The BWI Archives
1949 ~ Diocesan Inspection Report
Winnington-Ingram CE School
of 18th November 1949 by The Rev. F.A.F. Poulden
is a Primary School of 401 children, divided into eight classes, three of
them being Infants’, one a transition class and four Junior Mixed.
There is a daily Assembly Worship held in the School, conducted by
the Head Teacher or one of the Parish Clergy.
On the day of our visit, the Assistant Priest, in the unavoidable
absence of the Vicar, led the worship which consisted of an opening hymn,
very well sung, followed by a simple service of prayer in which the
children and staff joined with reverence and sincerity. Ample opportunity
was given to the children to take a full share in the worship by means of
versicles and responses and short prayers which had been memorised.
The manner in which the children say these prayers is a model of
reverent performance. A visual
focal-point of attention arranged in the centre of the platform might be
usefully employed to maintain the spirit of devotion.
We felt that this worship was a real source of inspiration.
instruction has been based upon a local syllabus drawn up by the Parish
Clergy during an experimental period.
Much care has been exercised in its complication (compilation?
completion?) and the results have been satisfactory.
It is progressive in its aim and definite in its teaching.
At the present time, the Vicar is engaged in a revision of the
scheme. We would strongly
recommend that the Diocesan Syllabus of Church Teaching and Prayer Book
Instruction should be adopted as the basis of this proposed revision and
that the new Middlesex County Council Agreed Syllabus of Religious
Instruction should be consulted with the object of providing the biblical
background teaching. In this
way, provision will be made for the children, as they pass from this
school to their respective Secondary Schools, to proceed along a path of
progressive teaching throughout their whole school career.
If this is done, we would advise that each teacher should be given
a copy of both schemes, as well as guidance on the integration of their
own class work, in order that they may have a clear picture of the final
aim of the work.
response of the Infants’ Classes was excellent.
The classes are very large but, in each case, the discipline and
tone were of a high order. The
lessons are carefully prepared and presented with imagination. Varied
means of expression work are employed to help the children to formulate
their own ideas on the teaching. There
is a fair stock of large pictures which can be used as teaching-aids: this
might usefully be increased as opportunity occurs.
The children are happy and interested in their work and, by the
time they have to leave this part of the School they have a sound
foundation on which more intensive work may safely be built.
Junior Mixed classes together with the transition class are taking full
advantage of the sound work accomplished in the Infants’ section.
The transition between the ‘play method’ of the Infants’ to
the more intensive work of the Juniors is being made smoothly and quickly.
The Bible work is taught clearly and with practical teaching as to
how the underlying principles may be applied to life as the children
experience it. The Church
Teaching is definite and this is greatly assisted by the regular teaching
given in the classes by the Parish Clergy.
Where such class work is shared, we would stress the importance of
establishing a sound liaison between those responsible, in order that the
children may receive a clear impression of the unity of the instruction.
This is particularly necessary in the teaching of the Church
Catechism. It is most
encouraging to note how many of the children profess to attend Church and
Sunday School on Sundays. The
general tone and atmosphere of the School are excellent and the School is
a credit to the Church which it serves.
Metropolitan Archive, Acc/1035/08/17
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