The BWI Archives
1894 ~ The Managers' Minute Book
Ruislip Church of England School
- 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:
the Vicar's monthly letter:
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.
The Vicar (in the Chair)
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.
H.M. Inspector’s Report was read and
discussed, one or two points in it received explanation from the
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.
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
The Chairman was also requested to
arrange for the supply of fuel and lighting of fires at the school for the
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
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
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.
The Vicar (in the Chair)
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.
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Last revised: 29 April 2018