The BWI Archives
1958 ~ Diocesan Inspection Report
The London Diocesan Board of Education carried out an annual inspection of its schools. These inspections were focused on the religious education of pupils, though occasionally touched on other matters. The following transcript of the Inspection Report for 1958, (London Metropolitan Archive, Acc/1035/006/19c-d) is reproduced with the permission of the London Diocesan Board for Schools.
CONFIDENTIAL – FOR THE USE OF MANAGERS AND TEACHERS ONLY
DIOCESAN BOARD OF EDUCATION INCORPORATED
WINNINGTON INGRAM INFANTS AND JUNIOR
This School was visited on Friday, 26th September, 1958,
by The Rev. Preb F.A.F. Poulden and The Rev. F.G.W.W. Heydon.
The following Report of the Inspection is submitted
to your Managers with the request that they will give it their attention.
This is a Primary School of 328 children, divided into eight
classes, three of which are Infants’ classes, the other five being
Junior Mixed Classes. There is
a daily assembly Worship for each section of the School.
On the day of our visit, the Junior Assembly had to be abandoned
owing to a burst water-main which had flooded the School Hall and two of
the class-rooms. The
Infants’ Assembly was conducted by the senior Teacher in that section in
one of the class-rooms. This
worship was carefully planned and was most reverently carried out, the
children taking a full part with reverence and with obvious understanding.
This worship sets the tone for the activities of the whole of the School
The religious instruction has been based upon a local syllabus
drawn up some years ago in the Parish and authorised by the School
Managers. This has been
modified in the Infants’ section on lines parallel to the recommended
Diocesan syllabus. In some
cases in the Junior department there has been a certain amount of widening
of the local syllabus on lines very similar to the normal Diocesan Scheme,
whilst remaining loyal to the desire of the Managers to base the teaching
on a definite doctrinal basis. This,
indeed, is the object of the Diocesan scheme and a general agreement
between the aims of the Diocesan Board and the wishes of the local
Managers would appear to be very near practical realisation.
Instruction in Worship is provided in the Parish Church by the
Parochial Clergy through School Services.
This is a great asset and is supplemented by the general pastoral
oversight of the School by the Clergy and by their teaching.
The response of the children in their classes was excellent.
The Infants talked readily about their work, showing that they
receive a sound grounding in the elements of the Christian Faith, on lines
entirely suited to very young children.
There is a plentiful supply of pictures, flannel-graphs and
film-strips, all of which are sensibly used in the presentation of the
lessons. Class activities are
varied and closely related to the needs of religious instruction.
The Infants’ syllabus is properly graded from year to year to
provide full opportunity for these young children to use new skills and
techniques as they mater them.
Much of the expression work shows considerable originality and real
thought on the part of the children. The
Junior school makes a very satisfactory transition in the lower class from
the methods proper to Infants to the more extensive work of Juniors.
The expression work makes new demands which the children are quick
to satisfy. The scheme of work
tends to take up a little too much time in the upper classes in the
revision of earlier work and this tends to diminish the amount of time
which can be given to the consideration of the later prophetic period However,
the teachers are adapting their material to the needs and abilities of the
children in a promising manner. These
children show a general level of intelligence which is well above the
average and the tone and atmosphere of the whole school are excellent.
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