Surrey Gazette 1879

An extract from the "Surrey Gazette" 24 June 1879 concerning the appointment of teachers at the Horley Row School.

The manner in which the religious views held by members of the Horley School Board, who happen to be all Churchmen, were introduced into the administration of the business before them at their meeting on Monday evening, will scarcely be regarded by outsiders in a light favourable to that body. The particular business was the appointment of pupil-teachers to the girls’ and boy’s schools. (there being just one school) The result of advertisements was the application of three candidates, who all attended. Of the masculine gender there were two representatives, but for the female pupil-teachership there was no opportunity for choice.

Investigation into the acquirements of the solitary candidate proved her to be a very ‘forward’ young woman indeed, in educational matters, so much so as to elicit a query whether she was too advanced for the position, to which reply was made that the Board should gain the advantage of her accomplishments during the time she remained with them,- an advantage well worth taking into account. About her respectability there was also no manner of doubt. But the Chairman of the Board having elicited that the unfortunate girl was so lost to a due sense of what was right and proper as to attend a Baptist Chapel, and to have suffered herself to receive education – and a first-class education, too – at a school connected with a Dissenting sect, a round of protest emanating from all the members but the vice-chairman, who deserves praise for his courage in asserting his view that they should appoint the best candidate, whether of Church or Nonconformist principles, and in moving this particular candidate’s appointment.

But it was evident her doom was fixed, although the girl was not a Papist. And she was refused the appointment, though admittedly most eligible for it in every respect, because she happened to be a Dissenter, because the Board have appropriated the hour formerly reserved for Church teaching in the Horley Board School, and now use it for unsectarian teaching. The only redeeming feature of the case was the handing the girl a half-sovereign as some compensation for her trouble in coming there.