The BWI Archives
1897 ~ The Managers' Minute Book
Ruislip Church of England School
- 1897 -
Below we present
the record of meetings the Managers held during 1897.
preoccupation for the Managers in 1897 was considering whether to join the
London Diocesan Church School Association which has been formed under the
terms of the Voluntary Schools Act 1897 passed during the year.
This allowed the government to provide additional grant money to
voluntary schools. While secular board schools were built and maintained
through rates, the voluntary sector this aspect continued to be funded by
private means such as local ‘subscribers’.
Thus there was developing a growing divide between the two sectors
of public education, to the voluntary’s detriment.
The Voluntary Schools Act
provided for additional grant money,
though in the main this was channelled for distribution through an
appropriate association. While
this provided welcome additional support, more far-reaching benefits were
to be put in place in 1902, though not without a significant surrender of
There was also
consideration of the 1897 Government Inspection Report, which was deemed
to be very positive. Finally,
there were proposals and agreements to provide an improved lobby and
possibly toilet facilities.
To consider the desirability of
joining the London Diocesan Church School Association which has been formed
under Section 1.(3) of the Voluntary Schools Act 1897 and, if so,
To elect one Representative
Manager to attend the meeting to be held at Hillingdon on Wednesday April 28th
for the purpose of electing members of the Governing Body of the
The Vicar explained
the object of the meeting and read correspondence he had received from the
Bishop and Rural Dean, together with a letter and minutes from the Education
Department after which it was unanimously resolved
On the proposition of Mr
Helsham-Jones, seconded by Mr Henry Taylor, that the school join the above
On the proposition of Mr Murch,
seconded by Mr Baker, that the Vicar be requested to act as representative
Manager at the meeting to be held for the purpose of electing members of the
Governing Body of the association.
To elect some more Managers.
It was proposed by Mr
Baker, and seconded by Mr Edwin Ewer, and carried unanimously, that Mr Boyle
of Eastcote House, Mr Phillips of Newstead and Mr Crain of the Laurels
be asked to act as managers of the schools.
Meeting of Managers was held at
the schools on Saturday evening July 31st.
The Vicar reported
that since the last meeting he had attended the meeting of election of
members to serve as the Governing Body of The London Diocesan Church Schools
Association, and the Rev. C. M. Harvey and Cecil Fane De Salis Esq. had been
chosen by the representative School Managers in the Rural Deanery of
Uxbridge. The Vicar further
reported that the said Association has sent in a claim for £22 to the
Education Department on behalf of Ruislip Schools.
The Vicar then read
the Government Report for the past year dated July 9th as also
the Drawing Report which were considered very satisfactory.
The average attendance for the year was 132 as against 117 in the
previous year, whilst the grant shewed an increase of £17.4.0.
1896 Grants in Mixed School 67.11.0. In
The Vicar next laid
before the Managers certain suggestions for improving the furniture of the
school arising from Government Report, viz: The purchase of 4 new desks for
mixed Class Room together with an alteration in the staging, also 6 new
desks for Infant Class Room together with alterations of Gallery also the
conversion of part of present Playroom into a lobby with lavatory, and the
opening out of a door from lobby into classroom. At the proposition of Mr Crain,
seconded by Mr Murch, these suggestions were ordered to be carried out.
It was next
unanimously agreed that the walls of school premises be cleaned and repaired
where necessary during the holidays.
On the proposition of
Mr Phillips, seconded by Mr Murch, the Vicar was asked to convey to the
Teachers the sense of the pleasure of the managers at receiving so
satisfactory a report from the Education Department and the Science and Art
attendance for the past 2 years was
Mr John Boyle
nominated as a manager at the last meeting had written expressing his
inability to serve the office.
(2) To consider
provision for a Boys Lobby and Lavatory
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Last updated: 07 February 2021