Castlethorpe School Newspaper Reports

Croydon’s Weekly Standard 10 May 1879

EVENING SCHOOL. The following is the report of Mr. H. Martin, Her Majesty’s assistant inspector for district, April, 1879; “This little school is an excellent one. The order and discipline are admirable, and the results of the examinations are highly creditable”. The above must be equally pleasing to the teacher, Mrs Town, and to the members of the evening school.
The latter have shown their gratitude for her exertions on their behalf, by the presentation of a handsome writing desk, which bears the inscription, “From the Castlethorpe evening scholars, to Mrs. F. Town, April 18th, 1879

Northampton Mercury 22 January 1887

THEATRICALS AT CASTLETHORPE. In the School-room at Castlethorpe, on Monday evening, theatricals performances, which were well attended, were given in aid of the New Class-room Fund. The farce, in one act, entitled Freezing a Mother-in-law, was exceedingly well rendered Mr. W. Sargeaunt, Miss A. Varney, Mr. J. Sargeaunt, and the Rev. W. D. Sargeaunt. In the interval Mr. Sargeaunt sang two capital songs. Then followed the comedietta, called Changing Partners, which characters were taken by Mr. J. Sargeaunt, Rev. W. D. Sargeaunt, Miss Whiting, Miss E, Sargeaunt, and Miss Sargeaunt.

Northampton Mercury 24 March 1888

NEWPORT PAGNELL.—With reference to the over-crowding of the Castlethorpe Schools, the Rev. J. Tarver (chairman of the School Attendance Committee) stated that they had represented to the Education Department that a certain number of children could not be admitted. Mr. W. Pike said that a School Board would not be much objected to by the ratepayers.

The Bucks Standard 24 November 1888

SCHOOL BOARD. - The managers of the National
School having failed to supply the requisite
accommodation in their school, the Education
Department has given orders for a School Board,
consisiting of five members, to be formed. The
election will take place in early December

The Bucks Standard 08 December 1888

School Board Election. - On Thursday last the
election for members on this Board took place, with
the following result:- Messrs. Charles Whiting 92,
George Rainbow 71, Charles Jones 71, Edward
61, and William Manning 55. There
were six candidates, the sixth being Mr. Joseph
Pike, who obtained 53 two only behind Mr. Manning.

Kelly's Directory 1895
A School Board of 5 members was formed 6 Dec 1888
T. Osborne, clerk to the board

Northampton Mercury 31 October 1890


THE CASTLETHORPE SCHOOL BOARD are prepared to receive TENDERS for the ERECTION of PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Playgrounds, Boundary Walls, and Master's House, at Castlethorpe, in the County of Buckinghamshire.
Specifications and Plans can be inspected, and Bill of Quantities obtained, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., on and after the inst., at the Office of the Architects, H. H. Dyer and Son, Newland Chambers, Newland, Northampton. Tenders, endorsed, to be forwarded through post to Mr. Thos. Osborne, Clerk to the Board, Castlethorpe, Stony Stratford, not later than November the 21st, 1890. The Board do not bind themselves to accept the lowest or any Tender.

The Bucks Standard 29 November 1890

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING,- At a duty convened meeting of the above Board, held Tuesday evening, the 28th inst., there were present Mr. G. Rainbow (chairman) Messrs. C. Whiting, E. Richardson, C. Jones, W. Manning, and Thomas Osborn (clerk). The Board’s architect, Mr. H. Dyer, Newland, Northampton, was also present. The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed, after which the Board proceeded to examine the tenders sent in for the erection of a public elementary school, playgrounds, master’s house, &c. Fifteen tenders were received as follows:- Robert Hickman, Northampton, £2,188; Thomas Henry Kingerlee, Oxford, £2,030; Henry Kemp & Sons, Stantonbury, £1,995 Seth Grist, Aylesbury, £1,988; Joseph Worrall, Wolverton, £1,919, Reynolds & Son, Northampton, £1, 895; Benjamin Wilford, Newport Pagnell, £1,890; G. Branson & Son, Northampton, £1,886; John Grant, Banbury, £1,875; J. S. Wingrove, Northampton, £1,871; Cayson Brothers, Cogenhoe, £1,869; G. J. Fisher, Northampton, £1,760; Thomas Heath, Towcester, £1, 840; Edward Bowman, Stamford, £1,755; and Messrs. Adnitt & Everard, Rushden, £1,750. On the motion of Mr. E. Richardson, seconded by Mr. C. Whiting, the Board unanimously accepted the tender of Messrs. Adnitt & Everard for £1,750. There was no other business of importance.

Northampton Mercury 05 December 1890

The tender of Messrs. Adnitt and Everard, Rushden, for the erection of the new school, residence for the master, &c., at Castlethorpe, has been accepted. The tender which was the lowest of 15, was £1,750. The highest was £2,188.

The Bucks Standard 12 December 1891

School Board Meeting December 12th. 1891

Northampton Mercury 16 October 1891


On Thursday afternoon the new Board Schools Castlethorpe were opened by Lord and Lady Carrington. The schools are situated in the centre of village, and are built of brick, with Bath stone dressings. The roof is of Brisley tiles, and over the principal entrance is a small tower and bell-cot. The rooms are adapted for the accommodation of about 150 children. The large room is 46ft. by 20ft., the class-room 18ft by 17ft and the infants room 20ft. by 17ft. At each entrance there a well - arranged cloakroom and lavatory. The whole of the rooms are warmed by Stainton’s medium pressure hot-water system, and there are open fireplaces for assisting the ventilation to which every attention has been paid. At the back of the schools there are playgrounds laid with asphalt this work having been done by Mr. J. Ward of  Northampton. At the end of the playground there is a well arranged residence for the master and mistress. The architects were Messrs. H. H. Dyer and Son, Newland Chambers, Northampton, and Messrs. Adnitt and Everard of Rushden, were the builders. The school fittings were supplied by Messrs. Wake and Dean, London, and Messrs. Knight and Son, of Northampton supplied  the clock, which is placed outside the school. The opening ceremony took place at three o'clock, and amongst those present were Lord and Lady Carrington the members of the Castlethorpe School Board, consisting of Mr. G. Rainbow (chairman), Mr. C. Whiting (vice-chairman) Mr G. Richardson, Mr. C. Jones, Mr. W. Manning, and Mr. T. Osborne (the Clerk): Mrs. Whiting, the Rev. M. A. Nicholson, Miss Cox, Mr. Grimes, Mr. Jonas (steward), Mr. J. Whiting, Mrs. and Miss Pike, Mr. C. Whiting, Mr. J. Checkley, Mr. Shrimpton, Mr. and Mrs. Quicksley, Mrs. and Miss Watts, Miss Brownrigg, the Rev. T. Varney, the Rev. F. W. Harnett, Dr. Symington, Mr. King, Mr. Fitzsimons, Mr. Williams, the Rev. M. Tuckwell, Mr. Kemp, Mrs. Verney, Mr. T. A. and Mrs. Brearley, the Rev. Westall, and Mr. East; the Hanslope School Board-  Mr. Adams (chairman), Mr. Smart (vice-chairman), Mr. Hopkins, Mr. Rose, Mr. Checkley, Mr. T. Amos, &c. — Mr. Rainbow occupied the chair, and after the hymn, " All people that on earth do dwell," had been sung, Mr. Osborne read letters of apology from Mr. C. A. Park (Wolverton), Mr. Worley (Stony Stratford), and Mr. Hudson (of the Backs and Oxon Bank). Mr. Osborne then read the report, and said that when Board was elected in 1888 the Voluntary Schools had been closed for three months because of the insufficient accommodation to meet the increasing demand. The land upon which the school was built cost £90, and in order to give the frontage the Board bought out two small holders, for which they paid £150 as compensation, making the cost of the land £240. Calculations were made by their architect for the accommodation of 120 children, but, according to the architect of the Education Department, there was accommodation for 138. From 1881 to 1891 the population of Castlethorpe increased by 112, and if the same rate of increase went on for another ten years, the accommodation would hardly be sufficient. The contract for building the school was £1,750, and considering the rateable value of the parish, and the easy mode of repayments arranged with the Public Loan Commissioners, the School Board rate would be comparatively low. The Board had acquired the services of a fully certificated master and mistress for the school, which would be opened for children on Monday next. The Rev. W. Westall, the curate -in - charge of Castlethorpe, next addressed the meeting, and announced that the school would be open in the evenings. He urged the members of the Board to see that the education given in the school was efficient, and that the school should be conducted economically possible.—Mr. Osborne then read a letter of welcome to Lord and Lady Carrington, and Lord Carrington, who was, received with enthusiasm, thanked them for their kindness. After referring to the associations he had with Castlethorpe in his younger days, and the pleasure it gave him to re-visit it, he said that there had been an enormous improvement in that part of the county since he last saw it. The railway had raised the wages, and it now gave employment to enormous number of intelligent and deserving working men. He was glad to hear that some of the men at Wolverton had been able to save enough money to purchase homes for themselves. That was good thing, for when a man got a bit of freehold land of his own it raised his interest in his home, and a man in that position became to a great extent a much better member of Society. He would have the greatest possible pleasure to lot out a piece of land in Castlethorpe which might be convenient for selling to those who might wish to purchase it (loud applause), and who might then be enabled to build their own houses without unduly pinching themselves. In a short time he hoped that he would be able to offer them land at a reasonable and moderate price. He was pleased to see that the School Board had worked so harmoniously, and he was also glad to see that the Board was not composed of any one class, sect, or creed, and that the members were real bona fide working men. He congratulated them upon the splendid building and the excellent manner in which the members of the Board worked together, and concluded by thanking them for the hearty reception they had given him. “God save the Queen" was then sung, and the opening ceremony then terminated. —Lady Carrington was presented with a handsome bouquet by Miss Whiting, a pretty little lady of some seven years of age.—A tea was afterwards held in the school, at which Lord and Lady Carrington were present. The arrangements for tea were made by Miss Verney, Miss Gregory, Mrs. Cowley, Mrs. Sprittles, Mrs. Ekins. Mrs. Richardson, Mrs. Clarke, and Miss Swannell An enjoyable concert wound up the day's proceedings.

Northampton Mercury 20 November 1891


EVENING CLASSES.—ln connection with the Wolverton Science and Art Institute branch classes have been inaugurated so that the village will be as favoured in that respect now as Stony Stratford and Newport Pagnell. The classes, which are to be held the Board School-room, include physiography, freehand drawing; principles of agriculture, and shorthand.

Northampton Mercury 11 December 1891


The triennial election took place on Thursday, only two of the old members are elected. The following is the result of the poll:—



Rev. H. Westall








G. Rainbow






T. Rainbow


The first five were elected.

The Bucks Standard 19 December 1891

THE SCHOOL BOARD.- The first meeting of the second School Board for Castlethorpe was held on Monday, the 14th inst., when there present Mr. Charles Whiting, the Rev. Hawksley Westall, Messrs. Joseph Pike, Ed. Richardson, Thomas Amos. Charles Whiting was appointed chairman of the Board for the next three years, and the Rev. H. Westall, vice-chairman. It was moved by the Rev. H. Westall, and agreed to, that all ordinary meetings of the Board in future be held on the last Tuesday in each month at 1.15 p.m., and that the meetings be reported in the “Bucks Standard” and the “Bucks Post.” The Board decided to close the school for the Christmas Holidays on the 23rd. inst., and re-open them on the on the 5th. prox. It was also decided to take immediate proceedings to secure the attendance of all absentee children. A precept was signed and issued to the Overseers for £100. Cheques were signed for £40 6s.

The Bucks Standard 02 January 1892

School Board Meeting January 2nd. 1892.

The Bucks Standard 30 January 1892

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING.- A meeting of the above Board was held on Tuesday last, the members present being, Messrs. C. Whiting (chairman), J. Pike, T. Amos, E. Richardson, and T. Osborne (clerk). The minutes of the last meeting were read and passed.- An application from the caretaker of the school for an advance of salary was considered by the Board, and upon proposal of Mr. J. Pike, seconded by Mr. T. Amos, it was agreed to advance the same from £6 to £7 11s. per annum. Cheques were signed for £50 17. 3d. There was no other business of importance.

The Bucks Standard 27 February 1892

SCHOOL BOARD.-A meeting of this Board was held on Tuesday last, when the following members were present, Messrs. C. Whiting (chairman), J. Pike, T. Amos, E. Richardson, and T. Osborne (clerk). The minutes of the last meeting were read and passed. The Clerk reported the receipt of an order for £11 6s. from the Education Department, in payment of the first instalment of Fee Grant for the four months ending 31st ult. The average attendance during that time was 90. On the proposal of Mr. J. Pike, seconded by Mr. T. Amos, it was decided to invite tenders from tradesmen in the village for making a substantial platform for use in large room. The registers, and the visitors’ book were examined, and on, the proposal of Mr. E. Richardson, seconded by Mr. J. Pike, it was agreed to instruct the Attendance Officer to warn the parents of irregular children that the Board was determined to use every legitimate effort to secure a better attendance. An application was granted to “Crown Minstrels” for the use of the large room for an entertainment on Saturday. Cheques were signed for £13 1s.

Northampton Mercury 13 May 1892

CASTLETHORPE. Board School Evening Classes.—On Saturday the members of the above classes sat down to substantial tea provided by Mr. and Mrs. Brearley, the teachers. The evening school has been very much appreciated and highly successful at the Government examination. Nearly were admitted during the session, and the average attendance has been 25. It is hoped that many more will take advantage of these classes, especially those which are affiliated to the Wolverton Science and Art Institute.

The Bucks Standard 04 June 1892

School Board meeting, June 1892

The Bucks Standard 03 December 1892

School Board meeting, December 3rd. 1892

Northampton Mercury 09 December 1892

Castlethorpe Board Schools. —On Friday evening last a most successful entertainment was given by the scholars attending the Board schools. The programme consisted of choruses, solos (vocal and instrumental) dialogues, and recitations, many of which were admirably rendered, and gave evidence of careful training the part of the teachers. The dumb-bell, wand, and fan musical drills were a special feature of the evening's performances, and the brisk manner which the boys and girls went through them, reflected great credit upon the head master, Mr. T. A. Brearley, who accompanied on the pianoforte. The school-room was crowded, and the audience many times applauded the efforts of the young people.

The Bucks Standard 24 December 1892

SCHOOL BOARD,- A meeting of this Board was held on Tuesday, the 29th. ult., when the following members were present, Mr. C. Whiting (chairman), Mr. J. Pike (vice-chairman), T. Amos, E. Richardson, Rev. Hawksley Westall, and T. Osborne, clerk. The minutes of the last meeting were read and passed. The Rev. Hawksley Westall, who has left the village, explained that he was leaving the country for France shortly, and, of course, would not be able to attend the meetings of the Board, he therefore gave his resignation. On the proposal of Mr. E. Richardson, seconded by Mr. J. Pike, cheques were signed for £34 4s. 2d. There was no other business of importance.

Northampton Mercury 14 April 1893


NEWPORT PAGNELL. There were contests at Castlethorpe and Pagnell, and the result of the poll was follows. At Castlethorpe. Coxall, 37; Markham, 35; Greenwood, 5.

Northampton Mercury 01 December 1893


Mr. Brearley, of Castlethorpe obtained second honours in hygiene.

The branch classes at Stony Stratford, Newport Pagnell, and Castlethorpe had been continued with improved results, especially at the two former places, where increased members attended, and during the current session a promise of continued success had already been given. In concluding the report, the committee again expressed its deep sense indebtedness to the directors of the London and North-Western Railway Company, and to the County Council, for their continued support given to work of the Institute during the past year. (Loud applause.)

Northampton Mercury 16 November 1894

Education Department.

The Chairman said the School Board rates varied in places similar to Wolverton from 6d. in the £ to 3s. 2d. In the £. Castlethorpe had a rating of 8d. in the £, with 114 children, and a total assessment of £10,173.

Northampton Mercury 30 November 1894

CASTLETHORPE.—School Board —The triennial election fixed for Saturday, the 8th December, and contest is very probable, some of the ratepayers are dissatisfied with the present Board. The following candidates have been nominated for five seats: Thomas Amos, farmer; Charles W. Grant, gentleman; Rev. W. J. Harkness, vicar; Charles Jones, butcher; Owen Nichols, mechanic; George Rainbow, mechanic; Edward Richardson, carpenter; and Charles Whiting, farmer.

The Bucks Standard 12 January 1895


CHILDREN’S TEA AND CHRISTMAS TREE.- On Thursday, January 3, the past and present scholars of the Board School, to the number of 130, together with a few friends, sat down to a tea arranged by Mrs. Brearley. The large schoolroom and a classroom were comfortably filled, and the children did full justice to the good things set before them. Afterwards, they were grouped, and allowed to indulge in those round of games that children know so well and play so heartily. Even the visitors could not refrain from joining them. An interval was called, and buns and oranges distributed. Towards the close of the evening, the scholars, assembled round the Christmas tree, and the infants, under Miss Gregory, sang an appropriate song. The tree was decorated with suitable toys, and the infants, girls and boys, respectively received their gifts from the hands of Miss Pike, Mrs. Whiting, and Mr. Grant. Mesdames Jones, Osborne, Whiting, and Miss Pike presided at the tables, and the following ladies assisted:- Mesdames Powell, H. Panter and West, and Misses Cowley, Compton, Day, Gregory, Rainbow, and Harris. – Mr. Richardson, the chairman of the Board School, proposed a vote of thanks to the teachers, and the children responded with three hearty cheers.- Mr. Brearley, the master, replied on their behalf. The singing of the National Anthem brought to a close a very successful and enjoyable gathering. The expenses very defrayed from the proceeds of the children’s concert given so time ago.

The Bucks Standard 06 July 1895


EVENING SCHOOL.- The following is a copy of the report of her Majesty’s Inspector on the above school:- “This evening continuation school is in excellent order and is still doing very useful work in the elementary subjects and in history.” Forty-four were admitted during the session, and of these thirty sat for the examination. Average 32. So well was the attendance maintained that most of the scholars received back their fees.

The Bucks Standard 04 April 1896

SCHOOL BOARD. A meeting of this Board was held on Monday, March 30, when there were present. Messrs. E. Richardson (chairman), Geo. Rainbow, C. Whiting, O. Nichols, and Thos. Osborne, clerk. The last meeting of the board was a special one, for the purpose of filling up the vacancy caused through the death of Mr. Grant. Mr. Nichols, who polled the next highest number of votes at the last election, was invited to take the vacant seat, he accepted, and was therefore present at the meeting. An application was read by the clerk, from Mr. John Luing, hon. secretary of the Castlethorpe branch of St. John Ambulance Association, asking the board to allow them the use of the school play ground for brigade drill. The application was granted. Mr. Geo. Rainbow proposed and Mr. C. Whiting seconded that the school be closed for the Easter holidays on Thursday the 2nd of April and opened on Thursday the 9th. The resignation of the head master and mistress, Mr. and Mrs. Brearley, was read, and occupied the attention of the Board for some time. Expressions of regret were unanimous at the prospect of losing such valuable teachers. Mr. Brearley has worked up the school to a high state of efficiency and his loss will therefore be felt. Mr. Geo. Rainbow eventually proposed and Mr. Whiting seconded that Mr. Brearley’s resignation be accepted. It was decided to advertise in the Schoolmaster for a head master and mistress, offering £80 fixed salary, plus a third of Government Grant about £34 with good house and garden. The clerk laid upon the table the financial statement for the twelve months ended September 29th 1885, audited March 4th, 1896. The statement showed that £230 had been received from the rating authorities being equivalent to a rate of 5¼d. in the pound for the 12 months. The total receipts other than from loans being £… 17s 6. Cheques were signed for the usual salaries and bills

The Bucks Standard 02 May 1896

BOARD SCHOOL MEETING.- A meeting of this Board was held on Saturday, April 25, when there was present Messrs. E. Richardson (chairman), Geo. Rainbow, (vice-chairman), C. Whiting, O. Nichols and Thos. Osborne, clerk. The minutes of the last meeting were read and signed. In reply to the advertisement for a head master for this school, 24 applications were received. The committee of selection reduced the number to two. The choice was between Mr. H. H. Middleton St. Albans, and Mr. Jos. Curry, Forest-gate, London. Both these gentlemen were present at the meeting and were questioned by the Board, in the end Mr. C. Whiting proposed and Mr. Geo. Rainbow seconded, ‘That Mr. H. H. Middleton, St. Albans be appointed head master of the school, with wife as assistant mistress, at a salary of £80 fixed plus one third of government grant with house and garden.” The proposition was agreed to unanimously. The clerk was directed to pay railway expenses for meeting the Board. The clerk was also directed to draw up a testimonial for Mr. Brearley, headmaster who is leaving at the … May. Mr. E. Richardson proposed and Mr. Whiting seconded, a vote of condolence to the widow and family of the late Mr. Charles Jones, who was at the time of his death a member of this Board. He was also a member of the first School Board elected on December 6, 1888. Both the proposer and seconder spoke highly by the deceased as being a man who took a profound interest in the schools, and everything which tended to promote the welfare of the young people of the village. He was conscientious almost to a fault, unassuming in manner, and thoroughly consistent in principle. – Cheques were signed for the usual salaries and bills.

The Bucks Standard 05 September 1896

SCHOOL BOARD:- At a meeting of this Board held on Monday last, August 31, there were present Messrs. E. Richardson (chairman), G. Rainbow (vice-chairman), T. Amos, O. Nicholls, and Thos. Osborne (clerk). – The minutes of the last meeting were passed as read, on the proposition of Mr. Geo. Rainbow, seconded by Mr. O. Nicholls. The annual report of Her Majesty’s Inspector upon this school was read as follows:- “Mixed School Mr. Middleton has recently taken charge of this school. He found it, and appears likely to keep it, in very good order. I hope that some assistance may be provided to supply the place of A. E. Day, pupil teacher, who has retired. Infants’ Class-Miss Gregory is doing good and persevering work in the infants’ class. Her hands are too full. A monitor ought to be appointed to help her.” – Mrs. Middleton is recognised under Article 50 of the Code, and Miss Gregory is continued under Article 68. The name of A. Day has been removed from the register. The amount of annual grant is £104 9s. 6d., £5 18s. 6d. in excess of last year. Mr. Rainbow gave notice that he should call attention to the recommendations of the Inspector in his report at the next Board meeting.-It was proposed by Mr. Geo. Rainbow seconded by Mr. O. Nicholls, “That the proportion of annual grant coming to the late master Mr. Brearley, and to Mr. Middleton, be paid, as soon as the clerk received the drawing grant.” Proposed by Rainbow, seconded by Mr. O. Nicholls, that the ash-pit belonging to the School House be emptied as possible. Cheques were signed for the usual salaries and bills.

The Bucks Standard 22 November 1897


AN EVENING WITH THE CHILDREN.- The annual children’s entertainment in connection with the Board School was given on Friday evening the 12th inst. And repeated on Saturday 13th inst. The large room was well filled each evening. The programme was a varied and interesting one, and was gone through with marked success. Much discretion was shown in allotting to each child a part to its capabilities. It would therefore be unfair to make any distinction as each item was rendered admirably. Mr. Middleton, head master, ably assisted by Mrs. Middleton, head mistress, and Miss Gregory, assistant mistress, had so thoroughly trained the children that although Mr. Middleton presided the whole of the time at the pianoforte, the children took up their respective positions on the platform with remarkable neatness and ease. The discipline manifested was a noticeable feature of the entertainment. All who took part in this evening’s enjoyment deserve the highest praise, and it is hoped that as an annual event it will long continue.

The Bucks Standard 27 November 1897


BOARD SCHOOL:- Summary of Inspector’s report; Mixed School-The upper school is in exceptionally strong hands and is doing exceptionally well. I am much pleased with Mr. Middleton’s Methods, and with the condition of his school. Infants’ School.- Miss Gregory is overweighed, she cannot manage so many children in so many classes single-handed. The help of a monitor in the afternoon only is useless, she should have undivided assistance of a suitable kind. The grant under Article 98 (6) of the code will be in danger next year if this is not attended to at once. Your attention is requested to the small print of Article 73 of the code. H.M. Inspector reports that the infants’ class is habitually too large.

The Bucks Standard 27 November 1897


AN EVENING WITH THE CHILDREN.- The annual children’s entertainment in connection with the Board School was given on Friday evening the 12th inst. And repeated on Saturday 13th inst. The large room was well filled each evening. The programme was a varied and interesting one, and was gone through with marked success. Much discretion was shown in allotting to each child a part to its capabilities. It would therefore be unfair to make any distinction as each item was rendered admirably. Mr. Middleton, head master, ably assisted by Mrs. Middleton, head mistress, and Miss Gregory, assistant mistress, had so thoroughly trained the children that although Mr. Middleton presided the whole of the time at the pianoforte, the children took up their respective positions on the platform with remarkable neatness and ease. The discipline manifested was a noticeable feature of the entertainment. All who took part in this evening’s enjoyment deserve the highest praise, and it is hoped that as an annual event it will long continue.

Northampton Mercury 17 December 1897

CASTLETHORPE.—School Board Election- Result. —The triennial election of five members for the Castlethorpe School Board took place on Friday. The candidates were Mr. John Luing, Mr. Owen Nichols, Mr. Joseph Pike, Mr. George Rainbow, Mr. Edward Richardson, and Mr. Charles Whiting. The election was not fought upon any particular party lines, but, nevertheless, keen interest was manifested in the village. Mr. Charles Reeve, of Newport Pagnell, acted as presiding officer and deputy returning officer, whilst Mr. Middleton, the village schoolmaster, was poll clerk. At the close of the poll the deputy returning officer declared the result be :— Rainbow, George, 128 votes, elected ; Whiting, Charles, 113, elected ; Pike, Joseph, 84, elected; Richardson, Edward, 75, elected; Nichols, Owen, 59, elected; and Luing, John, 43, not elected.

Northampton Mercury 20 January 1899

BUILDERS desirous of TENDERING for the ERECTION OF ADDITIONS TO THE BOARD SCHOOLS AT CASTLETHORPE, BUCKS, must forward their names and addresses before one o'clock Saturday, 28th instant, HENRY HUGH DYER, Architect and Surveyor, 1, Sheep-street, Northampton.

Northampton Mercury 27 January 1899

Divisional Petty Sessions, Friday. Before the Duke of Grafton and Mr. A. Grant-Thorold.—Alfred Coey, labourer, Castlethorpe, was summoned for not sending his child Beatrice, aged 11, regularly to school. —Mrs. Compton stated the particulars.—An order was made for the child to attend school.

Northampton Mercury 29 September 1899

The Board School system, which cannot even gain a footing in the populous district of St. James' End, Northampton, has long been established in the little village of Castlethorpe, and has prospered there to such an extent that men of all classes and creeds the district have come to recognise its advantages and combine to ensure its success. A demonstration of this unanimity of feeling was given on Monday, at the re-opening of the Board Schools, after extension, by Earl Carrington, accompanied by Lady Carrington. His lordship gave valuable statesmanlike speech on education. Lord and Lady Carrington take a keen interest in Castlethorpe affairs, for his lordship owns estates in  the district, and he has in many practical ways, especially by the presentation of a recreation ground and giving easy facilities to villagers to acquire allotments, shown how thoroughly he has the welfare of the village at heart.

Northampton Mercury 29 September 1899


The new Board School which was opened at Castlethorpe eight years ago has had to be enlarged, and the formal re-opening took place on Monday afternoon, Earl Carrington being the chief figure in the celebrations. The enlargement consists chiefly of an extension of the infants' class-room. This work has been carried out at a cost of £180 5s. 6d., together with the renovation of the whole of the school, which has entailed an expenditure of an additional £40 10s. The former class-room was only sufficient to accommodate 44 infants, but by the addition there is at present room for 30 more. Mr. H. H. Dyer, Northampton, was the architect, and the contractor was Mr. J. M. Panting, Northampton, both gentlemen giving every satisfaction. There was a large attendance at the opening ceremony. Mr. O. Nicholls, Chairman of the School Board, presided, and was supported on the platform by Earl and Lady Carrington, Mr. J. Pike, Mr. C. Whiting, Mr. G. Rainbow, and Mr. E. Richardson (members of the Board), Mr. T. Osborne (clerk to the Board), and Mr. F. W. Wollard, C.C. (Stony Stratford). The Rev. W. J. Harkness, vicar of Castlethorpe and Hanslope, was also among the audience. A skilfully-played pianoforte duet was given by Miss J. Jones and Mr. Middleton, after which Mr. Osborne read a statement describing the progress of the School. Letters of apology were read from the Rev. J. Foster, Mr. Wilmer, C.C. (Newport Pagnell), Mr. E. H. Watts (Hanslope Park), and Mr. Howard (London and North-Western Railway). Following a song Mr. Impey was an address by the Chairman. He was delighted, he said, to see Lord and Lady Carrington amongst them, and alluded to the progress that had been made in the village. Mention was also made of the fact that owing to Lord Carrington's kindness in granting land many men in the village were now becoming owners of houses. (Applause.)— Miss Watkin, Northampton, delighted the audience with a charming song. Lord Carrington, who was heartily cheered, said he was pleased to be amongst them at Castlethorpe again, and his memory went back to seven or eight years ago, when they met for the opening of those schools. He thought he might say everybody interested in Castlethorpe must have been pleased with the report read by Mr. Osborne. It was a very good record indeed, and only showed what could done by men who came forward in a voluntary manner to take positions of public trust. He congratulated them upon the result of the work of the past seven or eight years. With regard to education, his memory went back to the time of the Dames Schools, and he also remembered the anxious days and nights spent in the House of Commons up to the year 1870, when they tried to bring forward a system of national education. It was thrown in their teeth, and he believed this was the case still by some people, that they were advocating a system of Godless education. He was happy to say this was not the case. (Applause.) He believed  he was speaking the truth when he said in that school—and in all the schools, with few exceptions, throughout the Kingdom—they always opened with prayer and the reading of a chapter of the Bible, which was right and proper. He could not help thinking, even in Board Schools, they were running into some danger in having their education a little over-bookish. There was a remarkable letter by Sir Walter Gilbey in the " Times," part of which he read as follows: " Of the industries and employments needing elementary education as well as particular instruction in the principles of the arts and sciences underlying their application, the largest, perhaps the most difficult, and certainly the last to be dealt with educationally, has been agriculture. To make a farmer, as to make a sailor, practical handiness and training are elementary and indispensable requisites. The pupil's abstinence from practical work during the long summer days in order to participate in the teaching of a class-room is undoubtedly a loss to manual and practical training, and has therefore, not unnaturally, aroused the misgivings of country parents. It may be that time-table suitable to country farm work, such as obtains in parish schools in Scotland, longer school hours winter, and comparative freedom from school in summer will be found necessary to surmount these objections. Still there remains the teaching of the principles of the sciences (mathematics, chemistry, mechanics, physiology, botany, etc.), as well as further detailed instruction in the particular branches of those sciences applicable to agriculture, and in the method of their application, to be assimilated by minds young, teachable, and plastic, if the farmer of the future, like the master mariner of to-day, is to deal as master or as foreman with the congeries of subjects comprised in a farm business, which are the means to the end of agriculture as an intelligent industry." Sir Walter Gilbey was an eminently practical man. He had taken a great interest in agriculture, and his lordship ventured to suggest, in the presence of his good friends, whether some education regarding the great and noble pursuit of agriculture might not be introduced into their schools. They knew they had got Board Schools. They were monstrously unpoplar. Then there were the Voluntary Schools. He did not wish to say a word against them; they had done a great, good, and practical service to the Kingdom. They had been worked and managed by good and practical men, but still he was bound to admit that " voluntary” was misnomer. Voluntary Schools, as Voluntary Schools, in this country had ceased to exist. They were supported greatly out of the public purse, and be hoped the day was not far distant when they would have a certain amount of public control over the Voluntary Schools, as well the Board Schools of this country. His lordship said men in their towns and districts ought to be able to obtain a piece of land in order to themselves houses, and he was glad to see that what had been done in the matter at Castlethorpe had been so successful. He understood there were more applications for additional land in the village, and he should be pleased to do his best for them. He had been requested to say there was a great wish for a public recreation ground the village, and personally he quite saw how necessary it was. After going round Castlethorpe was thought a field known as the” Chequers" would be well adapted to the purpose. Certain conditions had been fixed upon those who rented the field, and hoped they would allow him to call it The Lady Carrington Recreation Ground. (Loud applause.)— The Rev. W. J. Harkness emphasised the necessity of education having a religious foundation, and he spoke of their indebtedness to Lord and Lady Carrington.—Mr. Woolliams, Wolverton, next sang; Mr. F. W. Woollard, C.C., delivered an address; Miss Watkin again sang; Miss Stapeley played; and Mr. Rainbow eulogistically proposed vote of thanks to Lord and Lady Carrington for their attendance, which was seconded by Mr. Richardson, and accorded with acclamation. Lord Carrington suitably acknowledged the compliment.—A song by Mr. Impey, a vote of thanks to the Chairman, another song Mr. Woolliams were given, and a verse of God Save the Queen terminated the proceedings. Miss Stapeley, the well-known violinist, of Wolverton, gave a violin solo with her customary ability and the Rev. W. J. Harkness then gave an address, and emphasised the necessity of education having a religious foundation.

Northampton Mercury 19 July 1901

ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. " Enquirer” (Castlethorpe).- ln order to get marked for attendance at school the child must attend before the close of the time provided by the Time Table for the. working the Register. In practice late children are allowed to attend, but repeated unpunctuality might considered by the Board Education ground for refusing to admit.

The Wolverton Express 10 October 1902

Earl Carrington on the Education Bill.
Speaking the other evening at Liscard on the Education Bill, Earl Carrington said: “In Buckinghamshire three villages, Moulsoe, Castlethorpe, and Dunton, belong to my family, and the schools have been practically built by us. I built the school at Moulsoe out of income, and was very to do what I could for the church to which I belong. But under this Bill we shall be relieved of all possible liabilities, the entire cost falling upon the public generally, yet the parson will be allowed to have complete control of the schools Is that right? Is it fair?"

The Wolverton Express 28 June 1912



The following report has been received from H.M. Inspector respecting the Council Schools: Mixed: This is a successful school. It is well taught and happily governed. Scholars and teachers are on excellent terms with each other, and the keen and sustained interest that all display in their work is most gratifying. In the top group special mention may be made of the oral arithmetic, in which the children, the girls in particular, display a smartness and readiness not often found. Reading too, is praiseworthy, and composition exercises are creditable as far as they go, but it would be well to aim at most exhaustive treatment of a topic. Pencil drawing is not quite so satisfactory. The second group is in creditable second group is in a creditable state of efficiency. Composition is done with pleasing success; and in written arithmetic the answers are for the most part well defined. The junior section is in a flourishing condition. The teaching is on sound lines, and the children respond with considerable intelligence and zeal. Practical arithmetic is a good feature. Reading and recitation are creditable subjects, and modelling in plasticine is well is well done as a rule. Infants: These little people are making generally satisfactory progress. A little more brightness imported into the teaching would be a good thing. Reading is creditably taught, and free arm drawing is generally creditable. The handwriting of the first class is satisfactory, but it is weak in the second class.

Northampton Mercury 23 July 1920

BUCKS COUNTY SCHOLARSHIPS The Bucks County Education Committee scholarships awards have been issued, included which are the following junior scholarship awards North Bucks students :--1st in the county, Leslie A. Goss, Winslow (337 marks); 2nd Harold T. Atkins. Castlethorpe (356); etc.

The Bucks Standard 02 January 1926

Presentation to a Teacher. On Tuesday evening, December 22, a very representative meeting of the villagers took place in the Castlethorpe Council School in order to make a presentation to Miss Annie Gregory who is resigning her post as infant teacher, a position she has held since the school was opened in 1891. The presentation was proceeded by an hour’s concert in which the following took part: Miss Elsie Richardson, Miss Minnie Rainbow, Miss Grace Olney, Miss Ethel Faulkner and Mrs. H. Middleton, also Messrs. Arthur Clarke, Alfred Richardson, Jesse Nichols and Bert Evans. Mr. H. Middleton acted as accompanist. Most of the school managers were present and Mr. Jos. E. Whiting, the chairman, after his introductory remarks, called upon Mr. H. H. Middleton, the headmaster, to make the presentation. Mr. Middleton in the course of his remarks, referred to the long association of Miss Gregory with his wife and himself in the work of the school and the cordial relations which had always existed between them. No one would be more sorry than he that home circumstances had compelled Miss Gregory to resign her position. He commented also on Miss Gregory’s excellent work as a teacher and the many times her work had been commended by His Majesty’s inspector in the school report. He then asked Miss Gregory to accept a small token of esteem and appreciation a very handsome clock subscribed for by the majority of the residents of Castlethorpe. Mr. E. Richardson, who has been a manager continuously since the opening of the school, then spoke in similar terms of Miss Gregory’s work and her influence for good on the minds of the children under her care. Miss Gregory suitably replied, thanking all the subscribers to her present and referred to the kindness and consideration she had always received from the managers and the headmaster. Mr. Jas. Marsh, Correspondent of the school, endorsed the remarks which had been made by the previous speakers, and the meeting closed by the singing of the National Anthem.

The Bucks Standard 11 December 1926

Presentation to Popular Schoolmistress

An interesting event occurred on Friday, December 3, in the Council Schools, Castlethorpe, when in the presence of many friends and old scholars a presentation was made to Mrs. H. H. Middleton [Frances] on her retirement from the post of head mistress of the Council Schools, a position she has held for 30 years.

Before the presentation, the chairman of the Managers (Mr. J. E. Whiting) called upon Mr. E. Richardson, as the oldest Manager to make a few remarks. Mr. Richardson who spoke at length of the splendid service rendered by Mrs. Middleton during her long period in the school, said that although such a gathering as the present one might occasion regret he felt sure that the influence and help of Mrs. Middleton upon those who had passed through her care would not soon be forgotten, and the presence of so many old scholars there was a testimony to the fact.

Mr. J. E. Whiting then called upon Mrs. Markham as the only lady member among the Managers, to make the presentation. Mrs. Markham in a pleasing speech, said the training of the child was a most important matter and she believed that in Mrs. Middleton they had had one of the best of teachers, and asked her acceptance of a handsome mahogany bureau with a plate suitably inscribed, which had been subscribed for most willingly by all. Mrs. Middleton upon rising to receive the gift, was greeted with rousing cheers and seemed much touched by her reception. In a few well chosen words Mrs. Middleton expressed her thanks, first, to those who had given so generously towards such a handsome present, secondly to the infants and their mistress, Miss Lack, who on the last day at school presented her with a fruit service, and thirdly to the older girls, who on their own initiative collected among themselves and presented her with a silver dorcas thimble. Mrs. Middleton, continuing, said she had always tried to be a help to those under her care and although retiring from the school still wished to be of service to any old scholars who might consult her. Mr. Middleton, in a few words, expressed pleasure at the presence of so many parents and old scholars at such a gathering. Mr. J. Marsh also spoke of his indebtedness as a parent, and the chairman (Mr. J. E. Whiting) in a short, racy speech, concluded with the benefit and help he received as one of the oldest scholars present. The following ladies and gentlemen kindly helped at the concert during the evening. Misses G. Olney and E. Richardson, Mesdames Cowley and Evans and Messrs. J. Nichols, J. Cowley, A. Clarke, E. Bates, A. Richardson and H. H. Middleton, and a most enjoyable evening terminated with the singing of the National Anthem.

The Bucks Standard 01 May 1930

Schoolmaster’s Farewell




Presented to Mr. H. H. Middleton by the residents of Castlethorpe and old scholars as a token of esteem and respect on his retirement after 34 years of excellent service as Headmaster of Castlethorpe Council School, and in appreciation of the great interest he has taken in the social life of the place. May 28, 1930

Such was the inscription on a handsome canteen of stainless cutlery which Castlethorpe people, at a largely attended public gathering on Wednesday evening, gave to Mr. H. H. Middleton on the occasion of his retirement from the headmastership of the village schools. The gift bore striking testimony to the popularity of the recipient with all classes in the village and to very high regard in which he is held by old pupils and present scholars. During the 34 years he has been resident in Castlethorpe and entrusted with the destinies of the rising generation Mr. Middleton has done the very best educational work; and outside the school his services to the village have been of immense value. A musician of repute, he was the founder of the Castlethorpe Choral Society, an organisation which is strong in membership, and which, under Mr. Middleton’s capable and experienced direction, has in recent years given a number of charming entertainments both in their own village and at Hanslope. In addition his interest in parochial happenings generally, and the keen desire he has shown to take some part on promoting the village, and happiness of the village folk has long established him in the affections of Castlethorpe people. In his scholastic work and in many other directions Mrs. Middleton has ably seconded her husband’s efforts, and at the farewell gathering on Wednesday high and well-deserved tribute was paid her.

Mr. W. D. Markham (chairman of the School Managers) presided, and was supported by Mrs. Markham (his mother), Rev. E. J. Fenn (curate of the parish), Mr. E. Richardson (former School Manager) Mr. L. Nichols, B.A. (an old scholar of Mr. Middleton’s), Mr. Faulkner, Mr. A. E. Garrett (secretary of the North Bucks branch of the National Union Teachers), and Mr. and Mrs. Middleton.

The schoolroom was crowded with past and present pupils and parishioners, who has assembled to bear testimony to Mr. Middleton’s good work amongst them.

The speeches were interspersed with music and song, those contributing to the programme including Miss Clarke, Miss Ratledge, Mrs. W. Markham, and Mrs. Cowley, who favoured with a recitation. Most of the pianoforte accompaniments for the songs were played by Mr. Middleton.

The Chairman said they had met together with very mixed feelings to pay a tribute of appreciation and admiration for the work Mr. Middleton had done not only as a schoolmaster but as a citizen and friend.

They were sad because their schoolmaster of so many years was leaving them, but on the other hand it gave them much pleasure to be present that evening and to have the opportunity thanking both Mr. and Mrs. Middleton for all they had done for the parish. They valued Mr. Middleton’s work, and the best wish they could offer him was that he might live long and have good health and happiness in his well-deserved retirement. (Applause.)

As the oldest School Manager, Mr. E. Richardson was delighted to be present and to pay tribute to Mr. Middleton’s good services to Castlethorpe Schools and the village for 34 years. (Applause.)


Mr. L. Nichols referred more particularly to Mr. Middleton’s professional work. They had in Castlethorpe, he said, a school of which they could all be proud; if they looked through the whole of North Bucks they would have difficulty in finding a better building or one which served so many purposes. Then they had had successive managers who and had the interest of education at heart and had looked well after the exterior and interior of the building. These things themselves did not contribute a good school; the main thing was the personality and the ability of the schoolmaster and his staff, and he thought he was justified in saying on behalf of all old scholars that Mr. Middleton had proved his ability during the 34 years he had had charge of the school. He didn’t remember him coming to Castlethorpe, but he started school on his fourth birthday and he had a good deal to do with Mr. Middleton between the age of 4 and 12 years and could testify to the excellence of his work and his kindness to the children placed under his care. Mr. Middleton made his mark at College, where he gained first-class certificates, and he came away as a first-class man, and they were justified in saying that he had lived up to that reputation since he had been at Castlethorpe (applause). Turning back the pages in the book of memory, Mr. Nichols spoke at length on what Mr. Middleton had done in promoting an interest in music. He recalled himself when quite a little boy standing in front of the platform as one of a troupe of ten little Nigger boys. They remembered the days when there was no wireless and no gramophones and how Mr. and Mrs. Middleton and Miss Gregory brought relief to the long and dull winter evenings by organising concerts and presenting something in which both adults and children could be interested. The work done in this particular direction had brought out some of the best traits in the children’s characters. The speak alluded to Mr. Middleton’s love for the art of painting, and the benefit his instruction in this subject had proved to so many old scholars. He recalled an interesting incident of his early school days when Mr. Middleton was giving a lesson and was trying to get the children to find out the meaning of the word “exit.” It was a subject which presented some difficulty to the youthful minds. Pointing to one door Mr. Middleton told them that was the entrance in; then pointing to the door at the other end of the school he asked the scholars to say what that was. One little lad relied, “Please, sir that is the entrance out” (laughter). Mr. Middleton had reached the stage in professional work when he was coming to the “entrance out,” and they hoped it would be the “entrance in” to a new life of activity in which he would realise that he was not bound down to a time table, had no curriculum to work to, and when on Friday night he would not be kept filling log books. He wished Mr. Middleton every success and happiness in his retirement at Twickenham. (Applause.)

The |Rev. E. J. Fenn said he had only known Mr. Middleton 3½ years, but he had always found him a real friend, a good helper, and one they could go to if in difficulties, well knowing that he would do his best to help. Mr. Middleton had the quality of thoroughness in a very marked degree. Though going away from Castlethorpe he hoped Mr. Middleton would always regard it as his native home and look back on the old parish with feelings of affection.

Mr. Faulkner followed with a short speech in which he eulogised Mr. Middleton’s many good qualities not only as a trainer of the young, but a a citizen. He trusted Mr. and Mrs. Middleton were better for having lived in their midst; the people of Castlethorpe were better for the services they had so ungrudgingly rendered. (Applause.)


Mrs. Markham, in presenting the canteen of cutlery, said she was very pleased to have been asked to perform the duty. It was a pleasure to them to subscribe to the testimonial; everyone was so pleased to give, and Mr. Middleton could look upon it as a free gift. She had much pleasure in handing the canteen to him and she assured him they were all indebted to him for his kindness to their children. He had not only tried to teach them in school but outside he had set a good example and had tried to train them in the right way to be worthy citizens and useful members of society. Whilst they all regretted Mr. and Mrs. Middleton were leaving them they hoped they would live long and have an enjoyable time, and they would always be pleased to see them when they were able to come to Castlethorpe. (Applause.)


With the canteen of cutlery Mrs. Markham handed a written list of subscribers to Mr. Middleton.

On rising to reply Mr. Middleton was greeted with prolonged applause. He first of all thanked them for coming there that night; it was very kind of them. He felt the only honour they would him worthy of was to come and say goodbye to him. He heartily thanked the subscribers for their valuable and serviceable gift, those who had made speeches and made such kind remarks regarding himself and his work amongst them. He hoped he deserved some of the eulogies that had been uttered. It was 34 years that ady since he and Mrs. Middleton came to Castlethorpe; and he looked back with pleasure and no small amount of appreciation on the consideration and kindness shown him by successive Board Managers. They had been very kind. He had had a good and comfortable school to work in. They had the advantage of a nice clean caretaker; in fact, a care-taker who was too clean – he had often told her she did too much. He had also had a good house for which he was most thankful. Mr. Middleton went on to refer to his hobbies of painting and music, and said he would ever remember the happy time he had spent with the Choral Society. He hoped that work would not be allowed to drop but that they would find some good friend to carry it on. Finally, Mr. Middleton again expressed his gratitude and thanks to his Castlethorpe friends for their great kindness, particularly mentioning the parents for all the help they had given him in his professional duties.

Mrs. Middleton, in a very happy little speech, also expressed thanks for the valuable present.

Mr. A. E. Garratt added his tribute to the good work of Mr. Middleton as a schoolmaster, and Mr. Arthur Markham, Mrs. Compton and Mr. Holt also spoke.

Thanks to the artistes and to the chairman, and to the singing of a verse of the National Anthem brought the proceedings to a close.


At a gathering of church people at Church End School, Hanslope, on Tuesday evening, Mr. Middleton was presented with an oak dining table and dining wagon, and two oak trays in appreciation of his services as organist for the past 18 years. Between 70 and 80 people were present, and after Mr. S.W. Platten, who organised the testimonial fund on behalf of the Parochial Church Council, had explained the object of the meeting, the Rev. J. Percy Taylor (vicar) took the chair supported by the Rev. Fenn (curate), Messrs. H. Geary, G. Whitbread (church-wardens) S. W. Platten, T. Nichols and R. W. Dickens. The presentation was made by the Rev. E. J. Fenn, who expressed the church’s indebtedness to Mr. Middleton for all he had done to improve the musical rendering of the services. In all weathers Mr. Middleton had been found in his place at the organ, and his services as organist were not rendered for personal gain but for the love he had for the Church. They were indebted also to Mr. Middleton for the enlargement of the organ and for his successful efforts in securing a grant from the Carrington Trust to help pay for that work. The Vicar and other gentlemen supporting him referred in eulogistic terms to Mr. Middleton’s services to the church at Hanslope. A musical programme was contributed to by the Vicar, Mr. Middleton, Mr. H. Willingham and Mr. T. Nichols. “Alud Lang Syne” and “The King” closed an interesting evening.

The Wolverton Express 08 April 1949

Castlethorpe Local Studies


Large Scale Model of Locality to be Made

The Committee were informed that the Head Mistress at Castlethorpe Primary School was anxious to carry out a Local Studies project by making a large scale model of the locality on the floor at one end of the main room. As this room is let occasionally for village functions it would mean that the model would have to be disturbed. The Committee had, therefore, given approval to the expenditure of approximately £18 for the provision of a covering, which could also be used as a platform for school dramatic work.

An expenditure of £11 18s was also approved at the same school for the provision of shelves in class-rooms.

Northampton Mercury 01 December 1950


The executive approved the installation of a new low pressure central heating system at Castlethorpe school at a cost of £350. The county architect had visited the school and said it was not worth trying to repair the existing high pressure system, which was dangerous.

The Wolverton Express 01 December 1950




Approval for the installation of a low pressure central heating system at an estimated cost of £350 at Castlethorpe Primary School was given on Monday by the North Bucks Divisional Education Executive.

Mr. T. F. Taylor said the County Architect was of the opinion that the present high pressure system was very unsuitable. It required considerable attention. Previously a local man had done the pumping required, but now a firm from Bedford was engaged for this work.

Complaints had been received that certain parts of the school were inadequately heated and considerable expenditure would be required on an out-of-date system.