The BWI Archives

1953 ~ 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 1953 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: 20/12/1952 – 06/01/1953




County Allocation Test.


Feb. 13th – 16th   Mid-term Holiday.




Half Term: 13/02/1953 – 16/02/1953




Children’s Service in Church


Apr 2nd – 13th   Easter Holiday




Easter Holiday 02/04/1953 – 13/04/1953




May 25th – June 3rd     Whitsuntide Holiday
(Mr Wilkinson makes no mention of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on the 2nd June.)




Half Term: 23/05/1953 – 03/06/1953




Visit to Astoria Cinema – “A Queen is Crowned”


(The reason for the holiday is unknown. See the corresponding period in 1951 & 1952 for a similar holiday.)


Holiday (p.m.)  County Sports.


July 27th – Sept. 7th    Summer Holiday.




Summer Holiday 25/07/1953 – 07/09/1953




Fire Drill – 40 seconds. (to evacuate the school)


H.T. Meeting (Meeting for local Headteachers)


Diocesan Inspection.


Nov. 2nd – 6th   Mid-term Holiday




Half Term: 31/10/1953 – 08/11/1953




Safety First 3 p.m.


Dec. 21st – Jan. 5th    Christmas Holiday




Christmas Holiday 19/12/1953 – 05/01/1954




First uploaded: 11 May 2017