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1921 ~ An Overview from the Log Book


Ruislip Church of England School
Log Book 1890-1925
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- 1921 -

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 1921 was kept by the Headmaster, John Chester.

Adverse weather seems not to have reduced attendance at the school to the extent that it required comment. However scarlet fever reappeared among the children.

There were regular health checks for the pupils throughout the year, both from a nurse alone, and then followed by a doctor and nurse together. 1921 was the first year in which a dental check was also identified.   John Chester made no reference to children whose welfare was being neglected, as he had the previous year, which may suggest the issues identified in 1920 had been successfully addressed.  Also appearing for the first time, was a Fire Drill.

Staffing and the quality of education being delivered was becoming an issue.  Two HMI visits, the pattern before the war, seem to have been resumed.  It is apparent that though Ralph Youens had sustained an effective quality of education when he assumed control of the school in 1899, this may not to have been developed and, together with the war and the difficulties over staffing, educational expectations were no longer as high as they should have be.  John Chester had begun to address these, and some progress was acknowledged.  However, poor quality of teaching from Hilda Holden and Alice Husbands was noted, compounded in the latter’s case, by unsatisfactory qualifications. (This view of the two teachers was also backed up in part by the independent diocesan inspection report.) The inspectors also felt that the school needed to recruit a second male teacher. This had been attempted on two previous occasions and, even though one was to be found in the near future, it was not an unmitigated success. During 1921 Lydia Jordan left to be replaced by Ellaline Anne Weaving (who work was commended by the Inspectors), and at the end of the year, and at the request of the Managers, both Hilda Holden and Alice Husbands left.

John Chester made several adjustments to the class structure, in order to provide a more effective education, but was conscious that appropriate progress could be achieved until the there was a change in staff.  Another issue for the Headmaster was the poor standard of cleaning of the school.  This too had been identified by the Inspectors in their report. Notwithstanding the Managers having increased the salary of the cleaner, Mrs Soper, at their August meeting, this was clearly poor and as a consequence detailed comments were made in the Log Book and the matter referred to the Vicar as correspondent to the Managers.  

Space was increasingly an issue.  The Inspectors, while recognising the efforts the Managers were making to improve the environment, these could not disguise the need for better and more appropriate space.  A case in point was the large room (Room A) being used for two classes (probably each of over 40 children) being taught by two teachers simultaneously.  The Infant Department had many years previously been divided to provide two teaching areas, one for the youngest pupils (the ‘babies’) the other for the older pupils. However, when examinations needed to be held for a handful of pupils, or medical or dental inspections took place, space had to be found, and this was probably always the ‘babies’ room, these children being displaced to the other Infant classroom, where increasingly pupils were receiving a more formal education.

There were the occasional visits from regional officers of the LEA, Ambrose Bane, and, one assumes Mr Harbord, though his exact status has not been identified.  John Chester was possibly showing some irritation at two visits to check registers and pupil number in no more than a week or so.  

The purpose of Benjamin Gott’s latest visit as Secretary to the Middlesex Education Committee (November) is recorded as ‘with regard to the changes in the Staff’.  Presumably, therefore, it dealt with the Managers seeking to remove both Hilda Holden and, more especially, Alice Husbands.






Re-opened school this morning.  Owing to scarlet fever, the Weatherleys, Arthur Collins, and Gladys Rogers are absent.

Five children were admitted today. Mrs Green left early today as her daughter is in Hospital.  She left early again on 12th


Miss Grist is away part of today in order to visit other schools to study methods &c.


Mrs Green was absent this afternoon.


The nurse visited the school today and thoroughly examined every child.


Mrs Green was absent today through illness.


Mrs Green returned to duty


Two classes made perfect attendance this week.


Miss Jordan was so unwell today that I sent her home at the end of morning session.


The attendance has been better this week 93.9%




Miss Jordan returned to duty this morning.

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

William A.G. Gray


The doctor visited the school today and examined 35 children.


Mr Harbord checked the registers today.  The registers and summary were checked on March 7th by Mr. Bane


Miss Upton gave an address to the children this afternoon on life in Japan.  As she is a teacher in that country, she came in the dress of a teacher, and shewed models of the costumes worn by children &c.


School Broke up this afternoon for the Easter Holiday.


School re-opened today.
The classes are re-arranged as follows:-


First     Class

(Standards V. VI. VII)

Room A



Second Class

(Standards IIIa. IV)

Room C

Miss Jordan


Third    Class

(Standards II. IIIb)

Room A

Miss Holden


Fourth  Class

(Standards I. II)

Room B

Mrs Husbands


Infants  Class I

Miss Grist




           Class II

Mrs Green.






The dentist was here all day inspecting children’s teeth.  He will be here again tomorrow.


As Miss Jordan left last evening, her place was taken today by Miss Canham on Supply from Uxbridge.


Scholarship Examination was held today in the Baby Room.  Six candidates sat, five from Ruislip and one from Ickenham.


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

William A.G. Gray


Today being Ascension Day, a whole holiday was given.


There has been a serious drop in the attendance this week, chiefly due to the Fair.  The Education Committee are re-issuing the Monthly Returns of Attendance for the Uxbridge Division, and it is very gratifying to find that Ruislip School has the highest percentage for the month of April 94%.


Broke up today for Whitsun Holiday (2 days)




Mr Bane, the Divisional Correspondent visited the school this morning, and before leaving checked the summary with the registers.  Mr Darlington (Chairman of the Education Committee) and Mrs Darlington paid a visit to the school this afternoon.


Owing to the notices only arriving this morning, several children who were due at the Dental Clinic at Uxbridge, were unable to go as arranged.


The attendance this month was not so good as last. 93.1%


Mr Settrington and Miss Ryan, H.M. Inspectors visited the school today.


Miss A.J. Canham who has been here on supply since April 14th left today.


Miss E.A. Weaving commenced work today.  She has charge of Class II.


The attendance during June has been better than that of May. 95.4%


The doctor came this morning but owing to delay in the post and a misunderstanding there was no medical inspection.


Copy of Report made by Mr Settrington and
Miss Ryan, H.M.I’s after visit on June 7th

All the rooms have recently been redecorated and since the last report a portion of the boys’ playground (large enough to extend a class for Physical Training) has been asphalted.  These old premises remain, however, inconvenient, and if their use is to continue for long, a sound-proof partition might be erected in the main-room, where two classes are taught.

On the day of inspection the classrooms were dusty and untidy.

In the Infants’ section and in Classes 3 and 4, the material for reading is poor in quality and insufficient in quantity.  Many of the books are old-fashioned in style and dilapidated in appearance.

The Infants’ section is capably managed and the children are making very fair progress though their attainments in reading and number are somewhat low for their age.  Some attempts are made to secure clearness of speech in recitation and the singing of the first class is pleasing.

Above this section the children are organised in four classes covering the work of Standards I to VII.  Neither of the two lowest is very successfully taught; there is an absence of enterprise and brightness, which is reflected in the slowness of the children to respond when questioned.  Nor is the work in the 3 R’s sound, and all the more credit is due to the teacher of the two upper classes, that since the last inspection (about a year ago) the attainments generally have reached a higher level; more particularly arithmetic and composition have improved.  The Head Master, who took charge in October 1919, may well be encouraged by the advance already made; he takes a large share in the class teaching, but finds time for some general supervision.  The children are well disciplined and the improvement in regularity of attendance indicates an increasing interest on the part of the scholars.  The five Assistant Teachers are all women, which possibly accounts for the fact that the girls are keener and more forward in their work than the boys.  When opportunity arises, the appointment of a male assistant seems advisable.  The recognition of the Supplementary Teacher in this school cannot be continued indefinitely.

Other points, including the high average of the children in the various classes, the encouragement of individual work, and the teaching of needlecraft were discussed during the inspection.

This copy of the report entered into the log book countersigned by the Vicar:

William A.G. Gray
July 7th 1921         Correspondent




The doctor and nurse attended this morning and examined a number of children.


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




The doctor completed the medical inspection of the school today.


While this heat wave lasts the children will be dismissed after half past three.  With all the windows and doors open the temperature is still in the region of 90%.


The history lesson in the first class was not given yesterday, as the children are visiting the Church today at 10.45 a.m. to have an address on the architecture and history of the building by the Vicar.


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

William A.G. Gray


School broke up this afternoon for the Summer Holiday.  The attendance was very bad this week.


Re-opened school today.  Attendance still bad.


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

W.A.G. Gray


Nurse visited the school today and examined 198 children.  2 excluded for scabies, 1 for impetigo.




Fire Drill was taken today


Miss Holden was absent this afternoon as she had to go to the Divisional Offices.  The Doctor came this afternoon and examined about 30 children.


Margaret Allen and her sister Aileen are withdrawn as Margaret has scarlet fever.


Miss Grist is absent today on personal business.  Mr. Stobart, H.M. Inspector visited the school today and examined the work of the classes.

The Sanitary Officer called today.


Diocesan Report. 1921  Inspection July 7th
by Rev. Prebendary H.F.R. Osborne

The teaching as a whole is careful and accurate.  It includes the fundamentals of the Christian Faith as well as selected Bible narratives and care is taken to keep in touch with the children’s present experience and needs.

The teaching of the Infant Class is stimulating and high toned and the children are free in expressing their opinions.  Some large pictures would be helpful here.

In the other classes there is a section who are very reticent and are quite content to let others do the thinking.  The latter shew quick intelligence and some power of reflection, the former need special attention in order to bring them somewhat more into line with their more thoughtful companions.

With the adoption of the suggestions made at the Inspection real progress may be expected during the year.

(Signed)    H.J. Reginald Osborne
Diocesan Inspector.




In accordance with the suggestions of H.M. Inspector alterations were made today in the arrangement of the classes.


Class I


will be taken by Head Teacher




by Assistant Master but until his arrival by Miss Holden (T.C.A) and Head Teacher




Mrs Husbands (S)




Miss Weaving (T.C.A.)


This re-modelling of the classes will entail several alterations in the Time Table.


Mr. Cook called with reference to a few repairs.


Miss Holden sent a telegram this morning stating that she was unable to attend today.


Miss Holden returned today.


Broke up this afternoon for Mid-Term Holiday


School re-assembled today.  On Miss Grists’ initiative, Individual and Sectional work is being done in the Infant Department. Work of this character has been carried on in the upper standards for some months past.  When the staff is strengthened, it is hoped that individual work in other subjects than arithmetic will be possible in the first and other classes.


Mr Bane called today.  He checked ‘The Summary’ before leaving.


The children of the 1st and 2nd classes attended Church this morning during the time set apart for Religious Instruction.


The Vicar visited the school this morning.


The cleaning of the school leaves much to [LB1:435]  be desired, only the more obvious accumulations of dirt being swept up.  The dusting is very carelessly done.


During the winter months if the weather is bad, the children will be dismissed at 3.30 pm to enable them to get home in the daylight.


I shall be absent this afternoon, as I have to go to High Wycombe to interview a candidate for the post vacant in this school.


Today being Armistice Day, the children will take part in a service at the War Memorial.  Instead of religious instruction being taken, secular work will be taken at nine a.m. till 10.35 a.m. and from 11.20 to 12.0.


Miss Weaving is absent today, Miss Holden takes her class.  The Doctor is here all day today, Mrs Green’s Class will occupy the one side of the other infant room.  Miss Grist took the first and second class  Issues with accommodating the medical inspections first detected – no spare rooms


Average 201.   96.1%


Mrs Husbands is away today with an attack of asthma.  As Miss Weaving is still absent, Mrs Green will take Class IV and Miss Holden Class III.  I take Classes I. II.  Miss Grist will take both classes of Infants.




Mr Gott called today with regard to the changes in the Staff.

(Sir Benjamin Gott, Secretary to Middlesex County Council Education Committee from 1902 to 1928.)


Miss Weaving is still absent.

With the exception of Room A, the floor of which has been washed, the whole school and cloakrooms are very dirty and dusty.  I have complained to the cleaners but it is not even a little better, but rather worse.  I have reported the matter to the Chairman of Managers.


When the dustman came this morning he burnt his hand when he caught hold of the handle of the dust bin.  On examination the bin was found to be full of hot cinders placed there the night before by the cleaners.


Mr Young called today with regard to the provision of new reading books &c. He thoroughly agreed that new readers of all kinds were required.


As many children are going to an Entertainment this afternoon, school will commence at 1.15 p.m. and close at 3.15 p.m.


Miss Weaving returned to duty this morning.


The Baby Class made a full attendance this week 100%  Children have been much more regular than in the corresponding weeks during the last two years 94.5%




The Baby Class again made a full attendance this week. 100%

Miss Holden and Mrs Husbands ceased work in the school today, but their engagements do not terminate until December 31st.

School broke up today for Christmas Holidays.

Prizes were distributed today.

Percentage of attendance for the Quarter 92.9.





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