The School Log-book
In 1895 the schoolmaster of Harwell's newly amalgamated school reported as follows:
"1895 October 8th. This morning Mrs Fuller and I commenced work in these new buildings. The children of the Wesleyan Day School were transferred to us en bloc, and we admitted about 30 other children, almost all of whom do not know the Alphabet though some are 12 years old. C. Fuller, master.
"1896 May 1st. Over 30 children are away this morning. I find the old custom of children carrying garlands of flowers, and singing from house to house, is still indulged in by the juveniles of this Parish on this day."
However, by 1902, having survived scarlet fever, with "parents... taking advantage of the scare to keep their children at home for various kinds of work", and Dr Rice calling regularly, the following report was possible:
"1902 In spite of having been closed for more than three months on account of whooping cough, this school is in a state of thorough efficiency. The order is perfect, the attendance is faultlessly regular, and excellent progress is being made in all subjects of instruction." From H.M. Inspector's report.
In 1908 “A healthy spirit of mental activity pervades the school. Mrs Fuller (infants) and the headmaster (C. Fuller) retired."
From Harwell School log-book, kept at Shire Hall, Reading.