The BWI Archives

1943 ~ 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 1943 kept by the Headmaster, Mr Wilkinson) 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 23/12/1942 – 06/01/1943




Managers’ Meeting re accommodation & boundaries.


Mid-term Holiday – 1 day.




Half Term: 20/02/1942 – 22/02/1943




Mr Hunt called re accommodation & waiting list


Ap.22 – May 2nd  Easter Holiday




Easter Holiday 22/04/1943 – 02/05/1943




Requisitions for text books forwarded to the Education Office.


Rev. A.J. Watkins, C.F. visited the School on his Embarkation Leave.


June 14th – 16th Whitsuntide Holiday




Half Term: 12/06/1943 – 16/06/1943




Diocesan Inspection of Religious Instruction, followed by conference with members of the Staff.
(The first Diocesan Inspection since 1939)


Term Examinations throughout the school. Reports sent to parents of all Juniors.


July 29th – Aug. 30th  Summer Holiday




Summer Holiday 29/07/1943 – 30/08/1943




57 pupils admitted.


Miss Grigot & Miss Gore called re School Meals.


Oct. 29 – Nov. 2  Mid Term Holiday.




Half Term: 29/10/1943 – 02/11/1943




School Dinners commenced – 50 pupils.


Conference in school re school meals.
Mr Wheeler, Mr Ball, Vicar, Messrs Lees and Dixon Smith.


Term Examinations cancelled owing to poor attendance.


Dec. 22nd – Jan. 4th   Christmas Holiday.




Christmas Holiday 22/12/1943 – 04/01/1944




First uploaded: 8 May 2017