The BWI Archives

1954 ~ 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 1954 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 19/12/1953 – 05/01/1954




H.T. Meeting (Meeting of local Headteachers)


Children’s Service


County Allocation Test.


Feb. 19th – 22nd    Mid-term Holiday




Half Term: 19/02/1954 – 22/02/1954




Apr. 14th – 26th     Easter Holiday.




Easter Holiday 14/04/1954 – 26/04/1954




Empire Day – half day holiday.


Children’s Service


June 7th – 11th  Whitsuntide Holiday.




Half Term: 05/06/1954 – 13/06/1954




June 25th – 28th   Holiday.
(The reason for the holiday is unknown. See the corresponding period in 1951, 1952 & 1953 for a similar holiday.)


Mr J. M. Hall left today.


July 26th – Sept. 6th     Summer Holiday.




Summer Holiday 24/07/1954 – 06/09/1954




Miss P. H. Smith commenced as Assistant Teacher.


Mr Shelby present.


Nov. 1st – 5th   Mid-term Holiday.




Half Term: 20/10/1954 – 07/11/1954




Dec. 22nd – Jan. 10th  1955   Christmas Holiday.




Christmas Holiday 22/12/1954 – 10/01/1955




First uploaded: 11 May 2017