The BWI Archives

1966 ~ 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 Holiday: 18/12/1965 – 04/01/1966




Her Majesty’s Inspector, Miss Raymont, visited


Miss K.M.Terry Organiser for Needlework visited
(This would be the Local Authority’s ‘advisor’)


Routine medical examinations in the afternoon

19/01/1966 -

Interview parents regarding their children for secondary schools in the afternoon
(Mr Jennings held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1966 to support the school allocation process. It would appear that the initial phase of the process had been moved from late in the autumn term to the start of the spring term.)  


AS3 Cards for Independent schools to Office
Return of lists to Office showing order & grading

(Administrative documents related to the secondary transfer process)


Half Yearly examinations commence
(Internal mid-year tests, probably only for the Junior children)


Half Yearly reports sent to Parents
(This is the first mention of a mid-year written report to parents)


Meeting of the Parents Association
(This is the first reference to the Parents’ Association, an organisation focused on social activities for parents and on fundraising.)


Mr Jennings met with a Miss Hurst at the Education Office. 
(Miss Hurst's role and the reason for the meeting has not been identified.)




Half Term Holiday: 18/02/1966 – 23/02/1966




Open evening for Parents 7-9:30 p.m.
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss progress mid-year)


School closes at 3 p.m. to allow teachers to attend meeting at Lady Bankes School re Comprehensive education
(It would be a further ten years before the London Borough of Hillingdon would adopt Comprehensive Education for all its schools.)


Meeting of Parents and School Managers
(This is an unprecedented meeting, possibly for the purposes of outlining the intention to build the new School in Southcote Rise.)


Annual General Meeting of the Parents Association


The School was closed for General Election
(The school was used as a polling station.  This was a snap election called by Harold Wilson, as he had been running the country on a majority of 4 since the previous general election of 17 months earlier.  Labour were returned to power with a significant majority.)


(There is no mention of Mr Jennings involvement – featured so regularly since he became Headteacher - with a Music Festival in the Ruislip and Northwood area in 1966 or in subsequent years.  That the school choir also ceased involvement suggests that the annual Primary Schools’ Music Festival itself had come to an end.)



Easter Holidays: 02/04/1966 – 17/04/1966




Demonstration on road safety by Wembley police team to the Juniors and the Infants during the morning.


The nurse visited in the afternoon
(Presumably to prepare for the start of the doctor’s routine medical examinations the following day.)


Routine medical examinations in the afternoon


The nurse visited in preparation for the routine medical inspections


Routine medical inspections in the afternoon

03/05/1966 -

The audiometrician visited to conduct hearing tests

11/05/1966 -

Divinity Students from Northwood College attended during Religious Instruction lessons to gain experience in teaching.
(‘Northwood College’ was presumably the 'London College of Divinity', which subsequently moved to Nottingham as ‘St John’s School of Mission’.  The College was largely focused on preparing Anglicans for ordination.)


Junior School attend church in the morning
(This was on the day before Ascension Day (thus a Wednesday).  The school was then closed on Ascension Day itself and the Friday.  This was a departure from long established practice where the school took one of its allowance of ‘Occasional Days’ to close on Ascension Day though expected the Junior children at least to attend church in the morning.  The School was to return to this arrangement in 1967, so the reason for the 1966 change is unknown.)


School closed two days for Ascensiontide
(Ascension Day itself – a Thursday)


School closed two days for Ascensiontide


Mrs Sinclaire remedial class teacher 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.)


Infant Department visited Manor School in the morning to listen to Folk Songs and Guitarist




Half Term Holiday: 27/05/1966 – 06/06/1966




Maintenance Inspector visited


We take over two classrooms (1 hut) at the Manor Secondary School.  Mr C Wilson in charge.  Mrs K Battersby also over in the second class. New furniture had been delivered.
(The school had now so exhausted the space available on the Eastcote Road site that further accommodation was being provided on an interim basis at the nearby Manor Secondary School – what was to become Bishop Ramsey Lower School and later redeveloped as Bishop Ramsey Close.)


The Junior children attended church in the morning to mark the feast of Corpus Christi


The Junior children visited the Manor School in the morning for a concert by Flute, Oboe and Bassoon.


Classes 1 and 2 (Years 6 & 5) visited St Paul’s Cathedral.


Photographer visits – all children taken.
(This suggests the taking of individual pupil photographs.)


Miss P.E. Bartlett – advisor in English visited


Headmaster and Mrs Lemmings visited the Borough Library and chose books to the value of £112


Folk Dance evening – parents invited.


Miss C A Pratt, Chief Education Officer, visited


School open to parents 7 - 9:30 p.m.
(Probably Teacher-parent interviews to discuss progress)


World Children’s Day – Special Service
(As noted in 1965’s Overview, this became a regular feature on the calendar for several years.)


A party for children leaving school at the end of term (Year 6)


Folk Dance Party




Summer Holidays: 23/07/1966 – 12/09/1966




We have now taken over an extra classroom at the Manor School. 
Mrs Fordie in charge of this class.
School organised in 11 classes 5 Inft. 7 Junior

(This appears to be a further increase, by one class, from the accommodation taken over at the Manor School on 7th June 1966.)


51 children admitted to the Infant Dept.


Her Majesty’s Inspector, Miss Raymont, visited


Mr Gillan visited re furniture


Infant children visited Manor School for Folk songs performed by Mrs Phillips.


Routine medical inspections took place in the afternoon


Junior Children visited the Manor School in the morning for a concert of Folk Songs with Guitar.


Mrs Sinclaire, teacher 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.)


Meeting with Mrs Sullivan, the borough librarian


The Infant Children visited the Manor Secondary School in the morning for a concert.


Miss P.E. Bartlett, Borough Organiser for English, visited Classes 1,5,6,7.


Miss P.E. Bartlett continued her visit Classes 2,3 & 4




Autumn Half Term Holiday: 30/10/1966 – 06/11/1966




The Junior children had a service in church in the morning.


Miss P.E. Bartlett, English Organiser visited Classes in the Infant Dept.


Miss C A. Pratt, Chief Education Officer visited a.m.


Mr Jennings visited the new Highgrove School. 


During the week children have collected toys for the ‘International help for children’ scheme.


Routine medical inspections took place in the afternoon


Routine medical inspections took place in the afternoon


A Carol Service for the Infant children in S. Martin’s church at the end of the afternoon.


Mr Herbert visited and showed films on sugar


A party for Class 2


Parents of children in Infant Dept invited to visit at 2:45 p.m. and see Christmas work and decorations in classrooms.


Party for Infants in the afternoon


Class 1 party after school


Christmas entertainment 1:30 – 4 p.m.
(This probably comprised the plays produced by each Junior class and presented to the whole school.)




Christmas Holidays: 22/12/1966 – 03/01/1967



First uploaded: 11 August 2016