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1898 ~ An Overview from the Log Book

                           

Ruislip Church of England School
Log Book 1890-1925
   
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- 1898 -

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 1898 was kept by the School Master, Charles Edwin Ratcliffe.

Charles Ratcliffe continued to be a prolific writer and commentator of life at the Ruislip School, if somewhat in contravention of the Revised Code's injunction ‘No reflections or opinions of a general character are to be entered’ (art 58).  See for example, his reflection on the role of families in supporting their children, 23/09/1898).  He also commented on poor behaviour, both in the school when property was deliberately damaged (19/08/1898), and also in the community (21/10/1898).  

The annual preoccupation with attendance statistic continued, though largely gratification with the rising levels.  In the main infection diseases of previous years were absent (just the single family where Typhoid was present), possibly due to higher standards of sanitation in the village. Work related issues were still present, however (hay making, acorn collecting) and the school continued to adjust its summer holiday in mitigation. Charles Ratcliffe provided a reminder to parents and potential employers of the criminality involved in children being absent in order to work in the Parish Magazine for June:

The Law as to School Attendance

The following is a brief statement of the above, which should be borne in mind, not only by parents of children, but also by employers of labour, as there would appear to be considerable want of knowledge in connection with this subject:-

1.  Any child may leave school at the age of 14, and may be employed on production of proof of age.

2.  No child may be absent from school, or be employed by any one, until it reaches the age of 11.

3.  To leave school at 11, 12, or 13 years of age, proof of age is required, and a certificate from Her Majesty’s Inspector that the child has passed Standard IV.

4.  To leave at 13 years of age, a certificate from the teacher that the child has attended regularly at school (250 times a year for five years in not more than two schools) is sufficient.  A charge is made for such certificate.

5.  Farmers and others employing children under 14 years of age, who have no certificate of proficiency, are liable to a fine of Forty Schillings for each offence. – C.E.R.

Amongst Charles Ratcliffe’s lists we find the term Dunce’s Certificate, possibly applied to those who left school at 11 but had reached Standard IV, but more likely, given the expression, to 13 year olds who had not reached the appropriate academic standard but had managed regular attendance over five years.

Not only did Charles Ratcliffe achieve a significant record of regular attendance from his pupils, but overall numbers were growing.  This was particularly marked in the Infant department. He commented on this, and identified that it contravenes regulations, a point reinforced at the Inspector’s visit of 5/12/1898. The specific point was not the number, but the limitation set on teaching by a non-certificated teacher. It was going to become a recurring issue for the Managers over the next few years.

Staffing issues arose. The Master’s wife, Jane Ratcliffe, at one point found difficulty with balancing home and work (20/04/1898).  The new appointee, Alice Mary Medcalf, started well, though issues of control were mentioned, and an implication that teaching of the Infants was somewhat routine (an interesting aside from Mr Ratcliffe that these children needed a mixture of work and play). Issues that were not overcome as her future would show. Patience Emily Fitt’s arrival in October 1894 had been welcome as it solved a problem with previous provision, and she quickly showed herself fundamentally a good teacher.  However, Charles Ratcliffe repeatedly showed his irritation with her frequent late arrival at school, and gradually he came to see that she didn’t put in the necessary time to prepare for her teaching appropriately. He must, therefore, have been pleased to see her leave.  The comment of the Vicar, recorded on 02/09/1898 suggests that Miss Fitt herself laid the blame on her leaving at too heavy a workload being placed on her, and was not adverse to saying that when handing in her resignation.        
   

      

LB1:195

1895

10/01/1898

Reopened with 160 children present.  Admitted 5.
Miss Metcalfe, Art. 68. took charge of Standard I for 3 Rs. & I & II for class work.

14/01/1898

On roll 175.  Average 156. Percentage (left void)

A good attendance all the week.  We gave a day school concert to a crowded audience on Wednesday evening.  Much surprise was evinced at the very great proficiency of the children.  

The Vicar was to write glowingly of the occasion in the February edition of the Parish Magazine:

“A very successful Concert and Entertainment was given by the children of the day Schools, under the superintendence of Mr and Mrs Ratcliffe, Miss Fitt, and Miss Medcalf on Tuesday, January 11th,, When a programme of some thirty pieces was gone through, consisting of songs, recitations, dialogues, musical and dumb-bell drill.  The room was filled with an appreciative audience, who were greatly pleased with the admirable way in which the children acquitted themselves.  The entertainment was repeated in the following week for the benefit of some who were unable to be present at the first performance.  Considerable merit was displayed throughout the programme, which reflected credit alike on teachers and scholars.”

 

17/01/1898

Mrs Ratcliffe absent for a few days by permission of the managers.

LB1:196

 

21/01/1898

On roll 174.  Average 148. Percentage 83%

Examined several classes and found a distinct advance on the work of the previous period.  Miss Medcalf works well and intelligently, and will make a good teacher, I believe.

23/01/1898

Mrs Ratcliffe returned to school, feeling much better for her rest.

28/01/1898

On roll 174.  Average 148. Percentage 85%

The weather is getting finer now, and the children attend well.  The work is in a most encouraging position.

31/01/1898

In the Vicar’s hand:
Examined registers and found correct.  147 children present.

T.M. Everett

04/02/1898

On roll 173.  Average 140. Percentage 81

A new cloakroom and lavatory for boys has been erected, and is now in use.

09/02/1898

3 enamelled basins, 1 stiff broom & [LB1:197] a hand brush received from the managers.

Had a children’s party here last evening, with which they were greatly pleased.  Miss Medcalf is working well.

11/02/1898

On roll 173.  Average 143. Percentage 83

12 new desks expected every day.  The work of the school is going on in a satisfactory manner.  ‘Problems’ prove a thorn in the side of most of the children, but convinced as I am of their vital importance not only to correct arithmetic, but to the development of correct thinking, we mean to keep at them. Grammar, which serves much the same purpose, shows the same defects.  Writing & Reading both improve.  Owing to the action taken by HMI Willis the Uxbridge people have received notice to ‘string up’ & rigorously execute the law relative to school attendance.  An agreeable surprise truly.

LB1:198

 

18/02/1898

On roll 172.  Average 152. 88%

Attendance much better this week. 8 new Croydon desks for mixed, & 6 ditto Infants’ gallery desks, make work much pleasanter.  The school is, if anything, too small for the children now in regular attendance.

23/02/1898

Ash Wednesday.  The upper Standards to church two days a week in Lent at 11.15.  Registers closed at 9.15.  Mrs Ratcliffe in bed with influenza

25/02/1898

On roll 171.  Average 150. Percentage 81%

3rd Quarter ends today.  Quarterly average. Boys 52, Girls 50. Total 103.  Infants 21. 21. Total 42  Total Quarterly average 146.  Mrs Ratcliffe in bed all week with influenza.

LB1:199

 

04/03/1898

On roll 171.  Average 154. Percentage 90

Examined all the classes for month of February.  Results may be seen in the Record books.

07/03/1898

Diocesan Inspection in the morning, ordinary school in the afternoon.  Mrs Ratcliffe, though out of bed, is quite unfit for school duty.

09/03/1898

In the Vicar’s hand:
Examined Infants’ and upper Standards Boys registers and found correct.

T.M. Everett

In Mr Ratcliffe’s hand:
Mrs Ratcliffe at school

11/03/1898

On roll 171.  Average 147. Percentage 86%

A good week’s work.  The Infants make good progress in Reading in Class I, but Class II is at a stand<still>

18/03/1898

On roll 172.  Average 153. Percentage 89

Nothing out of ordinary routine work.  The Geography and object lessons have made good progress this week.

25/03/1898

A blinding snowstorm or blizzard rather prevented us from making a school.

LB1:200

 

25/03/1898

Diocesan Report

A good examination was again passed.

 

Division I.

I was much pleased with the answering of many of the children in Division I, and the work had evidently been taught with pains and zeal.

 

Division II.

In Division II very creditable work has been done, though owing to recent changes the knowledge is not grasped enough; and there are many who do not answer.  The class is a difficult one to teach, and the teacher deserves praise for what she has done.

 

Division III.
Infants

Division III has been very earnestly taught, the answering is orderly and reverent.  The girls did much better than the boys.  Pains should be taken to get correct pronunciation of words; far too much was attempted for the children to remember, the same amount of care on a smaller syllabus would easily have produced excellent results.

 

Signed    Bernard Reynolds 

Copy entry in Log Book countersigned by the Vicar:
T.M. Everett       Correspondent

LB1:201

 

25/03/1898

On roll 174.  Average 156. Percentage 89

A good weeks attendance ‘until’ Friday when a violent gale and blizzard kept nearly the whole school away.  As the few who came were wet and miserably cold we deemed it best to close school. Neither morning service nor choir practice could be held through the bad weather.

29/03/1898

School attendance officer visited.  Mrs Everett visited

‘Primrose’ concert this evening in schools.

01/04/1898

On roll 173.  Average attendance 149. Percentage 86

I have today examined the work of the month.  Creditable progress has again been made.  The reading is better throughout; as is written arithmetic. Spelling, as shown in Dictation reaches a high level.  Geography has improved considerably.  Handwriting has not progressed much.  The work of the Infants is devoid of ‘style’. in Reading, Writing & arithmetic

LB1:202

 

07/04/1898

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

T.M. Everett

08/04/1898

Thursday noon.
Closed school for the Easter Holiday.

On roll 175.  Average 155. Per Centage 88%

Special attention has been paid to Music, Drawing, and Handwriting.

18/04/1898

Reopened with 161 present.  Admitted 10 children, an abnormal number in a rural school of this description.  Miss Fitt 30 minutes late.

20/04/1898

Mrs Ratcliffe is ill in bed.  She is unable to stand the strain of house and school and repeatedly breaks down.

22/04/1898

On roll 184.  Average 163. Per Centage 88

During the two weeks past 15 Infants have been admitted.  This is within six weeks of the end of the school year.  Throughout the year the average of the Infants’ Class has been below 50, on<ly> exceeding [LB1:203] that number once, when it was 51. Now we suddenly jump to 70 on the registers and an average of 61.  Of these 34 (or an average of 25) are literally untaught ‘babies’. It is obviously a waste of time and teaching power for the Infants’ teacher to reorganise her work for the remaining 5 weeks.  I have put the ‘babies’ for Reading, Writing, Arithmetic in a small room, in charge of a bigger child.  In gallery lessons they return to Miss Fitt.  It is not claimed that they learn anything, but they become familiarized with school, and school work.

29/04/1898

On roll 184.  Average 160. Percentage 87

The upper standard children are leaving in numbers.  This gives the balance of the standards a false appearance.  We started the year with 44 pupils in III.-VII.  The following have left lately in III.-VII.  See over  [LB1:204]

 

12 upper Standard children lately left

 

John Bennett (over 14)
J. W (Dunce’s Certificate)
Frank Thompson (hospital)
Harold Skinner (over 14)
W. K. (Dunces Certificate)
Percy Thomas (left village)
A. G.  (Dunce’s Certificate)
W. A. (Dunce’s Certificate)
Ruth Neal (left village)
Edith Millington (left village)
Rose Douglas (over 14)
Mabel Plumridge (left village)

02/05/1898

Miss Fitt late for school. am.

04/05/1898

In the Vicar’s hand:
Visited School - Tested registers and found correct.  164 children present.

T.M. Everett

10/05/1898

Miss Fitt late for school

LB1:205

 

06/05/1898

On roll 185.  Average 165. Percentage 89%

13/05/1898

On roll 184.  Average 162. Percentage 88

Good progress has been made in the Music, drawing and English.  There is a tendency to late coming in the morning

25/05/1898

On roll 184.  Average 161. Percentage 87%

Closed half a day for Ascension Day on Thursday.  Various alterations have been made, a new cupboard in the Standard I room, and additional closet for girls & Infants.

LB1:205-7

1898 May 23rd     Second visit  Art 84. b.
I cordially endorse the entry made by Mr. Healing at his visit (p.190).  I have inspected the attainment of Standard I in a<rithmetic?> and object work; the Geography of Standard II & III; the object work in Standard III; the Reading Recitation and English of Standard IV – VI; and can speak well of the whole tone of the work.  The object work will need development by enforcing attention to actual objects which the children should handle and observe.  The Geography work in Standard III spoke for very good teaching in that subject. I hope Mr Ratcliffe will be successful in his crusade against the low tone of voice, which many of the children bring up from the Infant room.  

I am glad to learn that the children read a large amount for themselves.

The Infants are usefully taught.  Miss Fitt has considerable natural gifts in the way of teaching, &, with the help & guidance of Mr Ratcliffe’s experience, may develop those gifts very highly.  I shall look to Mr Ratcliffe for assistance in this matter.  The babies class formed since Easter would be the better for more play less work.  They need to learn to understand & obey directions more than to know the names of letters.  A loose alphabet would be desirable.  The desks should be placed at right angles to the window facing the wooden partition.

Class work for 1898-9
IV. V. VI    1) Geography, and English
I. II. III       2) Geography & Elementary Science

Recitation   III to VI.         The deserted Village 150
                  I and II.          The Village Blacksmith 32
                                         The Voice of Spring 42  

English IV to VI      To parse and analyse a simple sentence
Geography III           England & Wales   VI. VI
Object Lessons or Elementary Science. Course.

F Armine Willis

Object Lessons for Infants. 1898-9  See record Book.

LB1:208

 

26/05/1898

On roll 184.  Average 156. Per Centage 84%

Mr Willis HMI paid a second visit under Art. 84b on Monday, May 23rd.

Closed school Friday and Monday for Whitsuntide Holiday.

Whitweek

The following table of numbers represents the condition of the various classes at the beginning of the year

 

Standard 6

Boys

6

Girls

12

Total

18

 

Standard IV

8

7

15

 

              III

14

13

27

 

Totals Upper School

 

28

 

32

60

 

Standard II A. Taught with III

 

3

 

5

8

 

In upper Department 68
  

 

Standard II B Taught with I

20

Boys

12

Girls

Total

32

 

Standard I

18

Boys

26

Girls

44

 

In lower part 68

 

Percentage in upper part of school 50%

 

Infants     22 Boys. 26 Girls  total 48.

02/05/1898

Miss Fitt arrived 9.35 Only 135 present.

LB1:209

Year ended May 31st  1898               Open 416

 

Attendance

Boys

21846

Average

52.5

 

 

Girls

21284

Average

51.0

 

 

Total

43140

Average

103.6

 

Infants

Boys

9516

Average

22.8

 

 

Girls

10106

Average

24.2

 

 

Total

19622

Average

47.1

 

Grand Total attendances 62762   Average for year 151.8
Last year.  Upper    41/29    80     Infants 28/24     52                          132
                                                                                         Increase    20

01/06/1898

New Year’s work commenced.

03/06/1898

On roll 183.  Average 149. Percentage 81

The new standard arrangement gives us 134 in the upper room and 49 in the Infants.  Average in upper Room 120 in Infants 35.  Standard IV promises well. The new III is a ‘patchy’ class.  Some are bright and intelligent and grasp new work with alacrity.  The majority are otherwise.  Still we shall see development. 

LB1:210

 

10/06/1898

On roll 182.  Average 158. Percentage 86%.

Some progress has been made with the new work.  The boys have now a Cricked Club.  I find the girls thoroughly enjoy a game of rounders & I occasionally give myself the pleasure of joining them.  The attendance is good.  Have taken considerable pains to help Miss Fitt to better methods of teaching.  The Standard I & II classroom is overcrowded & needs enlargement.

17/06/1898

On roll 182.  Average 158. Percentage 87%

Standard III find considerable difficulty with Long Division.  The other work proceeds at a normal rate.  In the Infants; room I am still pegging away to get, (1) a little, well done (2) a mixture of work & play. (3) smarter [?] (4) quick & audible answers. Taught them to make a stroke, eg /  /  & surprised teacher by the amount of work one could put into such a lesson.

LB1_211:1898

 

24/06/1898

On roll 182.  Average 154. Percentage 83%.

A few boys are away working in the hayfields.  The managers propose to close on July 8th so as to give the children a chance of earning any extra shillings that may fall to them this year. Miss Medcalf is working well and keeps very good order.  She tries her best to learn what little I am able to teach her as to methods and organisation.  Miss Fitt, on the other hand, is never here until the last minute, if not after it, as this morning.  She does not do her best with her class; she gives no time either before or after school to planning & methodising her work, preparing her slates, books, &c.  I am much disappointed already this year in the quality and quantity of the work she has done.  To make such an entry is intensely disagreeable, but it [LB1:212] is less than the truth.  I am reluctantly coming to the conclusion that it would be better for her, and infinitely better for the little ones in her charge, if she sought a new sphere of work, where new associations, and a firmer demand for the tale of bricks, existed. (saying referencing Exodus 5: 8, being required to render all for which one has been commissioned) One fact; The infants have been at work four weeks of the new school year.  In writing the first stroke is /.  This has been taught.  The next     /|  |/  are still not learnt.   

LB1:213

(Void)

LB1:214

July 3/98

Annual Report.   1898

Mixed
“The instruction is ably given & with good results.  Lessons on objects need more development in the matter of use of actual objects.  Some complaint is made of the effluvia from the earth closets; probably from insufficient use of earth.  It would be desirable to remove them further from the school room”  

Infants
“The Infants are doing well but need more staff to do justice to them during the full time.  In Needlework, great attention must be paid to position drill, to which special enquiries will be directed in ensuing visits.  

The average attendance of the infants must not be allowed to exceed 45.   

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

Actual           Boys         Girls                               Infants.
Average        52.5      |    51.1     |   104   ||          22.8    |   24.2    |    47.1

                 Fee grant:    Average   151.

                                      £ 75 . 10 . 0
Mixed School               £133 . 15 . 8    Grant
Infants                              39 . 19 . 0    Grant
                                        229 .   4 . 9

 

 

LB1:215

Details

 

Mixed

Infants

 

 

Prin.

12/6 or 14/-

14/-

7/- or 9/-

9/-

 

Discipline

1/- or 1/6

1/6

2/- 4/- or 6/-

6/-

 

Needlework

& Drawing

-

1/-

1/-

 

Music

1/- or 6d

1/-

1/-    6d

1/-

 

Obj & Eng.

1/- or 2/-

2/-

-

-

 

Geog

1/- or 2/-

2/-

-

-

 

 

20/6

20/6

17/-

17/-

 

                                          Total      

 

Drawing             106 . 12 . 0                                     39 . 19 . 0
53 at 1/9                4 . 12 . 9
Needlework
51 | at 1/-                2 . 11 . 0
                          113 . 15 . 9                                 £153 . 14 . 9

 

Staff        Charles Edwin Ratcliffe A.C.P.     Certificated
                Jane                  Ratcliffe              Certificated
                Patience Emily Fitt                       Art 68.
                Alice Mary Medcalf                          

All the above entry countersigned by the Vicar:

T.M. Everett

LB1:216

 

04/07/1898

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

T.M. Everett

08/07/1898

On roll 180.  Average 155. Per Centage 86%

Closed school this day for 5 weeks

Midsummer Holiday

15/08/1898

Reopened after Holidays with 149 children.  There is a chapel treat today and several children are at Hampton Court.  The Vicar informs me that Miss Fitt has tendered her resignation some time during the holidays.

19/08/1898

On roll 183.  Average 156. Percentage 85%

Admitted three infants.  Heat is excessive, and work very laborious.  The children have come back from the holiday in anything but a working mood.  In oral work it is difficult to get any answers at all. [LB1:217] I reported eight boys to the Vicar for breaking a window in the boys’ shed, in the hope that the added importance might help to suppress ‘stone throwing’.  Several children are still absent from the school.  Most are out of the village.

24/08/1898

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

T.M. Everett

26/08/1898

On roll 183.  Average 162. Percentage 88%

A good hard weeks’ work has been got through, and substantial progress made.  Reading in Standard III is very slipshod and has received increased attention.  Began a glee “Cherry Ripe” this day.

02/09/1898

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

Children granted a Half Holiday to go to Sunday School Treat.
Miss Fitt resigned her duties as assistant Teacher (art. 68) on August 31st
[LB1:218]
Infant Class work being taken in 2 Divisions by 2 of the older girls from Mixed School

T.M. Everett

The Vicar placed the following concerning Miss Fitt's departure from the school in the September edition of the Parish Magazine:

Miss Fitt, Assistant-Teacher (Art. 68) having resigned, the vacancy in the teaching staff of the School has been filled up by the appointment of Miss Roberts (Art. 50), who has been a Teacher for the past four years at Knowbury, near Ludlow.  

A wish having been expressed by some of the children at the School to make a parting present to Miss Fitt, it is pleasant to record the fact that on the last day of her work at the School this wish was carried into effect by presenting her with a pair of Initial Black Ebony Hairbrushes subscribed for by the following children: Minnie Joel; Gladys Weedon; Mabel, Alice, and Edith Lavender; Hilda Doe; Alice Ive; William, Louisa, and Sarah Brill; Bertha White; Charles Martin; Arthur Poulter; Dolly and Vera Gray; Herbert and Ellen Holdford; William Bowden; Emily Goodman; Arthur Watts; Dorothy Bennett; Kathleen, Dora, and Adela Ratcliffe.  The presentation was made at the Schools (in the unavoidable absence of the Vicar) by Mrs. Everett. It is a matter of regret that Miss Fitt’s health is at present a source of some anxiety, but she hopes to be able to take up work again as Assistant-Teacher at Welwyn School. She leaves Ruislip with many good wishes following her." 

We cannot be sure that the provision of ill health as a reason for Miss Fitt's departure was entirely accurate, especially as an alternative placement appears to have been secured. However, she was travelling some distance to get to the school, given as a reason for some of the numerous latenesses, so there may be some truth in it. 

 

02/09/1898

On roll 183.  Average 162. Percentage 87%

Vicar was here an hour this morning, and among other things he discussed the staff, and its apportionment.  He appears to think that the assistant teachers have too much to do.  The work of the various members of the staff is here set out:-

 

Master.

Standard  III. - VI.  & General supervision

66 ch.

 

Mistress.

Reading of above. Repetition, also Needlework

 

 

Art 68.

Standards I & II  60 children, taken in the same work in all but arithmetic.

(60)

 

Art. 50.

Infants.

58 on roll.

LB1:219

 

05/09/1898

Miss Roberts (Art 50) commenced duties here in charge of the Infants, under my supervision.  Average for last quarter 155.  Average on roll 182.  Percentage for quarter 85% being considerably above the attendance under the London School Board.

09/09/1898

On roll 183.  Average 158. Percentage 87%

Good progress has been made this week.  The new teacher has made a fair start, but is not strong in discipline.

13/09/1898

I am not fit to be in school but needs must, as I cannot be spared.

16/09/1898

On roll 183.  Average 163. Percentage 89.9.
This is the best we have yet done in the way of attendance.  It has been steadily rising for two years, week by week, quarter by quarter.  The Parish Magazine attributes it to the weather.  They have similar weather at  
[LB1:220] Harefield, and their Percentage is 68 for the last quarter, while ours is 86.

19/09/1898

Uxbridge Circus Day

On roll 183.  Present 128. Not quite 70 per cent present.  It will be worse this afternoon.  Such is the appreciation of our people of the advantages of education.  It is enough to dishearten a millstone. Eheu! fugaces. (Spanish: ‘fleeting’)

23/09/1898

On roll 182.  Average 156.3. Per Centage 86

Nothing of importance to chronicle.  I make a note of the fact, which thrusts itself upon us, that the school is the only place, and school hours, the only time when these children sniff educational air.  Outside the school walls they oscillate between work, sleep & vacuity. The greatest difficulty we have to contend with is the torpidity which ensues.  These children do not answer questions quite as much because they have not heard the question, as because they do not know the answer; and as [LB1:221] much because they do not comprehend the language of their interrogator as because they lack words in which to clothe their own thoughts.

I am still unwell; this making four weeks of it.

30/09/1898

I have examined the ‘standard’ classes this week.  Three months work has been done, and I am well satisfied with the result.  Standard II spelling should be taught with more method. This is my only adverse criticism.  The teacher works very hard and deserves great credit.  I will take the Infants next week if possible.  The attendance is up to 85% - a highly creditable figure.  Typhoid fever is in one of the houses, and I declined to allow the children (Joels) to attend on the general ground of ‘uncleanliness’. 

On roll 182.  Average 155. Percentage 85
[LB1:222]
There are half a dozen children in Standard III who are not fit for the class.  The disadvantages of moving them into II outweigh the advantages.  The Standard II teacher has enough to do; her room is crowded; and the children in question are taking no harm where they are.  The only possible objection is the technical one of the thing being wrong from an ‘organization’ point of view.

07/10/1898

On roll 183.  Average 157. Percentage 86

Got through a good part of my monthly examination with results to be seen in the Record Books.  Discipline improves.

Gave Alfred Tillier 6 handers for rude & filthy language to little girl on the way home.  He went home at noon.  The weather has ‘broken’ at last after an unprecedented spell of dry fine days.  It is now cold damp & overcast.

The Joels are still absent as there is typhoid fever in the house.

LB1:223

 

14/10/1898

On roll 181.  Average 160. Percentage 89

All the work has been technically speaking ‘good’.  I very much doubt if anyone could rouse many of the scholars to even attempt more.

17/10/1898

Mrs Ratcliffe and two children absent ill.

18/10/1898

                   in school but suffering from a severe cold.

21/10/1898

A very wet, drizzling week.  Half the Infants away nearly all the time.  For the rest, the average has dropped to 144, and the percentage to 80.

Village ‘Hooligans’

Yesterday, at 6 p.m., and at 8 p.m. i.e. before and after church, I observed behaviour in the road between Eastcote & Ruislip Church which is best described as per margin.  The disgraceful language & behaviour cannot be attributed to escaping school altogether, an irregularity of a gross kind.  After a long study of the subject, I put it down to the lack of cooperation between parents, teachers, clergy, and general public – to secure, at any cost, [LB1:224] decent behaviour in public places.  It is everybody’s business i.e. ‘nobody’s’. Personally, it is a real and poignant grief to me to see the system of so called ‘education’ so utterly fail to produce even decency.  Teachers have so little power – parents are so lax, and authorities do nothing, that the case is hopeless, I fear.

26/10/1898

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

T.M. Everett

28/10/1898

On roll 179.  Average 150. Per Centage 84

The ordinary routine absorbed all the time today, Friday, I have the following boys absent.  Those with an asterisk were being illegally employed ‘beating’ game.  Letter ‘a’ means acorning.  Mr Watts, head keeper for Mr Bell appears to have employed most of the boys.

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List of absentees. Friday October 29 with excuses tendered

 

William Randle *
Geo Butler *
Ernest Hill sore arm
Arthur Lacey fetching water
Reginal Skinner Carrying furniture
Arthur Butler *
Frederick Hearn a
Arthur Pulter *
Frederick Poulter *
Arthur Lavender *
Walter Jones *
Samuel Bell a
Henry Warden a
Herbert Wallis*
Solomon Bowden *
John Dowden *
William Ive *
Chas Butler*
George Ayres a
Roland Butler sore arm
Daniel Warden a
Charles Martin visiting Uxbridge with mother

 

Kate King working
Annie Bulter hospital
Rose Tapping a
Mary A Joel Typhoid
Ethel Heal not well
Rose Hill visiting
Rose Bunce weak eyes
Lily Weatherley went to a ‘sale’
Martha Joel Typhoid
William Joel Typhoid
Victor Lasey none
Arthur Ive none
Thomas Collett none
Nelly Bignall none
Vera Gray none
Mabel Lavender none

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04/11/1898

On roll 182.  Average 158. Percentage 86

I have examined several parts of the work this month.  The results are fairly encouraging.  I wish there were more brightness in the Infants’ room.  Miss Medcalf works hard, and in Standard II the proved methods are beginning to tell. But Standard I is essentially lethargic, largely I believe through the dull routine of the Infants’ room.

11/11/1898

The main room has been well scrubbed this week end, and presents a cleaner appearance than usual.  The work of my own room is better in reading and writing, but worse in arithmetic than I expected.

On roll 182.  Average 161. Percentage 88%

This is a very high percentage of attendance for a rural school at this season of the year.

15/11/1898

A parcel of needlework material arrived this day.  I completed my monthly examination of the Infants, particulars of which will be found in the record books.

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18/11/1898

On roll 182.  Average 162. Percentage 89

A capital week’s attendance must be registered, especially in Standards 1 & II.  I have also to record a considerable improvement in the way the infants are controlled.  There is more ‘go’ and brightness altogether than hitherto. The best feeling prevails amongst the staff.

25/11/1898

On roll 180.  Average 152. Percentage 84

Very cold weather.  Fires have been kept up.  The written work has not been satisfactory this week, especially in Standard III. On the other hand discipline has been much better, and no cane used.

30/11/1898

In the Vicar’s hand:
Tested registers – Counted children and found correct.  151 present.

T.M. Everett

02/12/1898

On roll 178.  Average 153. Percentage 86

Nothing of importance has happened this week.  Many of the children have colds

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1898    1st visit under art 84 b.

05/12/1898

In the hand of F.J. Webb:
1st visit under art 84 b.

The school is admirably taught on broad, sound, & original lines.  The only point of criticism arises from the fact that Miss Medcalf is teaching many more children than she is recognized as equal to.  Mr Ratcliffe will doubtlessly put this matter right at once.

I am not sure that the Infants are being taught satisfactorily.  The order is pretty good, but there is very little life, & work does not go on with enough rigour.

F.J. Webb Sub-Inspector

06/12/1898

I transferred 12 children from Miss Medcalf’s room into mine, making things a little easier for her.  The changes leaves her with 49 on the roll.

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09/12/1898

On roll 178.  Average 149. Percentage 84%

I have carried out the suggestion of HMS Webb to relieve the congestion in Miss Medcalf’s room.  My room is now crowded; but it is just workable.  I entirely concur in his criticism of the Infants’ work.

16/12/1898

On roll 178.  Average 150. Percentage 84%

A quiet week, special attention being paid to hand writing.  I find that it is almost impossible to work the dozen from Standard II with the III. Spelling has improved.  Reading is weak, and of course I have not attempted to give them III Arithmetic. In Geography the change has fallen in with my own plans, as I have begun all over again.

23/12/1898

On roll 178.  Average 140. Percentage 80

Very good attendance for week before Xmas.  Closed until Jan 9th for the

- Christmas Holiday 2 weeks

 

 

 

      

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