The BWI Archives
1953 ~ Diocesan Inspection Report
Winnington-Ingram CE School
of Friday, 30th October, 1953 by The Rev. Preb. F.A.F. Poulden
and The Rev. F.H. Hopkins
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.
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
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
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.
Metropolitan Archive, Acc/1035/08/20
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