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1896 ~ The Managers' Minute Book


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



A Meeting of Managers was held at the schools on (left void)
Present:      The Vicar
                   Messrs Murch, Edwin Ewer and  Henry Taylor

when the Vicar brought forward several suggestions for the improvement of school affairs but no resolution was passed at the meeting.


February 22nd 1896
A Meeting of School Managers was held at Vicarage at above date
Present        The Vicar
                        Messrs Ingham Baker, Murch, Edwin Ewer and H. Taylor

The Schoolmaster’s 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.

T.M. Everett


March 28th 1896
A Meeting of Managers was held at the schools on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Present:      The same managers as at last meeting  

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.

T.M. Everett


May 4th 1896
A Meeting of Managers was held at the Schools at 7 p.m. at the above date.
Present:      The Vicar (in the Chair)
                  Messrs Baker, Murch, Edwin Ewer and Taylor

1.     Resignation of Schoolmaster
The Vicar reported the receipt of a letter from the Schoolmaster stating that his resignation would reach the Managers three clean months before the close of the summer holidays.  

2.     Erection of entrance gates to school yard
It was agreed to make a road entrance to the school premises and erect a pair of iron entrance gates at eastern end of school wall – the plan for same to be approved by the Vicar, Messrs Ewer and Taylor  

3.     Painting of school play sheds
It was also agreed that these should be painted to harmonize with the older school buildings.  

4.     Advertisement for new Schoolmaster
The Vicar was authorised to advertise for a new Schoolmaster and Mistress in terms agreed upon by the Managers in the Educational papers.

Advertisement in School Guardian

June 20 1896

T.M. Everett


A Meeting of Managers was held at the Vicarage on June 29th <1896>
to consider applications for the vacant Mastership
Present:      The Vicar
                  Messrs Baker, Murch, Edwin Ewer and Henry Taylor

Out of ten applications received the following were selected  
1.     Mr J.H. Humphreys        High Offley School         Newport Salop.
2.     Mr W.M. Bendall           Westbury School            South Bucks.
3.     Mr. Best                         Narberth School             Pembrokeshire  

It was agreed to pay travelling expenses of any candidate whom it might be found desirable to interview.

T.M. Everett


July 14th 1896
A Meeting of Managers was held at the Vicarage on July 14th
to appoint a Master.
Present:      The Vicar
                  Messrs Murch, Edwin Ewer and Taylor

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 previous page.)

T.M. Everett


July 20th 1896
A Special Meeting of Managers was held at the Vicarage at the above date
Present        The Vicar
                        Messrs Murch, Edwin Ewer and Taylor

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.

T.M. Everett


August 10th 1896
A Special Meeting of Managers was held at the Vicarage
Present:      The Vicar
                  Messrs Murch, Edwin Ewer and Taylor

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 as follows  


cutout of Schoolmaster
newspaper for Aug 15th `96


 T.M. Everett



August 24th 1896
A Special Meeting of Managers was called at the Vicarage
to consider the appointment of a new Schoolmaster
Present:      The Vicar and Mr H. Taylor

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.

T.M. Everett



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