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1910 ~ An Overview from the Log Book


Ruislip Church of England School
Log Book 1890-1925
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- 1910 -

Since the Revised Code of 1862, schools had been required to keep a Log Book in which the principal teacher should make a brief daily record of any significant events. Although many aspects of the Code disappeared with the Education Act 1902, the keeping of the Log Book was retained. That for 1910 was kept by the School Master, Ralph Youens.

High levels of illness continued to interrupt the work of the school, with mumps, scarlatina and a resurgence of the scarlet fever that had caused so much absence in 1909, being mentioned. Doctors visited the school, both with regard to the infectious diseases, and also as part of routine health checks that had commenced the previous year. The following year (1911) Ralph Youens was to complain to the Managers that these annual health checks for the pupils caused a significant additional workload (see Managers’ minutes for 30/06/1911).  

With the high levels of infection among the children, it was not surprising that a number of staff were also ill, though the additional member of staff in the ‘mixed school’ at the instigation of Benjamin Gott at the end of 1907 appeared to soften the impact, notwithstanding four staff changes in the post since the start of 1908 (Alice Phillips, 12/97 to 12/08; Miss Trist 01/09 to 12/09; Miss S. Hudson, 01/10 to 06/10; and Miss E.R. Swyer from 07/10).  The Infant department had also seen changes in personnel, with Miss Knight (appointed 04/93) leaving at Easter 1910 to marry.  Her position was taken by Beatrice Helen Grist.  Beatrice Grist was to be a stable member of staff, taking over the Headship of the school in 1927 as an internal appointment when the long term future of the school was still uncertain.  Subsequently she moved to the Headship of a local Infant School, Belmont Road, Uxbridge.

The two female Managers visit the school and took responsibility for presenting prizes,

Both the Diocesan and Government inspections continued to be very positive.






Re-assembled after the Holidays.  Miss L.E. Hudson commenced duties as Certificated Assistant in place of Miss Trist.  Miss Medcalf is still absent.  She has suffered a relapse.


Mrs Taylor came today pm as supply in place of Miss Medcalf.


The school is being used today as a Polling Station, consequently no meeting.


Miss Medcalf returned to school today.


Mrs Youens was absent this afternoon from chill or influenza.


Mrs Youens returned to school.




Miss Hudson arrived this morning at 9.45.  She was unable to travel last evening owing to the storm.


Work as usual this week.


Scripture exam today.  Holiday in the afternoon.  Registers not marked.


Diocesan Report received this week.


Miss Hudson absent today by permission of Managers.


Broke up today for the usual Easter Holidays.

Miss E.B. Knight Certificated Infant (Assistant) leaves at the end of the month to be married.


The school was used today as Polling Station (Northwood & Ruislip Urban District Council)


Miss B.H. Grist commences duties today as Certificated Assistant in Infant Department

School re-opened after Easter Holidays.


Diocesan Report

In spite of illness the school passed a very good and in many respects an excellent examination. 

In Divisions I & II a fair proportion of the children showed a sound and appreciative knowledge of Holy Scripture & lessons of a helpful character have been given on the rest of the work.

Division III is accurately & intelligently taught & the attentive answering of the children is to be commended. 

The work in Division IV shows study and a high aim.  Some of the Old Testament lessons might receive fuller explanation & more might be made of the lessons on Public Worship. 

There was accurate and pleasing answering in Division V & the repetition work was clearly rendered.  A few good pictures for class teaching would be of great help to the children.

H.C. Batterbury




School was visited by Mr Streatfeild H.M.I.


Work is being carried on as usual.


Many children were absent today – Maying -


Registers closed at 1.30 pm.


William Goodchild absent this week with scarlatina.


Thomas Davis & Ruth Collins have scarlatina.  Several children have been excluded with symptoms of the fever.  Drs Young & Hignett have visited and examined the children. The attendance, which had improved from the last outbreak of scarlet fever, has been adversely affected since these cases have occurred, many parents objecting to send [LB1:357] their children.

Miss Warrender & the Vicar with Mrs Gray & Mrs Goschen visited on Monday to distribute the annual prizes 1909 & those for the Diocesan Examination.

We broke up this afternoon for the Whitsuntide Holidays – 1 week


Re-assembled after Whitsuntide holidays.  Dr Young and Dr Tate visited today and examined all children present for symptoms of ‘fever’


Work as usual this week. Several cases of mumps have appeared.


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

W.A.G. Gray




Miss S. Hudson (Certificated Assistant) leaves today.


School visited for medical Inspection by Dr Tate.


Many fresh cases of mumps have arisen.  The attendance is consequently affected.


Miss Reed (U) (=Unqualified ?) came today, on supply, in place of Miss S. Hudson, whose successor is appointed for July. 
The attendance is very bad.


Corrected marking of Class 2 registers this morning.  The teacher who is on supply does not yet know the children.


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

William A.G. Gray


School visited this morning by Miss Warrender.


Miss Reed left today.




Miss Swyer commenced duties today as a certificated teacher, having just left college.  The mumps are still prevalent, although several of the earliest cases have returned to school.


School work as usual this week.


Revd W.A.G. Gray (Vicar) visited with Miss Warrender & Mrs Gray and gave the annual prizes (10). 

Broke up for the Summer Holidays this morning.

The school as closed on afternoon of the 20th (Choral Festival)


Re-assembled after Summer Holidays 4 weeks.


Dr Tate called this afternoon and examined a few special cases.


Work as usual this week.


Attendance gradually improving.




Last case of ‘mumps’ has returned to school.  There having been about 100 cases of mumps during the summer, has much interfered with the work, especially as this follows on a very bad attendance from ‘scarlet fever’ this year and last.


Work as usual this week.


School visited today by Mr Webb H.M.I.


Dr Tate visited on these days for the usual Medical Inspection


Reginald Neal notified, as having scarlet fever.


Registers will be closed at 1.30 pm during the winter months & school closed at 3.30 pm.


Copy of Report made by H.M.I. Mr Streatfeild,
after visit of 29th September 1910

There are many pleasing features in this school, where work is carried on under exceptional difficulties, as three classes are taught side by side without any screen between them.  All written exercises are very creditable and the girls read very well and behave excellently.  At both visits of inspection some of the boys were lazy and talked a great deal – most undesirable habit at any time and especially in such a school as this.

The main room should be partitioned and unsuitable desks re-placed.

These children are keen bright, observant, and quite happy, & are making very good progress.”




Forwarded ‘Special List’ to Dr Young.


The attendance of children is very low.  There is much sickness among them.


The attendance of yesterday and today is very low, in consequence of the wet weather.


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

W.A.G. Gray


Part of space for week ending December 16th was inadvertently marked in October by class teacher.  This has been cancelled & the next space taken.


Several children coming through water from Eastcote had wet feet, so I have sent them home to dry their stockings &c.  One also came from ‘Old Gray’s’




Broke up for Christmas Holidays (2 weeks)





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