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1948 ~ Diocesan Inspection Report


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

Visit of 10th November 1948 by the Rev. F.A.F. Poulden 
and Rev. D.L.J. Llewellyn

This is a re-organised Primary School of 403 children, divided into 8 classes.  A daily Assembly worship is normally held in the school hall, but this could not take place on the day of the Inspection as the school is being re-decorated and the workmen were in the hall.  Class prayers are conducted by the teachers during this time.  

The instruction is based upon a syllabus drawn up some years ago by a former assistant curate and the present Head master.  It is a very sound scheme which deals faithfully with local requirements.  It is based upon a progressive plan of Church Teaching, and has a similar aim to that included in the present Diocesan Syllabus.  The necessary biblical background teaching is well planned, and has quite obviously been influenced by similar modern schemes of work.  We have nothing but praise for this careful and conscientious plan of work, nevertheless, we would suggest that the Diocesan Syllabus of Church Teaching and Prayer Book Instruction, in conjunction with the new Middlesex County Council Agreed Syllabus, be examined in order to decide whether, in the interests of conformity with other schools to which these children will, in time, pass, this general scheme could not now be adopted.  The aims, as far as we can see, are identical, and local requirements could still be met in the way the subject matter would be handled.  

The Infants; classes gave a sound account of themselves.  They were happy groups of children under the supervision of conscientious teachers.  The lessons have been presented attractively and have produced promising results.  Varied expression work is in regular use, and this should be continued.  The discipline of the classes was excellent and interest was of a high order.  The stories were well known and the children are beginning to understand what the Christian Faith should mean to those who profess it.  Some of the older children particularly these who are not really attached to a place of worship on Sundays, would benefit from instructional visits to the Church occasionally, in order to learn more about the actual building and its furnishings.

The Junior Mixed classes maintain the sound standard and progress of the Infants’ section.  Here, again, the teaching is careful and methodical and the children’s interest is fully engaged.  The expression work is varied and caters for a considerable free expression of the children’s ideas.  Individual folders and class books encourage the children to collect items of interest in connection with the work of the syllabus.  The biblical background teaching in both Old and New Testaments has reached quite a high standard.  There is an excellent sense of ‘partnership’ between children and teachers and the underlying principles of the lessons are being well drawn.

There is an excellent spirit of co-operation between Church and School and this is a great asset to the work.  We should like to complement the school on the high standard which has been attained, and we firmly believe that further steady progress will be a mark of the future. 


Frank Poulden
Diocesan Inspector

London Metropolitan Archive, Acc/1035/08/16
Reproduced with permission from the LDBS



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