Finchley Grammar School
IMPOSING LIST Ole IMPROVEMENTS RECORDED IN HEADMASTER'S ANNUAL REPORT Improvements to the Finchley Grammar School during the pima scholastic year include the completion of a new school block, containing classrooms and entrance hall, the fencing in of the playing fields, the improvement of the cricket pitches. and the acquiring of a further plot of land.
These facts were announced by the Rev, C. H. Parsons, headmaster, In his annual report at the speech day held last week. The prizes were presented by the Hon, Henry Hope. Fr. Parsons also announced that as a result of recent negotiations with the Government and the Meal education authority, the school, officially recognised for some years, was now receiving a direct grant from the Board of Education.
Other points in the speech dealt with the hope that before the next speech day 1250 would have been collected with which to build a pavilion, and the failure of many parents to co-operate in, or even discuss, plans for evacuating the school In case of a national emergency.
GOOD RESULTS GAINED IN EXAMINATIONS
St. Egbert's College, Chingford, has had very good results this year in the examinations of the College of Preceptors. In the junior section eight out of ten passed, seven with honours; all twelve passed in the preliminary section, six with honours; and in the lower form 26 passed out of 28, making a total of 40 distinctions.
These successes were announced by Bro. Director Arden, headmaster of the school, during a garden fete held recently in the grounds of the school in aid of the funds for the extension of the school buildings.
ATTEMPT TO FIND SPACE FOR SCHOOL GAMES The Rev. B. A. Smoker, parish priest of St. Matthias, Worcester Park, has sent a letter to the local Council stating that three acres of land had been bought at Sheephouse Lane, Maiden Manor, as a site for a school for 400 pupils between the ages of 11 and 15 years. It had been found that the school buildings and playground would occupy most of the site, except for a small piece suitable only for flower gardens.
He asked that the Council should give permission for the school to use at a nominal rent the Hoggs Mill River open space for organised games, on the understanding that when the school was not using it the public should have free access to it,
REVISED PROPOSAL FOR ALL-AGE SCHOOL APPROVED The Board of Education has consented to St. John's senior re-organised school, Banbury, remaining an all-age school, subject to the provision of facilities for senior instruction in handicraft and domestic science Some months ago, a scheme for the complete re-organisation of the school was submitted to the Local Education Authority, who agreed to make a grant of 7.5 per cent. towards the cost, but the scheme was rejected by the Board on the ground that the number of senior children did not justify the expenditure. When the revised proposals have been carried out, St. John's School will be the only all-age school in the area, and will accommodate over 200 children. The Local Education Authority has shown goodwill towards the project,
BELMONT ABBEY SCHOOL PRIZE DAY Lord Holden, a prominent Catholic peer, distributed the prizes at Belmont Abbey School on Friday last, July 28. This took place after Lieut.-Colonel J. 0. C. Hasted, D.S.O., had inspected the school air defence cadet corps. On the platform Lord Holden was supported by the Rt. Rev. Dom Romuald Leonard, 0.S.B,, Lord Abbot of Belmont; the Rt. Rev. Dom Wilfred Upson, 0.S.B., Lord Abbot of Prinknash; the Very Rev. R. Waterfield, Dean of Hereford; and the headmaster of the school, Dam Christopher McNulty. The headmaster prefaced his report on the year's work, which, incidentally, was marked by several notable achievements, by saying that though more had been written on the subject of education in the last fifty years than on any other matter, the fundamental principle that culture was founded on religion had been neglected.
SENIOR SCHOOL PROPOSED FOR 200 CHILDREN The managers of St. Paul's Schools, Wood Green, propose to extend the site of the school and build new premises which will include accommodation for
about 200 senior children. The proposed extension will cater for children in the boroughs of Wood Green and Hornsey and in the southern portions of the borough of Southgate and the urban district of Friern Barnet. The Board of Education will approve of the scheme. About 37 children are expected to attend the school from the area of the Middlesex County Council, and a satisfactory agreement between the county and the borough authorities as to financial arrangements is being discussed,
NEW SCHOOLS OPEN IN SEPTEMBER It is announced that St, Gregory's School, Margate, will be ready to take its first pupils in September, The date for the formal opening has not yet been definitely fixed, but Archbishop Amigo, Bishop of Southwark, has promised to perform the opening ceremony. Next term St. Austin's and St. Mildred's schools will be finally closed, and all the children will be accommodated at St. Gregory's. The schools are not only fitted with the most up-to-date equipment for infants and juniors, but there is also a special department for senior pupils with science and craft rooms, a gymnasium-hall, shower-baths and library,.