The BWI Archives

1964 ~ An Overview from the Log Book


The following 'overview' extracts from the School’s Log Books the following types of material:

  • That which directly affected the children and/or their parents (events, visits off site, visiting speakers, medical checks, services either in school or at St. Martin’s Ruislip, holidays, etc.)

  • Significant changes in staffing, in the main restricted to the Headteacher, the Deputy and those who had provided a long period of service.

  • Visitors that indirectly impacted on the management of the school and/or its educational practice – Local Authority Officers, Inspections, etc.

  • In-service courses undertaken by the Headteacher or other staff introducing significant educational initiatives.

  • Items that impacted on or resulted in changes to the School’s facilities.

Most entries in the Log Books have been lightly edited – expanding concise or abbreviated comments, etc.  Where entries have been copied without change, these are given in bold.  Editorial comments to ease comprehension or provide context are given in brackets and in italic.



Christmas Holidays: 21/12/1963 – 05/01/1964




Mrs J Pocklington commences duties as Assistant Mistress in Junior Department
(Mrs Pocklington was later Deputy Headteacher, leaving the school in 1981 to become Headteacher in a school in Norfolk.)


Half Yearly examinations commenced
(Internal tests to monitor pupils’ progress; possibly limited to Junior children.)


Children in the Junior Department attended Church in the morning for an Ash Wednesday service.




Half Term Holiday: 17/02/1964 – 19/02/1964




Weekly Lenten services commenced: 3:45 p.m. for Infants; 4:15 for Juniors.
(This is the first occasion when the school followed specific courses to mark Lent.  These appear to have taken place after the end of the formal school day.)


A recital was given by instrumentalists of London Symphony Orchestra in the morning.


Open evening for parents & friends 7 – 9 p.m.
(Despite the inclusion of the phrase ‘& friends’ – which in the past suggested a form of ‘open’ or ‘display’ evening - this was probably a parent-teacher discussion to consider individual pupil progress, following the results of the Half Yearly tests identified above, and limited to Juniors.)


The nurse visited to conduct vision tests


The children of Class 1 (Year 6) arranged an exhibition of dolls to raise funds for ‘Aid the Children’ Fund’

(There is no note in the Log Book for this year of either Mr Jennings active participation of the running of the Ruislip & Northwood Primary Schools Music Festival that usually took place in the spring term, or of the school’s participation in such a festival.  As it features so strongly in other years, until Mr Jennings retired from his role in supporting it, it is highly possible that there was no Festival in 1964.)




Easter Holidays: 26/03/1964 – 12/04/1964




Films shown by Brooke Bond Co to Infants and Juniors


Lecturer from Commonwealth Institute visited


The School was closed for Ascension Day.  (Presumably, as in past years, Junior children were expected to attend St Martin’s church at the start of the morning.)




Whitsuntide Holiday: 15/05/1964 – 24/05/1964




Mr Shaw, Clerk from Education Office visited and inspected classroom furniture.
(In the division of responsibilities for the material resources of a Voluntary Aided School such as BWI, although the Diocese owned the building, the Local Authority was responsible for the internal decoration and the furniture. This whole area of shared responsibility was an area for much discussion during the 1950s following the granting of Aided Status on 13th August 1951.)


Girls from Classes 1 and 2 (Year 6 and possibly Year 5) attend rehearsal for Schools’ Country Dance Festival
(In previous years this was held at Harlyn Primary School.)


Children in the Junior School attended church in the morning


Ruislip & Northwood Schools’ Folk Dance Festival
(Probably held at Harlyn Primary School.)


Mrs Sinclaire teacher in charge of remedial class visited
(A visit by a support teacher based at Lady Banks School. These visits were probably either for the assessment of individual pupils or to provide advice and support to staff.)


The nurse visited to carry out pre-medical examination checks prior to the doctor’s visits the following week.


Dr Niall visited to carry out routine medical examinations


The School was closed for elections


Dr Niall visited to carry out routine medical examinations


Examinations commence
(Internal end-of-year progress tests)


Children in Class 1 (Year 6) and three teachers visited the Pinto Exhibition of Wooden Byegones at Northwood


The children took part in the Inter-School Sports


Dr Niall visited to carry out routine medical examinations


Classes 1 and 2 (Year 6, and possibly Year 5) and 4 teachers attended an orchestral concert at The Granada Cinema, Harrow


Dr Niall visited to carry out routine medical examinations


4 boys, due to transfer to St Nicholas Grammar School in September, visited the school.
(Part of the secondary transfer ‘familiarisation’ process, to smooth the transition from Primary to Secondary.)


Open evening for Parents & friends 7-9:30 p.m.
(It is uncertain what format this took.)


An end of year service in the morning for all children in St Martin’s.




Summer Holiday: 25/07/1964 – 07/09/1964




Wembley Police team visit and give Road Safety Demonstrations in Playground in the afternoon.
(This was usually separate for Infants and Juniors)


The School closed for the General Election
(This was won by the Labour Party lead by Harold Wilson.)


Form AS2 sent to the Parents of children who will transfer to Secondary School next September
(Parents used this form to express their preferences for their child’s secondary school for the following year.)


Mrs Sinclaire, teacher in charge of Remedial class visited a.m.
(A visit by a support teacher based at Lady Banks School. These visits were probably either for the assessment of individual pupils or to provide advice and support to staff.)




Half Term Holiday: 24/10/1964 – 01/11/1964



03/11/1964 -

Interviews with parents of 4th year children regarding secondary school education
(Mr Jennings held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1965 to support the school allocation process).


Routine Dental Inspection


The Rev R.D. Grange-Bennett (Vicar of St Martin’s) visited

18/11/1964 -

4th Year tests taken.  All teacher stay in the evenings to mark scripts
(The selection tests for secondary school. In the 1960 Log Book entry – 15-17 November 1960 - these were noted as comprising English, Arithmetic and Verbal Reasoning.)


St Martin’s Fair
(This is the first mention in the Log Book of a St Martin’s Fair linked to the church’s Patronal Festival.  Its mention here suggests that, as in future years, the School participated in the church's  fund raising event.)


The nurse visited to measure the weight and height of children prior to the routine medical inspections.


Dr Niall visited to carry out routine medical inspections


Carol Service for children in the Infant Dept. in St Martin’s church at 3 p.m.


A party for Class 1 (Year 6)


A Carol Service for the Junior children in the school hall




Christmas Holiday: 19/12/1964 – 04/01/1965


First uploaded: 10 August 2016