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1897 ~ An Overview from the Log Book


Ruislip Church of England School
Log Book 1890-1925
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- 1897 -

The Revised Code of 1862, article 55(a), had required schools to keep a Log Book in which the principal teacher should make a brief daily record of any significant events. That for 1897 was kept by the School Master, Charles Edwin Ratcliffe.

Charles Ratcliffe placed significant investment into raising the level of pupil attendance, quality and rigour of educational provision, and raised standards.  He wrote in some detail in the Log Book outlining the measures he took and identified a number of areas of success.  All this was suitably rewarded in the various inspection reports and the concomitant grants received. 

However, there were issues with maintaining sufficient staff to run the school effectively, Bessie Weller developed issues with her eyesight and was ultimately forced to resign her Pupil Teacher position.  The Vicar was to write of Bessie’s departure in the October Parish Magazine, while reassuring Parishioner’s that a replacement was being sought:

I am sorry to end my letter by stating that Bessie Weller, our pupil teacher, has been compelled to give up her work at the school owing to failure of sight.  I am sure we all hope that this trouble which has come upon her may speedily yield to medical treatment.

I am on the point of engaging an assistant mistress (article 68) to take her place, as the teaching staff of the school, owing to increase in the attendance, requires strengthening.

Mr Ratcliffe expressed his thought that ultimately the eye condition may have caused Bessie’s poor performance in the examinations for her scholarship. Unfortunately, at the same time Jane Ratcliffe had an accident with hot water, scalding herself badly.  For a period of time the school of around 170 children was effectively run Charles Ratcliffe and Miss Fitt, with help from Bessie’s younger sister, Kate, and Kate Weeden, an ex-pupil as Monitor (aged 14-15 years). The Vicar noted in the November Parish Magazine:

After several unsuccessful attempts I have engaged a new Assistant Teacher (article 68) for the school – Miss Colbeck – who comes to us with high recommendations from her last post at Storrington, in Sussex.  She enters on her duties at the beginning of November.  The average attendance at the school is the highest on record, having reached 160 in the last week in October. 

The energies of our diminished staff of teachers has been of late somewhat sorely strained; but the staff being now complete, the regular routine will, it is hoped, once more right itself.

While he may have been hopeful that all was well by December’s magazine he noted:

Miss Colbeck (art. 68) after a month’s trial has resigned her post, and the managers are appointing Miss Alice Mary Medcalf to take her place.

It would appear from Charles Ratcliffe’s comments, Miss Colbeck found neither the school nor Ruislip conducive.

Trialled on several previous occasions, another attempt to sustain an evening school had been set up towards the end of 1895: James Garrett, the Schoolmaster, taking older boys who had left the school and any men who chose to also receive tuition.  The girls had alternative provision elsewhere in the village, alluded to in the entry for 14/01/1897.  The boys’ provision ran throughout the first half of 1896 (it formed part of the government inspection and a grant for this was received in July 1896 along with a complementary mention in the report).  It seems not to have survived the change of Schoolmaster, since it did not feature in the 1897 inspection report; the first record for that year is on 21st September when Charles Ratcliffe noted ‘E.C. School opened’ which we may take as ‘evening class’. From the start attendance was probably low, causing the Vicar to write in the October Parish Magazine:

Then again it does not appear to be generally known that Mr. Ratcliffe has started a Night School open to both sexes.  Here, too, there should be a great improvement in the numbers attending if it is to prove a success.  If only the young would remember that education is the work of a lifetime, and does not end when passing Standard III. or IV. In a day school, there would be many recruits.  It is sometimes said that “the winter evenings are long and dreary.”  To those who think so, I would say “Seek for knowledge,” and you will find them not only pleasant but useful.  Let me then ask both lads and lasses to join the Night School.

Ultimately it failed due to lack of numbers, as the Vicar identified in the November Parish Magazine:

I am able to report that the Dressmaking Class at Mrs Riddle’s is in working order; but am sorry to add that Mr. Ratcliffe’s attempt to carry on a Night School has failed through the neglect of regular attendance on the part of those who joined it.


On 9th September Charles Ratcliffe noted a holiday to celebrate Queen Victoria’s 60th Jubilee.  The participation of the school in this occasion was recorded as part of a longer description of the day by the Vicar in the October Parish Magazine:

Our Jubilee Festivities

On Thursday, September 9th, we celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of our Most Gracious Majesty the Queen.    

The Union Jack floating from the Church tower and bells pealing joyously, the sun broke forth through the clouds as the school children assembled at the school about one o’clock, from whence, marshalled by their schoolmaster, Mr. Ratcliffe, assisted by Messrs. Murch and Joseph Woodman, they proceeded towards the village, where they were met by the Uxbridge and Hillingdon Band, who accompanied them in three verses of the National Anthem; they then, headed by the band, marched, followed by many others, to the cricket field, lent for the occasion by Mr H.J. Ewer, and which was gaily decorated with flags and Chinese lanterns. 

Mrs. H.J. Ewer then proceeded to distribute Jubilee mugs and fruit to the school children, and afterwards presented the prizes to the successful competitors in the sports.








Mrs Ratcliffe is ill in bed.  Miss Fitt arrived at 9.30 permission having been given before the holiday. 143 present.


Mrs Ratcliffe still unfit for school.


Children went to church at 11.15

Registers closed at 9.15 & Scripture not taken.  Three boys admitted.  Mrs Everett visited the school at 11.30.  I am taking Standards II to VI together for Reading.  I have an idea that Reading should be taught irrespective of mastering any particular book.  The plan answers well.  Standard II read the IVth Geography  reader as well as their own.


Mrs Ratcliffe resumed work & took ‘Sewing’ on Wednesday to make up for absence on Tuesday.  [LB1:154]
Gave Miss Fitt 12 fresh Kindergarten drawing books.


Mrs Ratcliffe gave Miss Fitt the Infants’ Garments ready cut out. 

Received a note from Vicar asking me so to arrange my work that I could afford help in Infant Room 2 hours a day.  I agree to send the Pupil Teacher in as required by Miss Fitt. 

A wet day. Attendance in consequence 100 a.m. 88 p.m. out of 171.  No work of any worth will be done today therefore.  What is done must be done again. On roll 171. Average 132. Percentage 77. There were no fires this morning.  School cleaner went off and left them ‘out’.  Two bigger boys had them to light.  The same occurred yesterday.




In the Vicar’s hand:
Tested registers and found correct.  148 children present.

T.M. Everett

In Mr Ratcliffe’s hand:
The Vicar lent a black board to the technical education classes in Cookery & Dress making held at Mrs Riddles.  Mr Stauton, a Church of England Temperance Society deputation addressed the children at 3.15.  He paid them a high compliment on their improved order.  

At 3.30 a very nice set of prizes were given to the Sunday School children by the Vicar.  There was quite a number of outsiders present.  In the evening the lecturer gave a further instalment.  I am glad to say that the school was not disarranged & so work was resumed on the next morning without delay. The fires have been in good going order every day this week at 9 am




On roll 172.  Average 149. Percentage 86%

The proceedings of the week are already recorded.  I have sent the Pupil Teacher into the Infant room from 10.15 to 11 a.m. every day.  Weather bitterly cold, so the good attendance is all the more creditable to the children and their parents.  The writing of Standard I (in books) and the Reading of Standard IV – VI have improved.


On roll 171.  Average 143. Percentage 83%. A very busy week.  Good work done.  A summary way of securing what I want in the way of discipline is, of course, plenty of cane.  To this I do not resort.  There are signs of a much greater interest in the work for duty’s sake.  I notice self control on the part of high spirited talkative boys.  There was a good deal of bullying here, when I [LB1:157] came.  This I have ruthlessly stamped out.  General intelligence is low.  The children read very little at home.  By a careful loan of books I am encouraging the duller ones to acquire the habit of reading.  A few of the forward ones in Standard IV V VI commenced this day – of their own free will – to do home lessons.  I have spent a good deal of my time in the Infants’ Class latterly.  Though the teacher’s methods are crude, and her energy somewhat spasmodic, she is a very good Art. 68 teacher.  She readily adopts any suggestions I make – and imitates the model lessons equally well.  Bessie Weller, Pupil Teacher causes me some anxiety.  She is a capital worker – and her disposition is most amiable.  She will in time make a good teacher, but, alike in her own lessons, her conduct of the class & her discipline [LB1:158] there is abundant evidence that there has been neglect somewhere in times past.  She is a bright girl & her capacity make the past neglect the more regrettable.  Reading in the upper standards is much improved but the mere mechanical difficulties are so great that attention to them leaves no time for the higher branches of the generic term ‘Reading’ The room has been well cleaned & warmed all week. The Vicar visited for a minute at 11 am and Thursday.  B. Weller has kept up her hour’s assistance to Infant class every day.




On roll 169. Average 138. Percentage 82.

The bad effects of previous training are still very apparent in this school.  Self Control, application to work in the absence of the teacher, general pride in self culture, and even an anxiety to answer questions & take interest in the work, are conspicuous by their absence.  The only ‘ready’ way of getting work done here is to drive the children along. ‘Study’ is unknown.  ‘Preparation of work’ has never been done before.  I earnestly hope & strive to mend this state of things but it is very uphill work.  The general attainments improve, but, at the period of the year, when ‘problems’ & ‘meanings’ should assume greater importance, one realises that the children are totally untrained in the art of ‘thinking out’ anything whatever. 




In the Vicar’s hand:
Visited School.  Examined registers and found correct.  Talked to Infants about animals.

T.M. Everett


9.15 am

A shockingly wet morning.  It has poured with rain all night.  Only 40 children arrived at school in a very wet condition.  I do not think it wise to retain them, but have sent a note to the Vicar asking for instructions.  He replies, “Send the children home as the floods are getting very high & the Eastcote children must be cut off”  This I at once did.

Average 138. On roll 171. It has rained most of the week.  I spent the day in school doing up Record Books & syllabuses.


Fires all out at 9 am






In roll 172. Average 147.5. Percentage 85%

Attendance fairly good all the week.  Work as usual.  Spent a deal of time in Infants’ Room, teaching, suggesting & questioning.  In oral examination of the infants, I find the answering is confined to a very few children.  It seems to have been taken for granted in times past, that the so called ‘Babies’ need not know anything, or answer any questions on any subject whatsoever.  I am trying to change all this; and am glad to say that, so far Miss Fitt has tried to improve these little mites. I have remarked before that Bessie Weller goes in to assist Miss Fitt every day.  Standard IV arithmetic has improved this week.  Singing in two parts is also much better.  The Vicar called for a short time on Thursday.




Went to church at 2.30 to play “Dead march” at Mrs Kent’s funeral.  Several choir boys went also for a hymn.  Mrs Ratcliffe in charge.
(Mr Ratcliffe was exercising his other role as St Martin’s Church organist.)


End of quarter.  On roll 169.  Average attendance this week 140.  Percentage 82.  Average for the quarter 138.

Examined Infants and Standard I for month end.  The rest will be taken early next week.




Miss Fitt arrived at 9.30. I took the Infants for Scripture.  The usual conveyance did not meet her at the station.


School closed in afternoon.  Floods out.
Ash Wednesday.  Church at 11.15 am  Registers closed 9.15.


On roll 169.  Average 134.  Percentage 79.

A miserably wet week.  Nearly all the children have bad coughs and cold.  At times the lessons are interrupted from this cause.  The Reading is apparently at a standstill.


Attendance Officer called, took a list
(i.e. a list of regular absentee pupils)


Diocesan Exam.  Inspector arrived at 10.15, left at 12.15.  Ordinary school in afternoon.  Half holiday to be given on Friday.




On roll 169.  Average 136.  80%.

Half holiday today for diocesan examination on Tuesday.  The work is satisfactory, but for the idleness of a few children in each class who hardly ever take their fair share in any lesson.


It has been raining all night.  Only 22 children present.  I am writing <to the> Vicar for instructions.  The children all are wet through.  Will try again this afternoon to make a school.  The roads are, however, flooded.


Resumed this morning in beautiful weather.  126 present.  Many of the absent ones are suffering from whooping cough.  Children go to church at 11.15 as usual during Lent.  I reported the unsatisfactory nature of the school cleaning to the Vicar (Correspondent)
(i.e. in the Vicar’s role as Correspondent to the Managers)


March 10

Diocesan Inspection Report 1897

The Religious instruction is carefully given and a good examination has been passed.  In Division I (highest) 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.

Signed H C. Batterbury. Inspector




On roll 170.  Average 139.  Percentage 81%

Ordinary routine during the week.  Church Wednesday & Friday.




In the Vicar’s hand:

Visited School.  Examined registers. 144 children present - found correct.

T.M. Everett


In Mr Webb’s hand:

Visited without notice. 
The school floor is very dirty, & does not appear to be swept so frequently as is desirable.

F.J. Webb – Sub-Inspector


A miserable, cold and sleety morning.  Only 73 children present out of 170.  I did not send the children home, but marked the registers in the ordinary course.  We lit the fires.


A good attendance.  Wrote again to Vicar re school cleaner.

Average for week 129. On roll 171.  Percentage 75.

Thursday being a wet day & only a very few present, I could not hold my monthly exam. but will do so next week.




In consequence of repeated complaints, the manager have today changed the school cleaner, and I hope there will be no need further to complain.

I am giving the pupil teacher extra time for study this week as her examination is next Saturday.


On roll 170.  Average 133.  Percentage 79.

Monthly exam continued.  Mechanical results are better; but the ‘thinking’ part needs a great deal of development.  The class subjects hardly repay the immense amount of work we have to put into them.


Pupil Teacher examination at Acton


On roll 171.  Average 139.  81%

Several children absent without good cause.  The work is going on well; and I hope next year to see some fruits of my [LB1:168] labour.  Standard III is a very creditable class.  Standard II only slightly less so.  The upper classes are very uneven.  Mechanical work is much better done than any requiring thought.  Perhaps the most marked fruit, which is, I suppose common to rural schools, is the inability of the children to express themselves in even fair English.  I think a course of oral composition on the American plan would do much to remedy this.

Easter Holiday

Closed school today, Thursday, at 3.30 for the week & Easter Week.


Reopened with 147 children.

Admitted one bright child of five.  Miss Fitt late, arriving at 20 to 10.




On roll 172.  Average attendance 145.  Percentage 84.

A good week’s work has been done.  Fine weather, flowers &c have brightened us considerably.  I have partly examined the school on its April work and find commendable improvement. The drawing deserves the mark ‘excellent’ in every class but the top one.  There, the girls are much superior to the boys.  These upper boys, from causes which I am quietly investigating, are loutish and ill mannered.  I fear it is too late in their brief school life to do much which will effect a real change for the better.

The schools were washed on Saturday May 1.

The cleaning is much better done by the new cleaner. 

Form IX arrived. 
Drawing exam fixed for May 11th. Sent notice of fact to H.M.I.




In the Vicar’s hand:
Tested registers and found correct.

T.M. Everett


Very fair attendance this week. On roll 174.  Average 150.  Percentage 86%

The rapid growth of the Infant’s class is very noteworthy.  There are between 60 and 70 children present almost every session.  This will probably bring the average slightly over 50.  But I find many children in the room who ought to be in the upper room: children of eight and even nine years of age.  If these are taken out after 31st May; there should be no reason for requiring a certificated teacher for the room.  Special efforts have been made all along to give extra help in this class. Singing is much improved in both Infants and the Standards.




Sent form 9/10 S to Mr Willis HMI. 
B. Weller will go in for scholarship 1897.


Annual Drawing Examination.  All the work was taken on paper including Standard I.  The Inspector marked all ‘Excellent’, which he had to mark.  The work was really well done.  The Vicar was present part of the time.


On roll 175.  Average 157.  Percentage 86.

A steady weeks work.  School floor washed.


On roll 176.  Average 149.  Percentage 84.


Arrangements for 1897-8

Poetry for 1897-8.

III to VI.     “Horatius” or The ancient Mariner (deleted)   S.T. Coleridge

I & II.         The Chimney Sweeper.                                    Blake
                    The Slave’s Dream                                          Longfellow     

                                     (Initialled by Thomas Healing:) TH

Class Subjects for 1897-8

(1.) Object Lessons I. II. III.  Grouped in the following lessons.

The Cat.  Kittens.  The Car’s cousins.
Dogs.  The Horse.  Oxen.  Rats & mice.
The squirrel.  The sparrow.  The duck.
Swans.  The sparrows breakfast.  Grogs.
The Herring.  Fishes.  Bees.  The earthworm.
A plant.  Roots.  Stems.  The oak tree.
The potato.  Leaves.  Flowers.  Fruits & Seeds.
Apples.  Candles. Soap.  Cork.  Paper.
Glass.  Sponge.

For Infant’s Class

Spring.                                           our village
Summer.                                             garden
Winter.                                                policemen
Singing Birds. A thrush.                       forest
Birds of prey. A hawk                         woodmen
Swimming birds  A duck.                    holidays
Local animals. A fox                          hay time
                            hare                       postman
                            rabbit                    spring flowers

Food & Clothing

(Initialled by Thomas Healing:) TH

The following may be taken also, if time permit.

A ramble in the wood                   The potato.
The railway.                                  A mine.
Market day at Uxbridge.                Coal.
The oak tree                                  Iron.
A spider & his home.                    Copper.

Second Class Subject

(2.) Geography
Group I & II     for the work of both.
            III.             England and Wales.
            IV. VI        England. Europe

(1.a) Grammar
Standards IV. V. VI.  To analyse & parse simple sentences in a simple way.  e.g. “we buried him darkly at dead of night.”
“Some men with swords will reap the field.”
Compound verbs to be taken as one verb. 
Prepositional phrases as enlargements & extensions. 
Adverbs as extensions. 

(Initialled by Thomas Healing:) JPR


In hand of Thomas Healing:
May 24th Second visit under Art 84 (b.)

Thos: Healing.


Songs for past year.
(1)       The Boat Song (unison)
(2)       Star of the Summer Eve
(3)       Goer to the right
(4)       Jolly little clacker
(5)       The sleigh ride
(6)       If I were a sunbeam.




Her Majesty’s Inspectors Healing and Dickenson of the Westminster district visited the school today, in place of HMI Willis.  They arrived at 9.20 and left at 12.40.  Nothing could exceed the kindly and sympathetic way in which they did their work.  The children were at home with them, and a very happy day may be recorded.


Year ends today. On roll 178.  Average 154.  Percentage (not entered)

Average for year 132




In the Vicar’s hand:
Tested registers and found correct. 
162 children present – the highest number I ever remember. 
A lovely morning.

T.M. Everett


On roll 178.  Average 149.4.  Percentage 85.

On June 1st I took out of the Infant room all the children in the first and second classes, number 33 children.  I did these because (a) the children were old enough (b) the infant’s room was overcrowded (c) to make some amends for the very low standard of classification which used to obtain here.  I have also advanced every child in my room one class, except a few in Standard I.  who were quite unfit to begin Standard II. We begin the year then as follows:


Below Standard I
Standard I
″ VI & VII












That makes         58 Infants
                            75 in I & II              or lower School
                            52 in III & upwards     upper School
giving a percentage of 41 in the upper school.  This is quite as high as it is under the London School Board.  New registers and record books (with work set for a month) were given out on June 1.  Fair progress has been made with the new work, and there is every hope of doing excellent work this year.  I am making out an order for new stock.  I must point out here, first thing in the new year; that it will be necessary to be very lenient in judging the work of Standard I, both on my own part & that of H.M.I.

Filled up Form IX and sent it to Vicar    June 5th.
Began new summary today.
Made out a Syllabus of work for Pupil Teacher up to Xmas, to include all her work for Queen’s Scholarship.




Whit Monday.  Bank Holiday


Church at 11.15 am. Registers closed at 9.15.  Miss Fitt late (9.40) as she lives at some distance, and has had this half hour granted after holidays.

140 present.


On roll 176.  Average 131.  Percentage 75.

The attendance this week was marred by a drenching morning on Tuesday when only 67 were registered.  Work as proceeded somewhat in holiday style.  The weather was close and ‘thundery’. Standard I work is very bad.  Standard III take to their Geography well.  Some very good maps have been done in Standard V & upwards.  Put two big lads on French to keep them occupied.




On roll 175.  Average 145.7.  Percentage 83.

A good week’s work.  Some boys are at work in the hayfield who have no qualification for labour.  The managers give today a week’s holiday to celebrate the 60th year of Her Majesty’s reign.  I impressed upon the children the necessity of attending right up to the long holiday.


Reopened with 150 children.  Admitted 5. Several children away working in the hay-filed illegally.


On roll 172.  Average 145.  Percentage 84%

A quiet steady week’s work.  Standard V boys waste much of their time.  I observe a tendency to late coming in a morning.  Keeping in at playtime checks it very well.  Bessie Weller’s scholarship work shows, I fear, a very poor grounding.




Attendance Officer called & took a list (i.e. of children who were absent frequently)


On roll 171.  Average 145.7.  Percentage 85.

Good attendance, hard work and a perceptible improvement in many little ways have made this week seem to fly away.  The good attendance is the more remarkable as it wants only a week to ‘breaking up’.


July 9th 1897

17a                 Annual Report
3659               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 large in numbers it will be necessary to make the classroom more convenient by increased desk accommodation.  This may involve clearing away the gallery or reducing it to a mere graduated stage. Better provision should be made for the caps of those using the classroom.  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 moved to the Mixed Department.  The attainments are good for an Infants’ Class, but by no means high when the age of the children is taken into account.  The gallery needs reconstruction.  If suitable infants’ desks are placed on 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 Art 68 of the Code.




Staff 1897-8
Charles Ed Ratcliffe  A.C.P.                          Certificated
Jane Ratcliffe                                                 Certificated
Bessie Weller                                                 Pupil Teacher
Patience Emily Fitt                                          Art 68.


Form 17 (a) P.     Bessie Weller.  3 Year.    Arithmetic *
* = Fail                Grammar.  Geography * and History*

She has failed to pass her examination.  With reference to future examinations the managers’ attention is requested to Article 41 (b) of the Code.  I am directed to suggest that an application should be made for an extension of the Pupil Teacher’s Memorandum of Agreement with a view to her taking third year’s papers again.

Copy of report and grant calculation entered in log book countersigned by the Vicar:

 T.M. Everett




Drawing result received this day is ‘Excellent”.
For the first time the grant rising from 2.14.0 to £4.2.0

For the year ended May 31st 1897 the following advance have been made: [LB1:183]


The increase in the fee

grant is




















Total increase -







Sent off a request for the extension of Bessie Weller’s indentures in accordance with suggestions in official letter copied on the last page.  Also sent off an intimation to HMI Willis that we close today for 5 weeks.


July 16th to August 23rd
Holiday 5 weeks.


Reopened with 151 children.  Bessie Weller, Pupil teacher, being under treatment at Moorfields Hospital for strained eyes is unable to attend school.  Her sister Kate, aged (not entered), is attending in her place. During the holiday, the school has [LB1:184] been whitewashed and painted throughout (inside).  The classroom gallery has been removed as directed in the report, and the space filled with ordinary desks.  The floors have also been scrubbed.

Reported Bessie Weller as unfit to attend the Diocesan Pupil Teacher exam on September 25th as Her lessons are necessarily suspended.


On roll 171.  Average 157.  Percentage 88.

Good attendance, very fair week’s work.  A little laziness is apparent as usual after holidays. Standard I suffers from absence of pupil teacher.  Kate Weller is taking her place.


Admitted 4 new children.

Called away this evening by telegram as my mother is in all probably dying. Will return as soon as possible.  Should the inspector call in my absence I hope he will take a lenient view [LB1:185] of the case.  Bessie Weller still absent with very bad eyes.


Returned home.  B. Weller at school in my absence as well as Kate.  All has gone well.


On roll 174.  Average 156.  Percentage 89.

A hard harassing week.  Children are very idle after the holiday & need a lot of driving.


Ruislip Jubilee Celebration.  School closed in afternoon.


Left school at 2.15 to attend my mother’s funeral.  Mrs Ratcliffe in charge.  Bessie Weller absent with weak eyes; do not know when she will resume her duties.

Average 151.  On roll 174.  Percentage 87.


Resumed school 156 present.  B. Weller still absent


In the Vicar’s hand:
Examined all registers and found correct.

T.M. Everett




On roll 173.  Average 152.  Percentage 87.

The promotion of so many children from the Infant Room who were admittedly unfit for promotion (see annual report) hampers the work of that class.  The absence of the pupil teacher makes matters even worse.  The writing is fair only.  Arithmetic poor, and with a few exceptions only, the reading is bad.  I am spending extra time with the class.


Chapel treat at Ruislip Common.  Many children away.  E.C. School opened. (Evening Class cf. introduction to 1897, above)


Sanger’s Circus at Uxbridge.  Again many children away
(Cf. comments for a similar entry in 1896)


Children photographed.  A great attraction.  All present but five.
(One regrets that the photograph, or photographs, appear not to have survived.)

On roll for week 173.  Average 143.  Percentage 82%

The Vicar tells me that Bessie Weller, Pupil Teacher, will probably not return to school, owing to failure of eyesight.  This is a wise course to take, as this failure of eyesight must have proved unfortunate [LB1:187] in her examinations. An assistant teacher has been advertised for this week.


Uxbridge Fair; 44 children absent


Average 150.  On roll 173.  Percentage 87%


An assistant teacher, due here today, has written to decline at the last moment.  170 children present.


Mrs Ratcliffe has severely scalded her head, neck and face, and will be incapacitated for some time.


On roll 176.  Average 158.8.  Percentage 90%

With the Pupil Teacher left, and a monitor in her place; and Mrs Ratcliffe absent, the strain this week has been extreme.  The work has not suffered, but the staff is overworked.


Fires commenced.




Wednesday.  Kate Weeden Ex 6 scholar has come to work here as a temporary monitor today.  She works well for a girl of her age.
(A previous pupil at the school who had reached Standard VI, she would have been 14 or 15 years of age.)


A fresh advert inserted offering £50 for an Ex Pupil Teacher.  Received several answers.

On roll 178.  Average 153.  Percentage 88.

Night school closed owing to the meagre attendance. 

Partly examined Infants.  For results see their record book for October.


Mrs Ratcliffe’s face & neck being healed she resumes duty today.


Miss Fitt ill, but at school.  Absent in the afternoon.  My daughter in charge.


In the Vicar’s hand:
Visited School.  Tested registers 160 children present

T.M. Everett




On roll 181.  Average 160.  88%

The attendance keeps up wonderfully though I have still to complain of absence from such trivial causes as Pinner Circus, beating game, &c.  The assistance of Mrs. Ratcliffe – Miss Fitt, and the two monitors, Kate Weller and Kate Weeden, has made things run much more smoothly this week.  A quality of new stock has been ordered & is expected every day.


On roll 178.  Average 154.  87%

Children went to church on Thursday, being the feast of Sts Simon & Jude.  The work proceeds merrily, and we are attaining a high standard.  Of course, in the case of these truly rural children, it is hardly to be hoped that they will evince too much of what the Code generalises under the term “intelligence”.


Kate Weller leaves today (monitor)


Miss Colbeck. Art. 68. aged 24 lately of (void) school commenced duties here today.


Kate Weeden left. (monitor).




On roll 179.  Average 156.  Percentage 87%

I have examined most of the school this week, and am gratified with the results.  Standard I shows a distinct improvement.  The written work is much better.  Standard I and the Infants need most attention, owing to the great number promoted at the beginning of the year.  Many children have bad colds.


Miss Fitt arrived at 9.50  Wet morning

Average attendance 156.  On roll 178.  87%


On roll last week 178.  Average 144.  81%.  Miss Fitt. 9.20
A wet cold week.  Several children ill.


In the hand of Thomas Healing:
First Visit under Art. 84 (b)

Thos. Healing

The re-painting & colouring of the room, the improvement of the class‑room, and the provision of new Pictures reflect great credit on the management of this [LB1:191] school.  The instruction and discipline are in a very healthy condition; the forethought & energy of the Teachers deserve high praise.



In the Vicar’s hand:
Received intimation from the Education Department that the scheme for the distribution of the Aid Grants submitted by the Governing Body of the London Diocesan Association under Section 1 (4) of the Voluntary Schools Act has been approved by the Department, and that in accordance therewith a grant of £34 would be paid as soon as possible to the London Agent of the Bank at which the school Account is kept – and that this grant is made for the purposes of increasing staff – improving apparatus.

T.M. Everett


Additional note in the Vicar’s hand:
N.B. on Jan 18th 1898. received intimations from the Education Department to substitute the words “Improving Staff and apparatus” instead of “Increasing staff. Improving apparatus” as above.

T.M. Everett




On roll 178.  Average 151.  85%

H.M.I. Healing visited the school at 5 past 9 on Monday, and left at 3 pm. His advice and practical suggestions were very helpful.  The Vicar also spent part of the day here.  The attendance officer also called.  A grant of £34 has been made to this school from the London Diocesan ‘Federation’, as recorded on page 191.  This at the rate of 5/1¾ per child in average attendance last year.  The money is badly needed as we have just spent £25 in stationery & new reading books, and contemplate spending £22 on new desks. There will be further expense to make a boys cloak room.


Miss Fitt away this afternoon – ill.  Many children are also ill.  The weather is foggy; the ground is exceedingly damp; and the wonder is that that some are ill, but that many more are not.




School work has gone off extremely well this week.  The teachers are not much help in assembling and dismissing; and one has constantly to remember that after all, one is only dealing with people qualified under Art. 68.  No reflection is intended by this remark, other than that, ipso facto, properly trained teachers would be much more useful.  The managers have tried most patiently to secure an Art 50 or 52, but unsuccessfully.

On roll 174.  Average 149.  84%

I have been under ‘par; for some weeks now.


In the Vicar’s hand:
Tested registers and found correct.  100 in Mixed School. 41 in Infant Class.

T.M. Everett


On roll 174.  Average 146.  Percentage 84.

Miss Colbeck left on Tuesday night.  She did not like the village, and she felt unequal to the work of Standards.  I was quite satisfied with her, however. [LB1:194]

Another teacher has been engaged to commence after Christmas.  The reading of Standard I has improved very considerably.


Miss Fitt absent at her sister’s wedding by leave of the managers.  The Vicar took Standard I.  Mrs Ratcliffe IV. VI & I superintended Infants & I. II. III. A very poor attendance; 133 present 41 absent.


In the Vicar’s hand:
Took Standard I work and marked registers

T.M. Everett


Miss Fitt still absent.


On roll 173.  Average 141.  Per Centage 81.

A great many children away ill.  Damp foggy weather.




In the Vicar’s hand:
Tested registers and found correct.  140 children present.

T.M. Everett





First uploaded: 28 December 2020
Last revised: 7 February 2021