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1925 ~ An Overview from the Log Book

                           

The following 'overview' extracts from the School’s Log Books the following types of material:

  • That which directly affected the children and/or their parents (events, visits off site, visiting speakers, medical checks, services either in school or at St. Martin’s Ruislip, holidays, etc.)

  • Significant changes in staffing, in the main restricted to the Headteacher, the Deputy and those who had provided a long period of service.

  • Visitors that indirectly impacted on the management of the school and/or its educational practice – Local Authority Officers, Inspections, etc.

  • In-service courses undertaken by the Headteacher or other staff introducing significant educational initiatives.

  • Items that impacted on or resulted in changes to the School’s facilities.

Most entries in the Log Book (in 1926 kept by the Headmaster, Mr John Chester until the end of November, and Mr Arthur Smith for December) have been lightly edited – expanding concise or abbreviated comments, etc.  Where entries have been copied without change, these are given in bold.  Editorial comments to ease comprehension are given in brackets and in italic.

  

 

 

 

Easter Holiday: 09/04/1925 - 19/04/1925

 

 

20/04/1925

School opened today after the Easter Holiday.
(Start of the school’s second Log Book by the Headmaster, Mr John Chester)

24/04/1925

Percentage of attendance for past month 94.4%.

27/04/1925

Today, after an examination of their work, I gave permission for Standard II to work at the four rules in Arithmetic instead of using the Realistic Bk II. It is absolutely necessary for these children to master these rules before undertaking even the simplest problem.

28/04/1925

Mr V. Ball, H.M.I., visited the School today and inspected the building, lavatories, &c.

05/05/1925

I was very much impressed by the Singing of Classes i. ii. & iii. this afternoon.  Tone and tune were excellent.        E. Cornwallis Jones
(One of the vicar’s regular visits to the school and subsequent entries in the log book recording his impressions.)

05/05/1925

The Registers were checked by the Vicar.  (It was also the vicar’s responsibility to make periodic checks of the registers.)

07/05/1925

The first and second class attended Church this morning till 9.40 a.m.

14/05/1925

The 1st and 2nd Class attended Church till 9.37 a.m.

18/05/1925

The Vicar visited the School this afternoon.

21/05/1925

Today being the Feast of the Ascension the children attended Church.  A whole holiday followed.

22/05/1925

The Vicar gave the children an address on the British Empire.  After marching past and saluting the Flag the children were dismissed and a half holiday given.

27/05/1925

Mr Ball (HMI, see above, 28/04/25) and another Inspector from the Board of Education made an inspection of the School buildings this afternoon.  (These continued to be considered inadequate until the building of the first Bishop Winnington Ingram CE School in 1931.)

 

 

 

Half Term Holiday: 30/05/1925 – 02/06/1925

 

 

08/06/1925

I received this morning the official notification that Margery D/// has been awarded an Entrance Scholarship at Uxbridge County School. (Refers to a school in The Greenway, Uxbridge, founded in 1907.  It was moved in 1928 when the name was changed to Bishopshalt.)

24/06/1925

Commenced the Term Examinations today.

03/07/1925

For the first time since March the percentage of attendance has dropped below 90%.  There are several cases of whooping cough in the infants.

06/07/1925

30 children absent in Infants with whooping cough or colds.

08/07/1925

Entry by the Vicar:

I examined the registers found them passed
E. Cornwall Jones.  
   Chairman

13/07/1925

The Registers will not be marked today as it is the Diocesan Scripture Examination

14/07/1925

Miss Grist will be absent today and the two following days to attend the Examination of the Froebel Society.

16/07/1925

Mr Robinson was absent with leave to attend the Certificate Examination on June 30th and July 1st .

16/07/1925

School will be closed this afternoon for the Annual County Sports at Brentford. (The ‘County’ at this time was Middlesex, stretching all the way from Staines in the southwest to Enfield in the northeast.)

22/07/1925

School breaks up today for summer Holiday

 

    
Report of Inspection by Rev. Preb. H.J.R.Osborne on July 13th 1925

Although the school has been somewhat disorganised through rearrangement of classes a few months ago, yet the work on the whole reaches quite a high standard of efficiency.  The teaching has led the children to think for themselves and express their own opinions.  Some of them are particularly intelligent and have a keen religion.  The Infants are bright and happy and the tone throughout the school is admirable.  Mr Chester carries with him into retirement our best wishes for his future happiness.  

E. Cornwall Jones                           H.J.Reginald Osborne
Chairman                                         Diocesan Inspector

 

 

 

Summer Holiday: 23/07/1925 - 25/08/1925

 

 

25/08/1925

School opened today after Summer Holiday

28/08/1925

There are two erasures in the totals in Mr. Robinson’s register of Class 4 under Aug. 25th.  I have spoken to him about the illegality of it, but he does not appear to appreciate the seriousness of the matter.  I have initialled both entries. (Headteachers could be particularly pedantic about the keeping of registers – as indeed they can still be today - as legal documents reflecting a child’s presence or absence from school!)

28/08/1925

There are still many cases of Whooping Cough

14/09/1925

Miss Grist has been successful in her examination for the Higher Certificate of the National Froebel Union. Part I.

22/09/1925

The Architect to the Middlesex County Council inspected the School premises this afternoon. (Consideration was being given to improvements to the school’s premises.)

25/09/1925

The Vicar called in this afternoon and signed the diocesan Report.
(See above, 22/07/1925)

07/10/1925

The Vicar; Mr Ball, H.M.I.; Canon Maplesden; and the Architect visited the School this morning.

12/10/1925

Owing to the crowded state of the room, Class 2 has been removed from Room A to Room B and Class 4 has taken its place.

22/10/1925

Mrs Todd, one of the School Managers visited the School this morning.

22/10/1925

School Breaks up today for Mid-Term Holiday. 3 days

 

 

 

Half Term 23/10/1925 – 28/10/1925

 

 

29/10/1925

The School Dental Surgeon examined all the children, in the Church Room yesterday and today. The teachers accompanied their scholars.

30/10/1925

The vicar has informed me this morning that the Church Room will not again be available for Medical Inspections.

02/11/1925

Entry by the Vicar:
    
Examined Registers. Passed

Nov:2.1925       E. Cornwall Jones. Chairman 

04/11/1925

The Medical Officer examined the younger children today in the Baby Room.  This entailed crowding two classes into one room. (Clearly the lack of access to the Church Room for medical inspections - cf. 30/10.1925 - had a significant impact on the school’s available space.  The ‘Baby Room’ would appear to be a classroom designated for the use of the youngest pupils, probably a Reception class of 4-5 year olds)

06/11/1925

Mr. A.S. Robinson is leaving today, Friday but his engagement does not terminate till Nov. 8th .

11/11/1925

The children attended Church this morning at 10:30 a.m.  The registers were not marked, and there was a holiday in the afternoon. (This would have been for Armistice Day)

17/11/1925

The nurse examined the children of top 4 classes.

17/11/1925

The floors of the school have not been washed for several weeks.  I spoke to the cleaner about it, and told her that the whole school should be scrubbed once in three weeks.  The large room one week, then two rooms each of the following weeks.  The big room was very dirty last week, and the state of the windows leaves much to be desired.

18/11/1925

Nurse inspected the two lowest classes today.

26/11/1925

Miss Weaving is absent today with leave to sit for part of Inter. B.A. London.

27/11/1925

Today being the occasion of Queen Alexandra’s Funeral religious instruction was omitted so that the children could attend church at 11:30 a.m.

30/11/1925

I, John Hough Chester today resign my position as Head Teacher
    

01/12/1925

I, Arthur Thomas Smith, commenced as Head Master today.  
The Revd Canon Cornwall Jones, Chairman of Manager, accompanied by – Edwards Esq and – Less Esq (Managers) attended and officially welcomed the new Headmaster.
    
   

11/12/1925

The children in the upper school have been examined by the Headmaster in the following subjects:- Arithmetic, Composition, Dictation, Read, Writing.  The results were as follows:-

 

Class

I

II

III

IV

 

Arith.(Writ.)

vi. 10%
vii. 50%

43.3%

53%

41.4%

 

Comp.

11.5 mks.

10.3

13 marks

12.2 marks

 

Dictation

vi 10.4 errors
vii. 3.8  
  
   

6.6

11.2

9.6 errors

 

Rdg

77%

79%

76%

50%

 

Writing  
   

73%

64%

72%

75%

18/12/1925

The Children in the upper School held a Christmas Party this afternoon.  The Vicar came in a spoke a few words to the children at the close of the proceedings.

21/12/1925

The Infants held their Christmas Party this afternoon.

21/12/1925

The Headmaster, with the concurrence of the Chairman of Managers, left school early this afternoon (2:30 p.m.) in order to attend at Drill Hall Road Senior School, Harrow, where a presentation was made to him by the Staff and Scholars.  (It seems likely that Arthur Smith had previously been at this school.  There is a photograph of Drill Hall Road School at this date in the London Transport Photographic Archive:  Inventory no: 1998/80746)

22/12/1925

School was closed at the conclusion of the afternoon’s session for the Christmas Holidays

 

 

 

Christmas Holiday 23/12/1925 – 11/01/1926

 

 

 

First uploaded: 01 May 2017
Last updated:  03 May 2017