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1896 ~ The Government Inspection


Ruislip Church of England School
The Government Inspection
- 1896 -

In the August edition of the Parish Magazine the Vicar identified that the Reports on both Drawing and the Night School had been pleasing.  However, he was at pains to express his dissatisfaction with the written reports for both the Mixed School and the Infants, running counter, as they did, to comments made by the Inspector during his visit.  

from the Vicar’s Monthly letter

Our School Reports are published this month – and I must say a word or two about them. – In the Evening School much satisfactory work was done, reflecting credit alike on master and pupils.  The attendance might have been better with some of the lads, who fell off after the novelty of a few evenings had passed away.  On the other hand, some few stuck to the work and attended well, producing encouraging and satisfactory results.   The average attendance was 12.  The Fixed Grant, amounting to £4 9s. 0d., and the Variable Grant (calculated on the highest scale), to £5 6s. 6d., Total £9 15s. 6d.

In the Day School the boys did their drawing work very creditably, and earned the “Good Grant” – viz, eighteenpence per hoy.  The Drawing Grant is seldom a source of income to the School, as it is usually absorbed by the cost of drawing material required for the School year.  

I wish I could express myself satisfied with the Report of H.M. Inspector on the general work of the School, but I cannot; for in comparing it with the Grant earned, the one ought to be a reflex of the other.  If the Grant is good, as it is without doubt this year, then the Report should fairly correspond with it; but if the Grant be low, then we might expect an inferior Report.  Now, the Grant earned this year is in the Mixed School, 18s. per child, and in the Infants’ Class, 17s. per child.  This represents and advance of 1s. 6d. per child in the Mixed School, and 2s. per child in the Infants’ Class.  At the examination, held on June 5th, the Inspector openly complimented the teacher of the Infants’ Class in my presence, and stated that he should recommend the highest Grant to be paid for the work done.  I certainly expected a little rosier Report than the one received.  As regards the Mixed School, the Report is also open to criticism.  The work “fair,” or “fairly,” occurs four times in this short Report, and is, in my humble opinion, but faint praise for the general work done; for whilst the higher Grant is earned for discipline and organisation, the Report, on this head, is only “fairly good.”  So too with geography, one of the “special” subjects; the higher Grant has been earned, but the Report is only a re-echo of the other, using the same words, “fairly good.”  I like to have the faults of the school work pointed out, as for example, “the monotony of the boys’ reading,” but a little praise, when it is due, should surely be forthcoming, if only as an encouragement to the teachers and scholars.  I will say no more on this point, except to ask you to remember when reading the Report, that the Grant earned is £14 6s. 6d. more than in the previous year.  The average attendance also shows an increase, being for the year 73 in the Mixed School, and 44 in the Infants’.  The Fee Grant for the year amounted to £58 10s. -d., and the Government Grant, not including the Drawing Grant, to £104 19s. -d.  The additional fact that the School has been excused from examination next year is a proof that honest work has been done, bringing forth, on the whole, satisfactory results.  The School holidays have begun, and will end with the last week in August, an extra week having been given this year.  The publication of School Accounts, with other matters of interest, are deferred until next month.

The Inspector's Reports followed within a discrete section on the Ruislip Schools: 

Ruislip Schools.

The following Reports are to hand: -
Evening Schools. – “Good progress has been made by the scholars attending this well – conducted village school.”

Science and Art Department. – “The ‘Good’ Grant has been earned by the boys in the Day School for Drawing.”

Mixed School – “The intelligence displayed by the lower standards shows the good effect of the object lessons.  The history is but fair; the girls are very dull. Elementary work would be very fairly good, but is marred by inaccuracy, and the monotony of the boys’ reading is a serious fault.  Order fairly good.  Needlework is satisfactory.  Geography fairly good.”  

Infants’ Class. – “This little class has made commendable progress. Elementary subjects are very fairly good in all respects.  Handwriting is above the average, and great pains have been taken with the mental arithmetic.  The general intelligence is also satisfactory, but the girls do not all speak out.  Some additional assistance is required here during the last two or three months of the school year, when the babies begin to flock in.”

“J.E. Garrett and P.E. Fitt are continued under Article 68 of the Code.”

The Educational Department has sanctioned the omission of the annual Inspection due by H.M. Inspector in June 1897.

The same heading announced the departure of James Garrett, and also some works to the school:

Mr. J.B. Garrett has resigned his position as master of the School.

The Managers are erecting new entrance gates to the School premises, thereby giving access for vehicles to reach the schoolroom and house.



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