A Report to the House of Commons 1861

“There were 58 boys in the school when I inspected it. They looked well and healthy, and appeared much more bright and cheerful than formerly. The officers seemed also more kindly, and the whole of the establishment was in a very comfortable and satisfactory condition. The premises were in excellent order, and the farm much improved ; it now comprises 90 acres. I was glad to find that more of the ordinary farming processes were being resorted to ; the plough and other common agricultural machines employed, so that the training of the lads as farm servants would be gradually made more complete than the use of spade labour allows of. The books are well kept. The punishments had been much fewer, chiefly fines or loss of privilege. The boys passed a very good examination. Of 23 boys in the first class, most of whom had not been more than two years in the institution, 15 wrote from dictation with only one or two mistakes (5 of them with none), and 9 did eleven sums, extending to practice and rule of three, without a mistake, 9 others did nine or ten of these. The spelling and writing were equally good. The second class also acquitted themselves very fairly, and on the whole I have not examined any school during the year in which the instruction of the boys has been more successfully attended to. Much of this is no doubt to be attributed to the pains which the schoolmaster, Mr. Goode (now superintendent of the Glamorgan Reformatory), had bestowed on the duties of his office.
The cost per head for the year was 18l. 9s. 11d., on an average of 58 boys. The parents’ payments 65l. 7s. 3d. The loss on the farm was 110l. 15s. 4d.; but stock in hand had increased in value 265l. 10s. 3d. Of 24 admissions 12 were on first commitment.”

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