Miss O.V. Griffiths
Next day Miss Griffiths replaced Miss Hopper as HT on health grounds.
In September a new reading scheme was devised. A new timetable was introduced which aimed to get a maximum amount of work done during the mornings, while afternoons were given to expression work in Music, English, Activities and Crafts. There would be a gradual development from a slightly advanced nursery routine in the Reception Class to a preparation for Junior School work in Class 7. A new number scheme was introduced to give the opportunity for gaining number experiences through activities.
There was an end of term Carol Service to which parents were invited.
DTC students started course of Music Method.
To raise the standard of reading every child was tested individually by the HT.
Younger children were tested on a word recognition test from their books. The higher classes were tested on sounds, the ability to build on certain families. The top two classes were given Schorrell’s Word Recognition Test. The reading ages of the children were calculated, and some were found to be very backward.
In April the number on roll increased so permission was granted to create an 8th class – 1R- Reception-in the Hall.
Two boys were kept back (i.e. were not transferred to the Junior Department.)
Most classes went on nature rambles.
Miss Kennedy left the staff to teach in Germany. Mrs Futty replaced her.
Intelligence tests were given to Class 7.
David Hardman, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Education, visited the school with his wife. He later sent a letter of thanks. He remarked on how much the children were enjoying their schooling, the hallmark of a good education. (Mr Hardman was Darlington’s MP at the time.)
A Kenton Lodge tutor visited to learn about our Reading Methods.
The recently introduced Record Card system was proving useful. Progress was being made with IQs and EQs (Educational Quotients). They were compared.
On April 22nd the school closed early to watch Field Marshall Montgomery’s procession, on his way to unveil the Victory Panel in the Public Library.
In May the HT went to the HTs Conference at Southport.
Several classes visited Whessoe Farm.
In June the HT and colleagues attended a demonstration of a filmstrip projector.
The HT was in court to give evidence concerning a burglary at the school.
The HT and colleagues were at Bank Top Station concerning the development of a Railway Centre of Interest there.
In July Miss Griffiths resigned as HT to become Infant Method Tutor at DTC.
On 3rd November Miss N.Newman commenced duties as Headmistress.