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1922 ~ An Overview from the Log Book


Ruislip Church of England School
Log Book 1890-1925
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- 1922 -

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 1922 was kept by the Headmaster, John Chester.

Following the departure of Hilda Holden and Alice Husbands at the end of 1921, the school was fortunate in recruiting Edith Minett, who was to prove both a highly capable and a long serving teacher.  The second vacancy was to be filled by Arthur Robinson, a re‑trainee after the war. His arrival was delayed to allow him to complete the course, the interim being filled by a supply, who also proved to be effective.  When he arrived, John Chester placed Arthur Robison alongside Edith Minett in the large Room A - the room that accommodated two classes simultaneously - since, new to teaching, he would need some support. Although John Chester was no doubt initially pleased with the appointment, and that Arthur Robinson could oversee events such as interschool football and cricket matches, by the autumn his performance as a teacher had clearly given concern and as a result the Head exchanged places with Mrs Minett so that he could directly supervise the new teacherís work. 

Effective cleaning continued to be issue at the school. Mr Chester appears to have gone through the Log Book and alongside all his negative comments over 1921-23, marked a vertical line against each.  It is a sad reflection that work had to be done at the start of the day by the pupils and staff to ensure rooms were clean enough before work could begin.

After the excellent work during the previous two years to raise levels of attendance, it must have been a sadness to John Chester to see these drop over the early months of 1922.  Reasons for absence were mostly if not exclusively due to illness amongst the pupils, something to which the Headteacher himself and his staff were not immune. Later in the year saw excellent attendance, to the extent that at one point all children were present.

John Chester not only mirrored James Ratcliffe in his attention to pupil numbers and recording pupil attendance percentages, but also in the regular giving of examinations to check pupil progress.  He also wrote at greater length about life in the school than his immediate predecessor, Ralph Youens.  

There were the usual health checks and inspections.  It appears that great attention had been given to ensuring all children were clean and well cared for. All these elements Ė pupil wellbeing, positive presentation in the classroom, regular attendance, reward for progress Ė were seen as contributing to successful educational development. One of the families identified early on with regard to pupil welfare was the Abbott family.  While this seems to have been dealt with effectively, the children had to be excluded for a time due to their contact with (though not contraction of) meningitis.

The lack of space in the school, as in the previous year, caused John Chester to pass negative comments. Not only must teaching two large classes simultaneously but independently in a single room been extremely difficult, but the Infants too, continued to be disadvantaged by one of their rooms being taken over for various necessary activities.






School re-assembled today.  The attendance is poor.  Mrs Minett commenced work today.  She has charge of Standard III.  There being no teacher I take Class II myself.


The Vicar called this morning.
Mr Stobart, H.M. Inspector very kindly came to see me with regard to new History readers.


Mrs Waite came as a supply teacher today.  She will have charge of Class 2. The attendance is very poor today owing to a severe snowstorm.  155 present out of 195.


Mrs Green was absent this morning owing to illness.


I was absent on Wednesday and Thursday 8th 9th this week with a chill on the liver.


Mrs Waite the supply teacher is absent today.


The attendance although better this week is still very poor. [LB1:438]
A large number of children are suffering from influenza.


Mrs Waite returned today.

The cleaning of the school is still very unsatisfactory.  Much of the trouble arises from the extreme difficulty of obtaining a suitable person to do the work.  The rooms have to be dusted by the teachers or children before being used. Charts on the walls are never cleaned, the dirt is simply allowed to accumulate both on them and on many of the ledges.  It is quite impossible to keep the place even reasonably clean although much of the neglected work is done by boys.


In the Vicarís hand:
I have today tested the registers & summary and found them quite correct.

W.A.G. Gray


Today being the Wedding Day of Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles there was a whole holiday by command of the King.


As today is Ash Wednesday the children attended church till 9.35 a.m.


The attendance is still very bad.  87.6%.  The new books for individual reading have arrived and will be put into use as soon as possible.




In the Vicarís hand:
I tested the registers today and found them quite correct.

W.A.G. Gray


For the first time since January the attendance has reached over 90%.


I returned to school today having been absent since Tuesday March 21st with an attack of tonsillitis.  Commenced Term Examinations today.


Mrs Waite finished work in the school today.  She has worked very hard while she has been here, and her class shews a marked improvement in attainments.

The attendance this week reached 94.7%, but owing to the large number of cases of influenza the average attendance for the quarter is 22 below that of the previous quarter.


Mr A.S. Robinson commenced work today.  He will have charge of Standard IV.   The head teacher will take charge of Standard V. VI. VII.

The doctor was here this morning and examined 26 children.  The Baby Class has to go into the other Infant Room on these occasions, thereby making it very much overcrowded.  It is a pity there is not other accommodation at such times.




The examination for entrance scholarships was held today in the Baby Room.  Isabella Manson was the only candidate from Ruislip.  One boy from Ickenham was also examined here.


School broke up this afternoon for the Easter Holiday.  A School Team will play a game of football on the Manor Field tomorrow.  Mr. Robinson will act as referee.


School re-assembled today.


Nurse examined all the children and reported that they were very clean.  Mr Cook called about some repairs.


This afternoon at 2.0 p.m. the School Team will play a game of football on the Manor, with the Ickenham School.  The Manor Football Club very generously allow us the use of their ground for games and practice.


Mrs Minett was absent this afternoon to see the doctor.


Today being Empire Day, suitable lessons were given, patriotic songs were sung and the whole school marched past, saluting the flag.  Ĺ day holiday.


As today is Ascension Day and also Fair Day after attending church for service, a whole holiday was given to the children.


The % of attendance for May 94.9.




School broke up this afternoon for the Whitsun Holiday.


After two days holiday school re-opened.


Mr Bane called this morning with regard to the requisition for new desks (6) and a cupboard for the Baby Class.


Ruislip school boys are playing Ickenham school boys this afternoon in a game of cricket, therefore the lessons will be re-arranged (Lost by 9 runs.)


The attendance is bad today as several children have gone to Brighton with the Mothersí Union.


Several children away again today as a result of yesterdayís outing.


Five girls of the first class are away this afternoon having been taken to Kew Gardens by Mrs Goshawk.  Surely these trips could be arranged either on a holiday or a Saturday.

The school is still very dusty and dirty.


Twelve boys are playing a game of cricket with the boys from Ickenham School this afternoon on the Manor.  Ruislip won by 5 runs.


The attendance is bad this afternoon.  As there is a Bazaar at the Common and many children have asked to go out early, school will be dismissed at 3.30 p.m.  Why cannot these things be arranged on other than school days?




In the Vicarís hand:
I examined the registers and summary today & found them quite correct.

W.A.G. Gray


The school has a half holiday this afternoon for the Elementary School Sports at Cricklewood.


The Diocesan Examination is today.  The registers will not be marked.


In the Vicarís hand:
I examined the registers today & found them quite correct.

William A.G. Gray


I was absent since Friday, July 21st till yesterday afternoon, when I came for an hour.  I came today after 11 a.m. contrary to doctorís orders, as I was ordered to remain in bed owing to overstrain.  Miss Grist has been absent this week owing to illness, with the exception of Thursday morning, when she came for a time, although she had been forbidden to do so by the doctor.


School assembled today after the Summer Holiday. 
The classes are arranged as follows:-


Class I.

Standards  V, VI, VII

Room B

Head Teacher


Class II.

Standard   Vb, IV

Room A

Mrs Minett


Class III.

Standard   3

Room A

Mr Robinson


Class IV.

Standard   II

Room C

Miss Weaving


Class I.


Room D

Miss Grist




Room E

Mrs Green




The School Sports for the Uxbridge Division schools were today, so school was closed.


Five prizes were won at the sports.  The winners being K. Luxton, E. Snelling, Lily Legg 2, R. Rogers




Diocesan Report.         Inspection July 14th by
Rev. Canon Maplesden.

The work in the two Infant Rooms deserves warm commendation.  The children are taught with much skill and their power of self-expression is exceptional.

In the Mixed department the results are more even than they were a year ago and there are now few children who fail to do their share of work.  Unfortunately the plans for the division of Standards IV-VII had to be abandoned during the year with the result that half the class is at a great disadvantage.  The best has been made of a difficult situation and the elder children have well developed powers of reflection.

There is a healthy and religious tone throughout the school and the children are accustomed to think for themselves.

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

The copy of the report in the log book was countersigned by the Vicar:

W.A.G. Gray




The nurse examined all the children this afternoon.  She reported them as all perfectly clean, and this as the only school in her district without a dirty child.


Organised games will be taken on Friday afternoons.


In the Vicarís hand:
I examined the registers today & found them quite correct.

W.A.G. Gray


The attendance for the week is 98.5%.  Three classes attained 100%. 


For the first time since I took charge of the school three years ago, all the children are present.  School broke up today for the Mid Term Holiday.


School re-assembled today.  The dentist is here today.


The attendance for the month is 97.4%. 
The dentist was here all day today. 
Mr. Bane called this morning to see some members of the staff with regard to the adjustment of their salaries.


The dentist will complete he inspection today.




The children of the three top classes attended church this morning, as it is All Saintsí Day today.

During the months of November, December, January and February the children will be dismissed at 3.30 p.m. to enable them to reach home in the daylight.


I was absent from school this morning and part of the afternoon owing to the serious illness of my wife.


I was absent from school for the last quarter of an hour this morning in order to see my wife who is dangerously ill.


The children had a holiday today as the school premises were required for the Parliamentary Election.

(The United Kingdom general election of 1922 was held on Wednesday 15 November 1922. It was the first general election after most of Ireland left the United Kingdom to form the Irish Free State, and was won by the Conservatives led by Andrew Bonar Law.)


I shall be absent part of this morning and possibly part of the afternoon owing to my wifeís dangerous illness.


I saw the Vicar this morning and he gave me permission to be away from school the remainder of the day, owing to the very critical stage of my wifeís illness.  I shall therefore be absent this afternoon as well as part of this morning.  Mrs Minett will have charge of my class in the big room with her own, and Mr Robinson will take his class in my room.




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


I am moving Class I into the large room today as this will enable me to exercise a stricter supervision over Class III and the work done in it.  Class II, Mrs Minettís, will come into Room B.  A staff conference was held this morning and the above rearrangement was the result of it. 

The cleaning of the school is still very unsatisfactory.  The desks are not moved but once a week to sweep under them.  The walls are never swept down, while the ledges and desks are very dusty.  The dusty state is no doubt largely due to dusting before the dust arising from sweeping has had time to settle.


The doctor came today to examine 18 children.  Of these 8 were away owing to vaccination or attending the clinic for their teeth.


The doctor was here again today.  He examined 16 children.

The attendance this week and last is very poor.  Tor the first time since July the percentage has dropped below 90%.  This week 87.3.




Copy of Report made by Mr J.C. Stobart after visit on November 22nd.  Ruislip C.E. School. No. 53

As at the last visit the rooms were untidy and the general care of the premises leaves something to be desired.
Work and Organisation.
Recent changes have considerably strengthened the staff and the second and fourth classes are now specially well taught, whilst the Infantsí section maintains its efficiency and happy tone.
In short, the general improvement noted in the last report is well maintained especially in written work, but it is to be regretted that apart from the usual sewing there is no practical instruction of any kind.

Copy of the report in the log book countersigned by the Vicar:

William A.G. Gray




The four children of the Abbott family have been excluded since the 4th inst. owing to contact with Cerebro-spinal Meningitis.


The Abbotts should have returned, but are still absent.




School broke up this afternoon for the Christmas Holiday. 
Prizes were distributed.





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