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1896 ~ The Managers' Minute Book
Ruislip Church of England School
- 1896 -
Below we present the
record of meetings the Managers held during 1896.
There were no dated
meeting of the Managers recorded for 1895. There is a meeting minute 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, though it does not deal directly with the issues which
preoccupied the Managers early in 1896, it appears to link in some sense
to the discussion held on 22nd February 1896, and therefore has
been included as the minutes for the first meeting of that year.
The main preoccupation
for the Managers in 1896 was finding a new Schoolmaster.
What exactly it was that concerned the Vicar, it must have been
serious enough to make him feel it was behaviour that was inappropriate as
a Master of the Ruislip School. For his part, James Garrett was reluctant
to leave, but it appears did not seek to answer their concerns that had
led to the request that he leave. That Mr Garrett was leaving under
exceptional circumstances is suggested by the meager reporting of his
departure in the Parish Magazine.
Having demanded the
resignation of James Garrett; finding a replacement did not prove to be as
easy as it had been in 1890, when they had encouraged the resignation of
Thomas Alfred Prosser. (The
identity of the person willing to come on a temporary basis on 10th August
is not totally legible in the minute book; however, the minute of the 25
August provides Mr Whitworth’s name.) The Managers were finally
able to appoint Mr Ratcliffe, though by today’s standards, the quality
of any candidate who is available to take up a Headship with a week or
two’s notice would be suspect. Ultimately
Mr Ratcliffe was only to be at the school for three years, though it would
seem in his case his leaving would not be on account of adverse criticism
from H.M. Inspectors or pressure from the Managers. unlike three of his
when the Vicar brought
forward several suggestions for the improvement of school affairs but no
resolution was passed at the meeting.
conduct having been called in question by the Vicar, the Managers were of
opinion that in the interests of the school generally, the Schoolmaster
should be asked to resign as from the end of the Summer Holidays.
The Vicar having read a
letter from the Schoolmaster asking the Manager to withdraw their decision
the Managers were of opinion that in the absence of any further explanation
from the Schoolmaster either by letter or in person they saw no reason for
altering the decision arrived at by them at their last meeting.
It was agreed that a sum
of Five Shillings be charged for Coals in connection with Night School.
Resignation of Schoolmaster
Erection of entrance gates to
Painting of school play sheds
Advertisement for new
in School Guardian
Out of ten applications
received the following were selected
It was agreed to pay
travelling expenses of any candidate whom it might be found desirable to
The Vicar reported that
he had sent for Mr Humphreys whom he had interviewed on the previous
Saturday viz. July 11th and whom after due enquiry he recommended
to the Managers for appointment. It
was therefore proposed by Mr Ewer, and seconded by Mr Taylor, that Mr J.H. Humphreys
of High Ottley School, Salop be appointed Master on the terms named in
advertisement in the School Guardian of June 20th (see
The Vicar read a letter
from Mr Humphreys declining appointment as Master of the School – as well
as his own reply to Mr Humphreys expressing his amazement at the
discourteous treatment shew by him to the Managers with reference to his
appointment. The Vicar undertook
to correspond with the other selected Candidates (see previous page) and
report at a future meeting.
The Vicar reported that
he had been to Westbury S. Bucks to interview Mr Bendall whom informed him
that he should not be at liberty to leave his present school under three
months. His candidature
therefore fell through. The 3rd Candidate, Mr Best, was too far
off to interview. He was
moreover somewhat advanced in years.
The Vicar also reported
favourably on another Candidate whom he had interviewed by appointment viz
Mr C.E. Whitworth of Stone School near Dartford -
but having a large family of 7 or 8 children the Managers felt they
could not appoint him. Mr Whitworth offered to come as a temporary
master (pending a new appointment). The Vicar was instructed to come to
terms with him and engage him for a month from August 30.
It was next agreed by the Managers that an advertisement should be
put in the paper called “The Schoolmaster” and which advertisement was
The Vicar reported that
Mr Whitworth after having agreed to come as Temporary Master for three weeks
had since declined to do so having accepted a permanent post elsewhere.
The Vicar next reported
that he had received several answers to the afore advertisement and that he
had been compelled through pressure of time to offer the vacant Mastership
provisionally to Mr C.S. Ratcliffe, Head Master of Christ Church
National School, Leeds, who,
with his wife, were coming into residence at once so as to begin work
when the school re-opened after the holidays on August 31st.
This appointment of Mr and Mrs Ratcliffe was now confirmed on behalf
of the Managers.
First uploaded: 27 December 2020
Last updated: 6 February 2021