The BWI Archives
1960 ~ Survey
the size of the school and its fabric were of increasing concern to the
School's Managers through the 1950s. Early in 1960 a detailed survey
of the school building was carried out and a written report made. (Now
housed at the London Metropolitan Archive, Acc.1035/21/12, with
additional material relating to the Report inserted, Acc/1035/21/08, /09,
Report on a Survey of the School Building
consists of an assembly hall with stage, four main classrooms, infants
and juniors cloakrooms and lavatories, and staff accommodation.
The rear portion of the hall and the stage are both utilised, with
the aid of folding screens, as additional classrooms, and a later detached
block of two classrooms has been built next the south west corner of the
site, i.e. behind the west end of the main school.
The school is licensed for
music and dancing.
On plan, the layout is
grouped tightly about a central skylight corridor, hall to one side and
classrooms to the other, with cloakrooms and staff accommodation at either
end. The latter is grouped on
various floors about the west end staircase, over the boiler room.
There is an outside group of W.Cs near the south east
corner of the site.
Construction is generally traditional, of load bearing brickwork, with timber trussed roofs. The latter are exposed in the hall, but covered in the classrooms. The roof is generally covered with tiles, except the south side slopes where felt has been used pending the carrying out of intended upper floor extensions. The corridor is generally covered with a flat timber joist type roof. Floors are of solid construction with timber strip covering in the hall, wood blocks to the classrooms, and granolithic finish to the corridors and cloakrooms.
Windows are generally of
the steel sash type.
The detached classroom
block has boarded and joisted floors, timber sashed windows and a simple,
felt covered, pitched roof. The
walls are of load bearing brickwork.
Internal finishes vary,
but are mostly plaster faced in the principle rooms with some
matchboarding in the classrooms, and decorated brickwork in the
Part III lists the
Repairs of Utmost Urgency
Part IV gives a
Detailed Description of the Structure and has some more useful
information not yet transcribed.
First uploaded: 10 August 2016