The BWI Archives

1946 ~ 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 1946 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 22/12/1945 – 07/01/1946




Miss Cassie absent – a.m. only - interview for an exchange post in the U.S.A.


Feb. 25th & 26th    Mid – term Holiday.




Half Term: 23/02/1946 – 26/02/1946




Common Entrance Test for allocation of pupils to Secondary Schools.  School closed.


Apr 15th – 26th School closed – Easter Holiday.




Easter Holiday: 13/04/1946 – 28/04/1946




A.S.M.O. – morning only. 
(Assistant School Medical Officer visited to carry out routine medical checks of the children?)


School closed – Empire Day


Children’s Service in Church – 8.50 – 9.35 a.m.


June 10th – 14th    Whitsuntide Holiday.




Half Term: 08/06/1946 – 16/06/1946




Puppet Show – 10.30 – 11.30 a.m.


Safety First Demonstration by the Police
Infants 1.30 p.m.    Juniors 3 p.m.  
(This outreach service to schools, became a regular feature of the school year.)


July 29th – Sept 9th     Summer Holiday




Summer Holiday 27/07/1946 – 09/09/1946




57 pupils admitted


13    "          "


Mr Burgenet & Mr Locke, students from Newland Park Emergency Training College, commenced school practice here today.
(The first mention of institutions preparing students for a career in teaching placing them at BWI to receive practical experience.  There were a significant number of men who underwent a short ‘emergency’ training course in the years after the war. Newland Park remained a ‘Teacher Training’ College until the end of the 1970s.)


Mr Beazer absent, p.m. only – interview for Headship.


Mr Burgenet & Mr Locke completed their period of training here today.


Nov. 1st – 4th   Mid-Term Holiday.




Half Term: 01/11/1946 – 04/11/1946




Miss Cassie absent (1 day only), interview for a post under the B.F.E.S. (British Families’ Education Service, a ‘forces’ organisation supporting the education of children of Service personnel overseas.)


School closed – St Martin’s Day.


Diocesan Inspection of Religious Knowledge – registers not marked.


Children’s Service in Church – 9-9.35 a.m.


Term Examinations throughout the school.


Dec. 20th – 6/1/47   Christmas Holiday




Christmas Holiday 20/12/1946 – 06/01/1947



First uploaded: 11 May 2017