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 November 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
. 5th November,. 1963,
The following Report of the Inspection is submitted to your
Managers with the request that they will give it their attention.
At the beginning of the term there were 334 children on the Roll of
this School this shows that the demand for admission here is still
heavy and this is not surprising since there is a very happy atmosphere in
the School and its life and good work is being done throughout.
The Opening Acts of Worship were both revernt and well suited to
the age of the children. As we
have said before we do feel that some bold visual focal centre would be a
In the Infants classes good work has been done on sound lines
the teaching in this term rightly centring round the thought of the
Loving Father and His gifts links naturally with the Harvest and leads
on to the thought of Christmas. We
were pleased to find some varied practical work and particularly some
group work such as friezes, group pictures and class books.
In one class with a part-time teacher it was encouraging to find
how her work had been followed up with practical work under this own
teacher. We were glad to find use made of flannelgraph pictures and hope
that as the year goes on further use will be made of Singing Games.
We were particularly pleased to find how happily settled into their
school life were the children of the very youngest class where a new
teacher was doing very promising work.
In the Junior Classes also good work has been done.
We were pleased to find how other subjects had been linked with the
Religious Instruction (as in the class where geography work on the Middle
East had been a real help to the understanding of the Bible.)
In one class with a non-Anglican teacher some really excellent work
was being done on prayer and modern Christians perhaps on of the
clergy could do some of the more formal Church teaching here.
The top class has some very intelligent children and we wondered
whether the work was sufficiently advanced to interest them as fully as it
We were pleased to meet the Vicar and his colleague and to know
that a number of the children are being prepared for Confirmation.
We would suggest that some consideration should be given to having
more frequent school Services in the Parish Church in many Schools
this does occur weekly.
This is a good School in which Clergy, Headmaster and teachers
clearly work together for the good of the children and it was a happy and
Signature (Philip Rowe)
Inspector of Schools
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