The BWI Archives
1956 ~ Diocesan Inspection Report
Winnington-Ingram CE School
of Monday 8th October, 1956 by The Rev. Preb. F.A.F. Poulden
& Revd. F.G.W.W. Heydon
is a Primary school of 328 children, divided into eight classes, three of
them Infants’ Classes,. the other five being Junior Mixed Classes. There
is a daily Assembly Worship for the Junior Classes, conducted by the Head
Teacher, or by one of the Parochial Clergy. One the day of our visit, the
Vicar of the Parish was present and conducted the morning Assembly.
This was short and suited to the needs of Junior children.
It was composed of prayers with responses and a hymn which was well
sung. The children were most
reverent. Meanwhile, the three Infant’s Classes had their own Class
prayers. We were present at
two of these and the teacher who conducted the worship took great care in
leading the thoughts of the children to realise the Presence of God with
them. The unaccompanied hymns
were well sung and a most sincere atmosphere was maintained throughout
these Assemblies in Miniature. These
three Infants’ Classes meet together for a General Assembly, once a
week, on Fridays.
religious instruction has been based upon the syllabus drawn up, some
years ago, in this Parish and authorised by the Managers, at that time for
use in the school. It is quite
adequate, as far as it goes, and the teachers loyally follow the scheme as
laid down. Instruction in
Worship is given by the Parochial Clergy, in the Parish Church, through
the medium of School Services held there about twice a term.
In addition to this, an Assistant Priest takes the top class as a
Confirmation Class during the year.
response of the children in their classes was most encouraging.
The Infants are very happy in their work.
The lessons are presented with the help of modern visual-aids and
all lessons are compiled with various kinds of free expression-work
included to enable the children to express their own individual opinions
and impressions. Even the
young Entrants’ Class was eager to talk about its work.
The upper Infants reach a very high standard of achievement.
This is partly due, no doubt, to the good home influence which most
of these children enjoy, but the teachers in their section must receive
full credit for the freshness and lively imagination with which the
lessons are presented. The
Junior Classes make a sound progression from year to year, but teachers
ought to be encourage to exercise some discretionary licence in making
selection from their type-scripts to meet the needs of their particular
group. Then, also, the
different sections of the syllabus should be developed in harmony, one
with the other, and not in ‘blocks’ as they happen to be printed.
It should be obvious that doctrine proceeds out of the Bible
stories and is not something which is merely abstract.
We were pleased to note that some teachers have added extra
material to meet the particular requirements of their classes, without, in
any way, disturbing the balance of the Managers’ Syllabus.
We would commend such amendments as being both helpful and
necessary. The older children
asked their visitors many intelligent and relevant questions during the
class interviews and this inquiring turn of mind is a good testimony to
the quality of the teaching which has been given.
A determined effort is made to prepare these children for the
Sacrament of Confirmation before they leave this school and we consider
that this is most desirable. The
tone and atmosphere of the School are most pleasant and stimulating.
Metropolitan Archive, Acc/1035/08/23
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