The BWI Archives

1991 ~ 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: 21/12/1990 – 06/01/1991




8 p.m. Secondary Allocation meeting
(Dennis Knowles held a meeting annually with parents of children in Year 6 to ensure they understood the secondary selection procedure and their part in it.)


Meetings with 4th Year parents
(To support the school allocation process Dennis Knowles held interviews with parents of children who would transfer to secondary schools in July 1991.)


Chairman of Governors & Head at Director’s meeting 7:30 p.m.
(Regular termly meetings for Headteachers with their respective Chair of Governors. These meetings were designed to disseminate relevant information that would need to be considered by Governing Bodies.)


Blue Peter Appeal ‘Bring & Buy’ - £430 raised for Romanian children.


Insurance meeting – Mr Martin (Governor) & Head attended


Head, Deputy Head and 2 governors attended LMS trainings – ½ days
(On LMS see 9th & 23rd March, 4th July and 8th September 1990)


22 children from Pannal School, Harrogate staying with BWI 3rd & 4th Year (Years 5 & 6) Juniors
(Dennis Knowles’ son taught at Pannal Junior School. Following a visit from the Pannal pupils in February 1990, BWI pupils had visited Harrogate the following October.)


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


School closed for staff training re SATs
(Preparation for the introduction of a key component of the 1988 Education Reform Act, the statutory national testing of children at 7, 11 and 14.)


Mrs S. Levon married – now Mrs S. Chalk


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


Meeting of Jubilee Committee
(In 1981 the school had celebrated its Golden Jubilee; it was now looking forward to its Diamond. See 14th – 19th July)


Ash Wednesday – Mass in school 9 a.m.
(Normally the Ash Wednesday service was held in St Martin’s Church.  It is likely that on this occasion the weather was not suitable for the walk there and back. This service would have been for the Junior children only.)


Mr T. Doherty resigned as caretaker




Half Term Holiday: 16/02/1991 – 24/02/1991




3rd & 4th Juniors (Years 5 & 6) to Warwick Castle


Junior 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.)


7:30 p.m. ‘Reception Evening’ for parents
(An information evening to help parents understand how their children were being taught and the support they could provide in the formal learning process. This event was intended for those parents whose children had joined the school in January.)


Infant Lent 1


Open Evenings 6 – 9.30 p.m.
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss mid-year progress.)


Mrs Davaney (Secretary) commenced duties


Top Infants (Year 2) to Natural History Museum


Junior Lent 2


Infant Lent 2


Summer term intake with parents
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school.  Previously children had been admitted in September and January of each school year; on this occasion it appears there was also a summer admission.)


Ruislip – Northwood Netball Tournament
(The annual Primary Schools’ inter-school netball tournament.)


School closed for Staff Training re SATs and reporting to parents
(See above, 7th-8th February)


Meeting of Diamond Jubilee Committee
(See 14th – 19th July)


Funeral of Mr George Banks, former caretaker
(George Banks had joined the school staff in January 1979, retiring at the end of the summer term 1988.  He was in the staff photograph for 1987.)


Meeting of General Purposes Committee re School Meals
(Among the many changes for schools that the Government was introducing in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s was CCT - ‘Compulsory Competitive Tendering’.  Funds previously held by Local Authorities had been delegated to schools. Under the terms of CCT Local Authorities could no long hold a monopoly in providing certain services to school - meals and cleaning being significant examples - they had to bid for contracts alongside external providers. This had a profound effect on the running of schools since frequently the delegated money would not cover the cost of buying back a service.  It is likely that this Governors’ Subcommittee meeting was related to these issues.  At BWI the cooked meal provision ceased at the end of the Easter term, replaced by less expensive ‘sandwich’ provision. See below 11th April and a dedicated page in the archive.)


Class 5 (mixed Years 5 & 6) to Kew Gardens


Non Uniform / Red Nose Day £508 raised
(Several photographs have been found that, while not titled, appear to show children in assembly and in classrooms on this day on the basis of the number of children wearing red!  There is a dedicated page in the archive.)


Ruislip Northwood schools 6-a-side soccer
(The annual Primary Schools’ inter-school football tournament)


3 p.m. Boys v Dads soccer.  Boys won 7-5
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus pupils football match)


Class 6 (Year 3) to Park Lodge Farm, Harefield.


Performances of Junior production ‘and then came man’ to parents
(The Year 6 annual production was an ‘ecological’ story, ‘Along came man’. Although currently no photographs have come to light, there is a copy of the press cutting in the archive.)


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


Cheques for £100 sent to World Life Trust and
£80 to Barts Cancer & Meningitis appeal – donations at our production evenings.




Easter Holiday: 28/03/19919 – 10/04/1991


During Easter holidays the school hall was painted


Mr Cass assumed duties as the school caretaker on Monday April 8th




Commencement of sandwich service as school meal.
(See above 13th March)


Mrs Boylan returned from maternity leave.


7:30 p.m.  An evening for Year 2 parents on SATs
(The statutory testing of 7 year olds – Standard Assessment Tests/Tasks was being introduced in 1991. This would have taken place during the summer term, though Dennis Knowles makes no further mention of them in the Log Book.  See above, 7th-8th February)


Roy Thomas, Road Safety Officer in school all day re road safety
(Roy Thomas was the Borough’s Road Safety Officer.)


Terry Mills, educational zoolologist in school (all day)
(The annual visit of Terry Mills, see 5th July 1984)


Mrs Devaney absent – training in computer use
(Mrs Devaney had joined the school as its secretary in March.  As part of the delegation of funding to schools administrative / office functions were being computerised. As most administrative staff were unfamiliar with both equipment and the programs to be used, significant levels of in-service training was provided.)


Closed for May Day


Closed for Staff Training


Ascension Day service in church for Classes 1-6
(The termly service in St Martin’s Church, for Junior children only)


May Fair School stall raised £65
(The staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fair.)


‘Kidscape’ evening 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
(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 Fête opened by Bob Holness of ITV fame.
(There are photographs of this event in the archive)


Fire drill – school evacuated in 90 secondss.


School Journey meeting 8 p.m.
(Preparation evening for parents of Year 6 children going on School Journey to Derbyshire in June)


3rd Year Juniors visited Cogges Manor Farm Museum, Witney
(There are some photographs from this Year 5 trip in the archive)


Non-Uniform day - £200 raised for Save the Children Fund




Half Term Holiday: 25/05/1991 – 02/11/1991


During Half term the entrance hall was painted




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


Head & Mr Packer on NC History course
(The continuing ‘roll out’ of the National Curriculum)


APM report sent to parents
(The Governors’ Annual Parents’ Meeting. Governors were required to publish a report on their activities and hold a meeting to present the report. The meeting was held on 20th June. The requirement has since been repealed.)


7J & 7C (Year 2) to London Zoo


1st Year tutor at Haydon visited re 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)


School Journey to Calver – 47 children, 2 staff, 4 parents
(The Year 6 week long residential trip to Derbyshire. Unfortunately no photographs of the trip have yet come to light.)


Infant string concert
(A recital provided by a group drawn from the Local Authority peripatetic teachers.)


Return of school journey


Mr Packer & Mrs Channing absent on NC Geography
(See above, 4th June.  The Geography element of the primary component of the National Curriculum was considered very demanding and was later significantly revised.)


8 p.m. annual Parents Meeting – 63 attended
(See above, 4th June)


Visit of PC Noke – Permanent Beat Officer


9 a.m. John the Baptist mass in school hall
(The termly service in school for Junior children only)


Secretary on 2 days LMS training
(See above 2nd May)


Visit of Colin Chambers LA arborist


1st Year tutor at Bishop Ramsey visited re next intake
(A visit for children in Year 6 who would be transferring to Bishop Ramsey Secondary School as part of the secondary transfer familiarisation process)


Children to Haydon
(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)


Children to Bishop Ramsey
(See above, 1st July)


Early closure 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.)


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


1:30 p.m. September admissions meeting
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school in September.)


Annual reports sent to parents
(The annual written report on each child’s progress over the school year)


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


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


Cycling Proficiency Tests. 3 failed 36 passed


1:30 Junior Sports


Quarter Peal rung in celebration of tomorrow’s Diamond Jubilee


Diamond Jubilee Celebration
10 a.m. Eucharist in St Martin’s church
Bishop John Klyberg, Bishop of Fulham, presiding

School picnicked on the Junior grassy area followed by country dancing.  The chairman of governors – Cllr G Booth and chairman of PA, Mr T. Foote presented each child with a commemorative spoon.
A Jubilee fund raising project during July raised £2855 which was spent on returfing the Infant play area and research into Muscular Dystrophy.
(There are several pages devolved to the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in the archive)


a.m. Open school for visitors


Music evening 7:30 p.m.
(Unfortunately no photographs from the evenings have been located, however a copy of the programme is in the archive)


p.m. Open school for visitors


Music evening 7:30 p.m.


Diamond Jubilee Reunion for past pupils and staff.  A superb evening – 350+ attended from 1931 to present day.
(There are photographs from the event in the archive)


The Parents’ Association held a barbecue


Message received from LA that there was water pollution in Hillingdon and advising closure of schools for the last two days of term.  I informed local churches of this and Chairman of Governors.


No children in school


No children in school


Mrs B Boylan resigned.




Summer Holiday: 24/07/1991 – 04/09/1991


Heating system under hall floor repaired during holidays




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


Training Day


Fr Russell Ingham vicar of St Martin’s visited school
(Fr Ingham had recently been installed as Vicar of St Martin’s Ruislip, Fr Fenwick having left the preceding November.  See 14th November 1990)


Chairman of Governors & Head at Greenway School
(See 16th January)


Secondary Allocation meeting
(Dennis Knowles held a meeting annually with parents of children in Year 6 to ensure they understood the secondary selection procedure and their part in it.)


Election of Parent Governor – Mrs Jackie Foote re-elected
(The reason for an election is unknown.  Mrs Foote had been elected the previous year – see 1st October 1990 – and terms of office were normally for three years)


School Journey meeting
(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, 29th-31st January)


The Parents’ Association’s Annual General Meeting - Mr Geoff Taylor elected chairman


Toy Fayre - £165 raised
(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 of Director of Education, Miss K. Higgins
(Kate Higgins had recently replaced Tom Hinds as Director of Education for The London Borough of Hillingdon)


Open Evening 6-9:30 p.m.
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss work over the coming year.)


Training Day – school closed to children.


School Journey to Pannal – 46 children, 4 staff, 2 parents.  Very Successful.
(The Year 6 autumn term residential trip to Harrogate, see above 29th‑31st January and 19th September. There are a number of photographs from this trip in the archive.)


Chairman of Governors & Head at Lady Bankes’ 7 p.m. re new formula
(As the delegation of funding from the Local Authority to schools was being rolled out, various adjustments to the factors that determined the size of that funding were required.)


9 a.m. mass in school – St Luke
(The termly service in school for Junior children only)


Non-uniform Day - £235 raised for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital




Half Term Holiday: 19/10/1991 – 27/10/1991




Class 4 (Year 4) to Greenwich


Classes 1, 2, 3 (Years 5 & 6) to Open Air Museum, Chilterns
(The Chilterns Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Chalfont St. Giles)


Routine medicals checks in the afternoon


Poppies sold in school - £61.53 collected
(In aid of the Royal British Legion’s annual appeal.)


School photographed
(Individual and family photographs.)


Fr Ingham & Head commenced meeting parents who had not been allocated a place for their under 5 child in school.
(BWI was usually unable 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.)


Martinmass Fayre – school stall raised £133
(The annual St Martin’s fundraising Fayre. The staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fayre.)


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


Heads’ Conference re Children’s Act 1989
(The 1989 Children Act related to the care and welfare of children including ‘safeguarding’.  It covered the responsibilities of Local Authorities, Courts, Parents and various agencies, including schools.)


p.m. January intake & parents in school.
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school in January 1992.)


Mrs Devaey (secretary) resigned


Mrs Beverley Fyfe commenced duties as school secretary


Routine medical checks p.m.


2 p.m. early closure for staff planning
(See 4th July)


PA Xmas Bazaar
(This was a sale of small ‘stocking fillers’, Christmas cards, wrapping paper and the like and intended for parents, NOT children!)


Cheque for £300 presented to Fr Ingham as the children’s contribution to ‘Friends of St Martin’s’


Nativity performance p.m. to parents


Meeting of admissions committee
(See above 8th November)


Evening performance of Nativity


Parents’ Association Supper Dance in the church Hall


Junior Miscellany 7:30 p.m.
(Unfortunately no photographs have yet come to light, however a copy of the programme is in the archive)


Choir sang at St Vincent’s and Fairways OPH
(The choir was encouraged to make Christmas visits to St Vincent’s and several local Homes.)


Staff dinner at Elthorpe Hotel
(This venue was in Gerrards Cross)


Christmas buffet with Governors and priests
(An annual Christmas lunch for staff to which School Governors and local clergy were also invited. Unfortunately, with the demise of the hot meal provision earlier in the year, this was no longer a tradition Christmas Dinner.)


Choir sang at Wallis House and Barringer’s Court


Choir sang at Youth Centre


End of term service in school
(All the children, Infants and Juniors, attended this end of term Carol Service. That it took place in the school hall suggests that the weather was not suitable for the walk to St Martin’s Church, the traditional venue.)


Cheque for £175 sent to Peter Pan Ward Hillingdon Hospital and £210 to (The Church of England) Children’s Society from donations at Christmas performances




Christmas Holiday: 20/12/1991 – 06/01/1992



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