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1878 ~ The Managers' Minute Book
Ruislip Church of England School
- 1878 -
Below we present the record of meetings the Managers
held during 1878. Entries in
the Minute Book continue to be few for the first half of the year (see
overviews for 1872 – 1877). Records
reflecting a regular cycle of Managers’ meetings do not reappear until
Rev. Everett, Vicar of Ruislip, took over as Chairman in September1878. At
the start of the year Francis Henry Deane returned as Manager after a
year’s absence (see overview for 1876).
The main issue of the year was the increasing size of
the school (one that had already been raised in 1875 and was to continue
to be a problem for many years to come).
This may in part have been due to the introduction of compulsory
education from 5 to 13 the previous year (see overview for 1877).
At the March meeting a resolution was passed to withdraw places
from children outside the Ruislip Parish; it was probably no coincidence
that the Secretary (and Chairman) Rev. Roumieu, Vicar of Harefield, was
not present. No doubt this led
to some disagreement between him and the other Managers, (can one detect
this in his recording of the visits to the Uxbridge District Education
office?) and his resignation. The
Rev. Roumieu’s departure permitted the new Vicar of Ruislip, Rev. Thomas
Marsh Everett, to seamlessly take over the chairmanship of the Committee.
(The “My Lords”, referred to in the letter confirming the legal
situation with regard to children from outside Ruislip Parish, is the
Committee of Council on Education, see also 1869 and 1872 for previous
correspondence with the Committee.)
Mr (and Mrs) Taylor the Master tendered his
resignation at the same time as Rev. Roumieu. The reasons for his going
are not stated. He was
succeeded by T.A. Prosser and his wife.
We have already noted that the creation of an Infant
class was probably a recent occurrence (see the overview for 1877), and as
a result there was the need to carry out some adaptation to the school and
acquire furniture (9th March.)
The Managers also took the first of several constructive steps over
the next few years to reward good attendance.
As mentioned in the overview for 1877, families were still legally
required to contribute to their children’s education.
The August meeting records for the first time a review of the
charges, albeit to be followed by a more simple schedule of fees at the
end of the year. In the case
of extreme hardship it is likely that fees would be waived completely.
It was agreed
Francis H. Deane
The Minutes of the last meeting were read.
It was resolved that Mr Ewer be requested to meet Mr
Roumieu and Mr Tooke on an early day to confer with them as to the best way
of providing a lobby and separate entrance to the Infant school room and
that these gentlemen are authorized to carry out any plan which may then be
It was resolved that in consequence of the increased
attendance of children belonging to the parish of Ruislip, the committee are
unable to receive children from other parishes, and will decline to do so
after the next Inspection.
It was resolved that the Secretary be requested to give
notice of the last resolution to such persons as he may consider interested
in the question.
It was resolved that the Secretary be requested to
order repair of Desks, Ditto of Ventilator, Ditto of floor in Girls’
Classroom, and a sieve for earth closets, also bricks to be laid in school
house yard, and papering and white washing the school house parlour.
The minutes of the last meeting were read.
The decision of the subcommittee appointed to receive
tenders for Porch was reported to the committee.
The accounts for 1877-78 were examined & passed.
Messrs Tooke and Roumieu reported that they
had accepted the tender of Mr William Cox, £47:10:0,
for the new lobby.
The holidays were fixed to begin on Friday July 12th
and to terminate on Monday August 12th.
It was determined that on and after August 12th
the fees for children attending the schools should be as follows:
for agricultural labourers, journeymen and artisans
for Tradesmen & Farmers & Shopkeepers
It was further agreed to accept an offer made by Mr
Baker to give as a reward for regularity of attendance during the present
school year the following:
child who attends not less than 350 times and passes the government
To any child who attends 400
times and passes the said examination 5/-
Girl who attends the greatest number of times during the school years and
passes the government examination 10/-
Boy who attends the greatest number of times during the years and passes the
said examination 10/-
The Inspector’s Report was read.
It was resolved that the Secretary write to the
Education Department to enquire whether the Managers are obliged to receive
children from other parishes than Ruislip for which Parish the school was
built and is supported.
That this meeting be adjourned till Saturday August 31st
to receive the answer from the Education Department on the foregoing
The Secretary gave notice that he would resign his
office at the next meeting.
The Secretary reported that on calling at the Education
Department on the 9th (August)
he was informed that the Managers are obliged to receive extra–Parochial
children if there be room in the school but may charge a special fee of 9d
for each such child
The following letter has been since received in
confirmation of the above
Education Department, August 27th 1878
I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 12th
My Lords will offer no
objection to you charging a special fee not exceeding 9d a week
for each child attending your school from other parishes than Ruislip.
It must be understood that
this Department has held that accommodation for 17 children is available in
your school for the Parish of Ickenham, and that if from any cause such
accommodation should cease to be available for Ickenham, the question of the
sufficiency of school accommodation in the parishes of Ruislip and Ickenham
will have to be reconsidered.
In pursuance of the above letter it was proposed by Mr
Deane, and seconded by Mr Ewer, that on and after September 9th
the fee for extra-Parochial children shall be 9d per week for
The Rev J.J. Roumieu resigned his office as Secretary
and a vote of thanks was tendered to him for his past service.
The resignation of Mr Taylor the Schoolmaster was
received and accepted.
Resolved that Mr Tooke be requested to take the office
of Secretary pro tem;.
Various applications were received by the committee for
the post of Master and the Secretary was requested to see some of the
candidates and if necessary advertise again in the Schoolmaster and report
at a further meeting.
The Hon. Secretary reported that there were three
candidates suitable for the vacant post of Master.
It was resolved that Mr T.A. Prosser of St Marks School Rhayader have
the first offer on the understanding that he was about to marry a Miss
Walker who was also a certified mistress and who would undertake the Infants
or Girls’ School as the case may be.
The minutes of the last meeting were read and
The Hon. Secretary reported that Mr T.A. Prosser had
accepted the post of Master of the Schools and that he and his future wife
proposed commencing their duties on Monday January 6th 1879.
The question as to in what manner the work of the
school can be most efficiently carried on was differed.
The Treasurer reported that the balance at the bank
amounted to £77.4.1 and at the Savings Bank £76.19.11 with a year’s
interest due thereon.
It was proposed by the chairman and seconded by Mr
Baker that Mr Tooke be elected permanent Secretary and Correspondent of the
It was resolved that William Cox be paid £25 on
account of work on the new lobby and paving at the back of the Master’s
It was resolved that children paying school fees should
be divided into two classes:
Farmers, Tradesmen ^Shopkeepers^ Gardeners, Police
The chairman was requested to settle the classes with
the assistance of Mr Ewer.
The chairman & Messrs Mason and Ewer
were requested to make a better arrangement with reference to the girls’
The wall in front of the school to be repaired in the
It was proposed by Mr Tooke, seconded by Mr Baker and
unanimously resolved that Mr Barber be elected a Manager of the Ruislip
It was resolved that Sidney Burch receive 2/- a week as
Monitor instead 1/- as heretofore.
First uploaded: 12 April 2018
Last updated: 13 April 2018