The BWI Archives

1951 ~ 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 1951 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 21/12/1950 – 07/01/1951




Miss N. Bardsley commenced.


Mrs A.G. Worth commenced.


Burglary.  Savings Stamps stolen.


Feb. 14th – 16th   Mid - term  Holiday.




Half Term: 14/02/1951 – 18/02/1951




Allocation Test.


Mr. 22nd – Apr. 6th Easter Holiday.




Easter Holiday 22/03/1951 – 08/04/1951




Mrs Battersby now on the permanent staff.


May 14th – 19th     Whitsuntide Holiday.




Half Term: 12/05/1951 – 20/05/1951




Empire Day.  School closed p.m.


27 Grammar School places out of a total age-group of 49


June 29th & July 2nd Holiday
(The reason for the holiday is unknown.)


July 30th – Sept. 3rd   Summer Holiday




Summer Holiday 28/07/1951 – 03/09/1951




Oct. 29th – Nov. 2nd   Mid-Term Holiday.




Half Term: 27/10/1951 – 04/11/1951




Safety First Film, 3-4 p.m.


Diocesan Inspection.


Mr Shelby, H.M.I. present (a.m. only).


Christmas Entertainment (£7.7.0)


Dec. 21st – Jan. 7th 1952




Christmas Holiday 21/12/1951 – 07/01/1952




First uploaded: 11 May 2017