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1907 ~ The Managers' Minute Books


Ruislip Church of England School
Managers’ Minute Book 1
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- 1907 -

Below we present the record of meetings the Managers held during 1907.  

Between the implementation of the Education Act 1902 and 1907, the school was largely interacting with the Middlesex Education Committee and its Secretary, Benjamin Gott, with occasional reference to the national Board of Education.  Beginning with 1907 a third layer of administration is mentioned, the Ruislip and Northwood Urban District Council, created in 1904 (Ruislip had previously been part of Uxbridge Rural District). Mr Abbot was its clerk, while councillors included H. Ewer, and the surveyor F.M. Elgood.

At the instigation of the LEA, 1907 saw the appointment of the first female Manager, Eleanor Warrender.  She had been a benefactor of the school for some years and her brother was already a Manager of the school. (For further information see Mary Pasche, “The Three Warrender Sisters”, Journal of the Ruislip, Northwood and Eastcote Local History Society (2010), 34-5).  

The Managers also noted the serious outbreak of measles among the pupils and, as a consequence, the school being closed for a month by the local health authority and the building being thoroughly disinfected and cleaned. 

They finally addressed several longstanding recommendations of the HMI: the repainting of the inside of the school; and the appointment, with LEA support, of an additional teacher for the Junior section of the school, long understaffed. However, the Managers continued to decline action concerning the removal of the gallery in the Infant Department, first requested by HMI in the report of 14/10/1904.      

At one point the Managers considered readjusting the date of the summer holiday, to accommodate the number of children absent working in the hay fields, but this was resisted by the School Master. 




May 11th 1907

A Meeting of the Managers was held in the Eastcote Institute at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 11th 1907
Present:      Messrs H.V. Warrender, R.H. Deane, E.R. Abbott
                   & the Revd W.A.G. Gray in the Chair




The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed




Mr E.R. Abbott said he would like to make a present of the official copy of the Trust Deed of the school to the managers if they would accept it.  The offer was cordially accepted, and Mr Abbott thanked for the same.



H.M. Inspectors Report and Diocesan Inspector’s report

The reports of H.M. Inspectors and also the report of the Diocesan Inspector, the latter being very good, were read.



Election of 3 Representative managers

The term of three years for which the representative Managers were appointed having now elapsed and there not being 8 qualified Subscribers in accordance with art 4 of the first schedule of the final order made under section 11 of the Education Act 1902, the Foundation Managers proceeded to the election of 3 representative Managers.  The Vicar proposed Miss Eleanor Warrender, Mr K. Goschen & Mr Joseph Woodman – the latter as a representative of the parents.  Mr Warrender seconded & they were elected. Messrs Deane & Abbott concurring & cordially welcoming the appointment of a lady as Manager.




The Chairman reported the appointment of Mr Abbott as representative of the Urban District Council.


William A.G. Gray




June 19th 1907

A Meeting of the Managers was held in the schoolroom at 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19th 1907
Present:      Miss Eleanor Warrender, Mr Kenneth Goschen,
                   Mr J.E. Woodman 
                   & the Revd W.A.G. Gray in the Chair  




The minutes of the last meeting were read & confirmed.




The principal correspondence was that relating to the closing of the school for measles, which had been ordered by the medical officer of health & the Urban District Council, without any consultation or communication with the correspondent or managers.  The school was closed on May 30th 1907. The Vicar reported that the schools had been disinfected and cleaned & would be reopened again on Monday June 24th



Form IX

Form IX was inspected & signed by 3 Managers



Painting & whitewashing school &c

The Vicar reported that the school ought to be whitewashed coloured & painted throughout internally during the summer holidays & he was asked to get tenders for this work from Messrs W.F. Collins, A. Moore & Mr Young.



School Holidays

A large number of children having been reported to be at work in the hayfields, the advisability of altering the date of the summer holidays was discussed.  Mr Youens was called in &, in reply to enquiries, said he thought it would not be in the interest of the school to have this holiday now, & that he personally would not like to be in school in the months of August, which was the hottest month of the year.  It was decided not to make any alteration this year.  But the correspondent was to write to Mr Gott to consult him as the possibility of making a change another year.


William A.G. Gray




November 6th 1907

A Meeting of the Managers was held in the school at 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6th
Present:      Miss Eleanor Warrender, Mr Kenneth Goschen,
                  Mr J.E. Woodman 
                  & the Revd W.A.G.Gray (in the Chair)  




The minutes of the last meeting were read & confirmed.  The Vicar reported that the school had been whitewashed, colour washed & painted throughout internally & the work seemed very well done by Messrs Collins & Charles.

He had also written about altering the time of the summer holidays & Mr Gott had replied that the council would be prepared to consider an application for altering the date next summer if we willed.




A letter from Mr Deane expressing regret at being unable to attend as he had a previous engagement.



New Teacher

Mr Gott, having visited the school during working hours, had advised the <Middlesex Education> Committee to give us an additional Certificated teacher.  He had put in an advertisement for one in the “Schoolmaster” & 25 applications had been received – of these 11 were uncertificated.  The other 14 were carefully gone through & the Chairman was asked to write to 3 of them, Miss Rolfe, Elsworth, Cambs, Miss Phillips Haddenham, Thame & Miss Webb, Horsham to ask them to come to the Vicarage on Saturday next, November 9th at 2.30 p.m. to be interviewed before making an appointment.


William A.G. Gray




November 9th 1907

A Meeting of the Managers was held at the Vicarage on Saturday, November 9th 1907 at 2.30 p.m.
when the following managers were present:
      Miss Eleanor Warrender, Mr R.H. Deane, 
      Mr J.E. Woodman  & the Revd W.A.G.Gray (in the chair)  




The minutes of the last meeting were read & confirmed



Interviewing Teachers

The Vicar reported that he had received a letter from Miss Alice Webb, Horsham, saying she had received an appointment at Eastbourne & would not be able to come.

Miss Rolfe, Elsworth, Cambridge & Miss Alice Phillips, Haddenham were interviewed & their certificates & testimonials examined & their qualifications carefully considered.  There seemed to be very little to choose between them, but the Managers all seemed to incline favourably towards Miss Phillips who had somewhat higher qualifications & several certificates for drawing & had already taught Standard IV which Miss Rolfe had not done. Both were fond of, & had taught needlework Miss Warrender proposed that Miss Phillips be appointed.  Mr Deane seconded it, though he said he would have equally pleased to second Miss Rolfe - & the resolution was carried unanimously.  Miss Phillips was called in and informed that she was appointed & she expressed her thanks.  She was paid 5/- for her expenses. 

The Vicar spoke kindly to Miss Rolfe & paid her 12/6 for her expenses.


William A.G. Gray




December 19th 1907

A Meeting of the Managers was held in the schoolroom on Thursday, December 19th 1907 at 5 p.m.
Present:      Miss E Warrender, Mr R.H. Deane
                   & the Revd W.A.G. Gray in the Chair     




The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed




Mr Goschen & Mr J. Woodman had intimated their inability to attend. The official notification of Miss Phillips’s appointment was read dating from December 9th.



H.M. Inspection Report

H.M. Inspection report was read & discussed.

It was decided on the motion of the Vicar, & seconded by Mr Dean, not to take any steps about removing the gallery in the Infants’ Room and to defer the question of gravel for the playground till next meeting.

It was decided to ask the Education Committee for 2 new seats for Miss Phillips’s room & to report that Mr Jason Wilshire was responsible for the repair of the gap in the hedge.


William A.G. Gray





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