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1895 ~ An Overview from the Log Book


The following 'overview' is a transcription of the school’s Log Book, in 1895 kept by the School Master, Mr James Garrett. Where entries have been copied without change, these are given in bold. Editorial comments to ease comprehension are given in brackets and in italic.

We see Mr Garrett making very thorough notes of all he is doing to raise standards: reasons for poor pupil attendance, visits to pupils homes, regular testing and results, and the like.  However, the Vicar, Rev. T.M. Everett, as with 1894, continued to make regular visits to the school, probably from increasing concerns with James Garrett's running of the school.  The 1895 Inspection Report seems to reflect improvement in the education of the younger children, but points towards ongoing weaknesses in the teaching of the older pupils - the Master's own classes.



School re-opened after Xmas Holidays.  Fair attendance.  Work as usual.


Bad attendance owing to weather


Weather again prevents many from attending.


Attendance a little better this morning – 98 present.  Yesterday only 79 (a.m.) & 81 (p.m.) owing to the very severe weather

Entered by the Vicar:
Examined registers and found correct.  Very severe weather. Many children away.

T.M. Everett


Bad attendance


Attendance again small owing to weather.


Owing to the very severe weather & fall of snow the children are unable to attend & we have consequently no school.  Weekly average only 90.

Should have been the monthly exam.  During the past week school work has been much impeded by the very severe weather.


During the past week school work has been again much impeded owing to the very severe weather.  Attendance in Mixed School has been fairly good but poor in Infant Department.


Attendance during past week fairly good considering the weather.


Attendance fairly good considering the weather.  Weekly average 111.  139 on books.


Only 91 present this morning – many children are away with colds & in one or two cases influenza.

Entered by the Vicar:
Examined registers and found correct.

T.M. Everett


94 present this morning.  I find that a good deal of illness is prevalent in the parish & especially among the children.  Last evening I called upon several of the parents & find that the children are ill either from severe colds or influenza & in some cases chilblains.


Attendance very poor although the weather is all that can be desired.  The poor attendance is caused by the prevalence of influenza throughout the parish.  88 present this morning.  139 on books.


Attendance this morning 95.  Many children still absent through influence – which is very prevalent in the parish.  School work as usual.


Should have been the Annual Diocesan Exam. but this was postponed owing to the school being required as a Polling Station for the Middlesex County Council.


Work as usual.  106 present this morning – much illness still prevalent.


102 present this morning – Illness very prevalent throughout the parish.


Examined the Arithmetic throughout the school & found satisfactory progress being made especially when the attendance since the beginning of the year is taken into consideration.  I also examined the lower standards in Spelling & Dictation & this was fairly done.

Mr Newman S.A.O (School Attendance Officer) visited the school & took a list of irregulars (i.e. those pupils with records of poor attendance) – but the irregularity lately has been caused by illness & therefore he cannot do anything in the matter.

I have visited the parents & have requested them to send their children back to school as early as they can.  They have promised to do so.

The monthly reports are given out today (i.e. the school’s own reports to parents of their child’s attendance over the past month, cf. 12/11/1894) & I am pleased to find that they are appreciated by the majority of the parents & the children look forward to receiving them.

Average for past week only 98.  Much illness prevalent in the parish.


Attendance rather better.  Work as usual.  Influenza still prevalent in the parish.


115 present in afternoon


Average for the week 111.


Visited the parents of some of the children who have been absent.  Found children better & prepared to come on Monday next.


Attendance much better 126 present this morning


Attendance good.




Results of Examination – Infant Department.

Some of the work in this room is very creditably done especially the drawing & Arithmetic.  The Reading is also fairly good.  I have spoken to Miss Fitt, the Infant mistress, respecting the formation of the letters & figures & advised her to give good lessons from the B.B. (black board) upon these points.  Judging from the work as a whole, the Infants appear to be progressing favourably under their teacher.

J.B. Garrett


Good attendance


Good attendance.  128 & 129


A very wet morning & as usual a poor attendance.  Attendance only 75 & 79.  Average weekly attendance will be greatly lowered by this.  Last week’s average 124.


Good attendance this morning.


Average attendance for week 114.


Monthly Exam
I am glad to notice a steady improvement in the work of the school & especially so in the Arithmetic.  The weak point is still in the Fourth Standard boys, who are bad at Spelling and not very bright at Reading from strange passages.  I have noted this with a view to more close attention to these boys. A great drawback is their attendance especially Lavender W
illiam & Collins.  The Standards under Mrs Garrett & Bessie Weller do very nicely at Dictation & Arithmetic.  I fail to notice the improvement in the writing which I expected & have resolved upon further measures being taken for improvement.  Have mentioned this point to my fellow teachers. 

J.B. Garrett
20 – 3.45


Good attendance.  With the spring weather, the attendance in the Infant Room increases as well as the admission of younger children. 

Acting upon the recommendation of Mr. Willis H.M.I. in last report (in margin ‘p.p. 71’ i.e. on page 71 of Log Book) I have advised Miss Fitt to place the newly admitted children in a class together “so as not to interfere with the progress of the class next above them.”


Attendance for past week has been good.  Average for week 129


Attendance 124. 75 in Mixed Department.  For some reason or other 20 children are absent in the Department this morning.  I have taken a list for the purpose of enquiry.


Entered by the Vicar:
Visited school.  Examined all registers and found correct.  Attendance 126.

T.M. Everett


Attendance during the past week has been affected by the wet weather.  School work as usual from Time Table.


Visited the parents of some of the children who have been irregular in their attendance.


Attendance this morning rather better.  Rev. T.M. Everett visited the school & inspected registers.


Entered by the Vicar:
Visited school.  Examined registers and found correct.  Total 121 children

T.M. Everett


Examined the elementary work of the school. Spelling & Arithmetic are the weak points.  The latter subject is not so well done by the Fifth Standard girls as I expected it would be. spelling is picking up in the Third Standard but Standard Four boys do not give me much encouragement.  The irregularity of two or three of the boys has much to do with their backwardness.  Closer attention to these backward ones will probably do something towards making their work more satisfactory to H.M. Inspector. Geography & History are progressing favourably.  History appears quite a favourite subject.

J.B. Garrett
May 4th 95


Entered by the Vicar:
Examined registers and found correct

T.M. Everett


Ascension Day & Ruislip Fair.  Work as usual.


Work as usual.  Fairly good attendance.


School as usual


Wrote to several parents respecting the irregularly of their children
(i.e. their children‘s attendance)


Received notice from the Rev. T.M. Everett re. the Government Examination which is fixed for next Friday June 7th


Whit Monday. Bank holiday. No school.


Entered by the Vicar:
Examined registers – Found correct

T.M. Everett


Entered by Mr Willis, H.M.I.:
1895 June 7th School inspected

Class work 1896
    1) Geography – First Standard course
    2) Object lesson            History

J. Armine Willis


Received six new desks & two Teacher’s Desks.


Work as usual in morning.  Afternoon holiday.  The Pinner Sports have taken away all the Eastcote children & to the few Ruislip ones who assembled at 1.30 I though it best to give a holiday.


Rev. Deane who is officiating for the Vicar visited the school this morning & expressed himself pleased with the discipline of the school.  Weather very warm.
(The vicar wrote in the Parish Magazine for July 1895 that he was staying at Littlestone on Sea on Romney Marsh. He reported that the ‘air is most bracing and invigorating.’  He also commented that ‘The healthiness of the place is unquestionable, but it possesses none of the attractions usually to be found at the seaside, save a single boat, two bathing machines, and one donkey.’  The Rev. Horace Deane stayed at the vicarage during this time as the vicar’s ‘locum tenens’.)


Gave up for the Summer Vacation.


Re-opened school.  Good attendance 113 present.


Morning very wet and only 59 children present.


Good attendance
120 present in morning &
118                   afternoon


No school.  As the majority of the children have gone to Hampton Court with Mrs Everett’s party or with the parents, I have given the remaining few a holiday.

J.B. Garrett


Only 98 present this morning – a good number of those who went out yesterday have not presented themselves this morning.

Spoke to children about lateness.


Entered by the Vicar:
Inspected registers and found correct.  118 children present –

T.M. Everett


Only 67 present this morning.  A heavy thunderstorm broke over the district commencing about 8 o’clock & lasting until after 9.  This has prevented those from a distance attending.


Average for week 106.


Another wet morning.  Attendance as usual poor.  64 present this morning.


I have again been compelled to speak to the children in the Infant Room about throwing stones.  To prevent this, I have asked the Infant Mistress (Miss Fitt) to keep a sharper lookout during the recreation time. 

It has also been necessary for me to speak to her as regards the manner in which her children (boys particularly) leave & enter the room.  Their movements often disturb the work of the school.


Punished several children for throwing stones. 

122 present this morning.
106                     afternoon.

A tea in connection with the Band of Hope has been arranged by Mrs Baker to take place at 4 o’clock.  This accounts for the absence of a good many.  It would be much better if these teas could be arranged (especially during the summer) at a later hour.
(The Band of Hope was set up by Rev. J. Tunnicliff, a Baptist Minister following the death in 1847 of a young man whose died from excessive alcohol. Its objective was to teach children the importance and principles of sobriety and teetotalism. Although originally centered in Leeds, in 1855, a national organisation was formed amidst an explosion of Band of Hope work.)


Afternoon school commenced at 1 o’clock today instead of 1.30.  
Closed at 3 p.m.
(The entry continues ‘I have an important’ but this is not completed and was cancelled.  It would appear the early start / end related to an appointment that Mr Garrett needed to attend later that day.


Average for past week 114.

Monthly Exam. today.


Government Report 1895

Mixed School
The school is doing fairly.  The elementary work in the First, Second, and Third Standards is satisfactory; in the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Standards, writing, spelling, and Composition are not strong & the arithmetic is very weak & wanting in intelligence. especially in the Fifth & Sixth Standards. The sums should be more carefully & tidily set down.  The principles of number and quantity are evidently not grasped, and the same appeared on the questioning in mental arithmetic.  Class work only fair, intelligence is wanting, and the same observation applies to the matter read.  The school serves a very scattered district, part of which are rather remote from civilising influences, and therefore calls for some leniency of treatment; but I think a higher tone might be inculcated, and a higher standard of excellence aimed at, especially among the boys.  Two boys on the schedule, Nos. 53 and 54, were entirely unaccounted for.

Infants’ Class
The class is under good discipline, and shows more liveliness and response than has been sometimes the case here.  Phrasing in reading, word-building, and mental arithmetic will require attention.  The amount of suitable occupations is very meagre, and should be enlarged.  A set of Primers, and of object and number cards, are needed; also a desk for teacher.  The group of desks in use for the infants is rather awkwardly long, and interferes with the proper use of the gallery.

B. Weller has passed fairly, but should attend to hand-writing and spelling.  P.E. Fitt is recognised under Article 69 of the Code, and J.E. Garrett is continued under that Article.


Attendance for past week fairly good.  Average for week 112.  Some children have been away gathering blackberries which this year are very plentiful.


Mr Newman S.A.O. (School Attendance Officer) visited & took a list of irregulars (i.e. those whose attendance was poor).  School work as usual.


Admitted two boys named Lewis.  The elder boy Nine years old has been to school for two years but yet does not know his letters & is totally ignorant of arithmetic.


Owing to Miss Fitt being away, I am obliged to take the lessons rather different to what is set down in the Time Table.


Work as usual


Work as usual. Weather intensely hot. Many children away gathering blackberries.


105 present this morning – Blackberrying causes a good many to be absent.


101 present this morning
93                        afternoon.

This poor attendance is caused by so many children going with their parents to gather blackberries which this year are very plentiful.  Mr Newman S.A.O. visited on the 16th but this has produced no improvement in the attendance.  I am forwarding another list today of irregulars    JBG


Attendance much lower than it ought to be.  Many children gathering blackberries.


Sangers’ Circus is at Uxbridge and as usual forms a great attraction for the Ruislip people.  Only 75 present this morning.

Afternoon holiday -

Jumble sale at Eastcote
(George Sanger – known as Lord George Sanger - lived from 1825 to 1911. His father had been a travelling showman, and he, together with his brother John, carried on the family tradition which included a circus. He retired in 1905, and met an unfortunate end, murdered by an unhappy past employee.)


Monthly Examination

Weak points
Notation in Standard II.
Handwriting in Standard IV.
Reading in Standards IV & V.

Class-work progressing favourably – The Object Lessons in Standards I, II & III appear to be an agreeable change from History.  Attendance for past month not as it ought to bave been.

J.B. Garrett


Have today admitted another children (Sarah Goodman) Eleven years old who does not know a letter & whom I am obliged on account of age to place in Standard I.  Attendance fairly good.  Some children absent with bad throats.


Entered by the Vicar:
Examined registers in mixed school and found correct.

T.M. Everett


Miss Fitt too unwell to attend to her duties.  Bessie Weller takes her place.  Average attendance for past week 122.


Miss Fitt still absent.  Good attendance this morning.

Entered by the Vicar:
Examined Infant registers and found correct. Received Certificate this Friday back from Medical exam that Miss Fitt was too ill to attend to her duties.

T.M. Everett


During the past three weeks the attendance has been satisfactory.  I have spoken to the Rev. T.M. Everett respecting a prize scheme & he expressed his willingness to give prizes for good attendance & general good conduct.  I have notified this fact to the children who appear much pleased & are evidently bent on doing their best to obtain a prize.  Mr George Staunton visited the school & gave some excellent advice to the children who listened to him with great interest.

Miss Fitt still absent.

Katie Weller is taking her place.


135 present this morning


A wet morning & as usual a poor attendance

Received a note from Miss Fitt stating that she is still too unwell to resume her duties.


A wet day.

Entered by the Vicar:
Visited school Examined registers and found correct.

T.M. Everett


Miss Fitt resumes her duties today


Attendance fairly good this morning

Entered by the Vicar:
Gave upper standards a dictation lesson.

T.M. Everett


Commenced Night School

(The Parish Magazine for October carried the following announcement:

Parish Notices
A Night School or Evening Continuation School will be held at the School Room twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7 to 9 p.m., if not less than fifteen members will join.  Instruction will be given in Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic, and other subjects if required, and will be open to all lads who have left the Day School and men of any age.  Each member will be expected to pay 2d. a week for the instruction given.  The School will be opened on Tuesday evening, November 12th, at 6.45. )


November 8th Examination in Arithmetic Results

Standard I
Most of the children in this Standard succeeded in getting three sums right.  The failures being Sarah Goodman, Geo
rge Lewis & Daisy Small who are recently admitted children.  The child Goodman is too delicate to expect much from.

Standard II
Arithmetic fairly well done – most children having three sums right.  The weak points being Notation & Subtraction.  I am afraid Geo
rge Collett will have to be classed with Standard I again – he appears altogether unable to cope with Standard II work.

Standard III
Short Division alright.  Comp
utation Rules require attention, especially the Subtraction.  John Hurran a complete failure.

Standard IV
utation Rules fairly well done

Standard V
Arithmetic very nicely done.

J.B. Garrett
ember 12.95


Lately attendance has been as satisfactory as can be expected.


Examined the whole school in arithmetic & writing.  Results on next page.
(The results were never entered)

Night School continues to go on as well as one can expect.  The young fellows appear to be take a great interest in their work.
(The December edition of the Parish Magazine carried a second notice concerning the Night School: 

Parish Notices
A good start has been made with the Evening Continuation School, which is held at Ruislip Schools, on Tuesday and Thursday Evenings, from 7 to 9 p.m.  As the Registers have to be marked for each of the three lessons given within the two hours, it is most important that all Scholars should be at the Schools before 7 o’clock.  The average attendance at present is about twenty – but there is plenty of room for more lads and men if they could only be induced to join – and that at once.)


Attendance at morning school 128.
                         Afternoon          111.

The Vicar gave out the Shoe Club Cards at 12 o’clock & some of the children have gone with their parents to Uxbridge & Pinner for the purpose of procuring new boots


Entered by the Vicar:
Visited school Examined registers in Infant School and found correct.

T.M. Everett




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Last revised: 29 April 2018