Truant School

 

Truant School

 

Opposite the ‘Manse’ was the “Truant School” under the Swansea Council it was opened for boys who did not attend school. These boys were not there for any kind of offence, only not attending school. The Master a Mr. Edwards his wife two daughters and a son lived on the premises with about sixty boys a book and two teachers, a gardener and teacher also a tailor was employed there, who used with the assistance of some boys to make all their clothes. These boys had a good life, the lessons by day, and had all kinds of amusements for leisure hours. They had to obey a kind of discipline, as to bed by a certain time and rising in the mornings. They could go to a place of worship if Catholic or Church of England they were taken by teachers and although they were from Swansea and district, they very seldom ran home.

They had a very large garden and most boys loved working under a Mr Edwards all the stuff was for their own use, but when there was some surplus such as cabbages etc these were brought around the village and sold. The money going to a fund for their own sport. They had a brass band a good football & cricket team, and turned out some stars in later years. I have known many of the boys who started life there, and are now living not very far away from the school, many of the boys paid a visit to the school for many years until they closed it. There were many tablets for successes for boys who had once attended there including a V.C. in the First World War. Mr. Edwards the Master and family left for Australia, a daughter now over seventy paid a visit about 6 years ago. The school was made into flats, and is now a Community Centre.