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This section is something of a miscellany. It contains entries dealing with behaviour and record of attendance of pupil and also the type of punishments. It also attempts to indicate what the actual school population was at various times.

Perhaps the most noticeable thing about the behaviours and attendance of pupils in the first 60 years of the School is that it is similar to that of today’s pupils. There were a few who were very naughty and their misdemeanours and punishments are recorded as noteworthy. The great majority went to school regularly an caused no great stir.

One of the interesting features here is the attempt to ensure attendance. The abolition of fees in 1891 helped the poorest people while the introduction at Brasside of the red mark system (copied from the London School Board) made a big improvement. The Board also awarded prized for good attendance: in 1904 the County Council did not continue this practice – they chose instead to grant half day holidays for all round good attendance, only giving prizes to individuals for long term unbroken attendance.

The numbers on the School rolls varied from time to time – a reflection of the economic health of the local community. The decline of Brasside, for example, led to the closure of the school and the transfer of the children to Framwellgate Moor in 1935.

Punishment, as reflected in the log books was harsher than today’s society wishes to tolerate. It is interesting to note that unorthodox and unauthorised punishment by staff did not go unrecorded – Head Teachers did reprimand their staff. It would be wrong to see teachers as unsympathetic tyrants, their genuine concern for their pupils is abundantly clear from the other sections of this book. The crucial entries on pupil-teacher relations are found in the Brasside books for 1912 and 1918 – children behave well and work best under teachers who have control and respect – where harsh punishment is scarcely necessary. The still remains the case.

[av_one_fourth first]2 July 1920[/av_one_fourth][av_three_fourth]Visit to Royal Agricultural Show at Darlington. (B)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]26 June 1877[/av_one_fourth][av_three_fourth]Reproved and cautioned Miss Palmer this morning about the dishonesty of copying during an examination having caught her in the act. (G)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]15 Aug. 1877[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]Cautioned J.A Palmer about whipping the children having had a complaint against her from Mrs. Gregson this afternoon.[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]27 May 1878[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth](5 pupils) have left, and attend the Roman Catholic School owing to the School pence being lower at the latter place. (G)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]13 Sept. 1878[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]The attendance…during the past week has been remarkably good. Spoke to Miss Matthews about repairing the corporal punishment to too great a degree that I have had complains from many of the parents concerning it. (G)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]27 May 1880[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]A very wet morning consequently a poor attendance only 85 girls and 58 infants being present. (G)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]8 Oct. 1880[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]Very many children are absent gathering potatoes. (G)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]21 Jan. 1881[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]The discipline in this School is very bad children not being able to read and write a single letter or sing one song. The weather has been very severe this week attendance poor. (I)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]28 Jan. 1881[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]Many children are shivering and crying with cold consequently the attendance is still low as parents object to send their children while such is the case. The ink still remains frozen. (G)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]31 July 1882[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]The monitors are so backward that they only teach two hours a day and devote the rest of their time to their lessons. (I)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]6 April 1883[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]Pupil has left school to go to service although only 11 years of age. (G)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]28 Aug. 1883[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]Punished F.A Hall this morning for stubbornness. (G)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]26 Sept. 1883[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]Resolved that in the opinion of the Board undue severity has been made use of in the case of F.A Hall and that an entry be made in the log book to that effect.

With regard to the above… I spent fully 15 minutes in trying to get her to speak in any shape or form as it was something she knew… I knew it was utter stupidity; as she is a girl who often gives me trouble in this way. I punished her with a short cane. (G)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]19 April 1886[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]I punished John Bowes at his father’s request for playing the truant last week. (I)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]27 June 1886[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]7 infants made a mistake at playtime – thinking it was hometime. (Br)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]20 Aug. 1886[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]The men are still out on notice at Cat House Pit…Many of the children are off school on this account as their parents cannot pay their school fees. (Br)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]16 Sept. 1886[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]A very bad attendance this afternoon as a number of the children have gone to Durham to the Circus. (I)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]21 Sept. 1888[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]It is uphill work…and many of the children have anything but good homes so it is very difficult to teach them obedience. (Br)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]11 Aug. 1890[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]Commenced a new quarter in the Register with 108 names on Books.[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]24 Dec. 1890[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]Mr. Luke and Mr. Thompson distributed prizes to the children who had made 400 or more attendances during the past year. There were only 17 girls who gained prizes. (G)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]Nov. 1894[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]Report 1894 – Discipline has improved. (I)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]31 Jan. 1898[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]I was obliged to punished L. Bradley this afternoon for disobedience and swearing. (Br)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]28 April 1898[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]I sent J. Marshall home for continued disobedience to my orders and refusing to do his lessons. I have had to punish him several times lately for disobedience and bad conduct during school hours. (Br)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]7 Oct. 1898[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]Next Monday the teacher intends to give early marks as is done under the London School Board. The register will be called as soon as the children are assembled and marked with red ink. All who get 10 red marks per week will have a ticket given to them on Friday afternoons. The children who come in after the first calling of names will be marked as usual in black ink. At Christmas each child who has never missed one early mark will receive a prize or white medal. (Br)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]6 July 1900[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]Have applied for a “Corporal Punishment Book!” (Br)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]3 April 1903[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]There is an imbecile, a girl of eight who had a bench to herself as she upsets the other children when amongst them, putting pencils in their ears. (Br)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]24 March 1905[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]The County Council cannot see their way at present to allow the prizes the scholars have earned last year by their regular attendance and punctuality. (Br)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]3 Nov. 1905[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]A half holiday for 95.3% attendance last month. (Br)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]17 Aug. 1908[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]School reopened after summer vacation, number on the books 200, number present 173. (G)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]7 Sept. 1910[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]Pupil left school at 11 a.m. without leave because she was kept in to write a lesson for punishment. (G)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]15 Sept. 1910[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]Further trouble with same pupil so excluded her until I hear from the Education Committee. (G)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]10 May 1912[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]The Infants are getting to know and obey the new supplementary Assistant. (Br)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]6 March 1914[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]There are only 135 girls on Register. (G)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]22 March 1918[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]The Infants are shaping better under the S.A. now she can keep order. (Br)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]12 Sept. 1919[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]The School closed at noon having earned the Attendance half holiday. (B)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]21 Dec. 1921[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]Received First class Attendance Prize – “In the Trossachs”. (B)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]10 Jan. 1922[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]No. on books 152. No. present 142. This, the worst attendance for 12 months, is caused entirely by sickness. (B)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]9 Jan. 1923[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]Number on roll now fallen to 136. (G)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]23 March 1925[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]Wm. Whitfield, whose attendance has been the worst in the school today went home on being sent into the porch for punishment for lying… father has already attended the police court at Durham for the non-attendance of his children. (B)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]23 Jan. 1928[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]During the afternoon session today, I accidently struck one of my senior boys on the eye with the B.B duster. I attended to him, bathing his eye and sending his father an explanatory letter. (B)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]12 Nov. 1930[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]Attendance officer called today and brought etching for Phyllis Bolt – a scholar who has made five years unbroken attendance. (Br)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]20 Jan. 1932[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]Today at 1.30 Mr. Staplin, father of one of my scholars used abusive and obscene language to me at the back door of the school. His son had been punished for impertinence and had gone home directly. (B)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]21 Jan. 1932 [/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]Reported the matter above to N.U.T. at Hamilton House. (B)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]25 Jan. 1932[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]Received a reply from Union Headquarters solicitor that the parent has been written to informing him that if he used either obscene of abusive language on the school premises again proceedings would at once be taken against him. (B)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]10 Nov. 1932[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]Leslie Graham received a presentation picture from the Education Committee for 8 years unbroken attendance. (B)[/av_three_fourth]
[av_one_fourth first]22 Jan. 1935[/av_one_fourth]
[av_three_fourth]Boy ran home this morning at playtime for a trivial reason. He has been sent from Std. VII to a lower Std. to find out how many pence in 1/8. He returned to school this afternoon after a visit from, the Attendance Officer and I gave him three stokes on the hand with the cane. (B)[/av_three_fourth]