By 1818 a Sunday and weekday
school, each with 20 children, were supported
by charitable contributions. (fn. 97) In 1833 there were
20 children in the Sunday school and the vicar
also paid £20 a year for 30 children to go to
school in Great Horkesley. (fn. 98) In 1835 a school
had 14 pupils during the week and another 23
on Sundays. In 1841 there was again only a
Sunday school, with 10 boys and 15 girls; chil-
dren went to Great Horkesley during the week,
at the expense of the vicar and another par-
ishioner. (fn. 99) In 1846-7 only 3 boys and 9 girls
attended school during the week and another
boy and 21 girls on Sundays. (fn. 1)
An infants' school was recorded in 1866, and
in 1870 a schoolhouse was built. (fn. 2) The school,
with accommodation for 72, ran for some years,
but closed on the death of Thomas Bourdillon
of Little Horkesley Hall in 1888. (fn. 3) The children
were then taught at Great Horkesley until 1894.
In that year a church school opened in the old
schoolhouse, against the wishes of the vicar, to
avoid a school board. It received yearly government grants from 1895. (fn. 4) The school was
reckoned to be inefficient between 1909 and
1911; a new classroom was apparently added
c. 1910. It was reorganized for juniors and
infants in 1927, and closed with 12 pupils in
1936; the children were transferred to Great
Horkesley School. (fn. 5) The red brick schoolhouse
survives at the rear of a 19th-century house on
||97 Educ. of Poor Digest, 258.
||98 Educ. Enq. Abstract, 279.
||99 E.R.O., D/ACM 12.
||1 Nat. Soc. Inquiry.
||2 Kelly's Dir. Essex (1866, 1870).
||3 P.R.O., ED 21/5649; Nat. Soc. file.
||4 P.R.O., ED 21/5249.
||5 Ibid. ED 21/5249; E.R.O., C/ME, p. 97.