The BWI Archives
1914 ~ An Overview from the Log Book
Ruislip Church of England School
- 1914 -
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 1914 was kept by the School Master, Ralph Youens.
retained. That for 1914 was kept by the School Master, Ralph Youens.
Diphtheria had broken out in the village
towards the end of 1913. On the children’s return after the Christmas
break there was a need to check for any further cases before starting the
term. By February it was confirmed that there were no further cases,
though it had set back the children’s educational progress. However,
chicken pox then caused some absences, followed by scarlet fever, this
latter, again being present in the Lavender family. The
Managers’ minutes for 9/07/1914 indicated that the annual routine
medical inspection had taken place (“The Chairman presented a report
from the doctor drawing attention to the cases of 4 children who need to
medical attention & whose parents had neglected to take any
steps.”), however Ralph Youen did not indicate this in the Log Book.
Ralph Youens received an HMI report,
following an inspection the previous October. This commented on the poor
state of the playground for physical education, that the boys should be
separated from the girls for this subject, and that both woodwork and
cookery were missing from the curriculum (remembering that the school was
taking pupils through to 14 years at that time). No, HMI visit was
reported during 1914. The annual diocesan inspection was positive, as it
had been for a number of years.
While there was no direct mention of the
start of World War I during July - August, there were a couple of pointers
to it: Beatrice Grist was absent for her brother’s wedding soon after
the autumn term had begun, probably arranged quickly, before he enlisted
as a combatant; and Ralph Youens read the biography of the recently
deceased Lord Frederick Roberts, who had warned of the threat from
Germany, and died while visiting the troops at St Omer.
(Addionally, the Managers received a memo from the LEA which they
considered at their meetin g on 21/11/1914 on the 'Economy of demands
for supply of material'.)
g on 21/11/1914 on the 'Economy of demands for supply of material'.)
The punishment of pupils was not
frequently mentioned in the Log Book, so Ernest Tobutt’s case must have
been exceptional in the child’s defiant action running off home the
preceding day, before he could be punished for poor behaviour.
First uploaded: 27 February 2021