• Short Summary

    Children at a North London School learn to swim thanks to a portable pool in an empty classroom.

  • Description

    North London.

    Exterior. M/S of a children playing the the playground of a Victorian primary school. Interior. M/S of children carrying books coming down stairs and entering a classroom.

    M/S of headmaster of Craven Park Primary, Harold Howard, adjusting the pump next to a portable swimming pool set up in a class room. M/S of a girl, Francis Strubel, taking a sample from the pool and pouring it into a test tube. She places the tube in a small box and holds it up to the light to measure its chlorine content.

    M/S of a class of five year olds dressed in swimming gear filing through a door. M/S of the children climbing into the pool. M/S of children splashing about. Top shot of the children in the pool, their teacher watches from the side. The teacher calls the youngsters to the edge of the pool, she then instructs the children to float on their stomachs. M/S of children taking floats from the side of the pool. M/S of three children swimming a length using floats. Top shot of the children swimming. C/U top shot of a little girl swimming. Various shots of the class swimming around the pool using floats. C/U of the teacher giving encouragement. M/S of a little girl standing under the flow of water coming from the pump at the pool side. Top shot of two older children - Kenneth Adams and Marilyn Morris - swimming unaided. The pool was bought thanks to donations from parents and the London County Council.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:43:24:00 / 01:45:36:00
    CP 391

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    The gentleman said 'School isn't a place to be dreaded any more'.

    As someone who was a child in the 1960s I have to disagree! School discipline was still very strict in most schools and remained so until well into the 1970s.

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