The school cleaner
On 12 the December 1902, the duties of the school cleaner were laid down as
1: Sweep the school at night
2: Dust the school at night
3: Wash the floors and lobbies monthly, and the woodwork when necessary
4: Clean the grates, set and kindle the fires, carry in the coal
5: Attend to lamps, trimming, cleaning, filling and lighting them as
6: Clean the windows monthly
7: Clean the porches and doorsteps
8: Clean the wash hand basins
9: Rearrange the desks after entertainment held in the school
10: Clean the water closets [toilets]
11: Ink wells and mops
12: Attend to all other duties required in the cleaning of the premises.
For all of this, the cleaner was paid £4 10/- for the summer half year, and
£5 10/- for the winter months. A month's notice was to be given before
In June 1907, Mrs Russell was about to be dismissed as cleaner, but instead
they relieved her of cleaning the water closets and reduced her salary to
£3 in the summer and £3 10/- in the winter. Thomas Ballantyne was appointed
to clean the toilets on an annual salary of £3 10/-. His duties were:
1: Thoroughly flush the water closets not less than twice a week.
2: Whitwash the waterclosets and walls twice a year
3: Keep all clean and tidy.