As a result of many years of close and specialised study, the planning of all schools which depend for their maintenance in any way upon grants from public funds has been reduced to an exact science, epitomised in a series of regulations made by the Board of Education. These it is proposed to give in a condensed form, the permission to do so having been obtained of the Controller of His Majesty's Stationery Office. They are consequently authentic, but it would always be advisable to consult the official publication, in case of changes having been made, or of accidental misconstructions here.

It will be found that these regulations are framed with wise elasticity, yet they have led to the development of recognised types of schools, admirably suited for teaching purposes, which will be more fully described in later chapters.