The BWI Archives

1930 ~ 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 1930 kept by the Acting Headmistresses, Miss Grist until 30 April, Mrs Minett between 1May and 31 August, and as Permanent Headmaster, Mr Wilkinson from 1 September) 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. Unfortunately, Mr Wilkinson’s comments in the Log Book were often very brief, sometimes laconic, employed a number of non-standard abbreviations that are not always possible to expand, and wrote in a handwriting style that, while neat, often ran letters together such that individual letters can be confused.





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




School re-opened this morning after the Christmas holidays
104 Junior children have been transferred to the Council School until Church School accommodation is provided
7 new children have been admitted.

(The building of the new Bishop Winnington Ingram Church of England School was now agreed and underway. In the meantime the Ruislip Church School, due to pressures of space, continued to use accommodation at the recently built Manor School on Eastcote Road.)


A case of chickenpox is reported today, Robert A/// age 5½ years


Attendance has fallen considerably this week owing to colds and coughs among the children.  88.1%


The following letter has been received by me today from the Rev. E. Cornwall Jones.

“Notwithstanding a notice forbidding all crossing of the burial ground, and hoops to stop passage, children from our own school have been seen to cross, throwing down the notice board and the iron hoops.

It is surprising to me and to others that they do not understand that such conduct is not only irreverent but trespass also, and I will have to give instruction to the Police to take the names of children who are found so trespassing in future.

Will you please see that they are instructed as to the impropriety of such conduct.”

My comment
For many months past all children under my care have been forbidden to use the pathway through the burial ground, and I have watched most carefully that this rule has been kept.

I have today made careful investigation throughout the school, and cannot find any children responsible for the damage done.

Beatrice H. Grist


Miss M. E. Marchant commenced duty here today, having been transferred from the Junior Section of the council School.


P. Annett Esq. Divisional Organiser paid a visit to the school this morning.


Nurse Cooper examined all children present 144 this morning.


A ton of coke was delivered today.


Dr Hignett called this morning to notify a case of scarlet fever.  Gladys P/// age 5 years.


The Vicar visited the School this morning.


School registers were checked by the Vicar when he paid a visit to the School at 9:10 this morning.


Ash Wednesday
The children attended Church this morning at 9 a.m.


The parents of the children in the two upper classes were invited to visit the school this afternoon to see the work done by the children and to hear songs and recitations. The vicar was also present.


P. Annett Esq. visited the School this afternoon to advise as to next promotion of children to the Council School.  This will take place at midsummer, and include all children over 9 years of age.  V. Ball Esq. H.M.I. also visited the School this afternoon for a short time.


I have this morning admitted 4 children now living in a caravan in the district, 2 of these children are over 8 years of age and seem to have had very little school instruction.


In order to attend a Meeting for the Middlesex Education Committee at Westminster this afternoon I am leaving early.  My class will be taken by Miss Marchant.


A ton of coal was delivered this morning.


Form 9E in triplicate was sent to Divisional Organiser today, also Yearly and Quarterly Return forms.


The School Nurse visited the School today.
Attendance very small today owing to very heavy rain.


Dr Norrington has this afternoon medically examined 15 children


Dr Norrington again visited the School both morning and afternoon.  36 children being examined.


I shall be absent from school this afternoon, in order to visit Belmont Road Council School Uxbridge, where I commence my new duties on May 1st.
(Belmont Road School opened in 1928 and was for Infant children only. With the opening of the new Bishop Winnington-Ingram School, and the intention to appoint a permanent Headteacher, Miss Grist probably felt this was an opportune moment to find a new position.)


The Vicar visited the School this morning 11:30 – 12
I have this morning examined the children in Class 2 in Reading and Recitation.
There are 16 cases of Mumps amongst the children so the attendance has dropped considerably.


School will close today for the Easter holidays.
So many children are absent through colds and mumps attendance has dropped to 79%.




Easter Holiday: 17/04/1930 – 27/04/1930




School re-opened this morning after the Easter holidays
15 children admitted today.
Number of Roll now 206.

There are many new cases of Mumps about 40 children being absent.
During the holidays the Caretaker has worked hard to make the School look as clean as is possible.
I wish to show my appreciation of this.


I was absent from my Class for about 8 minutes this morning, in order to cash the Cheque for payment of the Staff and Caretaker.
The children were given individual occupation, and were under the supervision of Miss Marchant.


I, Beatrice Helen Grist resign my position as Head Teacher in this school.



Pending the appointment of a new Head Teacher, I have been instructed to act as Assistant in Charge.

E. Minett



Owing to an increase in numbers, the classes changed rooms.  This necessitated a small Transfer of children:-
From Class 2 to Class 1 – 5
  "        "      3 to         2 – 4


The Vicar visited the school this morning and checked the registers of Class 2.


The dentist visited and examined 188 children


The whole school went to the Council School for an Empire Celebration from 9:10 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.
Holiday granted this afternoon.
(The ‘Council School’ was the Manor School on Eastcote Road)


The Diocesan Inspection took place.  The Examiner was Rev. Canon Hopkins.  The registers were not marked.


The children taking part in the fête left school at 3:20 p.m. for rehearsal in the Vicarage garden.


The Dentist has finished treatment of the children’s teeth today.  She has been ‘treating teeth’ in the School House, with permission of the Vicar.


The school closed at the end of morning session, for a half-holiday, on account of the visit of H.R.H. Princess Mary, opening the new wing of the Northwood Hospital. (Princess Mary was the third child and only daughter of George V.  She was married to Henry Lascelles, Earl of Harewood.)


The school closed for the afternoon for the County Sports.


The school closed this afternoon for the Summer Holiday.




Summer Holiday: 24/07/1930 – 26/08/1930




The School re-assembled this morning, the following order of ages, being carried out: -
Morning Session


5 & 6 yrs  ,

9 a.m. – 12.15 p.m.


7 & 8   "   ,

1:20 p.m. – 4: 45 p.m.


Mr Annett visited the School this morning


Today, I finished action as Assistant in charge, as the new Head Master will Commence duties on Monday next, Sept. 1st 1930.



I commenced duty as Headmaster here today.

T Wilkinson



Rev. Canon E. Cornwall Jones, A. Annett & -Toms called at School today.


Mr Annett visited the School this morning.


Mr Walton, Director of Education, called.


The Vicar called this morning & various matters in connection with School work were discussed. 
Arrangements now in force



6 yrs - large room,

Headmaster & Mrs Minett



5   "  - small  "     ,

Miss Marchant



8 yrs – large room,

Head & Mrs Minett.



7   "     small  "    ,

Miss Marchant


A temporary Time Table is in operation which gives most of the time in each session to Reading, Writing & Arithmetic.  Owing to the condition of the building, especially the ventilation of the small room, the children have to be taken outside in order that the room may be flushed, as far as possible, with fresh air.


Exclusion Certificate received from the Ministry.Of.Health. for Joan // – Diphtheria Contact.

-do -

Requisition forwarded to Mr Annett.  Average cost per head 2/5½ . (Two shillings, five and a half pennies?)

-do -

Several errors having been discovered in the Admission Register I shall examine matters thoroughly at the first opportunity & will see that all is put in order. There are over 500 names on the Register which have not been cancelled in any way.


S.A.Officer.   (A visit by the Local Education Authority School Attendance Officer?)


All children of 8 yrs of age have now been examined in Arithmetic and Spelling.


Quarterly Return forwarded to the Education. Office.


Mr Ball, H.M.I., called this morning & examined the building, lavatory arrangements &c.


Mr P. Annett in School this morning.  The Vicar also called.
All the goods requisitioned on Sept. 17th have now been received.


Attendance this week poor chiefly on account of the very wet weather.


School Attendance Officer


Attendance again poor owing to the very wet weather.


The Vicar called both morning & afternoon to check & sign the Registers.


Requisition forms, Salaries Sheets, Washing Accounts & monthly Attendance Return forwarded to Mr Annett today.


In the Vicar’s hand:
Nov: 27th 1930 E. Cornwall Jones 
(There is a discrepancy in the dates between Mr Wilkinson’s dating and that of the Vicar.)


Exclusion Certificate received for Ronald ///  - Scarlet Fever contact

Owing to the absence of 10 children the Term Exam was not commenced as intended.


Mr. Annett called concerning furniture in use & new furniture required for the new school.  Headmaster visited the Senior School with Mr Annett to examine the furniture there belonging to the Junior School.


Term Examination completed.
Reports sent to all parents.


School closed for Christmas Holidays




Christmas Holiday: 20/12/1930 – 05/01/1931




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