The effects of the First World War were being felt. The total number of students admitted was 663, a decrease of 314 on the previous year. The Superintendent, recorded in the Log Book the following reasons for the reduction in numbers:
1. “The large number of men who have joined H.M. Forces. The bulk of the male students are between the ages of 16 and 30. Nearly 40 men students have left during the session to join the Colours in addition to those who enlisted before the commencement of the session.
2. Last session 175 of the employees of Boots -Limited attended the School, their fees being paid by the Firm. The scheme adopted last year by Messrs. Boot was abandoned. This accounts for a large falling off in the numbers admitted.
3. The standard of attainment required of the students on admission was considerably higher, a large number of students being refused admission and recommended to join Continuation Schools.
4. The general unsettlement caused by the War, lack of employment among persons engaged in the Lace Trade, and working overtime among men employed in the Engineering Trades.
In spite of many distractions, there has been no falling off in the regularity of attendance compared with the previous session.
My thanks are due to every member of staff for, their zealous and loyal support.”
This session started well with an increase in numbers over the previous year. However, during January and February, 1916, the German air raids over Nottingham became more frequent and it was declared on February 29th that all evening classes should be closed.
Just before this decree, the Superintendent was fined £3 for “failing to shade or reduce the inside lights”.
When at last the War ended, the following was recorded in the Log Book of the College:—
“Owing to the public expressions of joy on receipt of news of the signing of the Armistice, on which the War was brought to an end, the Evening Classes were not held this evening.” -