Newtown and district
Victorian school days
  The early days of the 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 School Log Books or diaries of local schools. These can often tell us quite a lot 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.

School children

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

Trouble with the Newtown boys
and also with the girls !
The attendance is down this year
Stricter discipline required
Too cold to hold a pen !
Gone to see the cavalry parade
From school to factory
Special occasions for Newtown
A dull, wet day at school
Knitting for the girls

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