Victorian Powys for primary  schools
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School life
  Leaving to become a servant in 1891  
  At Derwenlas many families had to move away as they local quarries were laying off men. This had been a major source of employment and the Headmaster was concerned at the falling numbers of children in the school.
Although schools encouraged children to stay on until they were 14 to get a better education, children often left as early as they could to earn a living. The Headmaster at Cemais school recorded such a case in 1891...
  School log book entry

The extract reads:
"One boy I find has left school this week, & gone into service".

Going into service meant getting work as a servant of some kind to a richer family.
There are more reasons for not going to school on the next page...

Going to the fair...


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