The BWI Archives

1993 ~ 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: 19/12/1992 – 04/01/1993




Mrs Bowskill (temporary secretary) commenced duties
(Mrs Fyfe safely delivered of a baby boy Dec. 22nd 92)


Lute concert for Juniors


‘Implications of the new Education Bill’ Jane Arden (LDBS) spoke to an audience of Heads, Staff, governors and parents from Church Schools in Hillingdon
(Jane Arden was representing the London Diocesan Board of Schools, the body responsible for Church Schools in the Diocese of London.  The ‘new education bill’ was presumably the 1993 Education Act, see 10th September 1992)


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


Meeting of Kitchen committee & visit to Whitehall Infants
(Presumably a committee of staff and/or governors considering the use of the BWI school kitchen, see 20th July 1992)


Girls 6-a-side soccer at Harlyn, BWI 1st.  
(The annual Primary Schools’ inter-school girl’s football tournament.  BWI previously had not participated in this event.)


7:30 Reception Evening
(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.)


Discos arranged by PA 5_6 p.m. 7-9 p.m.
(Discos arranged and run by the Parents’ Association for the children, one for younger children, one for the older pupils.)


Training day – staff at National Gallery re ‘Talking to children about pictures’




Half Term Holiday: 13/02/1993 -


Gas and electric meters changed




Local inspection of NC Geography
(The Local Authority was monitoring the introduction of the Geography component of the National Curriculum across Hillingdon schools.  As noted against the entry for 18th June 1991, the Geography requirements were particularly demanding and later significantly revised.)


Classes1-6 Ash Wednesday mass in church
(Traditionally the Ash Wednesday service was held in St Martin’s Church.  It was for the Junior children only.)


London Fire Brigade officer in school with Year 6


Infant Lent course began ‘Friends of Jesus’
(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.)


Junior Lent course began ‘Children from the Bible’


Open Evening 6 – 9 p.m.
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss mid-year progress.)


Book week began.  Globe theatre gave two performances of ‘The Rose and the Ring’


London Fire Brigade officer in school with Year 6


Infant Lent 2.


All classes saw 20 minute puppet show.


Junior Lent 2


Head and secretary on cheque book training p.m.
(Local Management of Schools was continuing to be rolled out, see 9th March 1990.  Not all schools were given direct ‘cheque book’ access to their budgets at the same time, payments still needing to be processed by the Local Authority.  This was probably a second training session, the first was on 6th October 1992, prior to the school setting up its own bank account for its delegated budget and authority to write its own cheques.)


School Netball v mums Lost 5-3
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus pupils netball match)


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


Saturday French Club on day trip to France
(French Language lessons on a Saturday morning, provided by a third party using the school premises, had started on 23rd May 1992.)


Junior Lent 3


Infant Lent 4


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


Junior Lent 4


Performances of ‘Blast off!’
(The annual Year 6 production; there is a currently only a single photograph from this event in the archive)


Early closure for 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, closing at 2 p.m.)


Infant Lent 5


Classes 5 (mixed Years 3 & 4)  & 6 (Year 3) to Didcot Railway Museum


Soccer v Dads.  School won 8-6!
(The annual ‘friendly’ parents versus pupils football match)


Junior Lent 5


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


7:30 SATs evening for Year 2 parents
(The statutory testing of 7 year olds – Standard Assessment Tests/Tasks - took place during the summer term.  The school met with parents to explain how these tests would be conducted and the results fed back to them)


Governors interviewing for Headship. 
Mrs J. Edwards, Head of St Gabriel’s Pimlico, appointed.

(Dennis Knowles had signalled his intention to retire at the end of the summer term.)


Non uniform day. £215 collected for Muscular Dystrophy


£100 given to the Ruislip Day Centre – donations at ‘Blast off’ productions


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


Mr Paul Packer resigned




Easter Holiday: 03/04/1993 – 18/04/1993




6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Road Safety Cycle Training for Parents
(A session run by the Local Authority to train parents to run the Cycle Proficiency Course.)


Visit of Rod Baker re Kitchen plans
(The school was continuing to progress the reuse of the Kitchen area, see 4th February)


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


Heads & Chairman of Governors meet directorate
(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.)


7:30 p.m. meeting of Year 5 parents re IOW School Journey
(Preparation evening for parents of Year 5 children going to the Isle of Wight for a 3-day residential in May)


School Closed – May Day


Staff Training day


All electrical equipment in school checked by Paul Green
(As required by Health and Safety legislation, testing of all portable electrical appliances)


St Martin’s May Fair.  £80 raised by school.
(The staff long continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fair.)


School Fête 11-2 p.m. opened by Cllr G. Booth Mayor of Hillingdon - £4000 profit
(This included a celebration of Dennis Knowles’ 60th birthday.  There is a dedicated page in the archive)


52 Year 6 children, 2 staff & 5 parents to Derbyshire until 21st May
(The Year 6 residential trip to Derbyshire. Unfortunately no photographs of the trip have yet come to light.)


50 Year 5 children, 2 staff & 5 parents to IOW until 21st May
(A Year 5 residential trip to the Isle of Wight. There are some photographs of this event in the archive.)


Return of School Journeys – both very successful.


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


7:30 p.m. ‘Kidscape’ evening for new parents & Year 3
(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)


Visit of Steve White (LDBS) and Chris Rudoff (architect) re 2 FE plans
(BWI had always been a one-and-a-half-form entry school.  That is an intake of 54/55 children in each year group.  This necessitated a number of mixed age group classes.  Consideration was being given by the London Diocesan Board for Schools to expanding the accommodation on the site so that pupil numbers could rise to allow two forms of entry – 60 pupils in each year group.)


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


Non uniform day £175 raised for the Sunshine Home for the Blind at Northwood




Half Term Holiday: 29/10/1993 – 06/06/1993


Classes 1, 2, 3 and Junior toilet block painted during the holiday.




Cycling Proficiency (‘Right Track’) course started


Leavers and reception children plus teams photographed
(The Year 6, Reception and Staff photographs are in the archive)


Carol Rowbotham (Inspector) visited re school assessment policy and SATs for KS1.


Past Pupils reunion – leavers of July 1972
(Nothing further is known of this event.  However, as these would have been the Year 6 pupils in Dennis Knowles’ first year as Headteacher, it may have been related to his imminent retirement.)


Visit of Bishop Ramsey Year 7 tutor
(A visit to see children in Year 6 who would be transferring to Bishop Ramsey Secondary School as part of the secondary transfer familiarisation process)


Head & coordinator at RE Course – new LA Syllabus
(Religious Education, a statutory element of the curriculum since the 1944 Education Act, stood outside the National Curriculum.  Its syllabus was, and still is, defined by a Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education or  SACRE set up and overseen by each Local Authority.)


Year 3 (Year 5) to Baddesley Clinton


Vyners Year 7 tutor visited
(A visit to see children in Year 6 who would be attending to Vyners Secondary School as part of the secondary transfer familiarisation process.  It was rare for children to gain a place at Vyners, since it was strongly oversubscribed rarely taking children who lived more than a mile away from its Ickenham site.)


Year 4 (Year 4) to Baddesley Clinton


Class 4 room painted


Visit of Northwood Year 7 tutor
(A visit to see children in Year 6 who would be transferring to Northwood Secondary School as part of the secondary transfer familiarisation process.)


Annual Parents’ meeting 97 parents & staff & governors
(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.)


Ruislip - Northwood Schools’ athletic meeting at Whiteheath School.
(The annual inter-schools district sports.)


Choir sang at the launching of Hillingdon’s new RE Syllabus
(See above 15th June)


The Parents’ Association held a barbecue in the school hall
(Parents’ used this occasion to say their formal ‘farewell’ to Dennis Knowles on his retirement.  There are photographs on the page dedicated to his farewell in the archive)


Last of Cycling Proficiency tests – all passed 47


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


p.m. Orchestra to Haydon


10 a.m. Infant Sports
(There are photographs of the sports in the archive)


9 a.m. Father Peter’s first mass in hall for Class 1-6
(The termly service in school for Junior children only. Fr Peter Homewood had recently been ordained priest. – See 13th July 1992)


Reports sent to all Full Time children in school
(The annual written report for parents on their child’s progress over the past year)


Year 6 children to Haydon
(A visit for children in Year 6 as part of the secondary transfer familiarisation process. All other schools held their induction day on the 13th July)


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


All Year 6 children to their secondary schools
(A visit for children in Year 6 – with the exception of those going to Haydon - as part of the secondary transfer familiarisation process.)


p.m. Junior Sports
(There are a few pictures of this event in the archive)


1: 30 p.m. September intake & Parents
(See 5th July.  It is uncertain whether this was a second visit by these children, or the intake had been divided into two days.)


Mrs Channing’s leaving party
(Daphne Channing had been Head of the Infant Department since Easter 1985.  She had decided to retire at the end of the Summer Term.)


Music Evenings.  Donations of £75 sent to Ruislip Christian Council re Handicapped holiday.
(The summer term marked a gap in the coordination of music: Paul Packer left at the end of the Easter term, and his replacement, Susan Charman, did not join the staff until the start of the autumn term. In the meantime Linda Gibson, though part time, ensured the school continued to provide high quality music making, including these music evenings.  Unfortunately there are no photographs of the events, but a copy of the programme is in the archive.)


School closed at 2 p.m. for planning for next term
(See 25th March)


Dinner for Head and Head of Infants given by PA Chairman & Committees


4:30 – 6 p.m. Retirement party for head teacher and Civic Centre colleagues
(This had been arranged by Cllr George Booth as both Chair of Governors and as the current Mayor of Hillingdon. There are photographs of the reception in the archive.)


Retirement party given by past and present staff
(There are photographs in the archive)


‘Farewell assembly’ for Mrs Channing and Mr Knowles
(Both retirements were marked by the then current staff and pupils.  Photographs of both sections of the assembly are in the archive)


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


Mrs D Channing retired after 8 Years as Head of Infant Department
I, Dennis Edward Knowles, retired after 22 years as Headteacher of BWI School

(Dennis Knowles final entry in the Log Book)




Summer Holiday: 28/07/1993 – 06/09/1993




1, Judith Anne Courtenay Edwards commenced duties as Headteacher


(Judith Edwards first entry in the Log Book)


Mrs G Westbrook (Class 8W), Miss S Charman (Class 1) commenced duties
(Gill Westbrook replaced Daphne Channing as Head of the Infant Department, and Susan Charman replaced Paul Packer as teacher with responsibility for music.)


In-service day for teachers


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


Staff Meeting and Staff interviews rest of day.


Children returned after summer holiday.  I met with the SMSA’s to introduce myself.  Took my first school assembly and used the log book as part of it


Fr Ingham took assembly


Mrs Pauline Hoey – school’s assigned inspector, visited


Fr Peter Homewood took assembly


Mr Geoff Edwards LDBS adviser visited all day
(A representative from the London Diocesan Board for Schools.)


Steve White LDBS, Fr Ingham, Councillor Booth, Dennis Pile came to discuss 2FE feasibility study
(See above, 27th May)


Harvest mass in school for Junior Classes
(The termly service in school for Junior children only)


Mr D Burdett from Oak Farm talked to staff re Grant Maintained schools
(The process of converting to Grant Maintained status had become easier with the enactment of the 1993 Education Act.  Oak Farm, of which Dave Burdett was the Headteacher, had taken the step of becoming Grant Maintained.  This meant the school had its funds directly delegated from the government, providing more money but it also incurred greater financial commitments and responsibilities.)


Parents Association Annual General Meeting 8 p.m. Mr Geoff Taylor handed over the chair to Mrs Sylvia Wiblin


Mrs P. Hoey – inspector visited


Parents evening
(Teacher-parent interviews to discuss work over the coming year.)


Mike Ruggles Road Safety Visited


Mrs Wood, Mrs Westbrook, Mrs Gaydon and I planned what to do regarding moving the U5’s into the refurbished kitchen area.
(The under 5 children, for many years housed in the classroom on the Infant playground, were to move into the refurbished kitchen area)


Classes 4 (Year 4) & 5 (mixed Year 4 & 3) visited the National Gallery


Mr Chris Shires LBH to talk about GM status
(Chris Shires was a Deputy Director of Education of the Local Authority and had oversite of the financial aspects of the department’s work.)


Mrs Westbrook ran a meeting on reading for her class parents


Year 5 (mixed Year 3 & 4) visited Kew Bridge Steam Museum


8 p.m. Governors’ meeting for parents to discuss grant maintained status

Mrs Kathryn Spring – St Andrews, CE Primary, Uxbridge

Mr Martin Rogers – Local Schools Information Service

Mr Chris Shires – London Borough of Hillingdon

Ms Wendy Thomas – London Diocesan Board for Schools

Fr Ingham
It was an interesting and informative meeting – well attended and cordial – Governors to meet on 06/11/1993 to make decision


Year 6 (Year 3) visited Kew Bridge Steam Museum


Non uniform day - money  raised for Howletts Lane Centre




Half Term Holiday: 23/10/1993 – 1/11/1993




INSET - Science Resource / stock cupboards.  Discussion of old U5 unit room use
(See above, 12th October)


Admissions meeting for 94/95 intake – Fr Ingham and Councillor Booth.  52 places offered 89 applications
(As a Voluntary Aided school, BWI handled its own admissions, and as the statistics show, was heavy oversubscribed.)


4 p.m. Pauline Hoey ran staff meeting re OFSTED inspections for staff and Governors.
(The school began its preparation for the first inspection of schools by Ofsted - the Office For Standards in Education. At this time notice of intent to inspect was given months in advance, and the inspection itself could last four or five days with a team of four or five inspectors for a school the size of BWI.)


Tempest – school photographs so assembly at 1:30 p.m.
(The annual taking of individual and family photographs.)


The Parents’ Association held a Race Evening at Ickenham Cricket Club


2 p.m. Dr Potton school EP visited
(Arthur Potton was the Local Authority Educational Psychologist.  He would have visited to carry out an assessment of educational need for a specific child and provide advice to the school.)


The U5 unit moved home to the new refurbished kitchen area.
(See above, 12th October)


Governors’ meeting re GM status - Letter to parents saying not right for the school at this time.
(See above, 22nd September and 19th October.)


Fr Anthony Ball took assembly


PE course at BWI after school Year 2 children used


St Martin’s Day – whole school to church 9:15 a.m.
(Traditionally, since the move to Southcote Rise, only the Junior children attended St Martin’s for the Patronal Festival.  The whole school usually only attend at the end of terms and on special occasions, such as the Jubilees of 1981 and 1991.)


Martinmass Fair – Bury Street Youth Centre
(The annual St Martin’s fundraising Fayre. The staff continued to run a stall at the St Martin’s Fayre.)


Fr Ingham met with three sets of parents who had not been offered a place for 94/95
(As noted above, 2nd November, BWI was 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.)


Dr Potton EP seeing children
(See above 4th November)


Fr Ingham seeing 5 sets of parents re no place offered for 94/95
(See above, 16th November)


School closed 3 p.m. for Toy Fayre
(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.)


Meeting of Under 5 new January intake – parents and children  
(A familiarisation event for new children and their parents prior to the children starting school in January 1994.)


Fr Ingham meeting with parents re no 94/95 place offered.
(See above, 16th November)


Dr Potton EP seeing children
(See above 4th November)


Parents’ Association Christmas Fayre in Hall
(This was a sale of small ‘stocking fillers’, Christmas cards, wrapping paper and the like and intended for parents, NOT children!)


Fr Victor took assembly


Mr Kapil Governor visited


Fr Peter blessed our Advent Wreath at assembly for Infants and Juniors.


Mr Graham Moss LBH re service level agreements
(Graham Moss was a Deputy Director of Education at the time.  Service Level Agreements were contracts buying back services from the Local Authority that it could no longer provide free as the funds had been delegated to schools.)


Fr Ingham took assembly


Chief Inspector Ken Wise, Uxbridge Police presented Fiona McAlpine with a gift from Fife police for helping catch a thief in the summer.


The Parents’ Association held a  Supper dance at Bury Street Youth Centre


Infant Nativity for Under 5 children


Photo retakes
(For those children who had either been absent on 3rd November, of whose photograph had been poorly taken)


Fr Anthony Ball took assembly


Infant Nativity dress rehearsal


Year 6 delivered Christmas cards made by Juniors to businesses in Ruislip


2:30 p.m. Infant Nativity for parents.  Mrs Channing came




The Log Book entries end with the Nativity on the 9th December. 
Mrs Edwards did not complete the term’s record of events.



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