Victorian Powys for primary  schools
Powys Digital History Project
Montgomery and district
Victorian school days
  The early years of local schools  
  These pages help to show what it was like to be at school in the later years of Queen Victoria's long reign.  

They use entries from the official Log Books or diaries of local schools. These can often tell us about home life in the district in those times as well as about the routine of the school itself.
Most children did not go to school at the start of Queen Victoria's reign. Wealthy landowners would have their children taught at home, and some tradesmen in the area would send their children to a private school.
The children of the poor had to go to work as soon as they were old enough to earn money for the family, and often missed lessons to help with farm and other jobs for their parents.

Victorian school group

By the end of the Victorian period free schools were provided and it became compulsory for all children to go to school.

Where are all the others ?
No boots, no school
No money, no school
When it paid to miss lessons
Dying to learn
Sweepers and fire lighters
Burning the children's gifts
The Inspector's report

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