In their early days the schools were concerned largely with
elementary education - reading, writing, arithmetic and geography - leading up
however, to plain and solid geometry, algebra and mechanics. Each daily session
was opened with prayers, and the last hour on Saturday was devoted to
"Examination by the Chaplain."
The syllabus has been revised from time
to time to keep pace with the improving educational standard of entrants and
with developments in the technical and scientific world.
schools were founded the Board of Admiralty stated that their object was "to
provide and maintain a system of part-time education whereby the men in the
Dockyard might develop their abilities and improve their position."
Three important principles were established:
School attendance to be partly in dockyard working hours and
partly in an apprentice's own time;
Attendance to be compulsory;
Attendance after the first year to be dependent on the ability
of the apprentice to benefit by the later courses.
Source: Hampshire Telegraph and Post, Friday, June 6,