The BWI Archives

1961 ~ 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 1961, (London Metropolitan Archive, Acc/1035/006/19a) is reproduced with the permission of the London Diocesan Board for Schools.




CONFIDENTIAL – For the use of Managers and Teachers only




To The Correspondent,
    Bishop Willingdon Winnington-Ingram School,
                   Ruislip C. of E.

27th April 1961

Dear Sir,

            This School was visited on 20th April 1961 by The Rev. Philip Rowe & Miss C.M.Knowles.  

            The following Report of the Inspection is submitted to your Managers with the request that they will give it their attention.

                                                                        Yours faithfully,
                                                                                  L. B. TIRRELL
                                                                                    Director of Religious Education.  

            At the time of our visit there were 331 children on the Roll of this School – of these 130 are in three classes of infants and 201 in five classes of Juniors.

            The Opening Act of Worship for the Infants was taken by the teacher-in-charge and the children were very reverent and both the hymns and prayers were good and well suited to the age of the children. We did feel that it would help to have a picture which could be used to lead the children into the Presence of Good.  In their classes these young ones were clearly happy and learning well.  The Bible teaching was good (although in one class there had been a little block teaching) and not too much had been taught.  We did discuss with the Headmaster the provision of further pictures and would recommend both the Elisie Anna Wood pictures and the reproductions of Old Masters (both published by S.P.C.K.)  The class activities were varied and good and altogether these children are given a very good start in their Religious Education.

            The Juniors’ Act of Worship was taken by the Headmaster and clearly carefully thought out and all present joined in fully and reverently – we do still feel that some focal point (e.g. Cross or large picture) would be a further help.  In the classes good conscientious work had been done and the children were interested and responsive.  They also had some knowledge of the Saints and modern heroes of the Church (including Bishop Winnington-Ingram!)  We felt that the Church Teaching had not been so fully covered as the Bible work and this may be the fault of the School syllabus (which in one class did not seem to provide for any specific Church teaching.)  There was a good variety of practical work and the children really did know their Parish Church.  The top class was particularly good and it was most encouraging to find a good number of these children had been Confirmed.

            We were very pleased to meet the Vicar and the Assistant Priest and there can be no doubt that there is real teamwork in this School.  Headmaster and teaching staff work together in close co-operation with the staff of the Parish Church and this is reflected in the whole attitude of the children and not least in their Religious Education.

                                                (signed)           PHILIP ROWE



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