The BWI Archives
1955 ~ Diocesan Inspection Report
Winnington-Ingram CE School
of 7th October, 1955 by The Rev. Preb. F.A.F. Poulden
is a Primary school of 353 children, divided into eight classes, three of
these being Infants’ Classes,. the other five being Junior Mixed
Classes. The Junior Classes
have a daily Assembly Worship in the School Hall.
On the day of our visit this was conducted by the Vicar of the
Parish who as present to welcome the visitors.
The whole Act was well planned to suit the needs of this age-group.
The children took an active part in the service with reverence and
dignity. The hymn was well sung and the children responded well in the
short Litany and other prayers. The
Infants’ Classes had Class Prayers and the one which we attended was
carefully conducted. Care
should be taken in such Class Prayers, to make it an Assembly Worship in
miniature with plenty of variety from day to day, while the children
should be trained to take an active part in the Act.
The Class we saw was most reverent and attentive.
religious instruction has been based upon a syllabus drawn up for use in
this Parish some years ago. The
Infants’ section has been re-drafted fairly recently and is no really
parallel with the scheme recommended by the Diocese, a combination of the
County Agreed Syllabus with the Diocesan Handbook of Church Teaching and
Prayer Book Instruction. The
Junior Section corresponds roughly to this scheme, but differs in the
manner in which the official scheme divides the work over the four years.
Church teaching continues to form the basis of the work in this
school and teachers are conscientiously following out the suggested
courses. Instruction in
Worship is given by the Parochial Clergy in the Parish Church, from time
to time, through the medium of special School Services.
response of the children in their classes was most encouraging.
The Infants receive a thorough grounding in the simple outline of
the Christian Faith, illustrated with Bible stories of children in the Old
Testament and a simple outline of the life of Jesus in the New Testament.
These small children are instructed in the furnishings of their
Parish Church and its principal services, particularly Baptism.
They talked about these things with understanding and showed
interest in all that they had heard and in the many well-related
activities which, rightly, occupy much of the lesson periods.
A very satisfactory foundation is being laid in this section of the
school. The Junior Classes were bright and co-operative.
The work has been well integrated in most classes, but this factor
must continue to be closely watched in every case.
The school has a good stock of modern visual-aids and the teachers
are using these most efficiently to give the children a clear idea of the
back-ground of the Bible Stories. The
older children are being led to think out, for themselves, the purpose of
the instruction as it is applied to worship and to Christian behaviour.
The expression work in use in the school reaches a high standard
and should continue to be used as an integral part of every lesson.
The general atmosphere and tone of the School are excellent.
We understand that Mr Wilkinson, the Head Teacher, will be retiring
during the coming year after twenty five years of devoted service to this
School. We should like to take
this opportunity of expressing the thanks of the Diocese to him for all
that he has done for the school during that time and to wish him every
happiness in the future.
Metropolitan Archive, Acc/1035/08/22
First uploaded: 11 May 2017