1800

Star Lane SchoolIn the year One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy Seven.....

The original purchase for the land to build a school was bought in 1877,  the land consisted of 2 cottages with yard garden buildings, for the sum of £50 with a £5 deposit.  In todays currency is equal to £2,415.50 - quite a bargain if it came up today!  The school cost £3,727, at the time to build, which would be £170,323.90 in todays money.  The architect was Charles Bell of 4 Union Street, London and the contractors Messrs George and William Priest of Grantham.

Extracts from the minute book of Bourne School Board

6 March 1877

The Clerk was instructed to advertise for the appointment of a Schoolmaster and Schoolmistress (Certificated) for the Star Lane School.

20 March 1877

The tender of Thomas Hinson of Bourne was accepted for the supply of seats, desks and school fittings.

3 April 1877

Applications were received for the position of schoolmaster; two were invited for interview at the next meeting.

10 April 1877

John Derry (of London, aged 23) was elected Schoolmaster, to enter on his duties on 24 June.

1 May 1877

Applications were received for the position of Schoolmistress.  Miss Laura Readwin was elected.

19 June 1877

Books and stationery had been ordered.  School fees were set  and attendance byelaws were adopted.

Tuesday 26 June 1877

"A handbill will be circulated announcing that the school will be opened on Monday next at Nine O'Clock".

 

- news report from the Grantham Journal 23rd June 1877

 

Monday 1 July 1877

School Opened.

 Believed to be the first photograph of teaching staff

- news report from the Grantham Journal 28th July 1877

Bourne is a rural town and as such many of the fathers of the children attending the school were agricultural labourers and so during the busy periods in the farming year were a major cause of absenteeism.

Attendance fell in October 1879 because girls were out gleaning, which means to go over a field that has just been harvested and gather, by hand, any usable parts of the crop that remain.  In 1885 the headmistress reported: "Attendance irregular - some of the girls are absent getting the potatoes up."

 Pupils in the 1870s

Pupils in the 1870's

 

- news report from the Grantham Journal 21st December 1878

 Grantham Journal 1883

- news from the Grantham Journal 3rd February 1883

 Pupils from Girls school

Pupils in the girls school in 1885.

 Stamford Mercury 2nd February 1887

- news report from the Stamford Mercury 2nd February 1887

 Grantham Journal 3 Febrary 1883

- news report from the Grantham Journal on 3rd February 1893

Infant children in the late 1890s

Infant children in the 1890's

 Stamford Mercury 1891

- news from the Stamford Mercury 27th February 1891

 Stamford Mercury 1891

- news report from the Stamford Mercury 21st August 1891

 Stamford Mercury 1892

- news from the Stamford Mercury 2nd September 1892

- news from the Stamford Mercury 2nd September 1892

17th August 1897

PRESENTATION ON MARRIAGE

Miss Emma Blaxter, headmistress of Bourne Board Infants' School, was on Friday, on leaving for her marriage, presented with a handsome marble timepiece, the gift of the scholars; and a silver cruet, a case of carvers, silver mounted, and half a dozen silver tea spoons, the gift of the members of the school board and her fellow teachers. The articles were supplied through Mr J Ellicock, South Street. There were also numerous beautiful presents from friends.

- news report from the Spalding Free Press, Tuesday 17th August 1897.

 Stamford Mercury 1899

- news from the Stamford Mercury 31st March 1899

 

 

  1. Meeting of the School Board
  2. Memorandum of Agreement