The BWI Archives

1947 ~ Diocesan Inspection Report


Bishop Winnington-Ingram CE School
Transcript of London Diocesan Board of Education Inspection Reports

Visit of 26th November 1947 by the Rev. M.R. Parsons, 
Rev. D.J. Llewellyn, Revd. F.G.W.W. Heydon

This school consists of 8 classes, including juniors and infants.

There seems to be a good standard of teaching and attainment and the tone of the school appears to be high.  There is a comprehensive syllabus and the class work looks well graded.  As new and often improved syllabuses are being issued from time to time by the various local education authorities it would be to the advantage of those directly concerned to compare and adjust the present syllabus in the light of fresh developments and more recent techniques.

An encouraging feature in the teaching was the use made of the relevant books recommended in the syllabus by the staff in the preparation of their lessons.  The main aims are sound and formal lessons are given with some power; but the staff and children could easily manage more variation of method and approach and much more use of different expression work.

The children are, on the whole, of quick intelligence and have been stimulated to work and think.  The answers they gave were above the average for clearness and accuracy notably in practical application of what they learn.  In the classroom the syllabus is adhered to conscientiously and there are signs of good introductory work on the Bible, Prayer Book and Christian doctrine.  Memory work was fair and the classical portions of the New Testament would make an attractive addition without burdening those concerned.  Between the church and the school, clergy and staff there is an intimate connexion and the children are quite familiar with the interior of their parish church.  Class lessons have been naturally related to public worship and the life of the Christian community. 

It is good to note that the school and the church are very closely linked.  A Nativity play is usually produced at Christmas and there seem to be some good ideas on sacred music.  Most of the children seem to possess their own Bibles, have fairly regular habits of private prayer and attendance at a Sunday school.  The influence of the staff plays a large part in the spiritual welfare of these children. 

The Infants’ department was very lively and religious instruction is faithfully given although some additional modern aids and techniques would not be amiss.  When supplies become available a lot more scope could be given to expression work as these virile children need plenty of activity.  There is a basic outline of instruction and the children are taught sound prayers and regular habits of devotion and kindness.  They are obviously awakening to a sense of spiritual values and they were very keen to tell all they knew.

The syllabus and lessons have been carefully worked out and the emphasis on the New Testament is all to the good.

Most of the children are baptised and also knew their godparents; they seem to get some support at home in their religious instruction.  These children seem to enjoy visitors and its ouwld an excellent plan to arrange a rota of school managers to call at intervals.

The inspectors had the opportunity of very friendly and frank discussions with the head teacher and the clergy and most aspects of the work were brought under review.


London Metropolitan Archive, Acc/1035/08/15
Reproduced with permission from the LDBS


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