Ruislip Gardens School
Ruislip Gardens School | Stafford Road
Ruislip Gardens JMI School was planned by the Middlesex County Council Education Committee in 1934, to serve the new housing estate being built on the Ruislip Development Company's land near the newly opened Ruislip Gardens Station, For centuries that land had been part of Tybber Field, one of the open fields of Ruislip and had been allotted to Thomas Truesdale Clarke of Swakeleys at the time of the Enclosures in 1804-14. During the years that the area upon which Ruislip Gardens Estate now stands was part of Swakeleys, it had been farmed from Hill Farm in Orchard close by members of the Ewer family. The Swakeleys Estate was auctioned in 1922, mainly for building development.
Building began in 1939. Miss D. Lucas was appointed headteacher in July and it was hoped to open the school in the autumn. When upon the outbreak of war on 2nd September 1939, the other new school nearby, Bourne Senior, was commandeered by the RAF, the Middlesex County Council Education Committee stopped building at Ruislip Gardens until a guarantee was received from the government that it would not be taken over. Work then continued and the school was opened on 3rd June 1940, only to be closed again three days later, because it was in the danger zone around Northolt Aerodrome.
Ruislip Gardens School/-
"When we started the playground had not been asphalted. There were enormous piles of what is known as hard-core for making it so that when it rained it looked like mountains and lakes. There was a little grass at the back were the children could play when it was dry. Otherwise they had to use the halls. In the area where the canteen now stands there were six air raid shelters. The reason we had to wait a long time for the playground was because so many men were in the army there was a shortage of labour. When we started we had one male teacher, but he was very soon called up for the army.
Comments from former Pupils
I remember the school as a happy place but Mr Walker was a hard head master.
One of the teachers used to tell us stories about a wartime pilot who used to have a long thumb nail and used to tightened the screws with it as his aircraft fell to bits. She was a good story teller.
I was at Ruislip Gardens school when it opened in 1940. Mr Walker was headmaster, caning was still practiced, usually six strokes on the hand. Was taught at Bourne school while Ruislip Gardens school was being built. About six shelters were constructed on the left of school. During air raids, lessons were continued in the shelters. Lived at Trevor Crescent and have many happy memories of the school. Would love to visit some time. Am living Charlton Kings Glos.
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