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1893 ~ The Government Inspection


Ruislip Church of England School

The Government Inspection

- 1893 -  

1862 had seen a change in the way that schools were to be supported by State funds.  The ‘Revised Code’ of the Committee of the Privy Council on Education introduced an annual inspection of schools and testing of pupils (often referred to as ‘payment by results’). The results of these inspections determined the grant that would be payable to the Managers to support the running of the school along with money they could raise through local subscriptions from parishioners and ‘School Pence’ contributed by pupils’ families. 

By 1893 the Inspection system had become highly complex, with the School Inspector controlling Grants payable not only for achievement in the three basic subjects of reading, writing and arithmetic, but also for a number of additional subjects taught as class-subjects (with each school being able to choose several from a list) and yet others taught to a more restricted group of pupils (again, being locally selected from a published list).  

The Inspector's Report has been extracted from the Log Book. Lacking access to the version of the Code relating to the Committee of the Council on Education for 1893, it is currently not possible to identify the issues to which attention is being drawn by the Inspector.:-

Government Inspector’s Report

Mixed School
I see evidence of progress since last years.  Arithmetic has certainly improved.  Spelling & composition are rather better, but still somewhat low; the handwriting should be bolder & firmer.  Class work is fairly good for a County School, the Geography being rather the better.  The female scholars are more teachable than the male, who are rather below the bucolic average.  The number of big boys of ten, eleven and twelve presented in the first standard is also noticeable.

Infant Class
The standard class does the work taught to it in the room creditably and the lower are as far advanced as can be expected, considering the difficulty of securing any attendance except in full summer.

Two of the class-rooms being only nine feet in breadth cannot be recognised in future as part of the accommodation (see Rule T(a) of Schedule VII of the code)

G. Churchill is not qualified by attainments for a shortened term of apprenticeship.

S.E. Allday has failed to pass her examination.

In reference to future examinations the managers’ attention is requested to Article 41 (b) of the Code.

Miss Chandler will receive her certificate in due course.



First uploaded: 22 April 2018