The BWI Archives
1919 ~ An Overview from the Log Book
Ruislip Church of England School
- 1919 -
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 1919 was kept by the School Master, Ralph Youens until the
end of September, for the first week of October by Beatrice Grist, and
thereafter, by John Chester.
retained. That for 1919 was kept by the School Master, Ralph Youens until the end of September, for the first week of October by Beatrice Grist, and thereafter, by John Chester.
In the main,
attendance of pupils and staff was affected by poor weather, with heavy
snowfalls occurring as late as April.
After a period
of relative stability in the school’s staffing, 1919 was to see a number
of changes. In the second half
of 1918 both Dorothy Clough and Miss Bates had left. Ralph Youens had only
noted one new teacher, Mrs F.E. Forster, who came as supply from
23/09/1918. She left in 1919, her place taken by Mrs Green, again
initially as supply, but lacking appropriate qualifications, though these
were later acquired.
commented on the increasing difficulty of coping with all that he was
required to do as the only male on the staff.
In the end he decided to take the retirement opportunity that the
government offered. This was not, however, before the loss of another
member of staff: over the summer holiday the long-suffering Miss Groome
died, probably aged 47. Mr Youens’ replacement as Master was John Chester.
After initially being filled by another supply teacher (Miss
Bedford) Miss Groome’s place was eventually taken by Mrs Husbands
who had previously worked very successfully at the school for a number of
years before her marriage (= Miss Medcalf).
However, she was not appropriately qualified by the then current
standards. While the Managers
supported her appointment, ultimately it had to be terminated.
It is clear then that coping with an inadequately
staffed school was an initial challenge for John Chester, quickly finding
himself and two other teachers with teaching responsibilities for all the
children with the exception of the Infant department – possibly 155
children at the time.
Grist was appointed in April 1910 when permission was given for her to
continue living with her parents in London, rather than locally, which was
the normal expectation (cf. Managers’ minutes 02/04/1910).
This appears to have not to have caused a problem for prompt and
regular attendance. However,
nearly ten years later the move to a more local location was finally made.
While the war
effectively came to an end in November 1918, formal peace was not
confirmed until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28th June 1919.
The country celebrated this event with Peace Day, July 19th, though
Ralph Youens made no mention of this, nor of an associated holiday.
However, an additional week was added to the summer holiday to mark
The school year gradually resumed its pre-war
appearance. The regular cycle
of diocesan and HMI inspections (the diocesan report was not copied into
the Log Book until half way through 1920, p.421; it appears that no HMI
report was received), routine health checks, carried out by a nurse rather
than a doctor, and the reappearance of Ambrose Bane, the regional clerk to
the Middlesex Local Education Authority, more appropriately thought of as
a divisional education officer.
First uploaded: 3 March 2021