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Page of 1851 British census recording Anastasia Sadleir (red arrow)
as a scholar in the Servants school in Casterton (England), age 13 on 30th March 1851.
The Servants' School is described by Emma Jane Worboise in Chapter 14 of her book
Thornycroft Hall (1866), as "an admirable institution for the training of girls in the lower ranks of life"
Marian Young of Canberra, Australia, writes in 1999 (in red)

There were two or three schools at Casterton in the 1850's. One was the "School for the Daughter's of Clergymen", which had a superintendent, fourteen governesses, twelve domestic staff and about 100 scholars (ranging in age from 11-19). Next door to it was the 'Preparatory School' which had two superintendents, a teacher, two domestic servants and about 25 female scholars (aged 8-12). I assume this complex is what is now the Casterton Girls School. The other school in the 1850's at Casterton was the 'Servants School' with a superintendent, a housekeeper, four teachers and a laundress. As there was only one 'domestic servant', I assume the 110 female scholars (aged 6-18) did most of the domestic work! Three-quarters of the scholars were from Yorkshire, Lancashire and Westmorland, the remainder from other English counties, Ireland, Scotland and a few from overseas. As these girls were being 'trained' as servants, they certainly wouldn't have been working for the local farmers, so I would imagine that the school provided servants mainly to the clergy, as judging from the many years that I've spent searching Census records, the local clergy always seemed to have been amply supplied with a number of live-in servants!

A phone call to the Casterton School in 2006 revealed that all 3 schools were created on property of a weathy benefactor.