The BWI Archives
1948 ~ Diocesan Inspection Report
Winnington-Ingram CE School
of 10th November 1948 by the Rev. F.A.F. Poulden
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Metropolitan Archive, Acc/1035/08/16
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