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 Teachers only



  The Correspondent,
       Ruislip, Bishop Winnington-Ingram …..School.

26th November, 1963



Dear Sir,

            This School was visited on …. 5th November,. 1963,
by The Rev. P. Rowe & The Rev. A.D. Browne.

            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 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 real help.

            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 should.

            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 encouraging morning.

                                                Signature (Philip Rowe)                                              

Chief Inspector of Schools
Diocese of London    



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