An inspection of Reading School in Berkshire led to the dismissal of its new
master, Thomas Pocock, following several complaints from parents about his
“ability and diligence”.
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Questions asked by the three Oxford University dons included, “What authors
of classical Latin and Greek texts are your scholars able to give an account of
in their several forms?
“How many scholars have you in this school ripe for the university? “Do you train up your scholars in the knowledge of religion and what course do you take for that end and purpose?”
The discovery of the report follows a two-year project at the Berkshire Record Office researching 17th Century documents owned by Reading borough.