Title ID 1368Collection ID274
Title[Girls at Claremont School]
Date[ca. early 1930s ?]
CollectionFan Court School
ThemePublic Services
KeywordsChildren Education Dance Folklore Leisure Time Activities Performing Arts Schools Social Class Sport Swimming Women
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNot known
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Duration16 min. 30 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of amateur film recording outdoor events at Claremont School For Girls in Esher. In the late 1970s the school amalgamated with Fan Court Preparatory School for Boys to form Claremont Fan Court School.


The film opens with images of the impressive grounds and mansion house forming Claremont School For Girls - the school had originally been founded in Norwood in 1922 but moved to the Claremont Estate in 1931. The pupils, who wear floral dresses and dark jackets, are filmed walking along the pathways in the school grounds. They are later seen posing for the camera on the school steps. Two of the female teachers also pose for the camera, one holds a dog.

The girls and their female teachers are filmed playing, working and exercising in the outdoors. One teacher reads to them under the shade of a tree - elsewhere other teachers have a frivolous time on a seesaw. The girls practice folk dancing, tend to the garden, play rounders and lawn tennis. On Sports Day the girls compete in the long jump and a sack race, race against each other on stilts, and join their fathers for a father and daughter running race. The large crowd of smartly dressed spectators make their way up the hill towards the mansion house with the conclusion of the sports events.

Family and friends assemble again to watch the girls perform 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in the grounds of the school. The girls are next seen at the outdoor swimming pool where they give a diving board display. Before walking back to school, the girls have their swimming costumes dried through a mangle. The older girls are filmed leaving the school by bus - they wear overcoats and school hats. The films ends with images of the younger girls playing football with each other and an enthusiastic Scottie Dog, and of the Headmistress (?) standing next to a car.

Related resources


Cooper, Phyllis, M. The Story of Claremont. London: West Brothers, 1957

A historical guide to the Claremont Estate, the home of Claremont School for Girls during much of the twentieth century. Copies of the book are available at various Surrey libraries.

Surrey History Centre

The Surrey History Service collects and preserves archives and printed material relating to all aspects of the history of Surrey. The Surrey History Centre (SHC) houses collections of material concerning Claremont School. The SHC collections catalogue is searchable online.


Claremont Fan Court School

The website for Claremont Fan Court School which was the product of the amalgamation of Fan Court School for Boys and Claremont School for Girls in 1978.