Evening Institute – Successful Season

May 1941

Mexborough & Swinton Times May 10, 1941

Evening Institute

Despite difficulties associated with the black-out, air raid warnings and wintry conditions, the report of the Head Teacher of the Conisborough Senior Evening institute (Mr. J. I. Webster), indicates a successful season during 1940-41.

During the session 296 individual students were enrolled, 213 fee paying and 83 free.  The 296 individuals made up 696 actual class students, who attended for 689 class hours and for 11,904 student hours.

The report states that the curtailment of facilities in the previous session owing to war conditions reduced the number of second year students available during the present session and these for examination purposes were restricted to 40 Mining (Adult) students.  Of this 40 there were 18 who presented themselves for an eight hours written examination I four parts in four subjects, and all but one were successful in passing the whole examination.

Of the 17 who passed nine obtained first class certificates, and eight obtained second class certificates, while between them they secured 11 distinctions.  Of the First Year students 71 presented themselves for the test in Safety Principles in Mines and all were successful and had been awarded badges by the Yorkshire Council for Further Education.

Classes in dressmaking, tailoring, home nursing, first aid, ambulance and hygiene, and a first year commercial course were all well attended, though a keep fit (ladies) class had to close in December.  A physical training (youths) class closed three weeks before the end of the session because its instructors were called to the R.A.F. and the Royal Navy respectively.

The report states that an innovation has been introduced this summer by the commencement of a Practical Safety Principles Class at the Cadeby Main Colliery.