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2. A reference to the correspondence held with the national society, for all particulars relative to the subject of the memorial.
N.B. It will be advisable that the memorial should not enter into any details. 3. A declaration that the applicants are ready to submit to any audit of their building accounts which the lords of the treasury may direct, and to make such periodical reports respecting the state of their schools and the number of scholars educated as may be called for.
4. A declaration that there are not any charitable funds, or public and private endowments in the place which might render any further grants for promoting education inexpedient or unnecessary; or if such funds and endowments exist, a short explanation of their nature, manner of appropriation, &c. with the reason why they do not supersede the preceding petition for pecuniary assistance.
Dated and signed by the several promoters of the school.]
2. The committee will consider the memorials in order according to the dates at which they have been, or shall be received.
3. The right of inspection will be required by the committee in all cases. Inspectors authorized by her majesty in council will be appointed from time to time to visit schools to be henceforth aided by public money. The inspectors will not interfere with the religious instruction or discipline, or management of the school, it being their object to collect facts and information, and to report the result of their inspections to the committee of council.
4. Before any application for aid shall be entertained, the committee will require to be satisfied, by reference either to the inspectors, or to the national or British and Foreign school society, or, if the school be in Scotland, to some competent authority there.
1st. That the case is deserving of assistance.
2nd. That there are no charitable or other funds or endowments which might supersede the necessity of a grant.
3rd. That the site of the school house has been obtained with a good legal tenure, and that by conveyance to trustees it has been duly secured for the education of the children of the poor.
4th. That it is reasonable to expect that the school will be efficiently and permanently supported.
5. The committee will require that every building, on behalf of which any application is entertained, shall be of substantial erection, and that in the plans thereof not less than six square feet be provided for each child.
6. All recipients of grants will be required to bind themselves to submit to any audit of their building account, and to furnish any reports of their schools which the committee of council may require.
7. The committee will require that the certificate hereto annexed shall be signed by the applicants and presented to the committee, before their lordships will authorize the payment of any grant which may be
made to a school.
8. In all ordinary cases the grants will be made in aid of the erection of school houses (exclusive of residence for master or assistant) upon the following further conditions :—
1st. That for every 10s. to be granted by the committee, the means of educating one child (at least) shall be provided.
2nd. That the amount of private subscription shall be received, expended, and accounted for, before their lordships will authorize the payment of the grant.
9. In every application for aid to the erection of a school house in England or Wales, it must be stated whether the school is in connexion with the national society, or the British and Foreign school society; and if the said school be not in connexion with either of those societies, the committee will not entertain the case, unless some special circumstances be exhibited to induce their lordships to treat the case as special. 10. Under the head of special the following may be included :
1st. Cases of peculiar urgency, arising in poor and populous places. 2nd. Peculiar cases in which sums may be required for the aid and support of existing schools.
3rd. Cases of schools in England or Wales which are not connected with the national or British and Foreign society.
Letter offering Grant, and Certificate.
Committee of Council on Education,
Council Office, Whitehall, September, 1839.
With reference to the application for a grant of £, in aid of the lords of the committee of council on education have directed me to transmit to you the enclosed copy of a certificate, which contains the conditions upon which their lordships will appropriate the sum intrusted to their superintendence for the present year.
I am further directed to state to you that, adverting to the number of scholars for whom accommodation will be provided in the proposed school, and to the regulation of the lords of the treasury, dated 11th July, 1834, their lordships will be prepared to direct the appropriation of £ for the school at -, upon receiving from the promoters of the said school a communication that they will accept the conditions contained in the enclosed certificate, and upon the understanding that the school be completed according to the plan and estimates, by further subscription, which their lordships trust may be raised by additional exertions.
Their lordships desire to receive an answer to this proposal on or before the 1st November next, as, in case it should not be accepted, their lordships are anxious to make a proposal, upon the same conditions, to other parties who have made similar applications.
My lords request that the certificate may be retained for the present. If this offer should be accepted, their lordships will give the necessary directions that the sum offered shall be set apart for the school, and that the paymaster of civil services shall pay the amount upon the conditions being fulfilled, and upon the certificate being properly signed, and presented to their lordships.
I have the honour to be,
Your obedient servant,
Have the goodness to place your answer under a separate cover, addressed "To the clerk of the council, Whitehall," endorsed “Education."
We, the undersigned, being the majority of the school committee or trustees representing the promoters of the erection of the school house at▬▬, hereby certify, for the information of the right honourable the lords of the committee of council on education :—
1st. That the new school house, in aid of which your lordships were pleased to grant £, is completed in a satisfactory and workmanlike manner, being built of the proper dimensions, and in all respects according to the plan and specification proposed to and approved by your lordships.
2nd. That the amount of private subscriptions specified in our memorials to your lordships has been reeeived, expended, and accounted for; and there does not remain any debt, charge, or claim of any kind on account of the building, except what will be liquidated by your lordships' grant, the payment of which is now prayed for.
3rd. That the site of the school house has been obtained with a good legal tenure, and has been duly conveyed to trustees, so as to secure the building for the purpose of educating the children of the poor.
4th. That we are ready to submit to any audit of our accounts for building which your lordships may direct, to make such periodical reports respecting the state of our schools as your lordships may call for, and to admit your lordships' inspectors, according to the annexed regulation, marked (A).
In testimony whereof we affix our signatures, and request the payment of the sum appropriated to the school at- -aforesaid.
Signed and dated,
The right of inspection will be required by the committee in all cases. Inspectors authorized by her majesty in council will be appointed from time to time to visit schools to be henceforth aided by pnblic money.
The inspectors will not interfere with the religious instruction, or discipline, or management of the school, it being their object to collect facts and information, and to report the result of their inspections to the committee of council.
Extract from Minutes of the Committee of Council on Education, 20th November, 1839.
Ordered, That the following letter, and the questions thereto appended, be transmitted to the several national, British, and infant schools, reported to have applied for grants for the erection of school houses, under ordinary circumstances, as a provisional inquiry.
Circular, No. 1.
Committee of Council on Education,
Council Office, Whitehall, November, 1839.
I am directed by the lords of the committee of council on education, in reference to your memorial applying for aid from the parliamentary
grant, to defray the expense attending the erection of a- school at to transmit to you the enclosed questions, relating chiefly to the nature of the site, and of the proposed erection, and to request that you will furnish their lordships with as precise information on the subject of each question as circumstances enable you to afford.
If in any particular you are unable to state precisely the decision of the promoters of the school, you will acquaint their lordships with their intentions in more general terms, and will subsequently draw the attention of the promoters of the school to the subject, and forward their decision with as little delay as possible.
I have the honour, &c.
The site on which the
-school is erected is situated in or near
street (or road), being a plot of ground lying between
State the extent of the site, and how it is bounded.
Nature and height of the fence with which it is to be enclosed.
How many trustees will be appointed?
Give their names, professions, &c.
State the form in which the object to which the building is to be devoted is expressed in the trust-deed.
Describe the means by which this site will be drained; stating the distances which collateral drains will have to run, and the nature of the main drain.
Are any vitriol works, tanneries, size manufactories, slaughter-houses, or other noxious trades situated near this site?
Is it in the neighbourhood of any undrained marsh, or swampy ground, any large uncovered drain, or large stagnant pool?
What is the nature of the superficial bed on which the foundation will rest?
The materials of which they are to be built.
Are they to be plastered internally?
State the height of the walls and each of the school-rooms, as well as the height of the ceiling from the floor.
State their number.
The material of the casements or window-frames.
The nature of the opening.
State the size of the timbers and joists, and the nature of the wood used.
The nature of the covering.
State whether it is to be plastered internally, and in what manner. Will gutters and spouts be provided? and if so, of what material?
Of what will it consist?
If boarded, how high above internal ground?
Furnish a plan of the school-house immediately, if possible; and if not, state the dimensions of the school room, and transmit the plan in a few days.
State in what manner the school room is to be ventilated and warmed. What extent of enclosed ground will be provided for the recreation of the children?
Who are the chief promoters of the school? State their names, professions, &c.
From what district is it expected that children will attend the school? Define the boundaries of that district.
What is its population?
State what charitable or other funds and endowments for the education of the children of the poor exist in this district.
Enumerate the schools for the children of the poor existing in this district, and the number of children each will accommodate.
State the grounds for representing this case as deserving of assistance. Among the reasons for expecting that the schools will be efficiently and permanently supported, state the probable amount of annual subscriptions and donations.
Of annual collections.
Of annual produce of endowment.
Of any other source of income.
State, generally, the extent of the resources which the neighbourhood is likely to furnish for the support of schools.
What is the estimated cost of the erection (exclusive of residence of schoolmaster or assistant, and of boundary fences)?
What is the amount now raised by subscriptions to meet this expenditure?
How much do the promoters expect to raise by subscriptions and donations?
From what other source do they expect aid, and to what amount? What is the extent of the expected deficiency in the funds for the erection of the school house.?