The BWI Archives
1916 ~ An Overview from the Log Book
Ruislip Church of England School
- 1916 -
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 1916 was kept by the School Master, Ralph Youens.
retained. That for 1916 was kept by the School Master, Ralph Youens.
Youens sympathised with Miss Groom’s situation, the death of two sisters
and accident and relocation of her mother, all within a short space of
time. She herself was to die just three years later (1919) after 16 years
at the school.
the diocesan inspection was reported to have taken place (01/03/1916)
though the report, when received, was not entered into the Log Book.
were few comments on attendance, and almost all of these were in respect
of poor weather.
war received little comment during 1916.
The only relevant statement was to the effect that the school day
was changed in late October to save on light and fuel. Perhaps Ralph
Youens comment was prompted by Ambrose Bane’s circular in 1915 to try to
restrict the use of wood and coal and mentioned at the Manager’s meeting
that year (12/03/1915), or possibly following on Mr Gott’s injunction to
save on paper (Manager’s meeting of 5/06/1916). What ever may have caused
the remark, it was usual for the school day to finish earlier in the late
autumn and winter to enable the children to travel home in the light.
Clough’s late arrival for school each day towards the end of the year,
is a curious one. It appears
that she had complained to the Vicar (who then recounted it to the
Managers on 19/11/1916) that she was not permitted to teach any of the
scripture lessons, this being done by Beatrice Grist.
This had resulted in some friction between her and Ralph Youens. The
Vicar had therefore given permission for her arrival to correspond to the
conclusion of the scripture lessons. Ralph Youens explained that the
reason for her not teaching the scripture was related to insufficient room
in the school to allow the planned groupings of children for scripture.
First uploaded: 1 March 2021