The BWI Archives

1897 ~ Inspections


Ruislip Church of England School
The Diocesan and Government Inspections
- 1897 -

Both the School Log Book and the Parish Magazine reproduced the outcomes of the 1897 Diocesan and Government Inspections. We reproduce here those found in the Parish Magazine


March 1897
The Diocesan Inspection of the Children at Ruislip Schools will take place on Tuesday, March 9th  


April 1897  

Diocesan Inspection of Schools

The Diocesan Inspector of Schools visited Ruislip on March 9th, for his annual inspection, and the Managers have received from him the following Report:-

“The Religious Instruction is carefully given, and a good Examination has been passed.

“In Division I, the facts of the lessons are well known by a fair proportion of the children; the teaching might well be deeper and more useful in character.

“In Division II, the Old Testament knowledge was sound; the meaning of the New Testament lessons should be more pointedly drawn out, and more clearly impressed; the repetition was said correctly but in too mechanical a manner.

“Painstaking and earnest work has been done in Division III; the answering was generally correct, but limited to too few of the children

H.C. Batterbury, Inspector


June 1897

The Vicar’s Letter …

One of H.M. Inspectors of Schools (Mr. T. Healing), together with an assistant (Mr. Dickenson), visited our schools on Monday, May 24th, and expressed to me their general satisfaction with the energy of the teachers, and at the way in which the work of the schools was being carried on. The school year ends with May 31st, but we must not expect the Annual Report for some little time.  The Drawing Examination also took place on May 11th.  

Messers. E. St. J. Phillips and J. O. Caram have been appointed School Managers.

September 1897  

Report of H.M. Inspector of School, July 1897

Mixed School. – “The Head Teacher has established very satisfactory discipline: class movements are made with precision, and the marching, singing, and drill are very creditable.  The teaching is carried on with great energy and intelligence; the scholars are interested in their work, which is done with very fair speed and neatness.  The exercises on paper deserve praise.  Continuous progress on these lines will lead to a recommendation of the Higher Grant, under Article 101(a) of the Code.  At present the classification of the scholars is rather low, both in the Mixed Department and in the Infants’ Class.  It is intended to remedy this very early in the school year. As the Mixed School will be much larger in numbers it will be necessary to make the class-room more convenient by increased desk accommodation.  This may involve clearing away the gallery, or reducing it to a more graduated stage.  Better provision should be made for the caps of those using the class-room.  The offices are very near the school; they should be attended to more frequently.”  

Infants’ Class. – “This class is taught with much good sense and very considerable skill.  The average attendance of this class has been kept too high by retaining in it children who should have been removed to the Mixed Department.  The attainments of the scholars are good for an Infants’ Class, but by no means high when the ages of the children are taken into account.  The gallery needs re-construction.  If suitable infants’ desks are placed upon it, the desks, now taking up so much floor space, might be cleared away, giving the infants' room for marching and drill.”      

P.E. Fitt is continued under Article 68 of the Code

The Report for the Drawing Examination for boys only, held in May last, was “Excellent”  

Remembering that schools were still operating under the Payment by Results principles (i.e. grading of the pupils after examination by the Inspectors, combined with levels of attendance, dictated the levels of grants received) the reporting of the inspection was followed by an indication of the grants to be received:

School Notes

The average attendance on which the grant is payable for the year ending May 31st, 1897, was 80 in the Mixed School, and 52 in the Infants’ Class, the total being 15 more than in the previous year.

In the Mixed School the Grant earned was as follows: - Principal Grant, 12s. 6d.; Discipline and Organisation, 1s. 6d. ; Singing by Note, 1s.; Class subjects, Geography, 2s.; Object Lessons with English 2s.; making 19s. per children.  To this must be added the Grant for needlework at 1s. on separate average attendance of girls, 39 in number, making the total Grant amount of £77 19s.

In the Infants’ Class the Grant earned was as follows: - Fixed Grant, 9s.; Variable Grant, 6s.; Singing by Note, 1s.; Needlework, 1s.; making 17s. per child, with a total Grant of £44 4s.  

Thus the annual grant in both departments amounted to £122 3s.  To this must be added the Grant for Drawing, amounting to £4 2s.


The Vicar returned to the success of the Government Inspection Report and the consequent increased level of the grant in the October Parish Magazine: 

October 1897

The vicar’s letter …  

Nor must I forget to call your attention to another matter of considerable interest to the parish; I mean the success attained by the School during the past year, reflecting credit alike on Teachers and Scholars.  In last month’s Magazine certain results were published which were satisfactory reading.  Not only had we a much better Report than usual from H.M. Inspect, but the grant earned was much higher than in recent years, and could only have been improved in one item.  This was also the first year in which the “Excellent” grant for Drawing has been obtained in the School.  Our congratulations are not only due, but heartily given, firstly, to our staff of teachers, and secondly, to the children, for such good results in their year’s work.



First uploaded: 28 December 2020