There were two issues of Walthamstow medals. The first issue was made by The Walthamstow School Board, between 1899 and 1903. The second issue was made by The Walthamstow Education Committee, between 1904 and 1910. A table showing the known issues is shown below. Illustrations of the medals follow the table. The final section of this page contains information abstracted from the local archives.

Issuer Years Dates Metal Obverse Type Reverse type
W.S.B. 1 1899 - 1903 Bronze 1 1
W.S.B. 1 1900 - 1903 Bronze 1 2
W.S.B. 2 1899 - 1903 Silvered 1 1
W.S.B. 2 1900 - 1903 Silvered 1 2
W.S.B 3 1900 - 1903 Gilt 1 1
W.S.B 3 1901 - 1903 Gilt 1 2
W.S.B 4 1899 - 1903 Bronze 2 5
W.S.B. 5 1899 - 1903 Silvered 2 5
W.E.C. 1 1904 - 1908 Bronze 3 2
W.E.C. 1 1905 - 1908 Bronze 3 3
W.E.C. 1 1909 - 1910 Bronze 3 4
W.E.C. 2 1904 - 1908 Silvered 3 2
W.E.C. 2 1905 - 1908 Silvered 3 3
W.E.C. 2 1909 - 1910 Silvered 3 4
W.E.C. 3 1904 - 1908 Gilt 3 2
W.E.C. 3 1905 - 1908 Gilt 3 3
W.E.C. 3 1909 - 1910 Gilt 3 4
W.E.C 4 1904 - 1908 Bronze 4 5
W.E.C. 4 1909 - 1910 Bronze 4 6
W.E.C 5 1904 - 1908 Silvered 4 5
W.E.C. 5 1909 - 1910 Silvered 4 6
W.E.C 6 1904 - 1908 Gilt 4 5
W.E.C. 6 1909 - 1910 Gilt 4 6
W.E.C. 7 1905 - 1908 Silver 3 3
W.E.C. 7 1909 - 1910 Silver 3 4
W.E.C 8 1906 - 1908 Silver + Bar 3 3
W.E.C 8 1909 - 1910 Silver + Bar 3 4

Notes:

As the minutes contain a reference to an eight year medal being awarded in 1904, it has been assumed that attendance prior to the start of the scheme was taken into account when awarding a medal. It is therefore possible that School Board medals for years 6, 7 and 8 may exist.

Reverse 1 - Although this Reverse should have been discontinued from 1900 onwards, its use continues in parallel with Reverse 2 until 1903.

Reverse 2 - Although this Reverse should have been discontinued from 1905 onwards, its use continues in parallel with Reverse 3 until 1908.

Obverse 1 - School Board Obverse 2 - School Board

Obverse 3 - Education Committee Obverse 4 - Education Committee
Reverse 1 - fully engraved date Reverse 2 - partly engraved date
Reverse 3 - Date die-struck Reverse 4 - New style date and wreath
Reverse 5 - Cross (flat back) Reverse 6 - Cross (concave) back
Reverse of W.S.B. Obverse 2 has a registered number that dates to 1898.

Special medal for eight years.

 

Abstracts from the minutes of The Walthamstow School Board. 1898 - 1903.

April 26 1898

It was resolved that with a view of ascertaining the best means of obtaining an improved attendance, the following members be appointed a committee to consider the whole question of prizes and medals. ---

October 25th 1898.

It was reported that special prizes for perfect attendance had been awarded as follows.

for 4 Years, Boy 3 Awarded.
for 5 Years, Boy 1 awarded.
for 7 Years, Girl 1 awarded.

It was agreed that Messrs. Spencer and Company's estimate be accepted for Regular Attendance and Good Conduct medals and stars as under.

1st year Bronze 9½ pence each
2nd year Silvered 1 shilling 2 pence each
3rd year Gilt 1 shilling 4 pence each
4th year Bronze star (with ribbon and hanger) 2 shillings 10 pence each
5th year Silvered star (with ribbon and hanger) 2 shillings 10 pence each
6th year Gilt star (with ribbon and hanger) 3 shillings 6 pence each
7th year Silver medal 8 shillings 6 pence each

Cost of die for medals about £7.

Cost of die for stars about £6.

May 30th 1899.

Spencer and Co paid £17-7-6 for specimen medals and dies.

July 25th 1899.

Agreed to vote a sum not exceeding £350 for School prizes and medals.

November 28th 1899.

Spencer and Co. paid £76-14-3 for medals for several schools.

January 23rd. 1900.

Cost of Spencer & Co. altering medals dies £3-7-6. (Author: '19' date prefix added to die)

February 18th. 1901.

Agreed to abolish awarding of medals to Infant Schools to children below the 1st. standard.

March 17th. 1902.

Children absent through orders of Medical Officer to qualify for medals.

June 9th. 1902.

Children absent on orders of Doctor and with a Doctor's Certificate to qualify for medals.

September 4th. 1903.

Schools management sub-committee submitted a report that the medals should be struck with the same die as last year. (Author: Medals for year 1903/04 to be issued using the 19.. die)

December 12th. 1903.

A note be made for a different style of medal for next year. (Author: Medals for year 1904/05 onwards to be issued using a fully dated die).

Abstracts from the History of the Walthamstow School Board:

School Prizes and Medals.

It very soon became evident to the Board that in order to ensure anything like a regular attendance, something in the way of prizes would have to be offered to encourage the better attendance of children at School.

The first resolution in that direction was passed in December, 1880, authorising "an expenditure not exceeding £5 in prizes to be distributed at Christmas." Over £600 per annum is now (1904) expended in School prizes and medals. Being to the advantage of the Board in many ways to secure a regular and punctual attendance of scholars, the Board arranged an improved prize scheme for attracting a higher average attendance.

One of the advantages of an improved attendance is the much larger grant received from the Imperial funds.

The following example may serve to shew how important it is that a regular attendance be maintained:- If we have 20,000 children on books as being in attendance each time the School is opened during the year we should get, say, £30,000 grant; if on the same basis each child only attended eight times instead of ten during the week, the Board would only receive £24000 a loss in grant of £6000 for the year.

Prizes are also given for proficiency in the following special subjects:-

Drawing, Manual Instruction, Needlework, Cookery.

In addition to prizes for regular attendance, good conduct and general progress medals are awarded to each scholar in the 1st or higher standards who attends punctually on every occasion, save three, that the School is opened during the School year.

Each department under the Board is supplied with a silk banner with the following words thereon:-

"THIS CLASS MADE THE HIGHEST ATTENDANCE DURING THE PAST WEEK"

 

Abstracts from the minutes of The Walthamstow Education Committee. 1904 - 1910.

March 25th 1904.

Medals to issued with old design, but 'Education Committee' substituted for 'School Board'.

May 17th 1904

Cost of new dies: Round £4-12-6, Star £5-15-0. Will ask for new tenders.

July 19th 1904

Tenders received from:

Mr. A. H. Edwards Walthamstow
Mr. E. Ormes Walthamstow
Messrs. Percy & Co. Walthamstow
Mr. D. G. Collins London
Spink London
Spencer London
Vaughton Birmingham

July 25th 1904.

The following tenders were considered:-

Supplier 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Set
Edwards  1/4½ 1/6 1/7 1/5½ 1/7 1/8 9/0 16/2
Ormes  1/1½ 1/0½ 1/1½ 1/4½ 1/5½ 1/6½ 5/6 13/2
Percy  3/8 3/8 3/8 3/11 3/11 3/11 8/6 31/3
Collins  -/8 -/10 1/0 1/0 1/6 1/9 2/9 9/6
Spink  1/3 1/4½ 1/6 1/6 1/8½ 1/9 8/9 17/10
Spencer  1/5 1/4 1/9 2/2 2/3 1/6 7/6 18/11
Vaughton £14/10/= per 1000 £16/10/= per 1000
Bars £6 per 1000 extra

It was agreed to recommend, that the tender of Messrs D.G. Collins and Co. of Newgate St. be accepted, subject to the Secretary approving the specimens to be submitted, and to the firm agreeing to supply medals of the same quality as those now being submitted under Messrs Spencers and Co's tender.

A letter was received from St. Saviour's Schools stating that two boys had gained 8th. and 7th. year medals. Agreed they be awarded medals in accordance with those received by the other council schools, and the managers should provide extra bars necessary to recognise these special cases.

September 23rd. 1904.

A letter from Messrs Collins stated that the quoted price of 2/9 for the silver medal should have been 3/9, accepted.

May 11th. 1905.

Collins to be asked if they wish to continue their contract on the same terms. If not they should submit a new tender.

May 15th. 1905.

Collins say they wish to quote new prices. Decided as Ormes of Hoe St. tender is lower in many respects to accept it.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 One of each
1/1½ 1/0½ 1/1½ 1/4½ 1/5½ 1/6½ 5/6 13/2

Tender accepted if quality as before and can complete delivery by end of first week in September.