The BWI Archives
1913 ~ An Overview from the Log Book
Ruislip Church of England School
- 1913 -
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 1913 was kept by the School Master, Ralph Youens.
retained. That for 1913 was kept by the School Master, Ralph Youens.
cough, that had caused a number of absences towards the end of 1912,
continued into the early part of the new year.
In October, there was alarm at two boys from the Lavender family
contracting diphtheria and doctors were called in. The Managers’ minutes
(15/11/1913 identified a total of seven cases, that the school had been
‘sprayed’ and there was some discussion about closing the school.
Stanley, who had replaced Annie Youens at Easter 1912, left at the end of
May. This may have been
related to family circumstances as her father had died the month before.
After her position in the Infant department being initially filled
by a supply teacher, the Managers were able to recruit a permanent member
of staff, Dorothy Clough.
As in 1912,
the Log Book recorded both the diocesan inspection and its report, but
only an HMI visit (Dr Whiteley on 27/06/1913) without a follow up report.
However, there was a further HMI visit by
Mr Winn on 01/10/1913, not recorded by Mr Youens.
A report on this visit was received and entered into the Log Book
on 19/01/1914. This drew attention to the poor state of the playground in
relation to the teaching of Physical Education, that the boys and girls
should be separated for that subject, and identified the lack of teaching
in woodwork or cookery.
as it stands out from so much else that is to be found in the Log Book, was
the case of Frederick Hart, also discussed and a substantial record made
by the Managers. Frederick
Hart was excluded on the Vicar’s instructions after a number of
incidents of theft and inappropriate behaviour, both in school and in the
community. This is the only
example of this treatment of a pupil.
On being reported to the LEA, and after due deliberation, the
Managers were forced to reinstate Frederick early in 1914; the boy was not
yet of school leaving age, and in the view of the LEA, it was not
considered appropriate for him to be educated elsewhere.
First uploaded: 26 February 2021