacher. The closets and urinals to be regularly and sufficiently flushed. The yards and playgrounds to be kept clear of dirt, paper, and rubbish, and the gullies kept clear and in good order.


Weekly wage of cleaner - to be collected from the council offices every Friday morning at 10 o’clock.

Bromley Parish CE (Boys’) School


Bromley Parish CE (Girls’) School


Bromley Parish CE (Infants’) School


Mason’s Hill School


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Bromley Common CE Schools

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