The BWI Archives

1952 ~ 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 1952 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 21/12/1951 – 07/01/1952






(Mr Wilkinson makes no mention of the death of King George VI, nor of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on the same day.)



The County Allocation Test.


H.T. Meeting 2 p.m. (Local Headteachers’ meeting)


Feb 14th – 19th Mid-ter Holiday




Half Term: 14/02/1952 – 19/02/1952




Managers’ Meeting 8 p.m.


Mr Heath – audit – school meals.


Mrs Balters commenced as Clerical Assistant.


April 10th – 23rd   Easter Holiday.




Easter Holiday 10/04/1952 – 23/04/1952




June 2nd – 6th     Whitsuntide Holiday




Half Term: 21/05/1952 – 08/06/1952




June 27th - 30th Holiday
(The reason for the holiday is unknown. See the corresponding period in 1951 for a similar holiday.)


Holiday (p.m.) County Sports.


July 28th – Sept 8th    Summer Holiday.




Summer Holiday 26/07/1952 – 08/09/1952




Mr M. Hall commenced as Assistant Teacher


Nov 3rd – 7th     Mid-term Holiday




Half Term: 01/11/1952 – 09/11/1952




Mr Shelby present.


Safety First 3-4 p.m.


Diocesan Inspection


Medical Inspection


Dec. 22nd – Jan. 6th 1953      Christmas Holiday.




Christmas Holiday: 20/12/1952 – 06/01/1953




First uploaded: 11 May 2017