The BWI Archives

1970 ~ 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: 20/12/1969 – 05/01/1970




Officers from Borough Education Office visit to discuss Zones for new school in The Ridgeway
(This probably related to the establishment of Warrender Primary School.)


Interview parents whose children will be selected for secondary schools.

52 children in the age group.
(Mr Jennings held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1970 to support the school allocation process.)


Mr Pinn, assistant architect for the school, visited.


Mrs Bates, Borough Organiser, (Adviser) visited re erection of screens in the Infant Dept.
(Perhaps following visits to Open Plan classrooms elsewhere - 6th November 1968 and 11th November 1969 - the decision was taken not to adopt this style of teaching at BWI and therefore put up partitions between the infant classrooms.)


Fourth Year lists to Office
(Secondary transfer administrative documents)


Mrs Holder, teacher in charge of remedial class, visited 1:30 p.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.)


Routine medical examinations


Lecturer from the Commonwealth Institute gives two lectures on Kenya


Fourth Year Tests. 
All teachers stay at 4 p.m. on both days to mark the scripts.
(The selection tests for secondary school, as identified in 1969 these comprised English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning.)


Routine dental inspection throughout (the) school


Half Yearly examinations in Junior Dept.
(Internal tests to measure progress.)


Junior children had a service in St Martin’s Church at the start of the morning.


Delivered Fourth Year marked scripts and Record Cards to the Office
(The Local Authority Education Office in Uxbridge)


Classes 2 & 3 present plays to parents
(This would be Year 5 children)




Half Term: 14/02/1970 – 18/02/1970




Class 4 visit ROSPA House & London Museum
(The London base of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, this Society no longer has premises in London.  The London Museum would be the predecessor of the Museum of London in the Barbican and at that date was still housed in Kensington Palace. )


Musical Concert given by Mr Stephenson, Borough Organiser (Advisor) for Music, Mrs Oakley and Mrs Jiggens.  Much appreciated by staff and children.
(Mrs Oakley and Mrs Jiggens were the school’s two peripatetic music teachers, see 6 October 1969)


Headmaster attends meetings of panels regarding selection of children for secondary education.  Meetings held each morning.
(This probably related to considering borderline cases for Grammar Schools in the secondary selection process.)


Mr D Hills, Correspondent to the Managers visited.


Half yearly reports sent to parents.


Open evening for parents
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss progress mid-year)


Class 3 visit the London Museum


Class 1 visit the London Museum


Annual General Meeting of the Parents Association 8 p.m. / Headmaster gave talk to parents on the necessity of an extra classroom for infants.
(This is the first mention that the school, despite its new premises and consequent increased size, was already running out of space. The new classroom took physical form through the efforts of the Parents Association in 1973.)


Her Majesty’s Inspector, Miss Raymont, visited


Dr Hawes, Lecturer from the Commonwealth Institute gave two lectures on Gibraltar.




Easter Holiday; 26/03/1970 – 12/04/1970




Mr Shaw, Photographer, visited
(Presumably to take individual photographs)


Meeting of parents of children who will be going to Bourton-on-the-Water for one week.
(A preparation meeting for parents for the residential school journey for Year 6 in May.)


Mr. Pinn, assistant architect to the school visited in the morning


Head Teachers meeting at Uxbridge Technical College to see one of the BBC films on Sex which is included in the Merry-go-Round programme.  It was decided that no action should be taken regarding the showing of these films.  BBC Sex Films shown to staff 4:30 p.m.
(A sex education programme was introduced some years later and the three Merry-go-Round films, designed for primary pupils, used.)


Four students with their tutor visit each morning this week and take RI lessons in Classes 1 – 4
('Religious Instruction' lessons. These students were probably from the London College of Divinity in Northwood: the School had accepted visits from students at the college in 1966, 1967 and 1969.  During 1970 The College moved to Nottingham and is now known as St John's School of Mission. The College was largely focused on preparing Anglicans for ordination.)


The School was closed for Ascension Day.  As usual the Junior children were expected to attend the service at St Martin’s Church at the start of the morning.


Miss Hills, Miss Hall, Mrs Pocklington & Mr Cottrell take party of 42 children to The Holiday Fellowship Guest House at Bourton-on-the-Water
(A residential school journey, presumably for children in Year 6.  Unlike that of the previous year, this was a full week and combined both boys and girls.)


Party return from Bourton-on-the Water




Half Term Holiday: 22/05/1970 -




First Year Juniors (Year 3) visited Little Venice and the London Zoo.


Mr P A Ward, Deputy Director of the London Diocesan Board of Education visited for lunch and to attend meeting of Manager of School at 2 p.m.  Discussion re extra classroom


Parents’ Association Committee erect shed in school grounds.
(This was the first of several storage facilities that the PA provided on the school site in which to keep their equipment.)


End of Year examinations in the Junior Dept.
(Internal progress tests)


Class 4 visit St Alban’s Abbey & Verulamium


The nurse visited to prepare for the doctor’s routine medical examinations.


Headmaster, together with school Managers meet with Miss C Pratt, Chief Education Officer at Uxbridge 10 a.m.
(Probably in relation to the need for additional classroom space.)


The doctor visits to carry out routing medical inspections


Vicar visited with the new incumbent, Fr Toovey


Class 2 visited Windsor Safari Park


Reports sent to parents


Open evening for parents 6 – 9.30 p.m.
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss progress)


Class 3 visited the Wild Life Trust at Sandy in Bedfordshire


Cricket match between boys and parents
(An annual friendly match between pupils and their parents.)


Induction of Fr Toovey at St Martins 8 p.m.


The Junior children had a service in St Martin’s at the start of the morning, This was Fr Toovey’s first service as Vicar of St Martin’s.




Summer Holiday: 24/07/1970 – 07/09/1970




Mrs R Stevens takes up appointment as Assistant Mistress in Infant Dept.
(Mrs Stevens had completed a teaching practice at BWI in the spring of 1969.  Joining the staff, she was to remain at the school till her retirement in 1994)


Fr Toovey visited the school as Vicar and took his first assembly.


Managers Meeting 4:15 p.m. discussion on additional classroom


Mr Stephenson, Borough Music Advisor visited re Saturday morning music school.


The Parents’ Association held a Fashion Show


Miss Christian – school manager – visited to help judge Holiday Competition organised by the Parents’ Association.


The audiometrician visited to conduct hearing tests


Routine medical examination took place in the afternoon


Demonstration of Road Safety by members of the Wembley Police Team during the afternoon


The Parents’ Association held a Cheese & Wine Party in the evening


Headmaster attended opening of the 1870 – 1970 Education Exhibition.
(This was probably a Local Authority initiative marking the centenary of the 1870 Education Act that established education provision for all children in England.)


Class 1,2 and 3 visited the Mermaid Theatre to see a Science based presentation on ‘Sound’


Mrs Baxter, representative of ‘Help the Aged’, visited to discuss children participating in a sponsored choir on 31st October.




Half Term Holiday: 24/10/1970 -




Parents hold ‘Nearly New’ sale in the church hall.
(Prior to the School’s move to Southcote Rise the Eastcote Road school hall had served as the Parish Hall.  It would appear that St Martin’s had now provided an independent building to serve this function.)


Mr C Littler visited 9:10 a.m. re admissions.


Junior children visited St Martin’s Church for a service at the beginning of the morning.


Nurse visits for Cleanliness inspection
(Presumably a ‘head check’ for nits and head lice)


Wembley Road Safety Police Teams visit to give demonstration & instruction


Staff provide team for Parents ‘Top of the Form’
(‘Top of the Form’ was for many years a radio and television quiz show for secondary pupils.  It would seem the Parents’ Association arranged a ‘quiz evening’ in which the staff also provided a team.)


Mr Littler accompanied by visitors came to school 9:30 a.m.


Lecturer from Commonwealth Institute gave two talks on Australia


Parents hold ‘toy & small furniture’ sale in the church hall. 10 a.m.
(This was probably designed to provide parents with a range of Christmas presents.)


Borough photographer visits to take suitable ‘action photographs’ throughout the school.
(The reason for this is not known)


Headmaster attends meeting of Heads
– presentation ot Miss Pratt on her retirement


Infants present their ‘Nativity Play’ to parents 2:30 p.m.


Collection of toys for ‘Help the Children’ International Association.




Christmas Holiday: 19/12/1970 – 06/01/1971



First uploaded: 13 August 2016