The BWI Archives
1864 ~ The Managers' Minute Book
Ruislip Church of England School
- 1864 -
Below we present the record of
meetings the Managers held during 1864.
The Managers included the Vicar (Rev. Christopher Packe,
1834-78, who also held the positions of minor canon of St. Paul's
Cathedral and priest-in-ordinary to the Queen), Edwin Ewer, W.A. Tooke,
Francis Henry Deane, the Curate (Rev. Richard Holt), William Lawrence and
James Patrickson, most of whom were signatories or witnesses to the Deed
of Conveyance with Eton College of 1862.
The ‘Rule’ outlined on the 6th
July, relieving the Master and his wife from attending meetings of the
Managers suggests the early date in the school’s development where
ground rules for its meetings were still being defined.
There is no occasion recorded in the 1864-1903 Minute Book where
the Master attended a meeting of Managers, except for the single occasion
on 2nd November 1889 when he was issued with an ultimatum
concerning his future at the school and his level of pay.
There is reference to the annual Government Inspection. The Committee of Council on Education introduced a Revised Code, relating to elementary education, in 1862. This tied the Government Grant that a school could receive to the outcomes of an annaul inspection and testing of pupils - a system often known as 'payment by results'.
There is also a reference to a
Ladies’ Committee. Men were clearly in control of the school and its
running; the ladies were to provide the children’s tea and cakes and to
be involved with the girl’s needlework (cf. 12th September
1881). In 1900 (8th
September) it was felt necessary to remind the ‘ladies’ of their
subordinate role. “Ladies
Committee. The question
was left to the Vicar. It being understood that the Ladies would have no
control over the work of the teachers and that their visits would be to
encourage and help both teachers and pupils – not to find fault or
interfere with the scheme of work.”
Mr Tooke consented to accept the appointment of
Visitor for the present month.
It was resolved that,
It be a Standing Rule of
these schools that the Master and Mistress are not expected to attend the
meetings of the Committee unless specially required to do so.
That the midsummer
holidays be four weeks, one week being extra in consequence of the
Christmas holidays being one week less than stated in the Rule. To begin
Monday July 11th
That the treat shall take
place at the end of the holidays: a visit to the Zoological Gardens for
the elder ones; and tea and cakes for the younger.
And that the Secretary
write to the Secretary of the Ladies’ Committee, communicating the above
Rule passed at this meeting and also requesting them to have their monthly
meeting so as not to interrupt the regular hours of school attendance.
It was resolved that Mr Holt should obtain the new
books determined on by the Committee.
That the Ladies’ Committee should be asked what
description of press or cupboard would be most convenient to contain the
needlework of the school.
That the Secretary be requested to communicate to the
Ladies’ Committee that the Managers are willing to allow the children to
have their treat on Monday the 15th Inst.
The treat to consist of a visit to the Zoological Gardens for the
elder children and tea & cake for the younger.
That the Secretary be requested to provide an account
book for the Ladies’ Committee.
At a meeting of the committee this day
No particular business was brought before them.
The Inspector’s Report was presented by the
R. Holt, Mr Lawrence, Mr Ewer and Mr Patrickson being present
The Schoolmaster called attention to the
defective state of the drainage at the back of the schools, and to the
draughty condition of the windows.
Resolved that an examination of all the
children take place on Friday the 23rd inst at half past nine
Francis H Deane
First uploaded: 8 April 2018