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1902 ~ An Overview from the Log Book


Ruislip Church of England School
Log Book 1890-1925
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- 1902 -

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 1902 was kept by the School Master, Ralph Youens.

There were two staffing changes over the year.  Miss Piper had been asked to resign at the end of 1901 in order the school could comply with legislation that required a certificated teacher overseeing the Infant Department.  Miss Harris arrived in January to fill that role. Miss Copeland moved to the ‘Mixed’ school, however she was to leave in the summer in order to marry Ernest Albert Sims. When the inspector visited on November 18th he found the school significantly understaffed.  It appears the Managers did not make a move to replace Miss Copeland until after the Inspector’s report, at which point they advertised and recruited Miss Groome. It is possible that this delay was part of a money saving exercise. Miss Copeland/Mrs Sims was to return in a supply capacity, cf. 16/02/1903.

Records of absence levels still indicate illegal employment, attendance at fetes and the like, albeit much reduced from the levels of previous years. However, there was an incidence of small pox which appears to have been followed up fairly swiftly by the local health agency.

There was no record of the Diocesan Inspection, nor did Ralph Youens note the first visit of the government inspector whose very brief report was copied into the Log Book prior to the start of the autumn term. This seems to be typical of Mr Youens, who omitted reports or other required entries from time to time.






On re-opening school, registers will be closed at 2 pm (afternoon) and secular work then commence.  Lessons 2-2.30 -3 pm &c




School reopened.  91 present today.

Miss Harris Certificated Mistress, takes charge of Infants with assistance of Mrs Youens, Art 68. 
Miss Copeland Art 68 takes charge of standards I & II
Miss Medcalf Art 68 of Standard III.


Several boys absent today employed beating game.


Children seem to have forgotten much during the closing of school for measles.  Many not yet returned.


Slight improvement in attendance this week.


Although there is a very slight improvement in attendance many are still absent.


Attendance considerably less this week.  Weather very cold and trying.  The continued  [LB1:280]  poor attendance much retards progress.


Absentee returns show several children absent from Influenza colds, weakness & colds & cough consequent on ‘measles’. Sores on the flesh, said to be eczema which were prevalent some time ago have returned in a few cases.  Attendance today 103 <a.m.>, 104 <p.m.>.  On books 186.


Registers closed at 9.5.  Children attend service this morning.  11.5 dismissal.


Miss Harris absent this afternoon owing to ‘vaccination’
James Bowden absent considerable time with poisoned leg.




Attendance still much affected by sickness.


Mrs Youens absent this afternoon from sickness.


Work as usual this week.  Attendance still unusually low.


In the Vicar’s hand:
I have examined the registers today & found them quite correct.

W.A.G. Gray


Work as usual.  The attendance should now improve with brighter weather.


Broke up this morning for Easter Holidays 1 week 1½ days.


Reassembled after holidays.  Large room & girls’ cloakroom have been refloored.  Martha & Mary Ann Ive of ‘The Breakspear’ (public house) are absent in consequence of house being closed for small pox.




Drs Dove visited the school yesterday at 12 noon and examined children for vaccination marks. 
(Presumably related to the outbreak of small pox)
143 children present.


Wet day, attendance 102 am


Children from ‘Breakspear’ returned but without doctor’s certificate: sent home.


Ives (Breakspear) children returned to school with doctor’s certificate, so I admitted them.


A number of children absent yesterday ‘Maying’.


Registers closed at 9.5 am  in senior’s room. 
Dismissal 11.5 (attend Divine Service) 
Infants work as usual.


Considerable irregularity of attendance.


Work as usual.




Work proceeding satisfactorily.


Many children absent on various occasions with insufficient excuses.


Miss Copeland leaves at end of month.  Broke up today for 6 weeks holiday.


Inspector’s Report

Mixed School.
“Generally speaking the work here is creditable.  The third standard are not so attentive and interested in their lessons as they should be, otherwise the progress is satisfactory.”  

Infant Classes
“This is a good village Infant School.  The children should be encouraged to give longer answers to oral questioning.” 

Copy of report in the Log Book countersigned by the vicar:

William A.G. Gray




In the Vicar’s hand:
I have examined the registers this morning & found them quite correct.

William A.G. Gray


Attendance somewhat better.


Work as usual


Numbers considerably higher this week.


Mrs Marsh called this morning in respect of the age of William & Joseph bringing a bible with following entries
            William        born 12th January     1888
            Joseph               14th September 1892

Dates previously given & entered (i.e. entered in the school’s records)

  William    12-1-90
  Joseph     14-9-93

The entries in bible had the appearance of genuineness.


Uxbridge fair interfered considerably with attendance at the beginning of the week.


Work as usual this week.




Admitted Arthur William Hopkins 10 years placed in Standard I (very backward at that) Frank Ernest Hopkins 8 years, does not know even his letters. 


Attendance last week 161 this week 148.     


Attendance Officer visited this week Attendance 158.


(Government Inspector’s Report:)
I visited the school today – Considering the deficiency of staff the work has been kept well in hand: but it is earnestly to be hoped that another teacher will soon be secured.  The urinal is in bad order & various small matters in connection with the premises need the attention of the managers.  The Infants room might be kept cleaner.

The Report should be signed & the Aid Grant entered in the Log Book.

E.C. Streatfeild




In the Vicar’s hand:
The Grant in Aid for this year amounts to £40 and is made for the following purposes.

To maintain present charge for salaries                                             £30
To provide for a necessary increase in salaries for the current year    £10

William A.G. Gray


In the Vicar’s hand:
I have examined the registers today & found them quite correct.

W.A.G. Gray

In Mr Yuoens' hand:
Registers marked & closed by 1.30 <p.m.>  Dismissed 3.30 pm during dark days.


Miss Groome Art 68 takes charge of Standards I & II.
These classes which were previously taught by Miss Medcalf &
Miss Copeland (Mrs Sims) are very well advanced indeed.




In the Vicar’s hand:
I have examined the registers this morning and found them quite correct.

William A.G. Gray


Work as usual this week attendance not so good.


Nothing of importance ‘to log’ this week.


Broke up for Christmas holidays 2 weeks 3 days.





First uploaded: 09 January 2021
Last revised: 14 February 2021