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1919 ~ The Managers' Minute Books


Ruislip Church of England School
Managers’ Minute Book 1
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- 1919 -

There had been no record of the Managers meeting in 1918. Below we present the record of their meetings held during 1919.  

1919 was the year in which the Managers effectively agreed to close the Ruislip Church School. However, there were conditions attached to their agreement, and these were not forthcoming.  

It was also the year in which, after 20 years serving as the Head Teacher, Ralph Youens took advantage of new legislation (the School Teachers (Superannuation) Act 1918) and retired.  His place was to be taken by John Chester. In part, Mr Youens departure from the school may have been precipitated by a lack of support from a second male teacher.  The Managers had contemplated recruiting a man in 1911 but then, as in 1919, it proved very difficult to make a suitable appointment. Although this was to be achieved the following year under John Chester, it was not to prove wholly satisfactory. 

A recruitment that initially appeared to be a successful appointment was that of Mrs Husbands, previously Miss Medcalf.  By 1919 all teachers were expected to be fully certificated; she first appeared in the school records in January 1898 under ‘article 68 of the Code’, implying she probably started as a pupil teacher, directly trained to carry out her duties by a School Master, serving a four or five year apprenticeship. However, there is a record at the back of the first Log Book (p.502) that stated, as Miss Medcalf, she was 'Not a P T', had a date for her sitting the Q.S. (Queens Scholarship examination) in December 1897, a month before she joined the Ruislip Church School and that her 'Last School: Hindoo British Institution, Bombay'. The Managers were aware of her good work at the school before her marriage, and were prepared to argue her case to the LEA.




January 25th 1919

A Meeting of the Foundation Managers was held at ‘Sigers’, Eastcote, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 25th

Present:      The Vicar & Mr & Mrs Goschen




The Vicar reported that Miss Warrender had resigned her post as Foundation Manager & that he had written to her to express his regret at the decision to which she had arrived.  

It was proposed, seconded, & unanimously resolved that Mrs Gray be appointed in Miss Warrender’s place.






February 1st 1919

A Meeting of the Managers was held at the Vicarage on Saturday, February 1st at 3 p.m.
when the following were present:

      Mr & Mrs Goschen, Mrs Gray Mr W. Lavender
      & the Vicar in the Chair.




Mr Cecil Fane de Salis was also present to explain the intentions & wishes of the Middlesex Education Committee with regard to supplying school accommodation here.  He suggested that 3 courses were open:

1stly - to build at Eastcote which he did not think advisable as the growth of the population was more likely here.

2ndly - to build for Infants & use our school for elder children, or to build for elder children & use ours for infants, and

3rdly - to build a large school to accommodate all.

The Vicar pressed the importance of the religious instruction for Church of England children & Mr de Salis said he thought the Committee would allow these children to be taught church teaching in our school between the hours of 9 & 10 a.m. & then they could go on to the Council School.  

It was thought that if this was allowed the ‘difficulty’ could be met & we should not then attempt to enlarge our school.  

It was decided to have a future meeting & to send a reply to the Committee. 


William A.G. Gray




February 22nd 1919

A Managers’ Meeting was arranged for February 22nd at 3 p.m. at the Vicarage – but it was adjourned as there was not a quorum in attendance.






March 15th 1919

The adjourned meeting was held on this date at the Vicarage at 8.30 p.m.

Present:      Mr & Mrs Goschen, Mrs Gray
                  & the Vicar in the Chair




The minutes of the meeting of February 1st were read & signed.




Mr Gray was asked to write to Mr de Salis re the new school & Religious Education on the lines of our conversation with him on February 1st.




He also announced that Mrs Green was not appointed permanent teacher in the Infant School as she had “no qualification”




No other business was done.


William A.G. Gray




July 5th 1919

A Meeting of the Managers was held in the Vicarage at 8.30 p.m. on Saturday, July 5th <1919>

Present:      Mr Goschen, Dr Jepson, Mr Mitchell, Mrs Gray                   & the Vicar in the Chair




The minutes of the last meeting were read & confirmed.




The Vicar read the letter which he had written to Mr de Salis, Chairman of the Middlesex Education Committee in which the following passage occurred.

“We are ourselves unanimously of opinion that definite religious teaching on church lines is the most important factor in building up the character of children & we wish to safeguard that for our children.  We therefore welcomed the statement you made that in your opinion the Education Committee would consent to the children of Church of England parents receiving church teaching in our existing school between the hours of 9 & 10 a.m. if a new County School were built for all the children in the district. If you can assure us on this point, we shall make no effort to improve or add to our existing school, but welcome on hygienic grounds the erection of a large school by your authority.”  

No reply had been received to this letter.   

Letter from Mr Gott saying that as Mrs Green had passed the King’s Scholarship exam, the committee would give their consent to her appointment on the permanent staff

& a subsequent letter to say she was appointed at a salary of £90 from 26 February 1919

Letter from <Ruislip & Northwood> Urban District Council appointed Mr H. Mitchell as their representative on this board of Managers

& one from the Middlesex Education Committee appointed Dr Jepson as their representative.

Letter from Mrs Green asking for 2 days absence to nurse her child who was ill.  The request had been granted.

Letter from Mr Mitchell asking if we were taking steps to celebrate Empire Day, to which the Vicar had replied explaining what was contemplated.

Letter from Mr Gott re summer holidays




The Vicar reported that at the end of the year May 31st
the receipts amounted to £64.16.0.
& the expenditure to £7.19.4
leaving a balance in hand £56.16.8. 
The vouchers were examined & accounts passed.



Form IXE

The Staff

Form IXE, broken Period, was signed in triplicate.

The Chairman reported that the Headmaster found it hard work to carry on with a full staff & suggested that we might have a male teacher to fill Miss Bates’s place.  He had written to Mr Gott who had advertised for a male teacher, and only one reply, quite unsuitable, had been received. 

Mr Youens wrote on June 25th saying he was going to take advantage of the ‘optional retirement’ at 60 years under the Government Superannuation Scheme of 1919 & gave notice to terminate his engagement on September 30th 1919 when he would have completed 20 years’ service.  His resignation was accepted with regret & it was decided to leave the question of male or female assistant till the new Head Teacher was appointed.


William A.G. Gray
September 25 1919






September 25th 1919

A Meeting of the Managers was held at the Vicarage on September 25th at 6.30 p.m.
when the following were present:

      Mr & Mrs Goschen, Dr Jepson, Mr Mitchell, Mrs Gray
      & the Vicar in the Chair.




The minutes of the last meeting were read & confirmed.




The Vicar reported that since the last meeting he had paid rates £2.6.4 & Employers Liability Insurance £1.4.0

No money had been received

& the balance in hand was therefore £53.6.4



Miss Groome’s Death

He also reported that Miss Groome had been taken ill during the holidays & had died somewhat suddenly in hospital.  He had written to her sister to express on behalf of himself, the Managers & school staff their regret at this unfortunate occurrence & their appreciation of Miss Groome’s services.



Appointment of Head Teacher

The business of the meeting was to appoint a Head Teacher.  There were 17 applicants & their forms of application had been sent to & seen by the Managers.  Of these the applications of Mr John Hough Chester, who was personally known to 5 of the managers, was chosen and on the proposition of Mr Goschen, seconded by Mr Mitchell, he was, subject to the approval of the Education Committee of the <Middlesex> County Council, unanimously elected.



Application by Mrs Husbands

The Vicar reported that for the two other vacancies he had received only 2 applications – one was from Mrs Husbands who as Miss Medcalf had, before her marriage, served on our school staff for 13 years & 9 months & done excellent work.  He was afraid that as she was not certificated the Education Committee would not approve her appointment.  Mr Gray was unanimously requested to interview Mr Gott & to put Mrs Husbands’ case as strongly before him as possible with a view to her acceptance.  This he undertook to do.




In accordance with a former resolution, it was decided to leave the choice of the other teacher, whether it should be a male or female, to the decision of the Head Teacher


William A.G. Gray
June 26th 1920



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