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1953 ~ Diocesan Inspection Report


Bishop Winnington-Ingram CE School
Transcript of London Diocesan Board of Education Inspection Reports

Visit of Friday, 30th October, 1953 by The Rev. Preb. F.A.F. Poulden and The Rev. F.H. Hopkins


This is a Primary school of 363 children, divided into eight classes, three of which are Infants’ Classes and the other three (sic) being Junior Mixed Classes.  There is a daily Assembly Worship, conducted by the Head Teacher in the School Hall for all the Junior Classes.  The singing of the hymn was excellent and the children joined in the prayers with great reverence and care.  On two days in the week, the Infants’ Classes have an Assembly, on other days, the top Infants have Class Prayers, whilst the other two classes, in the prefabricated building, join together for prayers.  Where such small groups are formed the teachers should, in every case, conduct a form of Assembly Worship in miniature, with variety of form and matter from day to day.

The instruction is, as has been customary in this school, given in accordance with a scheme of work prepared by Clergy formerly in this Parish.  It is a very comprehensive scheme, as well as being progressive.  Its aim is to provide a sound grounding in the elements of the Faith and Practice of the Church, coupled with a thorough course of instruction culminating in the Confirmation of the children.  This is excellent and a sound ideal.  Nevertheless, children are apt to leave for other schools or to live in other places, before the aim is fully attained.  Therefore we still feel that the syllabus recommended by the Diocese would, in the end, serve the declared purpose of the School better that (than) one which endeavours to compress an enormous amount of teaching into the age of the Primary School child.  We heartily commend the effort to bring these children forward as candidates for Confirmation before the influence of this school wanes, but we consider that, with careful post-Confirmation oversight and instruction, the officially sponsored syllabus would suffice for the needs of these children.

The response of the children in their classes was most encouraging.  The Infants were charming in their natural, friendly reactions to questioning.  They talked quite freely about the stories which they had heard and the things which they had done.  The class atmosphere, in each case, is excellent and the children are extremely happy.  Pictures, flannel-graphs and film-strips are all used as teaching-aids and the children have received very clear impressions of the stories already covered.  Certainly, a sound foundation is being laid here.  The Junior Classes have the advantage of some specialist teaching given by the Parochial Clergy in certain classes and, on special occasions, in the Parish Church.  This is an important aspect of the work and the teachers are making every effort to relate this teaching of the Clergy to their own Class Lessons.  Such integration is, indeed, very necessary.  The Vicar of the Parish was present at the Inspection and discussed some of these matters with us.  The teachers work together extremely well, as a team, under the leadership of the Head Teacher and the general atmosphere and tone of this school are exceptionally high.  Most of these children have very good home backgrounds and the school, therefore, enjoys a certain advantage over others less fortunately circumstanced.  Yet, the general record of achievement in this school is something of which it may be justly proud.  Such results are not attained without constant care and supervision, coupled with real efficiency.  We congratulate all concerned on the standard reached. 

Frank Poulden
Diocesan Inspector

London Metropolitan Archive, Acc/1035/08/20
Reproduced with permission from the LDBS



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