England School Records Minutes of Governors, Managers, and Boards (National Institute)
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Minutes of Governors, Managers and Boards[edit | edit source]
Many of these survive, including some from ancient schools. The local county record office or archives will usually know where those in their area are located even if they don’t have them in their holdings list. Minutes deal with administrative matters such as:
- Building maintenance
- Plans, drawings or photographs of the school buildings.
- Curriculum and Policies
- Teachers and other staff—employment, salaries, holidays.
- Pupils are mentioned only in exceptional circumstances, except where the minutes also act as an admittance, school log or punishment book.
Some records have been microfilmed, and examples of a range of activities in minutes are shown below .
Chart: Overseers of Poor Agreement to Pay a Lace Teacher in Bedfordshire 1596
|The payment of 2d the weeke to the woman that teacheth the pore children to work bone lace is by the Collectors to be paid fo…thy of the stocke of the collection of the former yeare & the Teacher receiving this 2d is to make good the wayte of that Thred that shall be wasted or lost under her handes in the making of the Lace.
And every child thus worckinge shall weekely be paid from the yard of Mr Bewly his stocke somuche as they shall earne by their workinge:
And such pore as doe not send their children, beinge able, to worke shall receive no releif from the collection;
It is meant that the sayd teacher shall receive so mainie as she conveniently should, may and can teache with out deniall of aire, that shall be appointed unto her by the collectors. [Three illegible signatures!]
Chart: Minutes of Trustees of Greencoat School in Stepney, Middlesex - Film 1,752194
15/- Mary Badham
These persons whose names are underwritten were chosen treasurer and Trustees for the Charity Scholl in the Hamlett of Ratcliffe
Capt John Gorum -- Treasurer
1754 Oct 3rd
1754 Nov 7th
1754 Dec 5th
1754 Jan 16th
[A further note has 6 parents objecting, so their children were discharged from the school]
1754 Feb 27
Chart: Extracts from Minutes of Wapping, Charity School 1808
1808 January 27
1808 March 6
Chart: Appointment of Schoolmaster for Salisbury Methodist School 1845 - Film 1526366
|Memorandum of an Agreement made the tenth day of April 1845, between the Committee of the Wesleyan Day School in Salisbury of the one part, and James Mumford, Schoolmaster of the same place of the second part, whereby the said Committee jointly and severally agree to appoint the said James Mumford to the office of Master or Teacher of the said School, and to allow him in respect of such offices a salary of seventy Pounds , to be payable quarterly, and in consideration of the said appointment, and salary aforesaid, the said James Mumford agrees to perform under the direction of the said Committee, the duties of the said office in an efficient and satisfactory manner, and to give three months notice in writing to the said Committee, if at any time he shall feel desirous of relinquishing the Appointment, and the duties connected therewith. The Committee also agreeing on there part to give the said James Mumford the like notice if at any time hereafter a large majority of them shall, for good and sufficient reason, feel desirous of being relieved from the engagement hereby entered into.|
As witness our Hands the day and year aforesaid.
George Gregory, Treasurer, on behalf of the said Committee
James Mumford, Schoolmaster
Chart: Managers’ Minutes of Upton County Primary School, Bexley, Kent
1948 26 April
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