Marvels of 50's comprehensive education - boys are operating machines while girls cook and iron.
Malory School, Downham, Kent.
L/S of a school building from the outside. Students are browsing around. C/U shot of a school plaque, blue shield with a sword and a little ribbon with writing on (too small to read). Cut to L/S of crowded school yard. There is a fountain in the school yard. This is one of the new comprehensive schools, Malory School in Downham, Kent. School is new and fully equipped. There is a machine room, kitchen for domestic science class, 36 new typewriters - all that students need.
M/S of the machine room. Several students are seen working on machines under supervision of a teacher. Cut to a commerce class. Teacher is explaining correct typing technique while students (all girls) are sitting in front of their typewriters, listening. C/U of girl's face as she listens. C/U of hands on typewriter.
M/S of the girls sewing - dressmaking class. Camera pans to show several girls at work. One girl is ironing(!?) and two girls are cutting fabric. Cut to L/S of two girls pinning dress onto third girl (she is standing on a chair or a little table). C/U shot of several items made by the girls.
High angle C/U shot of a hand decorating a cake. C/U shot of the girl decorating cake. Cut to a medium shot of the other girl cooking. M/S of the girl getting a tray out of the oven. Tray is filled with grilled bacon and sausages. Girl puts the tray on table and makes up a plate which no school nowadays would promote - greasy fry-up! Bacon, sausages, chops (not sure pork or lamb), mushrooms and tomatoes!!! As all unhealthy stuff it looks delicious! Several shots of four adults, a headmaster and three women, tasting the food made by students. Traditional roles for boys and girls - good for illustrating institutional sexism?
Note: Some of the people featured in film are Michael Moore, Alan Potts, Joan Dowling, Sheila Marsh, Rita Ekins, Joan Smith, Pat Pinkersol, Marjorie Willimott, Key Pamphlett.