HC Deb 13 June 1872 vol 211 c1682

asked the Vice President of the Council, Whether he is aware that the children attending the public elementary school of the parish of Ludlow were taken by the master to church at eleven o'clock in the morning on Holy Thursday; and whether this proceeding was not in violation of section 7 of the Elementary Education Act?


Sir, I have made inquiries into the facts of the case, and I find that some of the children attending the National School in Ludlow, and also that some of the children attending the elementary school, did, accompanied by the master, attend in church on the morning of Ascension Day. I find also that has been the general practice in that school, and also that the fullest opportunities were given to children not to attend in church whose parents did not wish them to attend. I find also that the day is not counted as one of the days for which money is given under the Code. It is counted as one of the holidays. Under these circumstances, I do not think the proceeding in question was a violation of the Elementary Education Act.