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1929 ~ 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 1929 kept by the Acting Headmistress, Miss Grist) 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.



Christmas Holiday: 22/12/1928 – 07/01/1929




School assembled this morning after the Christmas Holiday.
7 children were admitted making total on Roll. 254


The Infants had their New Year party this afternoon from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.
The Vicar, Miss Cornwall Jones, and other visitors were present.


Several children are attending the Dental clinic this week and are receiving treatment marks.


One case of scarlet fever reported in Class 6


The Vicar visited the school this afternoon and saw the Staff, after dismissal at 3:30 p.m.


The Vicar cheeked the Registers of Classes 1 & 2


Fire drill given at 10:30 a.m.  School cleared in 45 sec.
(This is the first mention of a practice evaluation of the school building.)


The Juniors and Infants attended Church this morning at 9 a.m. (Ash Wednesday)  Dr Norrington medically examined some of the children today.  Owing to the very severe weather the examination was held in one of the rooms in the Council School.
(The ‘Council School’ is the Manor School on Eastcote Road.  This Secondary school was opened in 1927, its Headmaster was Arthur Smith, previously Headmaster of the Ruislip Church School. The Manor School was also accommodating the oldest pupils of the Church School at that time, see 20/02/1928, also the HMI Inspection Report entered under 23/05/1929.)


Forms for Admission of children to Secondary School were received today.


Papers for Preliminary Examination received today.


The Preliminary Examination for Entrance to Secondary Schools was commenced today. English Parts 1 and 2 were taken by the children (18) between 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.
4 children taking Examination are absent.


The Preliminary Examination ws continued today
Mental Arithmetic 9:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
Written Arithmetic 10:5 a.m. to 11:5 a.m.
18 children took the examination of the 22 eligible 4 being absent.


Mr Annett visited the school this morning


In the hand of the Vicar:
Mar 6th  Have signed & verified Registers
E. Cornwall Jones


4 tons of Coal was delivered today.


Mr Annett visited the School this morning.


Miss Luce H.M.I. paid a visit to the School this morning to advise me as to promotions at Easter.


Written by Mrs Minett (due to Miss Grist’s illness):
Mr Ball H.M.I. visited last Thursday


The School closed this afternoon for the Easter holidays.




Easter Holiday 28/03/1929 – 07/04/1929




School re-assembled this morning.
22 children from the Junior school have been promoted to the Senior Dept.
13 children have been admitted.


The School Nurse examined all children this morning.


Mr Annett visited the School this morning.


Class I have made perfect attendance this week 100%


Miss Luce H.M.I. visited the School at both sessions.


The School Medical Office has today examined 42 children


The children, Juniors and Infants, attended Church today Ascension Day 8:45 – 9:20.
Registers were marked on return.


A number of children are absent this week suffering from Whooping Cough.
Owing to the Whitsun holidays, school will be closed until the morning of Thursday May 23rd




Half Term: 18/05/1929 – 22/05/1929




School resumed this morning.

Report of Inspection by Miss S. Luce H.M.I. on May 3rd 1929

The Head Teacher of this school has a difficult task.  The premises are poor; owing to lack of space the two upper classes have to be held in rooms lent by the Council School at an appreciable distance away.  The number on books are now 252.  She herself is responsible for a full class, so her opportunities for personal direction are limited.  She however spares herself no effort and is assisted by a staff who work hard and conscientiously.

There is a marked divergence of ability and attainment within the same class, which is partly to be accounted for by the fact that a real effort is being made to secure a normal age classification in the various classes, and that, owing to the growing character of the neighbourhood, children enter at very varying ages and with very different background.  Thought however is being given to meet the needs of the more retarded ones and further ways were suggested at the time of the inspection.

A hopeful and encouraging feature is the very marked improvement both in the quality and the methods of the work in the Infant classes where the individual needs of the children are being met with considerable success.

Some good English work was seen in the three upper classes at the time of the Inspection.  The better children express themselves well and easily, both orally and in writing and shew considerable power of reading intelligently by themselves.  In all these classes however there is a more backward section whose needs were discussed.

Writing is neat and careful.

The teaching of Arithmetic which is not a strong subject was discussed in detail.  The children from the first need more practice in applying formal knowledge to simple everyday [ omitted word?] and to making more rapid simple mental calculation.

A very pleasing feature which promises well for the future is the very good tone.  The children are eager and responsive and on very good terms with their teachers and are ready to work.

Various other points concerning the Time Table and curriculum were discussed with the Head and those concerned at the time of the inspection.

Considering the difficulties, the school can be considered in a quite promising condition. 

There is insufficient cupboard and storage accommodation for books and material, especially in the 2 upper classes.  A row of lockers along one side of the classroom which would not take up much space is badly needed.

In the top class, though the number on books is 50, there is only desk accommodation for 48.



Empire Day was celebrated this morning.
All Junior and Infant Scholars assembled together with the Senior (Council) School pupils, in the Council playground.  A half holiday was granted in the afternoon.
(The ‘Council playground’ is the recreational area of the Manor School)


Clifford S/// aged 10 fell from the back of a bicycle on his way to school this morning.


Mrs. S/// mother of the above child called at school to inform me Clifford is seriously ill in Northwood Hospital.


School is closed today as the premises are required for Election purposes.


With the deepest regret I have heard this morning of the death of Clifford S///.
Have informed both the Vicar and the Divisional Organising Officer.


Miss Weaving is absent from School until Friday 14th and she is taking an examination Final B.A. Honours English.
The Head teacher will in the absence of Miss Weaving be taking Class I. and Mrs Barney Class 3


Miss Weaving returned to duty today.


School will be closed this afternoon for the County Athletic Sports.


The Registers were not marked today as the Diocesan Inspector for Religious Knowledge visited the School for the Annual Inspection.
The Revd E. Cornwall Jones was present part of the time.


The class registers of the Junior School were examined by the Vicar this morning.


The Headteacher will leave School at 3:15 this afternoon in order to visit Eastcote Infant School.


School will close today and (sic) the end of the afternoon Session for the Summer Holidays.


In the hand of the Vicar:

I examined & checked registers, which were all correct. I found the children clean, quick & intelligent in their answers.
E. Cornwall Jones.  Chairman


Miss Ellaline A Weaving has taken Honours of the second class in the Final Honours Examination for the Bachelor of Arts degree of the London University; in English Language and Literature with English and European History as Subsidiary subject.


Report of Inspection by Rev: Prebendary E.J.R. Osborne
on July 9th 1929

The work among the Infants is delightful.  The children are well and wisely handled, and there is a happy spirit in each class.  The teaching is helpful and stimulating and the children have a good knowledge of simple religious principles.

In the upper section the work is somewhat handicapped by the present arrangements, but there is no doubt about the value and influence of the teaching.  The children’s interests have been awakened in all branches of their subjects.  They recognise the need of religion in life and can apply it to themselves.

July 1929

Ernest H/// has been awarded a free place at the County School.

(The ‘County School’ referred to here is almost certainly Bishopshalt School. Originally sited on The Greenway, Uxbridge, in 1907, in 1928 it had moved and renamed.)


A dozen small tables and chairs were received during Summer holidays.




Summer Holiday: 25/07/1929 – 24/08/1929




School re-opened this morning after the Summer holiday
21 Juniors were transferred to the Senior school
10 children admitted from Eastcote Infant School
24 children admitted


The classes have been arranged this term as follows


Form 1.

Stds.  Upper 3,  4,  Lower 5.

Miss Weaving B.A.


Form 2.

Stds.  Lower 3.  Upper 2.

Miss D. Marchant


Form 3.

Std. 2.

Mrs Minett.


Form 4.

Std. 1.

Mrs Green


Form 5.

Upper Infants.

Mrs Barney


Form 6.

Lower Infants

Miss Grist.




P. Annett visited the School this morning.
Stock from Philip and Tacey came today.


Number on Roll 262


H. M. Walton Esq. visited the School this afternoon.


54 children have been admitted since School reopened August 27th


The children in Class 3 are of such varied attainments, many of them recently admitted, are for their age very backward in Arithmetic and English.  Special effort during this term will be made by Mrs Minett in these two subjects, in order that progress may be made in these subjects and the Handwork will only be taken occasionally.


The Vicar called this morning and stayed a short time.
Dr Norrington examined 19 children this afternoon.


The school Nurse examined all the children this morning.


Mr Annett visited the School this morning.
I ton of coke was delivered this afternoon.


Owing to a very heavy rain storm between 12 and 1:30; 82 children are absent this afternoon.


Fire drill was taken this morning.  School cleared in 30 seconds, most quietly and orderly.


6 ton of Coal (Brentnall & Cleland) was delivered today.
Invoice from Philip & Tacey, Charles & Son, forwarded to Education Office.


Mrs Minett and Mrs Green were engaged in weighing children for the medical inspection Wednesday, from 2:40 to 3:25 this afternoon.


4 dozen more pegs have today been placed in the two cloakrooms by the Caretaker.
Classes 1 & 2 will take period for Religious Instruction from 3:30 – 4 p.m.  Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in preparation for All Saints Day Nov. 1st


The School Medical Officer examined 24 children this morning.


The Vicar paid a visit to the School during the period for Religious Instruction 9:10 9:40 and listened to hymns, etc. to be sung at the Children’s Service on All Saints Day


School reassembled today Wednesday.


I left School at 10:50 this morning in order to cash cheque for School Staff, was absent 10 minutes.


The children of the church School attended a Service in the Church. (All Saint’s Day) 8:45 – 9:30 a.m.


Children assembled and registers were marked at 8:30 a.m. and then attended Armistice Service in the Church 10:40


With my permission Miss Weaving left School at 3:30 today as she has an appointment with the Managers of a school in Hendon.


Christmas term examinations are being taken today in Arithmetic and English throughout the Junior and Infants classes.


I have examined Reading and Recitation in Class 3 this morning.


Owing to very severe rain and wind storms attendance today is very poor.


Miss Weaving left School at 3 p.m. this afternoon in order to attend a Managers Meeting for a vacancy in Whitehall Council School Uxbridge.
The Headteacher took charge of her class until 4 o’c.


School closed this afternoon for the Christmas holidays.


Miss E. A. Weaving B.A. terminates her engagement in the Ruislip Church School at the end of the month.


Stock has been received from Philip & Tacey.




Christmas Holiday: 21/12/1929 – 06/01/1930




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