The BWI Archives

1972 ~ 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: 18/12/1971 – 04/01/1972




Mrs Miles visited to check children’s hair for nits and lice.


A book exhibition was held in in hall provided by the Children’s Book Centre
(This was a commercial organisation that offered a range of books for display and sale.)


Interviews held with Fourth Year parents in the afternoon
(Mr Knowles held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1972 to support the school allocation process.)


Interviews held with Fourth Year parents in the afternoon and evening
(Mr Knowles held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1972 to support the school allocation process.)


Miss Hills (Deputy Head) gave a talk at Battle of Britain House on ‘Children’s Books’ to librarians.


VR & Maths selection papers
(The selection tests for secondary school, Verbal Reasoning and Mathematics.)


English selection paper
(The selection tests for secondary school.)


Classes 4 & 5 visited the Museum of British Transport, Clapham


Dental inspection


Dental inspection




Half Term Holiday: 12/02/1972 – 16/02/1972




One of the School Managers, Ian Grey, died


Class 6 trip to Verulamium with Mrs Battersby, Mrs Morris and a student teacher


A financial audit of the School’s accounts


Five teachers from the USA visited the school in the afternoon.


Father Toovey, Mr Hills & Mr Seymour visited school
(These were all school Managers, so presumably the visit related to some aspect of the school’s management.)


2nd of Monday Lenten services with parents in school
(Ash Wednesday occurred during the half term holiday.  Mr Knowles continued and extended these events, different for Infants and Juniors, with the support of Fr Toovey and other St Martin’s clergy, and regularly recorded each service in the Log Book. There was no mention of the first – Junior - Lenten service of the 1972 series.)


Funeral of Ian Grey – 5 staff attended service


Illustrated talk on ‘West Africa’ by Mrs Gauss to Cl.1, 2, 3 from 3-4 p.m.
(Possibly a speaker booked through the Commonwealth Institute)


Medical examinations for children who had recently joined the school.


1st Infant Lenten Service with parents in school


Mrs Jeffreys (Borough Children’s librarian) visited school to advise on reorganising of library


Mr Marchant, Father Toovey, Mr Hills and myself discuss ‘catchment area’.
(A catchment area is a designated area around a school from which the children would automatically be drawn.  However, as a Voluntary Aided School, priority would always be given to admitting active members of the Church of England which would override any ‘catchment area’ – it would be interesting to understand the issues that was being discussed.)


Miss Cargill (School meals) to discuss arrangements for ‘nourishing drink’ next term.
(The ‘nourishing drink’ was introduced - cf. 24 May 1972. Nothing further is known about this initiative.)


Road Safety competition at Whitehealth
(This took the form of a quiz and became and an annual inter-school event)


Routine medication inspections in the afternoon


Open Evening 6-9 p.m. for all classes except Cl.6
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss progress mid-year.  Possibly the Class 6 teacher was unable to attend due to illness and had to reschedule.)


Book check by borough librarians
(Many of the books kept in the School library and in classrooms were on loan from the Schools’ Library Service and needed occasional auditing.)


Cheque for £16 sent to ‘Friends of St Martin’s’ on behalf of children & staff
(The source of this donation, probably a fund raising event of some type, was not identified.)


30 Children and 2 staff attended Royal Festival Hall for an Ernest Read Memorial Concert.
(These were concerts for children, around an hour or so in length, which had originally been promoted by Ernest Read; they continued through to the late 1990s.)


6-a-side soccer competition at Field End
(The annual Inter-schools tournament.)


Routine medical inspections for 4th Year Juniors (Year 6) in the afternoon.


Meeting p.m. of 17 new entrants & parents
(A new initiative introduced by Mr Knowles to familiarise new children and their parents prior to the children starting school.)


Class 1 (Year 6) on nature trail to Ruislip Woods


The Infant children when to St Martin’s Church at the end of the afternoon for a service related to the themes of Palm Sunday.


Last of the Monday Lenten services


Meeting of 4th Year parents of children going to Lyme Regis
(A meeting for parents of children in Year 6 to outline the residential school journey in the summer term.)


Performance of ‘Aladdin’ given by class 4 to school & parents p.m.
(We have no more on this event, performed by children in Year 4)


A communion service for children in the Juniors at the start of the morning
(Since there is no mention of location it was probably held in school.)




Easter Holiday: 30/03/1972 – 16/04/1972




Head at central panel for selection appeals
(This probably related to considering borderline cases for Grammar Schools in the secondary selection process.)


15 new entrants to Miss Steel’s class
(These would be ‘rising 5’ children – the school had no nursery section - who visited the school with their parents on 23 March)


16 of the 4th Year confirmed
(This would have been at St Martin’s Church)


Nourishing drink commenced being served to Juniors
(See above, 10 March 1972)


Class 1 visited Ruislip Library


The Junior children visited St Martin’s for a service on St Mark’s Day


Road Safety competition v Bourne.  Lost 35-34
(The next round in the Borough Inter-Schools’ competition, see above 14 March 1972)


Mr Knowles attended a service of Hallowing & Opening of the new St Andrew’s Church of England School, Uxbridge


Individual & family photographs throughout school


33 children & 4 staff to Lyme Regis for week
(The annual Year 6 residential school journey.  The reason for the low number on the trip – 55 had gone the previous year - is unknown.)


Ascension Day.  Junior School Mass followed by holiday
(This follows the arrangement of previous years.)


4th Year (Year 6) returned from Lyme Regis


May Fayre – Pound Staff raised £29.10
(The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fair.)


Parents v Girls netball
(The annual parents – girls friendly game.)


Mrs Bates, Primary Adviser, visited school.




Half Term Holiday: 26/05/1972 – 04/06/1972




Sponsored Walk at King’s College Playing Fields for St Martin’s Church Restoration Fund. Approximately 80 of our children walked a total of 427 miles.
(Cf. a dedicated page in the archives)


Cycling Proficiency Course began on Junior playground for 12 9-10 year olds.


3 staff & 48 4th Year children at Primary Schools’ Leavers’ Service at St Paul’s. 2:15 p.m.  Morning at Natural History Museum.
(This is the first record of the school attending a diocesan event for children who would be leaving their primary schools.  In 1972 the school took advantage of making the trip to St Pauls by
combining it with the Natural History Museum.)


Head, Miss Hull & Miss Steele visited Reading, School of Reading, p.m.
(Miss Hull was Head of the Infant Department and Miss Steel appears to have been the teacher of the youngest children.  At this date the University of Reading had built up a reputation for work into children’s reading and maintained a wealth of material to support practicing teachers.)


School Journey Evening – Parents & 4th Year 7:30 p.m.
(An annual follow-up from the Year 6 residential was a report on the trip from the children to their parents supported by slides and other relevant material.)


1st Year trip to Zoo & Little Venice
(This would be 1st Year Junior, i.e. Year 3)


Junior School Eucharist 9:15 a.m.  This was followed by service in school led by 4th Year.  Good support by parents.
(The description of this event is curious, was it two separate events, or a single service in which the Year 6 pupils played a significant role?  The latter seems the most likely.)


Sponsored walk cheque for £165.48 presented to Father Toovey for Restoration Fund


32 New entrants & Parents come to school for ‘pre-visit’
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school.)


End of year reports sent to parents


Cycling Proficiency Test


Head attended Hillingdon School of Music end of term concert – 6 pupils (from BWI) taking part


PA Netball Team v Coteford p.m.
(This may have been a ‘friendly’ match played by parents of the two schools.)


Routine medical inspections for 4th Year Juniors (Year 6) in the afternoon


Extra-ordinary meeting of PA & Managers in School Hall re extra classroom & reorganisation
(This may have been the meeting at which the Parents Association decided to self-fund the new classroom eventually to be built on the Infant Playground.)


Open Night for all classes 5:30 – 10 p.m.
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss end of year progress.)


Parents v Boys Cricket Match 2.30 p.m.  Boys won by 1 wkt
(The annual friendly cricket match)


Junior Sports Day 2 p.m.


Choral Evening 7.30 p.m. Item sung & played to a packed hall of parents by choir, recorders, cello & violins


4th Year (Year 6) leavers party 4-6 p.m.


A staff event after school to make presentations to Mr Cottrell, Miss Hills & Miss Cooper who would be leaving at the end of term.


An end of year service for parents and children at St Martin’s Church at the end of the afternoon.


Mr J. Cottrell retired after 24 years 2 terms service at this school.
Miss P. Hills, who had been the Deputy Headteacher, left to become Headmistress of Cuckfield Church of England School.




Summer Holiday: 29/07/1972 – 11/09/1972




During the summer holiday the school field was used by Youth Centre on Bury Street as play area for organised holiday activities for Borough children.


9:15 Mass for Staff & Managers followed by coffee at school
(Mr Knowles introduced an annual service in church to which staff and School Managers were invited on the day before the start of the new school year.)


(The first day of term and the school year)
Miss Hills having left at the end of the summer term Mrs Pocklington became the acting Deputy Head (pending a permanent appointment later in the term.)
Mrs Jones joined the staff, initially three mornings a week.  (She was to continue as a teacher at BWI through to her retirement in July 1994.)


Routine medical inspection


Miss Christian judged ‘Shell Competition’ fifty three entries.  8 prizes donated by P.A.


Fire Drill.  Whole school evacuated in 80 secs.


Commencement of ‘Teeth’ project in Cl.2
(Mr Gale, teacher of Class 2 – probably mixed Year 5 and Year 6 pupils – worked with the local health services to provide a course of work with care of teeth as its focus.  The programme was then reused for several years. The project was later reported in the local press. See the dedicated page in the archives)


Mrs Miles, Health Officer, visited to carry out an inspection of hair to check for nits and louse.


Mr Thomas, Road Safety Officer, came to arrange the next Cycling Proficiency course


The audiometrician visited in the afternoon to test the hearing of the 2nd Year children
(These are probably Infants – Year 2)


Cycling Proficiency Course began after school for 19 children on the Junior playground


PA ‘Cheese & Wine’ in School Hall.
(A annual Parents’ Association’s social event)


Parents of Jan & Easter entrants at School 3:30 p.m.
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school.)


2nd Toy Fayre raised £39.20
(The annual Toy Fayre where children donated toys they no longer wanted or had outgrown; other children could then purchase these with the proceeds supporting various school activities.)


Visit from ‘Homeland Tours’ rep re School Journey
(Mr Knowles was considering the introduction of a French residential for Year 6.  This was to eventually take place for the first time in 1974)


Class 5 visit to library


Class 3 & 4 visit to library


Communion service for the Juniors at the start of the morning; since the location is not identified, it was probably in school.


Open Evening for whole school
(Teacher-Parent interviews to outline the work for the coming year.)


Exhibition of fiction books in school hall
(Books provided by a Book Seller for purchase, to encourage both book ownership and reading.)


Visit of Diocesan Religious Adviser, Rev Teale, for coffee & lunch. 
Fathers Toovey, Hayes & Porter plus Mr Hills & Mr Littler (Managers) present

(The inspections of previous years appear to have given way to professional discussions with the Head and Managers about the school, its work and its aspirations for the future.)


Cl 2 visit to library


Mrs Miles, Health Officer, visited to carry out an inspection of hair of children in Classes 5 & 6 for nits and louse.


Mrs Miles, Health Officer, visited to carry out an inspection of hair of children in Classes 5 & 6 for nits and louse.


Following interviews of five candidates Mrs Pocklington was appointed the school’s Deputy Headteacher


Mr Pymm (architect) and Mr D Hills (Manager) visited school re painting of exterior


Class 2 gave demonstration of work on ‘Teeth Project’ to parents 7 p.m. 
Chief Health Officer and Senior Dental Officer present.
(This is a follow up to the terms’ work, see above 25 September 1972)


Class 2 repeated their talk on Teeth to the Juniors


Class 2 repeated their talk on Teeth to the Infants


End of Cycling Proficiency Course. Test


Class 6 vist to library


Miss Bellchamber visited school re clarinet & flute
(It would appear that the school was considering extending its provision peripatetic music teaching to include woodwind.)




Half Term Holiday: 28/10/1972 – 05/11/1972




Parents & children of January intake visited school p.m.
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school.)


Mr Salter, National Savings visited school.
(A government backed scheme for encouraging children to save, it supported schools in setting up their own arrangements.)


Mr Smith, Ecclesiastical Insurance, Survey of School


PA meeting on Secondary Education with panel of Dr Bather and Mr Hulls to answer questions and talk about their schools.
(Mr Knowles did much to encourage the work of the Parents’ Association, including regular information evenings on a range of topics.)


Matinmass Fayre - £30 from Pound Stall
(The annual St Martin’s fundraising Fayre, appears to have moved to the autumn. The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at this event


2nd Ernest Read Concert at Festival Hall visited by 18 children & 2 staff.
(These were concerts for children, around an hour or so in length, which had originally been promoted by Ernest Read; they continued through to the late 1990s.)


Class 2 (mixed Year 5 & 6) visit to Natural History Museum


Miss Christian audited school fund accounts
(This would be funds raised by the school itself, not its public funds which would have been audited by the Local Authority.)


Routine medical inspections in the afternoon


The Parents' Association arranged a showing of a film on ‘Crime prevention’ in the evening


The nurse visited in the afternoon to prepare for the doctor’s routine medical inspections.


1st Parents’ Assoc. evening of Badminton


The school was close for a holiday to celebrate the Queen’s 25th Wedding Anniversary  


Routine medical inspections in the afternoon


Head at Newland Park College on panel of Heads answering questions by 1st Yr students
(Newland Park College was a College of Education for Teacher Training)


Road Safety Officers talked to Juniors in the afternoon


School closed after lunch owing to protest action by 7 staff of NUT
(There were a number of occasions where staff took industrial action seeking both better pay and conditions.)


Routine medical inspections in the afternoon


2 Malaysian lectures visited school to discuss recent Dental project with Mr Gale and head


2nd, 3rd & 4th Year (these would be Juniors, Years 4, 5 & 6) children visited Winston Churchill Hall for morning performance of Hansel & Gretel


Infant Nativity 6:30 p.m.
(Mr Knowles introduced a second performance of the annual Infant Nativity in the early evening.  See a dedicated page in the archive.)


Classes 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 (all the infants and Year 3) attended Winston Churchill Hall for Beauty & the Beast.


Miss Salman, NFER, visited school
(The National Foundation for Educational Research was and continues to be a major supplier of education related tests for children.  Its work not only covers the writing and production of tests but the necessary research to support the process.)


Class 5 play to school & parents in the morning


Junior Dress Rehearsal in the afternoon
(This is probably a play by the oldest pupils)


Choir sang carols to two wards at Mt Vernon
(The choir was encouraged to make Christmas visits to Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood and several local Homes.)


Mrs Miles, Health Officer, visited to carry out an inspection of hair for nits and louse.


Parties for Class 3,4,5 in the afternoon

12/12/1972 -

‘Xmas Miscellany’ in the evening – a Christmas concert by Junior children to their parents


Class 4 play to school & parents


Parties for Classes 6, 7, 8, 9


Class 3 play


Class 1 & 2 parties


Xmas Dinner – Managers & priests were guests of staff
(An annual Christmas lunch for staff to which School Managers and St Martin’s clergy were also invited.)


A Carol Service for all the school at St Martin’s Church in the morning


Choir sang carols at Wallace House 11 a.m.
(see above 12 December)


Cheques for £30 sent to C of E Children’s Society and £20 to Cystic Fibrosis – donations by parents at our Xmas presentations




Christmas Holiday: 15/12/1972 – 02/01/1973



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