The BWI Archives

1949 ~ 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 1949 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 18/12/1948 – 03/01/1949




H.T. Meeting – Education Office. (Meeting for local Headteachers)


Mid – term Holiday.




Half Term: 12/02/1949 – 15/02/1949




Examination for allocation to pupils to secondary schools.


Dental Inspection.


48 pupils & 3 teachers visited the Astoria Cinema – “Scott & the Antarctic”


Miss Walters called re Miss Dickson. (Miss Dickson was a permanent member of teaching staff appointed 07/09/1948)


April 11th – 26th    Easter Holiday




Easter Holiday 09/04/1949 – 26/04/1949




Safety First Demonstration by the Police.
(This outreach service to schools was probably provided a group from Wembley, see 12/04/1948.)


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


June 6th – 10th Whitsuntide Holiday.




Half Term: 04/06/1949 – 12/06/1949




July 28th – Sept. 6th   Summer Vacation.




Summer Holiday 28/07/1949 – 06/09/1949




Safety First Lecture – Police.
(See 25/05/1949)


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


A.S.M.O.  (See 17/10/1949)


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


Oct. 31st – Nov. 4th Mid-term Holidiay.




Half Term: 29/10/1949 – 06/11/1949




A.S.M.O.  (See 17/10/1949)


A.S.M.O.  (See 17/10/1949)


Diocesan Inspection of Religious Training


Term Examinations


Dec. 22nd – Jan. 9th Inclusive – Christmas Holiday.




Christmas Holiday 22/12/1949 – 09/01/1950




First uploaded: 11 May 2017