Hard graft: school the Victorian way!

polishing brass, scrubbing washboards and peeling vegetables were all in a day’s work for pupils at Purlwell School, Batley.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 23rd September 2011, 11:00 am

Year two classes stepped back in time to see what life would be like in 1865, making vegetable soup and baking their own scones so that Lady Purlwell – played by the school’s bursar Ruth King – would pay for them to attend school.

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After a morning of hard work, the children prepared for an afternoon of coal drawing and writing on chalk boards.

Teacher Amy Boynton said: “A few of the children said they would like to be Victorian, but only for a day!”