The Royal Acadian School opened on Argyle Street in Halifax. Established by British officer and reformer Walter Bromley (1775–1838), schooling was offered for middle-income students as well as low-income women, black students and immigrants. Bromley also gave public exposure to the poor living conditions of the Mi’kmaq, encouraging material improvement and education. The school also welcomed Protestants and Catholics. The school was controversial, but had the support of leading individuals such as Thomas McCulloch. One of its students would be Joseph Howe. By 1816, there were four hundred students enrolled. Bromley left the province in 1825, but the school had played a key role in promoting free eduction and later inspired Howe’s push for educational reforms.