The BWI Archives
1952 ~ Diocesan Inspection Report
Winnington-Ingram CE School
of Tuesday, 2nd December 1952 by
is a Primary school of 356 children, divided into eight classes, three of
these being Infants’ Classes and the other five being Junior Mixed.
There is a daily Assembly held in the School Hall and conducted by
the Head Teacher, or, as on the day of our visit, by one of the Parochial
Clergy. On this occasion, the Vicar, who had welcomed us to the School,
presided. This worship was
quiet and sincere and all present took part in the prayers and hymn
singing. The children sang
‘Brother James’ Air’ at the opening of the worship.
The Infants’ Classes have Class Prayers, carefully supervised by
the Class Teachers, except on two mornings of the week when there is an
Infants’ Assembly. We would
recommend that Class Prayers should, as far as possible, take the form of
a Full Assembly in miniature, with plenty of variety of simple material
from day to day.
instruction has been based upon the syllabus drawn up seven or eight years
ago by the local Clergy. The
Vicar who has just left was engaged upon a new plan of instruction based
on the Diocesan Syllabus of Church Teaching and Prayer Book Instruction,
and taking for its biblical background teaching the Middlesex County
Council Syllabus of Religious Instruction.
We have recommended this course for some years past and are still
of the opinion that it is the best plan to adopt, making sure that the
doctrinal teaching is really adopted as the basis of the whole
instruction. A list of
prescribed Scripture stories for each class over a set period will not, in
our opinion, meet the full need. The
Clergy teach in this school faithfully and regularly.
This is a great asset to the work and the class teachers are taking
pains to integrate their own work with that of the priests.
Instruction in worship is also given, from time to time, by the
Clergy in the Parish Church.
response of the children in their classes was most promising.
The Infants were happy doing the many simple tasks which have
arisen from the oral lessons. Modern
methods of presentation have been used and the visual-aids are in
plentiful supply. Much care
has been expended in keeping the presentation of the stories fresh and
attractive. The children, in
consequence, have a sharp impression of the stories and of the simple
teaching which they are intended to convey.
The presentation has been fully amplified by the various kinds of
expression work which are in regular use in these classes.
In general, there is a sound foundation being laid in this part of
the school. The work of the
Junior School is making progress and we should like to put on record, in
the first place, that, by the time the children reach the top of the
school, they display considerable knowledge of the set work and a growing
awareness of its religious purpose. At
the same time, there is a tendency in some classes to treat the set
stories as ‘ends in themselves’. This,
together with the temptation to treat the Old Testament stories in
isolation from the New Testament, should be resisted.
The children will not appreciate the full value of the instruction
unless it is carefully integrated and simply directed towards a doctrinal
end which the child mind can comprehend.
As we have already indicated, the children in the top classes are
making rapid progress in relating the teaching to life with regard to
worship and to right behaviour. Some
of the classes have had their work disrupted by illness amongst the staff
and this almost certainly accounts for some of the lack of integration.
The general tone and atmosphere of the school are happy and stimulating
and there is no doubt that there is a dominating desire to serve the
Church well and to prepare these children for Confirmation and full
membership of the Church before they take their places in their Secondary
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