Rural Education


THE good work being done at Sexey's Trade School is of course well known to all who have interested themselves in rural education. Readers of NATURE will no doubt be glad to have Mr. Medd's independent testimony, and more particularly the detailed statement of figures concerning grants and fees. At the present time, when the subject of rural education is so very much before the public, it would, however, be of the greatest assistance to those who are engaged in carrying on this work if Mr. Medd could supply more detailed information concerning the aid which the County Council has given and how this assistance has been rendered; whether in the form of grants for building and equipment or for maintenance of staff, or both. Also what proportion of the initial cost of foundation as a School of Science was contributed by the Somersetshire County Council? In the present state of rural education one cannot help feeling that the whole future success of these schools is very largely dependent on the constitution of the Technical Instruction Committees of the County Councils—especially in those cases where the County Council has become recognised as the central authority. Any information, therefore, that can be given on these administrative points, either with respect to Sexey's or any similarly constituted school, would be most opportune. In the case of our school at Bigods, the initial cost of foundation and conversion into a School of Science has been mainly borne by Lady Warwick. The Essex County Council, as regards maintenance of staff, have put us on the same footing as the endowed schools in the county by granting 100l. annually.


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MELDOLA, R. Rural Education. Nature 60, 616 (1899).

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