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1894 ~ The Managers' Minute Book


Ruislip Church of England School
Managers’ Minute Book 1864-1903
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   - 1894 -

Below we present the record of meetings the Managers held during 1894.

Most of the topics covered during the year related to staffing issues.  The Vicar was to comment in the October edition of the Parish Magazine on the number of staff changes in the Infant department: 

October, 1894

from the Vicar's monthly letter:
The weak spot in the School is, in the opinion of the Inspector, the Infant Department.  It will therefore be our duty to pay more attention to this Department in the current year.  Within the past twelve months the staff of Teachers, owing to resignation, has been changed thrice; and now, as I write, another change is in contemplation.  This fact must tell against the School, and it would appear that some Teachers have yet to learn that more is required of them in accepting an engagement on the Staff than the mere gratification of their own capricious will.  The Managers are entitled to feel that Teachers should remain a reasonable time at their posts, so that the interests of the School may not suffer (as our own School has done) by repeated changes in the Staff. 

There is a meeting recorded on folio 42v where the date has been left void.  We cannot know if the meeting was the last of 1894, the only meeting held in 1895 or the first of 1896.  However, it appears to lead into the discussion held on 22nd February 1896, and therefore has been included as the minutes for the first meeting of that year.



fols. 40v-41r
January 27th 1894
A Meeting of Managers was held at the schools on the above date

Present            The Vicar (in the Chair)
                             Messrs Murch, Edwin Ewer and H. Taylor

The managers expressed their approval of the way in which the playing sheds had been erected by Mr Joseph Sims of Ickenham under Mr Henry Taylor’s superintendence and thanked Mr Taylor for the care he had bestowed on the matter.  The bills were ordered to be paid by the Treasurer. The total cost of sheds amounting to £40:10:0, and a few sundry repairs to gates etc. to £1:7:0. 

The Vicar read a letter from the Schoolmaster asking for some allowance for (word uncertain) supplied by him during Pupil Teachers lesson hours, and the managers asked the Chairman to allow what was reasonable.

The Vicar informed the managers that he had duly reported to the Education Department the appointment by the Schoolmaster of Minnie Watkins as a Teacher under Article 68 in place of Jane Chandler resigned.

T.M. Everett


fols. 41r-41v
A Meeting of Managers was held at the schools on Saturday September 15th at 6 p.m.
Present            The Vicar (in the Chair)
                             Messrs Edwin Ewer, W. J. Murch and Henry Taylor

H.M. Inspector’s Report was read and discussed, one or two points in it received explanation from the Schoolmaster.  

The Vicar reported that Minnie Watkins had resigned her appointment as Teacher under Article 68 and that Bertha Grigg had been engaged by Mr Garrett to succeed her.  

The Vicar also reported that the parents of Annie Gertrude Churchill – Pupil Teacher – had given 6 months notice for May 1st next to cancel her engagement as Pupil Teacher.

Bessie Weller was apprenticed as Pupil Teacher the engagement lasting for 4 years (from June 1st 1894) subject to the usual conditions.  The Agreement was duly signed by all the necessary parties.  See Agreement in Portfolio.

An application was read from the Schoolmaster asking for an increase of stipend.  This matter was under discussion when the meeting was adjourned until the following Saturday at 6 p.m.

T.M. Everett


fols. 41v-42r
September 22nd 1894
An adjourned Meeting of Managers was held at the Schools at 6 p.m. 
Present the same managers as at last meeting  

The managers, after duly considering the application from the Schoolmaster for an increase of stipend, were unanimously of opinion that in the face of a decreased Grant for the past year, they did not (at present) feel justified in entertaining the Schoolmaster’s application.  

The Chairman was also requested to arrange for the supply of fuel and lighting of fires at the school for the coming winter.  

Mr Murch made a general complaint as to the conduct of the boys in the Parish. The master was asked by the managers to do all in his power to improve the discipline of the Schools

T.M. Everett


fol. 42r
October 6th 1894
A Meeting of Managers was held at The Schools on the above date.
Present            The Vicar (in the Chair)
                             Messrs Ingham Baker, Edwin Ewer and Henry Taylor

The Vicar reported that Bertha Grigg, engaged as Assistant Teacher in August last, had left the School without giving formal notice.  This fact was corroborate by the Schoolmaster – Mr Garrett – and was deemed by the Managers to be very irregular – The Chairman said that he should inform the Department of this want of courtesy when the change in staff was notified.  

The managers thought it advisable to take into their own hands the appointment of the next Assistant Teacher instead of leaving the matter to the Schoolmaster as had been done since Mr Garrett became Head Teacher.  As the Assistant Teacher’s stipend was included in Mr Garrett’s salary, Mr Garret’s salary was reduced by the sum of £40 - the amount he had previously paid the Assistant Teacher. Mr Garrett in the presence of the managers assented to this course and the Chairman was instructed to engage an Assistant Mistress at a stipend of £45 a year.  

The Chairman was instructed to see that the ventilation in Infants Room was improved in accordance with wishes expressed by H.M. Inspector in his Report.


fol. 42v
November 17th 1894
A Meeting of Managers was held at the schools on above date to consider a letter from Mr Harry (surname uncertain) applying for use of Schoolroom for a meeting on December 2nd ‘to explain the working of the Parish Councils Act [?]; to gain some views of the feeling of the electors with regard to suitable Candidates for the Parish and District Councils’

Present            The Vicar (in the Chair)
                             Messrs Helsham Jones, Ingham Baker, Edwin Ewer, 
                       W. J. Murch and Henry Taylor

The letter having been read and discussed in conjunction with another letter on the same subject (uncertain word) to Mr Baker.  The managers were of opinion that no political meetings should be held in the School Room until after the day for the nomination of Councillors – viz. December 4th – and that they were fortified in this opinion by the Resolution carried at the Public Meeting called by the (uncertain word) on October 30th last.

T.M. Everett



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