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1911 ~ The Managers' Minute Books


Ruislip Church of England School
Managers’ Minute Book 1
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- 1911 -

Below we present the record of meetings the Managers held during 1911.  

Meetings in 1911 focused on the erection of a partition in the main teaching room, recommended by the HMI the previous year to enable more effective teaching in a space used concurrently by two or more teachers The Managers had learnt their lesson about disregarding HMI recommendations subsequent to the Education Act 1902, and set about finding a solution immediately after receiving the report. 

There was an attempt to recruit a male teacher, partly in order to expand the curriculum into manual work for boys. However, both the difficulty of finding a suitable candidate, and the realisation that this might entail an additional building (for which they certainly lacked the funds), led to it being abandoned for the time being. (A second male teacher was eventually appointed after the end of World War 1. Unfortunately it did not prove very successful.)  There was also a recruitment of a female assistant teacher to replace Alice Medcalf who was to marry.  Though she had been considered a successful teacher by Ralph Youens, she had not progressed to full certification, and this, together with an external assessment of her teaching, was to provide an obstacle to her reemployment some years later (see Managers’ minutes for 1919-21).






March 28th 1911

A Meeting of the Managers was held in the school room on Tuesday, March 28th at 6.45 p.m.

Present:      Mr and Mrs Goschen, Mr Crawford
                  & the Vicar in the Chair




The minutes of the last meeting were read & confirmed




Letters from Miss Warrender, who was in Paris, & Mr Abbott, who had a previous engagement, expressing regret at inability to attend. 

Letters as to defective health of certain children in the school. 

Letter from Secretary of the London Diocesan Association of Church Schools re Insurance of children from accidents – to which the Vicar had replied effecting the insurance of our children on payment of annual premium of 2/- The Vicar was requested to insure the teachers & caretaker of the school.



Government Inspector’s Report

The Vicar read the Government Inspection Report in which certain desks were condemned & a suggestion made that the big school room should be divided into 3 by partitions. Mr Gott had been most kind & had come to see the room. The necessary new desks had been provided & he suggested that the room should be divided by curtains. But the Education Department were not satisfied with this & demanded what steps the Managers proposed to comply.  The Vicar suggested that we should put up screens similar to those used in the girls’ schools at St Andrew’s Hillingdon & in the Hillingdon schools & he was asked to write to say so to Mr Gott to see if that course would be approved.



Diocesan Inspector’s Report

The Vicar read the report of the Diocesan Inspector which was very good, three divisions being classed “excellent”, the fourth “very good”.



Regulations &c

“Regulations & Suggestions for the Guidance of Managers of Non-Provided Schools” – forwarded by the Middlesex Education Committee were given to the Managers present.  The Chairman reported that we ought to have quarterly meetings & that Mr Abbott suggested having them on a fixed day.  The fixed day did not seem to meet with the approval of the Managers present but it was left for decision at the next meeting.


William A.G. Grey




June 30th 1911

A Meeting of the Managers was held in the School at 6.30 p.m. on Friday, June 30th 1911

Present:      Miss Warrender, Mr E.R. Abbott
                  & the Vicar




The minutes of the last meeting were read & signed




Certain unimportant correspondence was read then rest related to matters on the agenda paper.



Appointment of Teacher

Miss Medcalf’s letter resigning her post as teacher in view of her approaching marriage was read & the Vicar reported that the sub inspector had recommended the appointment of a male teacher.  He had tried to see Mr. Gott upon the subject twice & had been unsuccessful. He had accordingly written, & Mr Gott had advertised for a male teacher to do manual work.  This advert had brought very few answers & another advert had been put in and mentioning manual work & there were several applications.  They might be put in two classes, capable men who wanted more salary than they would get with us, & young men from the colleges, all of average mediocrity. Since the advert had been issued, it had occurred to the Vicar that the appointment of male teacher might place us in the difficult position of being obliged to build a room for manual instruction; & the question arose whether it would not be wise to continue as in the past with a female teacher. As there was no hurry to decide the matter, in as much as Mrs Husbands (Miss Medcalf) was in her old place in the school, & willing to keep on till the summer holidays, it was decided to defer its settlement till the next meeting, which was fixed for Friday July 14th.



The Partitions

It was agreed that the requirements of the Board of Education, who insisted upon moveable partitions reaching to the roof, be complied with & the Vicar was requested to report this to the Department in (sic) the Middlesex Education Committee.



Mr Youens

Mr Youens reported that as the clerical work in connection with medical inspection of children &c had much increased his duties & he received no help from the teachers, it would be very advantageous if the teachers were requested to remain after school hours to give him their assistance & that Mrs King be instructed not to commence charring the school till 5 p.m.

It was agreed that this should be done & the Vicar was asked to make the necessary representations to the teachers & Mrs King.



School Inspection

The Vicar was appointed School Inspection Manager.


W.A.G. Gray




July 14th 1911

A Meeting of the Managers was held in the school room on Friday, July 14th at 6.30 p.m.

Present:      Miss Warrender, Messrs Abbott & Goschen
                   & the Vicar




The minutes of the last meeting were read & signed




The Vicar reported that he had written to the teachers in accordance with the resolution passed last meeting & they were quite willing to help Mr Youen as suggested & things were now working smoothly.

He had also written to Mrs King & she was trying to get her own way & commence charring before 5 o’clock & said that if this rule was insisted on she must give up the work. It was decided to abide by the resolution.




Mr Gott wrote to say he had seen Mr Abbott & in conversation with him advised on putting up only a partition to cut off one third of the room. This was felt to be a great relief & the Vicar was asked to write to Mr Gott that one would be put up similar to those put up by Mr Crowthall in the Council schools.




Mr Gott seemed to think there was no objection to our continuing as before with a female teacher & he was going to advertise for one.



Next Meeting

It was arranged to have the next meeting for interviewing teachers on Saturday August 5th at 3 p.m.


William A.G. Gray




August 5th 1911

A Meeting of the Managers was held in the school room at 3 p.m.
on Saturday, August 5th 1911
to interview teachers applying for vacant post

Present:      Miss Warrender, Messrs Goschen & Abbott
                   & the Vicar (Revd W.A.G. Gray) in the Chair




The minutes of the last meeting were read & confirmed



Appointment of Teacher

Three applicants were asked to present themselves for interview being Miss Bassom, Miss Holden & Miss Tolman.

Miss Bassom was away on holiday in Wales & did not appear. Miss Holden & Miss Tolman were interviewed & Miss Holden was unanimously appointed. Miss Holden was paid 4/6 & Miss Tolman 1/1 for travelling expenses


W.A.G. Gray





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