The BWI Archives

1956 ~ 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 1956 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 23/12/1955 – 09/01/1956




Safety First 3-4 p.m.


County Allocation Tests


Feb. 13th & 14th    Mid-term Holiday.




Half Term: 11/02/1956 – 14/02/1956




Mar. 29th – Apr. 16th    Easter Holiday




Easter Holiday 29/03/1956 – 16/04/1956




Class 1 (43 pupils) to be accommodated in the Manor S.M. School for the rest of the term.


H.T. Meeting 3 p.m. (A meeting for local Headteachers)


Managers’ Meeting.


May 21st – 25th     Whitsuntide Holiday




Half Term: 19/05/1956 – 27/05/1956




Half day Holiday – County Sports.


Miss P.A. Smith resigned today.


July 30th – Sept 3rd    Summer Holiday




Summer Holiday 28/07/1956 – 03/09/1956




Safety First – Police – a.m.
(An outreach programme for pupils delivered by the Police)


Diocesan Inspection.


Safety Frist 9.30 – 11.45 a.m. 
(Probably a repeat of the programme of 01/10/1956 for a different group of children)


Oct. 29th – Nov. 2nd  Mid-term Holiday.




Half Term: 27/10/1956 – 04/11/1956




Mr Shelby, H.M.I., called.


Dec. 24th – Jan.    Christmas Holiday


Dec. 31st 1956   Resigned my post as Headmaster today.
signed:  T. Wilkinson





Christmas Holiday 24/12/1956 – 07/01/1957




First uploaded: 11 May 2017