History of Kelvedon Hatch >> Georgian houses >> St Michael's School
From 1932 until 1937 Kelvedon Hall was used as a school. The below is the text of a leaflet issued by St Michael's Roman Catholic School.
"Kelvedon HallNear Brentwood,Essex.
Kelvedon Hall is a beautiful Georgian Mansion, situated in its own grounds of nearly 150 acres of undulating park and woodland.
The house is admirably suited to its use as a school, having many fine examples of the work of the Adams Brothers and other features, all of which tend to increase the children's love and appreciation of real art.
The main staircase, of stone, leads to the main staircase hall, which is one of the chief beauties of the house.
The classrooms and dormitories, all in the Adam style, are pleasant, lofty and lit by large windows.
Electricity, and the new bathrooms and hot water system have been newly installed for the purposes of the school, and the chapel, a relic of penal times, has been re-roofed and renovated, all at very considerable cost.
The school is run by the Secular Oblates of St. Benedict, and its aim is to educate the girls on modern lines in accordance with the best traditional principles.
Curriculum.It is expected that all those who are capable of doing so will terminate their school career by passing either School Certificate or London Matriculation.
Highly qualified specialists are engaged to teach their own subjects, viz.: music, Elocution, Dancing, and Art.
Games.The spacious grounds afford ample opportunities for games, and the girls play tennis in summer and netball in winter.
The health of the pupils has always been remarkably good, cases of serious illness being almost unknown.
1 lb. of good sweets may be sent by parents at the beginning and middle of each term. Birthday cakes may also be sent, but apart from this, pupils are not allowed to receive hampers.
Pupils are not allowed to bring or receive books, newspapers or magazines.
Pocket money, as supplied at the beginning of each term, is deposited at the School Bank, and pupils are supplied with cheque books at nominal cost.
It is earnestly requested that fees be paid at least one week before the opening of each term. Fees will be collected by Barcaly's Bank Ltd., Ongar.
At the beginning of each term every pupil should bring a small case containing all that is necessary for the first night.
A full term's notice in writing is required before the removal of a pupil, otherwise a term's fee will be charged in lieu of notice.
The Uniform special to the school must be obtained at the school outfitters: details of this and other uniform ill be supplied on application.
22 guineas per term for pupils under 10 years.
30 guineas per term for pupils over 10 years.
3½ guineas per term for pupils under 10 years.
5 guineas per term for pupils over 10 and under 12.
7 guineas per term for pupils over 12."
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