The BWI Archives

1957 ~ 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 Books 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 or provide context are given in brackets and in italic.



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




Mr T. Wilkinson, having retired on 31/12/56, I today commenced duties as Acting Headmistress
E. M. Lemmings


Audiometrician tested the 7-8 year old age groups (Year 3)


Medical Inspection


The 10-11 year old age group (Year 6) attended a flute concert at Lady Banke’s School, starting at 3:15 p.m.


Medical Inspection




Half Term Holiday: 25/02/1957 – 27/02/1957




Junior Classes 1 to 4 attended a service in church at 9 a.m. for Ash Wednesday


A Festival Music Practice with Whiteheath Primary School


A Festival Choir Rehearsal at Bourne Secondary Modern School in the afternoon


A Festival Choir Rehearsal at Bourne Secondary Modern School in the afternoon


The Choir performed at the Music Festival


The Choir performed at the Music Festival and again on Saturday 30th March


The 10-11 year old age group (Year 6) attended a music lecture featuring a brass trio and piano at Lady Banke’s School.


Mr Sabin (Divisional Education Officer) visited the school


I today concluded my duties as acting Headmistress
E.M. Lemmings




Easter Holidays: 11/04/1957 – 29/05/1957




I, Reginald Henry Jennings, commence duties as Headmaster of this school.


Mr Sabin, Divisional Education Officer, visited the school


The school nurse visited, carrying out a ‘cleanliness inspection’, in the afternoon
(This was probably a hair inspection for lice)


The Headmaster, was absent to conduct a music festival at Lancaster.
(Mr Jennings probably had a long standing engagement to lead a music festival in his previous Local Education Authority.)


Mrs Hendley visited school for ‘land drill instruction’.
(This was preparation for the swimming lessons to start on Wednesday the following week. What form the ‘land drill’ took is currently unknown.)


The oldest children (Year 6) began swimming lessons in the afternoon.
(This was at the open air Uxbridge Baths.)


In the afternoon the Headmaster attended the official opening of Harlyn Primary School.


The oldest girls attended the Folk Dance Festival rehearsal.


The school was closed for Ascension Day
(Though not mentioned on this occasion, the normal practice was for the Junior children to attend an Ascension Day service in Church at 9.15 p.m. before enjoying their holiday; the Infants were not expected to attend the service.)


The Infants took part in an Infant Schools’ Music Festival at Field End Junior School at 7 p.m.


The oldest girls took part in the Folk Dance Festival held at Potter Street Secondary Modern School in the evening.


Mr C. P. Conigrave from the Imperial Institute (later the Commonwealth Institute) came to the school in the morning to give a talk on Australia.


The school was closed in the afternoon to allow participation in the County Sports.




Whitsuntide Holiday: 08/06/1957 – 16/06/1957




The school was closed for the feast of Corpus Christi


There was a visit from an officer attached to the Child Guidance Clinic


The school participated in the Exhibition of Art & Craft at Queensmead Secondary School.  The official opening of the Exhibition was at 3 p.m.


Primary School Sports at 2.00 p.m.
(It is uncertain if this relates to the school’s own sports, which would probably have been held on Kings College Playing Fields, or interschool sports for Primary Schools in the local area.)


The nurse was in school in the afternoon preparing for a visit by the doctor’s routine examinations


Mrs C.P. Beckes from the Imperial Institute (later the Commonwealth Institute) came to the school to give a talk on Malaya




Summer Holiday: 27/07/1957 – 09/09/1957




Miss Platt the audiometrician tested the 1st Year Junior children (Year 3)


The annual Diocesan Inspection


The doctor was in school in the afternoon carrying out routine medical inspections.


There was a talk by the police on Road Safety in the morning.




Half term: 26/10/1957 – 03/11/1957




Class 1 (Year 6) attended a music lecture-recital at Lady Banke’s School towards the end of the afternoon.


The doctor was in school in the afternoon carrying out routine medical inspections.


Dr Glyn Jones was in school carrying out routine medical inspections.




Christmas Holiday: 21/12/1957 – 05/01/1958


First uploaded: 21 July 2016
Last Updated: 11 May 2017