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1920 ~ An Overview from the Log Book


Ruislip Church of England School
Log Book 1890-1925
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- 1920 -

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 1920 was kept by the School Master, John Chester.

John Chester was concerned with attendance, and made frequent notes of the percentage present, in this he was similar to Charles Ratcliffe, the Head who raised the standard of the school so significantly nearly 25 years previously. The percentage of 94.8, on which he congratulated himself on 21st May, very much falls in line with current day expectations. However, he also noted that certain contagious diseases were also found in the school, which if allowed to get out of hand, could have increased the number of absentees.  

There seemed to be a significant number of staff absences.  

Medical inspections had recommenced the previous year, carried out by a nurse. These also included checks on child welfare, with certain families identified where the children were being poorly cared for.  

The permanent staffing of the school, which had become unstable in the immediate aftermath of the war, began to settle in 1920. Charlotte Green’s appointment had been confirmed towards the end of 1919 when she was successful in the King’s Scholarship examination. Alice Husbands, for the time being at least, had re-joined the staff. And at the start of the autumn term Miss Lydia Jordan arrived.

Therefore the distribution at the start of the autumn term was probably:

Upper School
Class I:   Lydia Jordan
Class II:  John Chester
Class III: Hilda Holden
Class IV: Alice Husbands  

Teacher in charge:   Beatrice Grist
Assistant:                Charlotte Green  

The HMI inspection was carried out in its usual summer location, though no follow-up report was entered into the Log Book.  The Managers were informed that the annual diocesan inspection was being moved, this too would be in the summer. The report of the inspector’s visit was forwarded promptly, with John Chester entering into the Log Book both the 1919 and 1920 inspection reports at the very end of the summer term.

As a brief reflection on the comment on the Dedication of the Ruislip War Memorial, if this had been carried out by the Bishop of London (rather than one of the suffragans) it would almost certainly have been the first time that Arthur Foley Winnington Ingram visited the village, the location of a school that was to carry his name just over ten years in the future.






Re-opened school this morning.


Mr Bane, the Divisional Correspondent, visited the school and checked the registers with the summary.


Mrs Husbands was absent today, owing to the illness of her little boy.


The nurse visited the school this morning.




Mrs Green was absent today through illness.


The nurse visited the school today and examined all the children.  Mabel Hawes was found to be in a filthy state.  All the member of the Hawes, Abbotts and Silvers were in an unsatisfactory condition.


The nurse visited the school today.


Mrs Green was absent today through illness.


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

William A.G. Gray

I am glad to notice a decided improvement in the discipline of the scholars.

W.A.G. Gray


Half holiday for the Dedication of the War Memorial.

(According to the Imperial War Museum website the memorial was first dedicated in St Martin’s churchyard on 2 April 1920, and attended by the Bishop of London, though a local booklet suggests it may have been the Bishop of Kensington rather than London and this seems more likely given the status of the occasion.


Broke up this afternoon for the Easter Holiday.


Re-assembled after Easter Holiday. 
Average for week 163.6


I, the Head teacher, was absent for a time this morning with the consent of the Managers.


Mrs Green was absent today owing to illness.


Mrs Green returned today, but still is far from well.


This being Ascension Day, a half holiday was given.

Although it was the week of the fair, the attendance [LB1:418] was good.  Percentage 93.2


Broke up today for the Whitsun Holiday. 
183 on the books.  Average attendance 173.6. Percentage 94.8
This is the best attendance of which I can find any record.


Re-assembled after two days holiday.  
Several children absent owing to Pinner Fair.


Mrs Green was absent today owing to a bilious attack.  
Although at school she was very unwell the day before.


With 184 on roll, the average attendance was 175.  Percentage 95.1


Mr Stobart and Mr Settrington, H.M. Inspectors, visited the school today and examined the work.


I was absent today, owing to loss of voice, and being very unwell.  Miss Grist took charge.


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

William A.G. Gray


The Diocesan Examination was held today, therefore the registers were not marked.




The attendance of the older children was very bad this afternoon owing to heavy rain although the infants were practically all present.  Any excuse is good enough for staying away from school.


The medical inspection of the school commenced today.  Children of 5, 8 and over 12 years of age are to be examined.  There are about 100 of these ages.  Many children are away because of measles.
George, Ellen, Grace and Doris Martin are excluded by the doctor, for scabies.


Miss Grist who was very unwell yesterday and not fit to be in school, is absent today.


Miss Grist returned this morning although still weak.


The average attendance has fallen to 153.6 for the week.  This is entirely due to measles, ringwork, impetigo &c. 27 children have been excluded during this month for various reasons.


The medical inspection was concluded today.  The doctor said nearly all the children are [LB1:421] sadly lacking in physique, development, and alertness.  They are almost without exception, and especially the boys, dull and heavy.



Last Year’s            Diocesan Report              Examination April 7th 1919

“In spite of a difficult year through sickness, the work done shews improvement, and on the whole the school passed a very good examination.  The teaching in Divisions I, II, and III is earnest and instructive, but it is important that the practical side of the Christian Faith should be more strongly emphasised.  The response at times might have been more general and accurate, but there was evidence especially in Division II that intelligent and thoughtful work had been done.  Division IV was excellent.  It had been capably taught on the right lines”

(Signed)  H.J. Reginald Osborne.

1st Division, Very Good;   2nd Division, Very Good;
3rd Division, Very Good;   4th Division, Excellent

Copy in the log book countersigned by the Vicar:

William A.G. Gray



Diocesan Report.            Examination July 2nd 1920

“The new Master will be already congratulated upon the success of the school.  It is in excellent order, the children are eager, and interested, and most attentive in each Division, though the 2nd and 3rd are not yet so ready in expression as the eldest and youngest.”

(Signed) Leigh H. Nixon.

1st Division, Excellent;    2nd Division, Very Good;
3rd Division, Very Good; 4th Division,  Excellent

Copy in the log book countersigned by the Vicar:

William A.G. Gray




School broke up this afternoon for the Summer Holiday.  Many children are absent today, this having been the custom here for years past.  A list of the offenders has been made for reference when school re-opens.


School re-opened today instead of yesterday.  This alteration became necessary owing to the interior of the school not being ready to be scrubbed down until Monday morning, as the painters did not finish the inside work on Saturday 21st, and it was impossible to clean the place down in time.  Miss Grist was absent today, as she had not been able to return from her holiday.


Miss Grist returned to duty this morning.


Miss L.M. Jordan commenced work in this school today.  She will take Class I while the Head Teacher will take Class II




Mrs Green was absent today owing to illness.


Mrs Green was absent this morning as she was very unwell.

With 189 on the roll the average attendance was 185.5 and the percentage of attendance 98.1%.  The first class Infants and III Class in upper school made a perfect attendance the whole week.


Mr Bane, the Divisional Correspondent visited the school and checked the registers and summary.


The first class Infants again attained 100% of attendance for the week.  The attendance of the first and second class in the upper school was very poor only reaching 82.5% and 89.6% respectively.


Mrs Husbands was absent today as she had to go to London to pack her furniture ready for removal.


Mrs Husbands was away today as her furniture arrived from London.  
Both these absences were with the consent of the Managers.


The attendance this week fell to 83.3%.  This is the first time during this term it has fallen below 90%


Mrs Husbands was absent today owing to an [LB1:424] attack of asthma.
Dr Jepson, one of the Managers, checked the registers today.


Mrs Husbands returned today.


Broke up after afternoon session for the Christmas Holidays.





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