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Kingston upon Thames 1921

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Kingston-upon-Thames]

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The following table is of interest:—

Entrants, Boys29617057%21171%
Intermediate, Boys37722660%18450%
Leavers, Boys35°27581%9226%

Parents are always warned as to the hour their children are
to be examined.
The Special School for Physically Defective Children at
"Devoncroft," Fairfield South, was reviewed in detail last
year, and it is proposed to move ths school to "Elmfield,"
London Road, as soon as the necessary alterations are complete.
Dinners are served and payments up to fourpence a
meal are made by parents, and any deficit is defrayed by
voluntary contributions. The teaching specialises in manual
training—needle-work, jam-making, and laundry for girls;
gardening and basket work for boys.
The Clinic has been held upstairs, and this will also be
removed to "Elmfield" as soon as the rooms are ready.
The School Medical Officer examines all applicants, and
issues certificates as to the physical fitness, and these certificates
are taken to and endorsed by his employer.
The child is issued with an Employment Card by the
Local Education Authority.
During the year, 87 school children and five young persons
have been issued with certificates by the School Medical
Officer under the Bye-laws made under the Employment of
Children Act, 1903, as amended by Section 13 of the Education
Act, 1918.