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1901 ~ The Managers' Minute Book


Ruislip Church of England School
Managers’ Minute Book 1864-1903
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   - 1901 -

Below we present the record of meetings the Managers held during 1901. 

The previous year the Managers had proposed three new members to bring their number up to that required by the school’s Trust Deed.  Two had accepted the position, but at the start of 1901 one position still remained vacant.  The Vicar approached Ralph Hawtrey Deane, who joined their number; Ralph was the son of Francis Henry Deane, who had been a Manager until his move to Uxbridge a number of years previously.  

There were several building related issues, and the question of teachers’ salaries to be addressed. Some of these were to be funded by the Aid Grant.  Part of the Managers' argument for receiving the Grant was that the parish had lost a number of its financial benefactors through death or moving out of the area. With this in mind the Vicar made an appeal through his May letter in the Parish Magazine for additional donors.

It was clear that funds were running low, since when the requirement to appoint a fully certificated teacher for the Infants was stated firmly in the annual report, the Vicar was forced to look at the least expensive means of effecting this (explained in more detail in the introduction to the Log Book for 1901.)




February 9th 1901

A Meeting of the Managers was held in the schoolroom on Saturday February 9th 1901 at 6.15 p.m.
Present:      Messrs  Abercrombie, Murch, E. Ewer &  Taylor
                   & the Vicar in the Chair

The Minutes of the last meeting were read & confirmed.  

The alterations made to the premises for storage of coal & coke, repairs to school house copper, &c, were inspected by the Vicar & Mr Murch & reported to be satisfactory.  The Vicar was authorized to pay Mr Gallop’s account.  Mr Abercrombie proposed, & Mr E. Ewer, seconded the proposition that Mr Doe be asked to alter the old, or supply new guards to the 3 tortoise stoves without delay.  Carried unanimously, the Vicar undertaking to give the order.  

The Vicar reported that some of the apparatus for the earth closet required renewal.  Mr Murch proposed that Mr Abercrombie be requested to procure the necessary 4 or 5 buckets, & seconded by Mr Taylor, & carried unanimously.  

The Vicar reported that in order to fill up the vacancy in the board of Managers he had sounded Mr R.H. Deane on the subject, and he was glad to be able to report that that gentleman was willing to act in this capacity.  The Vicar accordingly proposed that Mr Deane be elected one of the Managers, Mr Murch seconded this and it was carried unanimously, the Committee expressing themselves as very pleased that his cooperation had been secured.  

The Vicar reported that since he had issued the notices of the meeting, he had received a letter from Mr Youens pointing out that the salary received by himself Mrs Youens and Miss Copeland was only about that of 3 assistants & asking for an increase. The letter was read and it was decided to call a special meeting to consider the question at 6.30 pm on Saturday March 9th.

W.A.G. Gray



March 9th 1901

A Meeting of the Managers was held in the schoolroom on Saturday, March 9th at 6.30 p.m.
Present:      Messrs  R.H. Deane, H.V. Warrender, E. Ewer, W.J. Murch,
                  C. Abercrombie, J.O. Crain, and the Vicar in the Chair.  

The Minutes of the last meeting were read & confirmed.

Mr Youens' letter was read & the general opinion of the meeting seemed to be that an increase of salary should be granted. After some discussion, Mr Abercrombie proposed that an increase of £30 per annum should be given to Mr Youens, Mrs Youens & Miss Copeland collectively.  Mr Deane seconded the proposition & it was carried unanimously.

The Return to the London Diocesan Association for Voluntary Schools was filled up.  

A request was made for £20 to repair the floor, £15 to maintain increased salaries, & £30 to meet increase of salaries required this year. The reasons assigned for the school being necessitous were agricultural depression, increase of rates, death & or removal of generous subscribers, & the increased & increasing requirements of the Educational Department.  

Mr Abercrombie proposed that a circular letter asking for increased subscriptions be sent to all residents & non residents.  Mr Crain seconded, & it was carried unanimously.

William A.G. Gray  



December 14th 1901

A Meeting of the Managers was held in the schoolroom on
Saturday December 14th 1901 at 6.15 p.m.
Present:      Messrs W.J. Murch, J.O. Crain, C Abercrombie & Edwin Ewer.
                  The Vicar in the Chair.  

The Minutes of the last meeting were read & confirmed.  

The Report of H.M. Inspector was read.  The work done in the school was pronounced good & the highest possible grants obtained but as the average attendance in the Infants department was above 50 that department was ordered to be placed under a Certificated Teacher at once. The Vicar explained that, after consultation with Mr Youens, he though it best & cheapest that Miss Piper, Art 50 in receipt of £50 <per annum>, should leave & that Miss Copeland should take her place in the upper school & a new Certificated Teacher be obtained for the Infants Department.  He advertised in the ‘Schoolmaster’ & ‘School Guardian’ & had many applicants at salaries varying from £65 to £80 per annum. 2 only at £65.  He thought that the first of these might prove suitable but ultimately found that she only wished for a temporary post.  The three months allowed by the Code for making the appointment passed & he accordingly wrote to the Department to ask them under the circumstance to sanction the work being carried on by the present staff.  The reply was that the requirement of the Code could not be set aside & that any explanation the Managers might have to give would be considered at the end of the year. He subsequently received an application from Miss Harris who was willing to come for £65 per annum, her testimonials were satisfactory & as there was no time to be lost, he had taken upon himself to engage her at that salary without calling a meeting to consider the question.  She was to have commenced work on December 9th. A month’s notice was given to Miss Piper on October 7th but as she was disengaged on November 7th, she continued to work in the school till December 1st, when she obtained an engagement in Pinner school.  

The Vicar further explained that owing to the outbreak of measles the attendance of children in the school on December 2nd was only 68, 170 being on the books.  He wrote to Dr Charpentier the medical officer of health asking his authority to close the school.  He replied that measles was not a notifiable disease & that he did not see what was to be gained by doing so.  The Vicar went into Uxbridge to see him and he was out. He went in again early the next morning & found him in but was unable to persuade him to give the necessary authority.  On the 6th the attendance had further fallen to 58 & some parents had notified to Mr Youens their intention not to send their children again. Finding the school, if closed at once & the ordinary holidays given at Christmas & Easter, could still be open 416 times – 400 being the minimum, & knowing that some of the Managers were of the opinion that the school should be closed - he took upon himself the responsibility of closing the school and notified the fact to Miss Harris telling her she need not come till after the Christmas holidays.  He called the Managers present to have a resolution confirming his actions if they approved of it. Mr Murch recalled an instance in which the late Vicar had appointed a teacher in a case of urgency without consulting the managers.  He thought that thanks were due to the Vicar for what he had done & proposed a resolution that his action be confirmed.  This was seconded by Mr Ewer & carried.

Mr Abercrombie expressed a wish that the accounts be submitted to the Managers before being audited & published in the magazine.  The Vicar consented to do this in future.  

The Vicar was asked to have the coping of the yard wall repaired. The Grant in Aid, amounting to £50 included a sum of £20 for the repair of the schoolroom & lobby floors. The Vicar was asked to get estimates for the repair of these with ordinary flooring – and also with woodblocks & to write to the Vicar of Northwood to ascertain who laid the woodblock floor in Northwood schools & if possible to get an estimate from him.

William A.G. Gray



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