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1919 ~ An Overview from the Log Book


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

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.

Ralph Youens 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.  

Beatrice 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 occasion.

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.






Re-assembled after Christmas Holidays.  Mrs Forster will be absent this week.  Her son has returned from France on leave. 


Mrs Forster left today in consequence of the demobilisation of her two sons.  She has left the district.


Mrs Green came to us today as ‘supply’ for Infants.  She has been a war-time supply at Northwood Council School for 2½ years (permanent)


Much snow on the ground this morning.  Sixteen children came, their feet & clothes were wet in several cases.  In consequence the meeting was abandoned for today.




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

William A.G. Gray


Mrs Green is absent today owing to ‘strike’ on the District Railway (telegram)
(Probably initial action following on from government announcements that it intended to cut rates of pay that had been agreed with unions during WWI.  It was eventually to lead to the nine-day strike later in the year)


The attendance is very small this morning owing to the fall of snow yesterday Present Mixed 35 + Infants 13 = 48


Mrs Green was absent yesterday 17th with a bad chill.

Much snow has fallen during the night & is still falling.  It is a very cold & wet morning in consequence.  The attendance is 18+9 =27.


Mrs Green was absent today from sickness.


Broke up this morning for Easter Holidays.


Diocesan Exam held this morning. Registers not marked today.


Scholars re assemble today after Easter Holidays.
Very few present in consequence of the weather – snowstorm yesterday.




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

W.A.G. Gray


In answer to my letter of Messrs Philip & Tacey in respect of non-delivery of ‘Summary’, which should have been sent with registers in March, they reply that they are still unable to forward.


Miss Grist was absent yesterday & this morning by permission of the managers to assist in moving from London to Harrow.

Broke up this morning for Whitsun Holiday 1 week ½ day


Re-assembled after Whitsun Holidays.


Half-holiday – Children’s day in connection with Local Memorial
(This does not appear to be the dedication of the Ruislip War Memorial which appears to have been 1920, cf. Imperial War Museum website. The entry was an interlinear addition, inserted later than those for the 16th and 30th June.)


Mrs Green is absent today in consequence of serious illness of her daughter.


Miss Holden is absent today in consequence of the funeral of her niece.


Mrs Green returned to duties today.




Broke up this morning for Summer Holidays.  The usual vacation 4 weeks ‘Peace’ holiday 1 week.  (ie = five weeks)


School re-opened after Summer Holidays.  With great regret I have to record the death of Miss A.C. Groome (Supplementary) who has been on the staff 16 years.  She died on August 13/19.

Miss Bedford (Certificated) commenced duties as supply teacher.


Mr Gott visited the school this afternoon.  He express his kind wished for my future happiness &c on retiring from the profession (September 30th )

(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 5/01/1914, possibly in connection with growing pupil numbers in the Ruislip-Eastcote area, or related to Frederick Hart, who had been excluded at the end of 1913.)


The Year’s Dusters & Towels are stored in the museum cupboard:
1 dozen new dusters
5 new round towels

Mrs Green is absent today, owing to stoppage of trains
(possibly another strike, cf. 04/02/1919)


Mrs Green is present today.




I am, today, resigning the Headmastership of this school.
R. Youens

Revd Gray visited the school this morning & presented me with a ‘memorial present’, on behalf of himself, the staff & children.  In doing so he made most kind reference to my 20 years service in Ruislip C.E. School.


In the hand of Beatrice Grist:
Till the arrival of the new Head Master I am taking charge of the school.

Beatrice H. Grist.

The Vicar came each day, took prayers and Holy Scripture.  From today and during the winter months registers will be closed at 1.30 p.m. and the children dismissed at 3.30 p.m.

B.H. Grist.



I, John Hough Chester, took charge of this school today.


Mr. Darlington (Chairman of the Education Committee) and Mrs Darlington visited the school this morning.


Broke up after the afternoon session for the Mid Term Holiday.  Two days October 23rd and 24th


Mrs Alice Mary Husband, formerly Miss Medcalf, commenced work as a Supplementary Teacher.  For the present she will have charge of Class II (Standard IV).  Mrs Husband before her marriage was for thirteen years a teacher in this school.


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

William A.G. Gray


Miss Grist is absent today owing to her having to go to London in place of her mother who is unwell.


Miss D.E. Bedford who was acting as a Supply Teacher here, returned to Whitehall School, Uxbridge this morning, and urgent message recalling her having been received from Mr Bane.




The nurse attended today and examined every child in the school.  She reported that the cleanliness of the children was much above the average.


A record of the attendances for the past thirteen weeks of Gertrude and Helen Abbott was sent in today to the Attendance Officer.


Owing to shortage of staff, Standards V, VI and VII will be taken by the Head Teacher, Miss Holden will have charge of Standards III and IV and Mrs Husbands will be responsible for Standards I and II.


Owing to heavy rain the attendance dropped to 95 out of 155 this morning.


A very stormy wet morning.  Mrs Husbands and all the children from Eastcote were unable to come owing to the road being flooded.  55 children present, 100 absent. As the weather improved towards mid-day more children came in the afternoon.  Mrs Husbands was also present.


The National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children officer called today with regard to the Abbotts from Field End, Eastcote.

The three classes in the Mixed Department [LB1:417] commenced work today according to a new Time Table.  Needlework for Girls, and drawing for boys will be taken on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons.  Miss Holden takes the Upper Girls and Mrs Husbands the Lower Girls for Needlework while the Head Teacher takes all the boys for Drawing.


Percentage of Attendance 71.5


Mr Settrington, H.M. Inspector visited the school today, and was present both morning and afternoon.


We broke up this morning for the Christmas Holidays – two weeks.

The attendance this week has been much better than it usually has been in the week preceding Christmas.  Percentage 85.1





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