The BWI Archives
1924 ~ The Managers' Minute Books
Ruislip Church of England School
- 1924 -
Below we present the
record of meetings the Managers held during 1924.
There was a strong likelihood, following the events of the previous few years, that there would be a battle between the Ruislip Church School (backed by the National Society for Promoting Religious Education) and the Middlesex County Council Local Education Authority for its survival. The principle issue was on the location of the new school, to be built just a few hundred meters distant, to which was added the poor physical condition of the Church School.
The majority of
children attending the Church School received their entire education
there, entering around five and continuing to fourteen, when they then
left for employment. For some time a handful of children each year had
been sitting examinations to give them access to education beyond fourteen
at schools based in Uxbridge, and on attending these schools, higher
aspirations for their futures.
Benjamin Gott did much
to expand the provision of a distinct secondary phase of education.
Over his twenty-six years overseeing the work of the MCC LEA, he
secured the provision of 34 new schools dedicated to secondary education,
and the number of children attending them increasing from 700 in 1902 to
18,000 in 1928, the budget on education correspondingly rising from a
paltry £7,000 to over one and a half million pounds. (See his obituary in
Nature, March 25, 1933, p.326).
His proposal for the future of education in Ruislip Ė that the
new building be designated secondary and taking all Ruislip children from
eleven, the church school educating these same children from five through
to the transfer age of eleven - therefore
accorded with his vision of educational provision, while also being a
pragmatic solution to avoiding a potential conflict between state and
John Chester continued
to complain of the poor cleaning of the school.
While the Managers had replaced the previous team of Mr and Mrs
Soper at the end of 1923, their appointment of the Casemores had not
improved matters. The Managers
therefore (one presumes) applied pressure, accepted their resignations,
and appointed Mrs Silver in
their place. Another matter
that required their attention was the issue of John Chester and his family
not being resident in the school house.
having failed his examinations (the reason given by his tutor, and entered
into the Minute Book is not easily deciphered) was given a further chance
to improve. The Managers, despite the fact that he had by now been
employed at the school for two years and had required John Chesterís
close monitoring of his work, had been moved to teaching the youngest
Junior children (avoiding too much damage to educational success, since
there would be time to put things right before sitting examinations or
leaving school) were reluctant to dismiss him, which, given the LEA had
now identified him as Ďuncertificatedí would have been easily within
The safety rail put in
place towards the end of the year followed an accident sustained by a five
year old boy being knocked down by a car after leaving the school. While
the Managers were conscious of the increasing dangers from an exit from
the school site giving directly onto the road, it is a sad reflection on
the Ruislip and Northwood Urban District Council that it was unwilling to
help fund this safety measure.
First uploaded: 9 March 2021