The BWI Archives
1898 ~ The Managers' Minute Book
Ruislip Church of England School
- 1898 -
Most of the
Managers’ meetings in 1898 concerned buildings related issues, made
easier by their still holding sufficient funds to effect these.
There is no indication
of the content of the several letters in relation Miss Fitt’s
resignation. It is likely that
in part there were adverse comments about Charles Ratcliffe, the
Schoolmaster, since the Vicar was later to comment to him on 02/09/1898
that ‘the assistant teachers have too much to do.’
Clearly the Managers had before them Mr Ratcliffe’s undoubted
success in achieving three key objectives: raising regular pupil
attendance, raising the overall quality of education, and as a
consequence, increasing the size of the various annual grants.
The regular visits of the Vicar to the school would give him a fair
idea of whether there were significant problems, and of course, in
recording his own visits in the Log Book, he would see the
Schoolmaster’s comments in relation to staff. This being the situation,
if criticism had been made, the Managers would have quickly dismissed it
and passed on to finding a replacement.
Looking back on it from a 21st perspective, a teacher single-handedly
teaching 58 young children might seem more than a
challenge, but things were different then!
A Meeting of Managers
was held at the schools on Monday evening May 9th.
1. To consider final distribution of
Voluntary Aid Grant
2. Augmentation of Head Teachers
3. To provide new lamp also a new
cupboard in Class Room and new entrance gate to Master’s Garden
Resignation of Miss Fitt
It was next agreed that an
advertisement be inserted in next issue of “The Schoolmaster” newspaper
September 1st for Ruislip C of E. School Uxbridge Assistant (Art.
First uploaded: 29 December 2020
Last revised: 09 February 2021