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1917 ~ An Overview from the Log Book


Ruislip Church of England School
Log Book 1890-1925
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- 1917 -

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 1917 was kept by the School Master, Ralph Youens.

In 1916 one of the Managers, William Lavender, had requested a longer summer holiday to allow children to assist in the annual hay making.  Though the holiday was neither extended nor brought forward that year, the haymaking possibly having taken place in the late Whitsun holiday, in 1917 Ralph Youens noted the extension of the summer holiday since there was insufficient time for haymaking at Whitsun.  This mid term-break was two weeks earlier in 1917 and reduced to two and a half days.  

The change in the summer holiday date was one consequence of the high number of men no longer available to work on the land due to the war.  Another effect was the granting of leave of absence when men returned from the front.  This would appear to be the case when Miss Holden’s sister married in June, and again Miss Bates being allowed time to see her fiancé.  It also seems likely that Miss Swyer had been involved in voluntary work to support the war effort. 

Miss Swyer was to leave in May after nearly seven years at the school, her replacement being Miss Bates.  For Miss Groome, the death of two sisters the previous year, was to be followed by her mother’s death in 1917. There had been problems between Ralph Youens and Dorothy Clough in 1916.  Although the Master had given some excuse for her not being involved in the teaching of Scripture, this may have covered another reason, since there is no other example of such a disagreement in the Log Book (though previously Mrs Youens had also been allowed to arrive at the end of scripture lessons cf. Managers’ Minutes for 2/04/1910).  Whatever the case, there were to be further issues in 1917 when Dorothy Clough chose to absent herself from work to go shopping!

As in 1916, there was a diocesan inspection but no visit from HMI.

It would seem that the pupil population in the Ruislip school had become quite stable and if new children were admitted other than when they first started schooling, they were of a reasonable level of competence.  Fredrick Howes caused Ralph Youens to complain about the child’s poor education prior to arrival, the first time he had done so for a number of years.






The school was re-opened after Xmas Holidays.


Miss Groome has been absent this week in consequence of the illness and death of her mother.




Miss Swyer has been absent today to attend a ‘function’ connected with canteen work at Woolwich, at which she has worked in spare time most assiduously.


Miss Swyer was absent this afternoon with permission to attend meeting in respect of application for a situation.


The Diocesan Examination was held today.  The registers were not marked.


Inspector’s General Remarks

The school is doing good work.  In Divisions I, II & III the individual and often intelligent answering gives evidence of correct teaching of facts and their meaning, the response is not as general as it might be, and the lessons need to be emphasised on their practical side.  Division IV is quite excellent and the children answer smartly and thoughtfully – revealing very earnest & hard work by the teacher. 

Division I   Very Good    Division   II   Very Good 

Division III Very Good    Division  IV  Excellent.




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

William A.G. Gray


The meeting this morning has been abandoned owing to the deep fall of snow.  Number presenting themselves 31.  The meeting this afternoon has been abandoned from similar reason to those of this morning.


Broke up for Easter Holidays    1 week 1½ days


Re-assembled after Easter Holidays


Broke up this morning for Whitsun Holidays 2½ days

Miss E.R. Swyer left this school May 11th 1917


Re-assembled after Whitsun Holidays. 

The Summer Holidays will be prolonged for Haymaking in consequence of the less time at Whitsuntide &c

Miss Bates commenced duties in this school on May 11th 1917.




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

William A.G. Gray


It is a very wet morning & the attendance is small in consequence.

Miss H.M. Holden has been absent yesterday & today by permission to attend sister’s wedding festivities.


We broke up this morning for the Summer Holiday – 5 weeks.


Re-assembled after the Summer Holidays.


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

William A.G. Gray


Miss D. Clough was absent this afternoon with a bad ‘bilious attack’.


Miss Clough returned to school this morning.




Admitted Fredrick Howes, classified in previous school as <Standard> Va.  While he is an average boy for general subjects his knowledge of arithmetic is practically nil.  I am starting him with the first four simple rules.  I am yet uncertain whether his disability arises from ‘mental defect’ or previous neglect.


Miss C. Bates was absent on 8th & 9th. Her fiancé returned from France and furlough.  This was the cause of her absence.


Miss Grist is absent today by permission.


Miss D. Clough absented herself yesterday, as she informs me, for the purpose of ‘shopping’.  This I understand her to say was without the knowledge or permission of the managers. 

This action appears to be the outcome of a contemplated half term holiday [LB1:405] which the mangers were unable to granted. (sic)

When informed by me of the managers decision Miss Clough remarked that she should ‘take a holiday’.


Fredrick Howes <Standard> V & referred to October 1st is now definitely working arithmetic from the first four simple rules.  Although very slow he is able to ‘improve’ gradually.  I conclude he has previously been neglected.


Miss Clough is away today with a bad bilious attack.





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