Dr Sadler's chart more than confirms his warning about the accommodation but it also reveals some other interesting points he had noticed.
In 1899, the school leaving age had been raised to 12 and that was still the case when this report was published in 1905. A number of girls were sent on by their parents to the Episcopal Modern School from elementary schools where education finished at that age. Few of these girls stayed on after their 15th birthday and Dr Sadler expressed his doubts about the benefit from the two years or three years of secondary education experienced by them. Only thirty girls in the school were older than 15 and, at this time, not all of these were entered for public examinations. We shall see later that those who were successful formed the nucleus of the school's teaching staff.
The school received pupils from the age of 3½ and what the chart does not reveal but Dr Sadler did, is that 19 boys under the age of eight were in the Kindergarten (described as a Preparatory School in the advert below) in 1904. However, at the time of his visit, there was no dedicated accommodation for the very youngest children - they took their chances in the battle for the limited classroom space alongside the others!
It is interesting to see how the classes were arranged. In modern times, pupils would be divided into classes by birth date but not so in 1904. A glance at the fifth form shows how the girls are divided by ability with a 13 year-old working side by side with two girls who are nearly 18. The final surprise lies in the class sizes - in this fee-paying school, there are classes of 30, 31 and 32 - something that parents today would find unacceptable.