The BWI Archives
1893 ~ The Managers' Minute Book
Ruislip Church of England School
- 1893 -
Below we present the record of
meetings the Managers held during 1893.
Following the meeting of 22 July the
Vicar met with the parents of two ‘Candidates on Probation’; these
were probably the parents of Gertrude Churchill and Sarah Allday.
The Managers proceeded to apprentice Gertrude Churchill as Pupil
Teacher (9th September) not withstanding the Inspector having
identified her as failing her examinations in 1891 and 1892. Sarah Allday
may have decided to leave in the light of failing her examination and the
Inspector’s adverse comments in 1893. Blame for the poor performance of
both these Monitors may well have been due to insufficient support from
the Master, James Garrett. The
school could not afford to lose the second Monitor if it was to carry out
its work; Sarah Allday was therefore replaced by Bessie Weller (not
Heller) as a Monitor / Candidate on Probation.
The general redecoration works ordered
at the same meeting were greatly appreciated by the teaching staff and
earned praise from Mr Garrett in his Log Book.
At the 9th September
meeting the Managers again declined to support the Penny Bank being
promoted by the Vicar (see 1892).
It is a pity we lack copies of the
Parish Magazine for 1893, since these greatly enhance our understanding
of the school at this period.
The Chairman read a letter he had
received from The Clerk to the Uxbridge Rural Sanitary Authority complaining
of the foul state of the School Closets – also a letter from the
Schoolmaster questioning the truth and crudeness(?) of the Medical Officer
of Heath’s condemnatory report. As
the Earth Closets were now receiving some careful attention it was thought
advisable by the Managers to allow the matter to drop.
The Chairman read the Report of the
Diocesan Inspector after his Examination in Religious Knowledge which was
Messrs Cox’s bill for
altering the school room was ordered to be paid when the work was
The Vicar read the Report of H. M.
Inspector after the Annual Examination which was considered satisfactory.
The Vicar undertook to see the parents of the 2 Candidates on Probation with
regard to their future work at the Schools.
As the accounts shewed a considerable
balance in hand the Managers thought it advisable to have the interior of
school premises thoroughly cleaned, painted and done up during the holidays.
It was agreed that a specification of the work required should be
drawn up and that the following firms be asked to tender for the work: Messrs
Cox of Eastcote, Messrs Gallop and Moore of Eastcote and Mr Sims of
Ickenham, the Tenders to be sent in by Friday next at midday. The managers
present agreeing to form a subcommittee to consider the estimates the same
evening viz Friday July 28th at the conclusion of the Parish
Messrs Gallop and Moore
On the proposition of Mr Murch seconded
by Mr Edwin Ewer the Tender of Messrs Cox Brothers was accepted.
The Vicar reported that Messrs
Cox Brothers had finished the School Repairs and that he had paid the same.
Annie Gertrude Churchill was apprenticed
as Pupil Teacher. The engagement
lasting for 4 years subject to the usual conditions – viz from June 1st
1893 to May 31st 1897. The
agreement was signed by all the necessary parties.
The Vicar reported that Sarah Ellen
Allday would cease work at the school as a Candidate on Probation on October
6th 1893, and the managers agreed to engage (left
void) Heller in her place
until the end of the school year viz May 31st 1894 on the
understanding that the managers would be in no way compelled to engage her
after that date without a further (word
uncertain) The salary being at the usual rate viz: Two shillings per
The Vicar asked the managers if they
would vote a small sum of money out of the School Funds by way of any
meeting the Interest in the School Penny Bank, that meeting with no response
from them the subject dropped.
The question of erecting Playing Sheds
in the School yards for the use of the children was postponed.
The Vicar read a letter which he had
received from the Schoolmaster informing the managers that his cousin Miss
Chandler wished to give up her work at the school at Christmas.
The managers thought it advisable to leave the nomination of her
successor in the Schoolmaster's hands subject to the approval of the
managers in as much as her stipend was paid out of the Schoolmaster’s
The managers agreed to erect the Playing
Sheds in Boys and Girls Playgrounds and appointed the Vicar and Mr Henry
Taylor to see that the matter was properly carried out.
First uploaded: 22 April 2018