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Committee of Council on Education, Privy Council Office,

Downing Street, 184 . I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of dated the

and to forward to you the requisite documents for conducting an application to the Lords of the Committee in aid of

You will have the goodness to reply to the questions, Form (C).

My Lords direct me to say, that if you have no plan for the schoolmaster's house, and among the plans published in their volume of Minutes for 1845, there is none exactly suitable to your wants, they will instruct their architect to prepare, gratuitously, a pencil sketch for the approval of the trustees and managers of the school.

For this purpose he will require a ground plan of the site, showing its dimensions, the roads, and the aspect which you wish to give the front of the house, together with the situation of any adjacent buildings, and a section of the ground, if not level.

With this plan it will also be necessary for you to furnish an account of the number and dimensions of the rooms, and, if the dwelling is to adjoin the school, a plan of the school-buildings must also be sent.

Their Lordships grant only a certain proportion of the money required to meet the whole expenditure on the master's residence and premises, and the remainder must be raised by local and general contributions, and by donations from charitable societies. Before their Lordships proceed to determine the amount of their grant, they require that the contributions provided from other sources be sufficient to afford a reasonable prospect that the trustees and managers of this school will be enabled to carry into execution the plans submitted to this Committee, and to leave the school free from debt.

If the master's residence is to be erected on a site conveyed by the existing trust deed of the school, the Committee of Council will be satisfied if that deed be transmitted and found valid by their Counsel, and otherwise not subject to objection, and if the usual memorandum as to inspection be afterwards endorsed thereon, and a copy of the deed, with the endorsement, be deposited in this office.

But if the master's residence is to be erected on a site not so placed in trust by the school-deed, besides the foregoing requirements as to the school-deed, it will be necessary that a brief statement of the title of the proposed site of the master's house should be transmitted ; and, when approved, that a deed conveying these premises in trust, as a dwelling for the master of the school, should be submitted in draught for the approval of Counsel before it is executed.

I have the honour to be

Your obedient servant.

Questions-Form (C).

SITUATION.

1. The site on which the house for the schoolmaster and schoolmistress of the

school is to be erected is situated in or near street (or road), being a plot of ground lying between

or near

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2. Does this site immediately adjoin the site of the school, or at what distance is it situated ?

3. State the extent of the site, and how it is bounded,

4. Nature and height of the fence with which it is to be enclosed.

5. What is the tenure on which this site will be held ?
6. How many trustees will be appointed ?
7. Give their names, professions, &c,

8. Furnish (on a separate sheet of paper) a brief but precise statement (not a regular abstract, unless subsequently required) of the title of the present owner of the site proposed for the house,

9. Describe the means by which the site will be drained, stating the distance which collateral drains will have to run, and the nature of the main drain.

10. Are any vitriol-works, tanneries, size-manufactories, slaughterhouses, or other noxious trades, situated near this site ?

11. Is it in the neighbourhood of any undrained marsh or swampy ground, any large uncovered drain, or large stagnant pool ?

12. What is the nature of the superficial bed on which the foundation will rest ?

BUILDING.

.; 13. Of what is the foundation to consist ?

WALLS,

14. State their thickness.
15. The materials of which they are to be built.
16. Are they to be plastered internally?

17. State the height of the walls of each of the rooms, as well as the height of the ceiling from the floor.

WINDOWS.

18. State their number.
19. Their sizes.
20. The material of the casements or window-frames.
21. The nature of the opening.

ROOF.

22. State the size of the timbers and joists, and the nature of the wood used.

23. The nature of the covering.

24. State whether it is to be plastered internally, and in what manner.

25. Will gutters and spouts be provided, and if so, of what material?

FLOORS.

26. Of what will they consist ?
27. At what height above the internal ground will it be boarded ?

28. State whether you wish a plan of the building to be prepared gratuitously by the architect of the Committee of Council.

If so, you are requested to say—

1. What rooms will be required on the ground and first floors.
2. Of what dimensions ?
3. What aspect the front of the building should have; and also
4. To furnish a plan of the site, drawn according to scale, with

the position of the building marked thereon. If you wish to submit your own plan for approval, transmit groundplan, elevation, and section, drawn according to scale, with the estimate of the cost of the building, certified by the signature of the builder or architect.

29. What is the estimated cost of the erection ?-State separately the cost of

The site,
The house,
The boundary-fences,
The amount of the legal expenses,

Any other expenses. 30. What is the amount now raised by subscriptions to meet this expenditure ?

31. How much do the promoters expect to raise by subscriptions and donations in addition to the above ?

32. Have you applied to any society, or other similar source, for aid ; and if so, what assistance has been granted or promised, or on what grounds has the application been refused ?

33. Do you intend to apply to any society or other source for aid ?

34. What will be the extent of the deficiency in the funds for the erection of the house, after you have collected all your subscriptions and donations, not including any grant from the Committee of Council ?

35. Is the school connected with the National Society, or the British and Foreign School Society ?

36. Transmit the trust deed or deeds.

37. State the length, breadth, and height of the school-rooms, by internal measurernent.

Whai is the thickness of the walls ? 38. From what district do children attend the school? Define the boundaries of that district.

39. What is the population ?

40. State what charitable or other funds and endowments for the education of the children of the poor exist in this district.

41. Enumerate the schools for the children of the poor existing in this district, and the number of children each will accommodate.

42. Among other 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 school-fees.

Of any other source of income.
43. What is the salary of the schoolmaster ?

What is the salary of the schoolmistress ? 44. Is the schoolmaster provided with fuel ?

Is the schoolmistress provided with fuel ? 45. What income do the schoolmaster and schoolmistress derive from other sources than the salary afforded ?

46. Do the schoolmaster and schoolmistress devote their whole time to the duties of their office; and if not, state what other occupation they have ? 47. What is the average annual expenditure for books, apparatus, &c. ?

For repairs?

For fuel ? 48. What other expenses are incurred ? 49. What is the number of children on the books ? 50. What is the average attendance ?

51. Have the schoolmaster and schoolmistress, or either of them, received instruction in the art of teaching in any, and what, model or training school, and during what period ?

52. Are any, and if so, how many, monitors employed to assist the master ?

53. Are they paid ; and if so, how much per week?
54. What method of instruction is employed, distinguishing-

1. The system of mutual instruction.
2. The mixed method of instruction.

3. The simultaneous method. 55. Has the school at a previous period received aid from the Parliamentary grant? if so, when, for what purpose, and to what extent ?

The above Questions, and Replies to them, were read and signed at a meeting of the School Committee (or Trustees) of the School, duly convened on this

1844. (Signed)

day of

SPECIFICATION of Works to be perforined in erecting a School-House at

in reference to the accompanying Drawings.

School-House.

EXCAVATOR.

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Dig out for the foundations of all the walls, for the cesspools and drains, and wherever else required for the full performance of these works. Where the soil is of a sound and uniform nature, the trenches for foundations, &c., are to be clearly cut at the required level, and the level is not to be formed by replacing earth where it bas been cut out. If in any place, and wheresoever the earth be defective, luose, or in any way unsound, such earth is to be removed to the requisite depth, and the level is to be formed by filling in and well ramming earth of the same kind and quality as that which forms the bottom of the other parts.

Dig out to the depth of 8 inches from the under side of the floorjoists the whole area within the walls of the intended School-house, and leave the same at a perfect level.

Provide and convey to the site, and fill in so much good sound earth, brick, or other rubbish of the nature required by the be necessary to bring up the surfaces of the ground of the yards, gardens, fore-court,

to the required levels or inclines, and form the same levels and inclines.

Fill up, and dig anew for ditches, drains, cesspools, may be directed.

Remove and cart away from time to time, and at the completion of the works, all superfluous earth, building rubbish, and building materials.

Concrete. * -Form, for all foundations of walls, beds of concrete; those for the walls of the School-louse inches thick, and spreading

inches on each side beyond the lowest course of footings ; those for

inches thick, and spreading, inches on each side beyond the lowest course of footings.

The concrete to consist of clean sharp gravel or fine sharp broken stones and hydraulic stonelime in the proportion of 1 to 7, mixed with water, and thrown from stages 10 feet above the bottom of the foundations.

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BRICKLAYER.

Bricks.—The whole of the bricks used in the building to be new, good, sound, hard, and well burnt; those which are not otherwise described are to be Mortar.--The mortar to be carefully compounded of

stone-lime, and clean sharp sand, in the proportion of one-third lime to two-thirds sand; the lime to be fresh, and to be carefully kept from exposure until required for use,

Cement.-The cement to be

Walls.-Carry up the footings for the external walls in courses : the first course being laid feet below the level of the adjacent external ground in bricks, regularly diminishing to the

* If requisite.

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