The BWI Archives
1963 ~ 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 April 1963, (loosely inserted into the school's third Log Book) is reproduced with the permission of the Governing Body.
CONFIDENTIAL – For the use of Managers and
DIOCESAN BOARD OF EDUCATION
KENNINGTON ROAD, LONDON, S.E.1.
This School was visited on …. 2nd April, 1963,
The following Report of the Inspection is submitted to your
Managers with the request that they will give it their attention.
There are now 332 children on the Roll of this school in eight classes –
this means that all the classes are big but the work throughout is good
and the children are clearly happy in their School life.
As we have noted before the stability of the staff is a very big
We were very pleased to meet the new Vicar and his Assistant Priest
– it is clear that they have a very real concern for the welfare of the
School and the children and we were particularly pleased to find a group
of children who were being prepared for Confirmation.
The Opening worship both for Juniors and Infants was carefully
planned and well suited to the age of the children – we understand that
the provision of some bold visual focal point, which would be a great
help, is under consideration.
The Infants classes were happy and responsive.
Not too much has been taught and therefore they do remember.
There was a good variety of practical work – we particularly like
the illustrated screen in the Reception Class and drawing and scrap books
in the others. We were also
pleased to find good use made of Singling Games and in this connection we
would wish to make mention of the work o one of the teachers who has
helped a great deal with music and Religious Education and who is shortly
leaving – we do wish her well.
The Juniors also were very ready to answer and were clearly
interested in their work. We
believe that the Headmaster is now planning a new syllabus on the basis of
the Diocesan and the Middlesex schemes and this will help.
It is difficult when children move up during the year but there did
seem some tendency for the work to be much repeated – three classes seem
to have spent some time on Abraham and once class had had very little
Church Teaching. The top class
is capable of thinking for itself and is rightly being encouraged to do so
and their answers were very good and thoughtful.
We also liked the way in
This is a good School doing good work in which Headmaster and
teachers do work as a united team for the good of the children and it is
always a pleasure to spend time here.
Signature (Philip Rowe)
Inspector of Schools
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