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1914 ~ An Overview from the Log Book


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

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 meeting 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.






School re-opened today.  Dr Hignett visited this afternoon at 3 pm, and took a swab from ‘T King’. This delayed re-assembling from play several minutes.

Mr Gott visited this afternoon.
(Sir Benjamin Gott, Secretary to Middlesex County Council Education Committee from 1902 to 1928. As such he virtually controlled Education provision across the whole of north London – Richmond in the west to Enfield in the east.  He had previously visited the school on 30/10/1908)   




Registers closed at 1.30 pm to allow some of the children to leave early to attend the Chapel treat.


Registers closed at 1.30 pm.  Dismissal at 3.35 pm in consequence of Church Sunday School Treat.





Copy of Report made by H.M.I. Mr W.J.G. Winn,
after visit of October 1st 1913

“In many ways this school is doing creditable work.  The more intelligent children in the top class are commendably proficient.  Care should be taken that solutions of arithmetical problems should be written out in logical form. The elder boys and girls should be separated for Physical Exercises. The playground is very slushy in wet weather.  The proper performance of Physical Exercises is impossible unless the surface is greatly improved (e.g. by flagging or asphalting).  It is to be regretted that the older children receive no instruction in Woodwork or Cookery.”




It is very wet today and the attendance is small in consequence.


All cases of Diphtheria have now returned & the complaint appears to have vanished from Ruislip.  However, the poor attendance in consequence of the epidemic has very considerably hindered the progress of several of the children.


There are a few cases of chicken pox among the children.


A few more cases of chicken pox have appeared.


We break up this morning for Easter holidays.  1 week

The school was closed on Monday April 6th owing to an <Ruislip-Northwood> Urban District <Council> election.


Fred Lavender Class I has contracted scarlet fever.  Ernest & Nellie are absent in consequence.




Many children absent ‘garlanding’


Miss Swyer is absent today with bad influenza cold.


Miss Swyer returned to school today.


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

W.A.G. Gray


Miss A.C. Groome is absent today with influenza & rheumatics.


Miss Groom returned this morning.


Diocesan Report
Inspection March 4th

The school is not far from excellent.  There is evidence of earnest & sympathetic work in Division I hampered however by a syllabus too long for the capacity of the class.  Division II is taught on spiritual lines & with a little more general answering will gain an excellent mark, the lessons on the catechism are useful & practical.  Clear & definite is the teaching the Bible subjects in Division III simple and correct the explanation of the catechism; similarly with Division IV in which very careful and accurate work, marked by much thought is successfully given.

E. Basil Redlich




Part of requisition order received from Messrs Philip & Tacey.


It has been uncomfortably warm in school this week, the thermometer registering 84 degrees of heat on one occasion.


The attendance of earlier part of the week considerable lessened by rain storms.  It has been very hot in school today.




Broke up for Summer Holidays 1 month.


(Ralph Youens did not remark on the start of WWI on 28th July, or Britain’s declaration of war, on Germany on 4th August and on Austria-Hungary on the 12th August. )


Scholars were re-assembled after Summer Holidays.


Miss B.H. Grist is absent today attending her brother’s wedding.


Received a small tree wasps’ nest from the Vicar who is staying in Scotland.  Placed it in the museum.


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

William A.G. Gray


The vicar showed the children a large tree wasps’ nest, and gave them an excellent account of the four different kinds & their habits.


Miss H.M. Holden is absent owing to the serious illness of her mother.


Miss Holden returned to school today, after the death of her mother.




I have read the life of Lord Roberts to Class I during the latter part of the morning.

(Lord Frederick Roberts (1832 – 1914) had died on 14th November.  He had been one of the most successful commanders of the 19th century army. Towards the end of his life, he had warned of the threat of Germany going to war.  His death a few months into the First World War while visiting Indian troops fighting in northern France, must have been particularly marked, hence Ralph Youens desire to read his life to Class I.)


Ernest Tobutt was punished yesterday afternoon having been very troublesome in class during the day (warned.)  He ran home in playtime.  Questioned this morning he said his stepmother had told him to do so, if punished.  As he is old enough to know that he is defying authority, I have punished him for running out of school (12 years).


I was taken ill on this date – Influenza – away from school – R. Youens


Broke up for Christmas Holidays  2 weeks 2˝ days





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