Title ID 90Collection ID343
Title[Patcham House Special School: Football; playground; Jubilee; Outings]
CollectionPatcham House Special School
ThemePublic Services
KeywordsAnimals Beaches Boats Children Disabled Persons Docks Games Motor Vehicles Outings Parks Play Rivers Ships Sport Youth Zoological Gardens
LocalPatcham Reading London Singleton Alfriston Worthing Stoke Mandeville
RegionalBrighton & Hove Berkshire Greater London West Sussex East Sussex Buckinghamshire
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionPatcham House Special School
CameraNorman Clark
FormatColour Silent
Duration22min. 58sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of amateur films filmed by the headmaster of Patcham House Special School. Pupils and staff are seen on numerous class outings, at play at the school and competing at the 'National Spastics Games'.


The film opens with shots of the children playing in the school playground; adults play an informal game of tennis with some of the pupils. Other children play on bikes and tricycles. Out-of-focus shots of boys (a football team?) lined up in a goal, they wave at the camera and a game of football ensues on the school field. Back in the school playground, children are seen at play and there are lengthy but out-of-focus shots of a fancy dress competition at a school fete.

At Reading University, children from the school are seen taking part in the 'National Spastics Games'. They throw skittles, javelins and balls competing against each other.

The film cuts to London where the school children and adults are seen on a boat on the River Thames. Shots of cranes and docks on the edge of the river. Close-up of a container ship's hull bearing the name "Hamburg Express". The children stand next to handrail of the boat looking out over the side. At a park they are seen walking around a small concrete maze.

On another outing the children visit the Weald and Downland Museum at Singleton. This section begins with the children walking through a wood and siting outside a timer-framed house, eating a picnic. There are general shots of the museum, buildings and children exploring the open-air site.

The next section feature the children on another outing to Drusillas at Alfriston. The children are seen watching the animals and birds in their enclosures and playing in the playground on the carousel and old vehicles.

The final school outing featured in the film is at Brooklands Park, Worthing. The children play on the beach and paddle in the sea. They take a ride on the miniature railway and eat ice creams together.

The film ends with scenes from the 'National Spastics Games' at Stoke Mandeville where the children are seen taking part in races on a running track, some of whom are presented with prizes. A happy looking group of children and adults pose for the camera holding up a very small trophy.