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1901 ~ School Finances
Ruislip Church of England School Finances - 1901
Finances - 1901
In the April Parish Magazine there was the regular annual appeal for those wealthier parishioners who had promised financial support for the school ('Subscribers') to make their payment:
We are now in the last quarter of our school
year, and we venture to remind subscribers that their subscriptions are
now due. It will save much
trouble if they will kindly send on the amount of their subscriptions
without delay. The funds are
at present very low. We hope
to say something more on this subject next month.
Over the previous few years the school Managers had been engaged in a upgrading of both the school house and the school itself. The extension and redecoration of the house had been paid for through a specific subscription. However, the work to the school building was reliant on funds supplied by the 'subscribers'. If the full cost of all the then current works was to be met, as well as those in the future, there was a strong need both to increase the number of subscribers, and, for those already giving, to increase their amounts. And so, in the May edition of the Parish Magazine, the Vicar, in very similar terms to his predecessor, made an appeal to Parishioners for this increased funding of the school. He also took the opportunity to point out to the poorer families in the community, that, in allowing their children to be frequently absent, to having them educated in other nearby 'national' schools, they were depriving the school of finances through the grants it received.
The Vicar’s Letter
My Dear Friends, -
Again, many parents send their children to
neighbouring schools. There are more than thirty that are sent away from
the Ruislip School. These
children, if they came to us, would gain a grant of £45 a year. I should
like parents to look at the matter in this way.
Take the case of a man with six children.
The average school life of a child now is eight years; each child
can obtain a grant of 30s. a year, or £12 in its school life.
The six children would obtain an aggregate of £72.
It these children are sent away from the Ruislip School, that sum
is alienated from our funds and presented to another parish!
It cannot be because our school is not doing good work, for it
is one of only two schools in the Deanery which obtains the highest grant
In conclusion, let me urge you to increase your
subscription, to send your children more regularly, and be loyal to
your own parish, and send your children to your own school.
Publication of the Annual accounts also appeared in the August edition of the Parish Magazine:
of Subscribers to Ruislip Schools
In October the Vicar informed Parishioners, through the Parish Magazine, of the level of funding that the school had received through one of its grants - the Aid Grant for voluntary schools. In it, he notes where the money will be applied (see the calculation entered into the Log Book, pp.274-75) while also drawing attention to the pressure that is being placed on the school through growing numbers of pupils, a situation that had been developing over the past few years. The Government Inspectors had been commenting for a year or two that this should involve the employment of a 'Certificated' teacher for the younger children - a more expensive option than the then existing 'Articled' teacher. However, as the Vicar notes, the current Articled teacher, like several of her predecessors, had drawn very positive comments from the Inspectors.
Ruislip School. – The Treasurer is glad to be
able to report that a Grant in Aid, amounting this year to £50, has been
allotted to our School. It is
made for the following purposes: - To maintain the present charge for
salaries, £15; to provide for necessary increase of salaries for the
current year, £15; and for reflooring part of the Schoolroom, £20.
This grant will be of great service to the finances of our School.
But it will not anything like meet an additional expenditure this
year. The average attendance in
the Infant School has now exceeded fifty, and according to the new Code it
is necessary to obtain the services of a certificated mistress, which can
only be done at considerable increase of expenditure.
It is very unsatisfactory to be thus compelled to make a change in
the staff since the last Report states that the teaching as at present
conducted is thoroughly good.
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