The BWI Archives

1956 ~ Diocesan Inspection Report


Bishop Winnington-Ingram CE School
Transcript of London Diocesan Board of Education Inspection Reports

Visit of Monday 8th October, 1956 by The Rev. Preb. F.A.F. Poulden & Revd. F.G.W.W. Heydon


This 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.

The 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. 

The 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.

Frank Poulden
Diocesan Inspector


London Metropolitan Archive, Acc/1035/08/23
Reproduced with permission from the LDBS



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