The BWI Archives

1990 ~ 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: 21/12/1989 – 03/01/1990




Staff Training Day led by Bishop Thomas at Bishop Ramsey School entitled ‘What is a church school?’
(A staff development day bringing together a number of local Church of England schools, led by the Bishop of Willesden.)


p.m. visit of Director Mr T. Hinds
(The Director of Education for the Local Education Authority, The London Borough of Hillingdon, Tom Hinds had previously visited the school on 14th March 1988.)


7:30 meeting of Chairman of Governors & Heads with Directorate at Greenway School.
(Regular termly meetings for Headteachers with their respective Chair of Governors, had been inaugurated the previous term.  These meetings were designed to disseminate relevant information that would need to be considered by Governing Bodies.)


p.m. Visit of Mayor & Mayoress
(Councillor and Mrs Guy. Hillingdon Mayors often visit a number of schools during their tenure of the office.  Dennis Knowles frequently invited the current mayors. There is a photograph of the visit in the archive.)


180 Parents & Children visited ‘Starlight Express’
(A visit to an Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical, then performing in the West End)


Gale force winds brought down two trees and smashed two outside doors.


Roy Thomas – Road Safety a.m. in Infant Dept.
(Roy Thomas was the Borough’s Road Safety Officer.)


Visit of Mr Lipscombe re school alarm system
(Les Lipscombe was a Local Authority Premises Officer)


Candlemass service 9 a.m. in school for Classes 1-6
Presentation of a chalice to the school by Mr J. Brion
(The termly service in school for Junior children only)


Mr Chapman (London Fire Bridage) with talk/ film for 4th Year Juniors (Year 6)


3rd Year (Year 5) children from Pannal Junior School, Harrogate stayed overnight with our 4th / 3rd Year (Year 5 & Year 6) parents
(Dennis Knowles’ son worked at Pannal Junior School. This initial ‘exchange’ was to lead to several other visits in both directions.  See 24th September 1990,  29th January & 8th October 1991 and 19th February 1992)


Parents’ Association ‘Cheese & Wine’ informal social event in the evening


Staff Training Day – school closed


Dental Inspection of whole school


Visit by HMI Mrs J. Oldham and Adviser Mrs P.Hoey
(The focus of this visit may have been to support liaison between the Department for Education and the Local Authority in evaluating the quality of teaching in schools through shared observations.)




Half Term Holiday: 17/02/1990 – 25/02/1990




Ash Wednesday Mass in church for Classes 1-6
(The termly service at St Martin’s Church for the Junior children)


Infant Lent 1
(Traditionally there were five weekly themed assemblies for both the Infants and the Juniors. Parents were invited to join the children on these occasions.  The services were usually led by the St Martin’s clergy.)


Open Evening
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss mid-year progress.


Junior Lent 1


Ruislip Northwood Schools Swimming Gala.  BWI came second
(The annual Ruislip and Northwood inter-schools Swimming Gala at Highgrove Pool.)


Class 6 (Year 3) to Regent’s Park Mosque


Routine medical checks p.m.


Head, Chairman of Governors and a governor to Civic Centre re LMS
(Prior to the 1990’s the majority of state schools were given an allowance for basic materials, their ‘capitation’ since it was based on the number of pupils on roll. The staff were paid by the local authority, who also controlled how many would be employed by each school. Similarly, works to the buildings were either controlled and paid for entirely by the Local Authority or, in the case of voluntary aided schools, the Local Authority for the internal decoration and the local diocese for the external building works including new builds.  An aspect of the Education Reform Act 1988 was the intention to delegate the funding for staff and the ‘tenant’ elements of buildings to schools. This was to allow the ‘Local Management of Schools’ = LMS.  This gave schools a significant level of freedom from the control of the Local Authority.)


Infant Lent 2


Class 6 (Year 3) to Commonwealth Institute


Junior Lent 2


Infant Lent 2


Ruislip Northwood Schools Netball Tournament – BWI lost in the final
(The annual Primary Schools’ inter-school netball tournament.)


Junior Lent 3


Chairman of Governors, Head and Mr Glazebrook at Civic Centre re LMS.
(See above, 9th March)


Infant Lent 4


6-a-side soccer at Harlyn
(The annual Primary Schools’ inter-school football tournament)


School closed at 2 p.m. for staff planning
(Given the significant additional time required for both teacher discussion and subject planning in order to introduce the National Curriculum, the school put in place a shortened afternoon each term to support this work.)


Maths evening for parents of classes 4,5,6
(A meeting for parents of children in Years 3 & 4 to outline the changed requirements in the mathematics curriculum as a result of the introduction of the National Curriculum)


Junior Lent 4


Infant Lent 5


Boys v Dads soccer.  Boys won 6-5!
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus pupils football match)


‘Dracula’ dress rehearsal for school and performance for parents 8 p.m.
(The Year 6 annual production was a retelling of Bram Stocker’s novel Dracula, interspersed with appropriate songs. The play had been specially written for Year 6 by Mrs Stevenson, the school secretary for many years, and originally first performed in 1984. There are photographs in the archive.)


2nd performance (of Dracula)


Farewell party to Mr Rutter
(Philip Rutter, the school’s Deputy Head, was leaving at the end of the spring term.  There are photographs in the archive.)


Class 6 (Year 3) ‘Indian’ evening for parents


End of Term Service 11 a.m.
(Traditionally all children attended this service held at St Martin’s Church)


£100 sent to Church of England Children’s Society re hostel in London for ‘runaways’


Philip Rutter resigned as Deputy Head to take up Headship of Breakspear Junior School




Easter Holiday: 07/04/1990 – 24/04/1990




Staff Training Day – Design & Technology
(Both the title and much of the content of this area of the National Curriculum was entirely new and thus unfamiliar to staff.)


Mrs C. Little commenced as Deputy Head


School Journey Meeting for Whitby
(Preparation evening for parents of Year 6 children going on School Journey to Whitby in May)


Visit of Educational psychologist
(The educational psychologist would have visited to carry out an assessment of educational need for a specific child and provide advice to the school.)


Mr Terry Mills Educational Zoologist in school all day
(The annual visit of Terry Mills, see 5th July 1984)


St Martin’s May Fair - £71 raised by School Stall
(The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fair.)


School closed for May Day


Chairman & Heads meeting with director
(See 10th January)


7:30 p.m. Kidscape evening for parents
(The school had introduced a programme used with pupils to raise their consciousness of what was appropriate behaviour from adults and ways in which they could report any concerns they might have. An annual evening was held with the relevant parents to outline the programme and review teaching materials.  See 5th February and 21st & 26th April 1988)


School Journey to Whitby – 51 children 2 staff 5 parents
(The Year 6 week long residential trip to Yorkshire. There is a dedicated page in the archive)


Lunch time fire drill


Routine medical checks p.m.


Return of School Journey


Ascension Day mass in church
(The termly service in St Martin’s Church, for Junior children only)


Farewell to Mrs Cooper
(Mrs Cooper, who had joined the school as Miss Clarke in 1980, was taking maternity leave.  There is a picture of a presentation made during the morning assembly on the Staff Photograph page in the archive)


Mrs Borwn (Haydon) to see next intake
(A visit to see children in Year 6 who would be transferring to Haydon Secondary School as part of the secondary transfer familiarisation process)


Non-uniform day – hearing dogs for the deaf £191 raised




Half Term Holiday: 26/05/1990  - 03/06/1990




16th annual PA Fête opened by Paul Valentine and Zoe Loftin £2800 profit
(There are photographs in the archive)


Cycling Proficiency course began 3 - 4:30 p.m.


7:30 p.m. Maths Evening for Year 1 & Year 2 parents
(Dennis Knowles was beginning to introduce the new year group names into his Log Book entries.  For the rationale for the evening for parents, see 27th March)


Junior Sports 1:30 p.m.
(There are a couple of photographs in the archive)


3rd Years (Year 3) to Windsor Safari Park


Governors’ Finance Committee meeting
(With the introduction of Local Management of Schools – see above 9th March – schools were encouraged to introduce a number of governor subcommittees, including one that focused on finance)


Picnic & Punch & Judy for Middle Infants (Year 1)


8 p.m. APM
(The Governors’ Annual Parents’ Meeting. Governors were required to publish a report on their activities and hold a meeting to present the report.  The requirement has since been repealed.)


The Parents’ Association held a barbecue


7L & 7J (Year 2) to Natural History Museum


Area Athletics – Field events.  Won Long Jump
(The Ruislip and Northwood inter-schools district sports.)


Area Athletics – Track events
(The Ruislip and Northwood inter-schools district sports.)


Bishop Ramsey & Haydon had their next intake all day
(A visit for children in Year 6 as part of the secondary transfer familiarisation process. It became regular practice in the Local Authority to coordinate these events so that they all took place on the same day)


Northwood Comprehensive had their next intake all day
(See above, 28th June)


Infant Sports


Classes 5 (mixed Years 3 & 4) & 4 (Year 4) to London Zoo
(There are two photographs from this event in the archive.)


Graham Moss (LA Officer) Head and Chair met re budget.
(The implications of LMS – see above 9th March – were that schools were being delegated a budget to cover staff employment costs from the start of the autumn term 1990.  This was to be a sharp learning curve for schools, not made easier by a degree of local confusion in the first year as to whether schools were being funded actual costs or average costs for staff.  In the event in the first year actual costs incurred by individual schools were funded; subsequently it was an ‘average’ local authority cost delegated on pupil numbers – with significant implications for those schools with more experienced staff.)


p.m. September admissions & parents in school.
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school in September.)


8 p.m. School Journey evening for 4th Year parents
(An annual follow-up from the Year 6 residential to Yorkshire was a report on the trip from the children to their parents supported by slides and other relevant material.)


Visit of Mr A. Jones (Senior Advisor) re KS1 & 2
(Allan Jones was a Local Authority Advisor. Dennis Knowles was introducing into his Log Book records the terms Key Stage 1, applying to Infant children – the separation of Key Stage 1 into Early Years and Key Stage 1 came later – and Key Stage 2 applying to Juniors.)


Open evenings
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss end of year progress.)


Miss Andrea Jones commenced work here
(Later Andrea Blake)


Early closing for next term’s planning
(See above, 26th March)


p.m. September intake in school
(This is probably a repeat event to that of 5th July)


Rounders tournament at Ruislip Gardens School
(The annual Ruislip and Northwood inter-schools rounders tournament)


Boys v Dads cricket.  Boys won by 1 wicket
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus school match.)


Cycling Proficiency Tests, 37 passed 5 failed


Music Evenings
£145 donated and divided between ‘Handicapped holiday’ and music needs
(The evening was prepared by Mr Packer and Mrs Gibson.  There is a dedicated page in the archive.)


Lunch time social for leavers – teaching & non-teaching
(There are some photographs on the Staff Photograph page in the archive)


11 a.m. End of Term service
(Traditionally all children attended this service held at St Martin’s Church)


Mrs Boylan began maternity leave




Summer Holiday: 21/07/1990 - -3/09/1990




9:30 Governors & Staff Mass
(The traditional start of the school year service in St Martin’s Church.  All associated with the school were welcome to attend.)


Staff Training Day – Resuscitation


Miss Jones commenced
Mrs Gaydon, Nursery Nurse


Governors meeting on LMS
(See above, 9th March and 4th July)


Chairman of Governors & Head at Greenway 7:30 p.m. Director’s meeting
(See above, 10th January)


Election procedure for Parent Governor begun
(Roger Glazebrook had been elected parent governor in October 1988.  He had resigned his position at the end of the summer term 1990. It was necessary, therefore, to run an election.  Mrs Foote was nominated and elected, see below 1st October )


8 p.m. School Journey meeting for Yorkshire visit
(A pre-trip preparation evening for parents of children in Year 6 going to Yorkshire later in the term. This was to be an ‘exchange’ trip following the visit of pupils from Pannal Ash, 7th-8th February)


The Parents’ Association’s Annual General Meeting - Mr Terry Foote re-elected chairman


Toy Fair - £174.73
(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.)


Mrs Jackie Foote declared Parent Governor Rep
(See above 17th September)


Open Evening 6-9
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss work over the coming year.)


The Parents’ Association held a Square Dance


9 a.m. Dedication mass in school for Classes 1-6
(The termly service in school for Junior children only)


48 children, 2 staff, 4 parents left for a 2 night stay with parents of Pannal Ash Primary School, Harrogate, visiting York & and Dales
(The Year 6 autumn term residential trip to Harrogate, see above 7th-8th February and 24th September.)


Brass ensemble for Juniors p.m.
(A recital provided by a group drawn from the Local Authority peripatetic teachers.)


Mrs Hoey (Advisor) in school re equal opportunities


Fire drill – school evacuated in 70 seconds


Visit of Diocesan RE Advisor Rev. J. Cleaver
(An annual visit)


Rainbow Day - £180 raised for Friends of St Martin’s




Half Term Holiday: 20/10/1990 – 28/0/1990




Class 4 (Year 4) to Tower of London     


Photographs of all children
(Individual and family photographs.)


Governors’ farewell presentation to Fr Fenwich p.m.


Poppies sold - £72.23
(In aid of the Royal British Legion’s annual appeal.)


9:15 Classes 1-6 in church for St Martin’s service
(The termly service for the Junior classes at St Martin’s Church, Ruislip)


Martinmass Fair in church hall.  School stall raised £108
(The annual St Martin’s fundraising Fayre. The teaching staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fayre.)


Presentation to Fr Fenwick as he leaves to be a canon at Guildford Cathedral


Parents & children of the January 1991 intake in school in the afternoon
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school.)


a.m. Chairman of Governors and Head met parents who had been refused places
(BWI was usually not able to offer all parents who applied, a place for their child at the school.  Parents could appeal against this decision.  As the school was Voluntary Aided, it was the responsibility of the Governors to convene a panel, listen to, consider and make a decision on a parent’s appeal.)


Class 2 (mixed Years 5 & 6) to Marylebone Station for opening by Cecil Parkinson
(This was one of the final official engagements for Cecil Parkinson who resigned his position as Secretary of State for Transport on the same day that Margaret Thatcher resigned as Prime Minister at the end of November 1990.)


School closed for staff training on Teacher Assessment


2 p.m. closure for next term’s planning
(See 26th March)


Photo retakes
(…of those children whose photographs had been poorly taken or who had been absent on 7th November)


PA Xmas fair p.m. £280 raised
(This was a sale of small ‘stocking fillers’, Christmas cards, wrapping paper and the like and intended for parents, NOT children!)


Parents’ Association dance at Highgrove Regency Suite


Nativity dress rehearsal
(No photographs have yet been found of this annual event)


2:30 p.m. Nativity for parents


6:30 Nativity for parents


Junior Miscellany 7:30 p.m.
(A traditional mix of music, poetry and prose)


a.m. Choir singing carols at Fairfield OPH & St Vincent’s
(The choir was encouraged to make Christmas visits to St Vincent’s and several local Homes.)


Christmas dinner for Governors & staff
(An annual Christmas lunch for staff to which School Governors and local clergy were also invited.)


Choir singing carols at Wallis House & Barringers Court


Visit of Mr Stott to talk to 3rd and 4th Year Juniors on astronomy


End of term service in church
(All the children, Infants and Juniors, attended this end of term Carol Service at St Martin’s Church.)


£110 sent to each of:
- Church of England Children’s Society
- Dr Barnardos, and
- Respite Hostel for the Handicapped on Howletts Lane


Mrs M. Brand (School secretary) retired.




Christmas Holiday: 21/12/1990 – 06/01/1991



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