The BWI Archives
1890 ~ The Managers' Minute Book
Ruislip Church of England School
- 1890 -
Below we present the record of meetings the Managers
held during 1890.
Following difficulties with the Managers (see
overviews for 1887 and 1889), Mr Prosser had made arrangements to leave
the school. The text in the
minute book is not always easy to read but it appears that he had
purchased a private school in Uxbridge.
Since it was the Managers themselves who had instigated his
departure, they were hardly in a position to refuse his request to leave
before the agreed period of notice. This
necessitated finding a replacement at relatively short notice. (27th
January to 22nd March). No
doubt they felt a degree of satisfaction that by their 15th
February meeting they had a successor (Mr Garrett).
Perhaps they were a little taken by surprise,
however, that immediately after the 1890 Inspection, Mr Garrett - having
only been in post a few months - was already claiming an increase in
salary apparently (again, not all
words can currently be deciphered) based on the outcomes of that
year’s Inspection. The Inspector’s report, while far from positive,
had led to a moderate increase in the annual grant, from £79/10/11 in
1889 to £83/15/08 – of which slightly less than half can be attributed
to the Merit Grant referred to (£2).
Mr Prosser too claimed a share in the success of the 1890
Inspection – though it was firmly pointed out to him that he had already
been paid the money that he was seeking!
Although the Managers had felt a reduction in pupil attendance had
been due to Mr Prosser (see 10th August 1889) and apparently
increased Mr Garrett’s salary for an improved level (9th
August 1890), they clearly felt that things could be significantly further
improved at their 27th December meeting.
to consider the Resignation of the Head Teacher
The Chairman read the following letter
Ruislip C.E. Schools
purchased the (? ?) of a private
school in Uxbridge I hereby resign the charge of these schools.
I ask you to please tell the Manager that I should be very much obliged to
them if they would release me at the Lady Day Quarter, as this is the date
at which the present principal gives up the school at Uxbridge.
am aware that this really amounts to giving the Ruislip School Managers only
two months notice instead of three but I hope they will
understand that this has been occasioned through circumstances over which I
have not absolute control, and that they will endeavour on this account to
meet my wishes. Awaiting your
am dear Sir,
Thomas Alfred Prosser
The Chairman then
explained to the managers that as the present letter did not state the
exact date at which the Master wished to be released from his duties he
had written to Mr Prosser, and that in his reply
he had asked to be released ‘on the Saturday previous to Lady Day,
viz. March 22nd’ this was the principle business for today’s
meeting and to consider(?) what
steps should be taken to provide for a new Mastership.
discussion the Chairman was asked to inform Mr Prosser that the managers
would be willing to release him on March 22nd on the following
conditions viz. that if the managers should hear of new teachers who would
wish to come before that date – Mr and Mrs Prosser should vacate their
work any time after the end of February as might be convenient to the
Managers – That said the Managers had no wish to inconvenience Mr Prosser
and his family, the Managers would be quite willing for them to remain in
possession of the school house until March 22nd when, if not
before, their resignation would take full effect.
The Chairman was then requested to advertise if
necessary for new Teachers and to report to managers at a meeting to be held
this day fortnight Feb. 15th
The Vicar read a letter from Mr Prosser agreeing to the
conditions as to his leaving made by the managers at their last meeting.
Her Majesty’s Inspector’s Report was read and also
a letter from the Head Teacher Mr Garrett asking the managers to reconsider
the terms of his stipend owing to the (?)
of the merit grants and to the conditions(?)
of the average attendance at the schools. The matter was left in the hands
of the Chairman to settle with Mr Garrett and report to next meeting.
Gertrude Churchill was engaged as mistress at two
shillings per week
1. Head Teachers Salary
2. Portion of Merit Grant due to Mr Prosser late Head Teacher
3. Remission of Portion of School Fees and Prizes to children.
The managers also agreed to
give a prize at the end of the school year to every child who make 170
attendances and upwards between January 1st and May 31st
First uploaded: 15 April 2018
Last revised: 28 April 2018