The BWI Archives
1951 ~ Diocesan Inspection Report
Winnington-Ingram CE School
of Wednesday, November 28th 1951 by Preb. F.A.F. Poulden
This is a Primary
school of 369 children, divided into 8 classes, 3 of these being
Infants’ classes and the other 5 being Junior Mixed.
There is a daily Assembly Worship for the Junior Classes and the
top Infants’ class, whilst the other Infants’ classes have class
prayers, except on Friday mornings when there is an Infants’ Assembly
worship. These Assemblies are
held in the School Hall and, on the day of our visit, the Worship was
conducted by the Assistant Priest of the Parish.
The plan of the Worship was simple and suited to the children’s
needs. The hymn was very well
sung and the children said the prayers quietly and very reverently.
instruction has been based upon a Scheme drawn up by the Parochial Clergy.
At the moment, this is under revision and the Vicar of the Parish
is engaged upon the compilation of a new syllabus based upon the London
and Southwark Diocesan Syllabus of Church Teaching and Prayer Book
Instruction, with the necessary biblical background taken from the
Middlesex County Council Syllabus of Religious Instruction.
The latter scheme is the one which is sponsored by the Diocesan
Board of Education and we are pleased to hear that it will shortly be
adopted. Meanwhile very
satisfactory progress is being maintained on the lines laid down in the
response of the children in the Infants’ classes was happy and free.
The work is being presented clearly and in an attractive manner.
Expression work of various kinds is being used quite freely.
The children in the top class of this section, for example, take a
great delight in dramatic work, a specimen of which was performed for the
benefit of the Inspector. This
kind of activity should be fully maintained in a variety of ways.
The Bible stories were well known and simple Church teaching has
been applied to these lessons. The
close integration of this doctrinal teaching is a very important factor in
the instruction and teachers are urged to see that this is always borne in
mind when they are preparing their lessons.
The work of the Junior Mixed section of the school is making sound
progress. Here again, the
expression work is of great importance and we urge that is should be fully
maintained along lines proper to the interests of this age child.
The work is planned on progressive lines from class to class until
the children in the top classes are engaged upon the teaching of the
Prophets of the Old Testament and its relation to the teaching and the
work of Christ as shown in the Gospels.
Teachers generally are taking care to integrate the different
sections of the work in order to present the children with a reasoned and
united instruction on the Faith of the Church of which they are members.
It must be emphasised that the telling of Bible stories is not and
end in itself but a means to a much great end.
Some the children in the top class had a number of thoughtful
questions to ask, and this search after knowledge should be encouraged in
every way possible. The Vicar
and his Assistant Priest teach regularly in the school and this is a great
asset to the work. The general
tone and atmosphere of the school are excellent.
Metropolitan Archive, Acc/1035/08/18
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