The BWI Archives

1950 ~ 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 1950 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 22/12/1949 – 09/01/1950




Mr C. Snook called re the inspection in March.


Mr A.T. Smith called to see the probationary teachers.


School closed – Examination for the allocation of pupils to secondary schools – full attendance.


Feb.20th – 24th Mid-term holiday.




Half Term: 18/02/1950 – 26/02/1950




Full inspection by H.M.I’s
(The inspection report does not appear to have survivied)


Conference – H.M.I’s & the managers.


Film show – North Thames Gas Board


Apr. 6th – 21st  Easter Holiday.




Easter Holiday 06/04/1950 – 23/04/1950




Mrs Graner commenced as Clerical Assistant (Temp.)


Empire Day – school closed p.m.


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


May 29th – June 2nd   School closed – Whitsuntide.




Half Term: 27/05/1950 – 04/06/1950




July 31st – Sept. 4th   Summer Holiday.




Summer Holiday 29/07/1950 – 04/09/1950




Oct. 30th – Nov. 3rd.   Mid-term Holiday




Half Term: 28/10/1950 – 05/10/1950




Children’s Service in Church, 9 – 9.45 a.m.


Diocesan Inspection of Religious Instruction


Dec. 21st – Jan. 8th 1951      Christmas Holiday




Christmas Holiday 21/12/1950 – 07/01/1951




First uploaded: 11 May 2017