• Short Summary

    Marvels of 50's comprehensive education - boys are operating machines while girls cook and iron.

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    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.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
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    hd format:
    4K at Filmfinity, HD at Filmfinity
    Time in/Out:
    01:28:31:00 / 01:31:34:00
    CP 225

Comments (3)

  1. Unknown user says

    I was a week old when this footage was shot!

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  2. paddybearuk says

    I went to this school in 1963. It was a ghastly place!! I spent many years making up for the education I didn't get there. I wish I had been there when it was demolished - I would have cheered1 I wonder how many others of my generation had their potential squashed by the dreadful, uncaring staff. Ironically, I became a teacher; possibly my underlying motive was the belief that I could do it better than they had. And I certainly did.

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  3. RLGRLS says

    I too went here, much later though 1981-87, even more ghastly by then. Didn't go to see it being demolished either, some things are better left in the past. But grateful I reached the position I'm in now, but with no help from that place.

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