In 1891, Buttington School was under the charge of John R Powell, the headmaster, who had taken up his post on May 7th 1889 and was to continue until February 28th 1893.
|School House, Cletterwood, Buttington|
|Name|| Position in
|Age||Occupation||Place of Birth|| English/Welsh
|John R Powell||Head||S||23||Schoolmaster||Hereford, Little Hereford||English|
Mr Powell did not teach alone at the school. The local vicar, Rev J Hughes, came in regularly to teach scripture, and a sewing mistress was employed. However, Mr Powell had only a provisional teaching certificate and on December 10th the log book entry reads:
"Many of the children were unable to come to school on account of the floods. They were dismissed at 12 o'clock and three weeks holiday given, as I am going to Birmingham to sit for Certificate examination on Monday 14th December. "
Mr Powell faced the usual battles confronting teachers at the time - poor attendances and maintaining standards ready for school inspections.