Title ID 916Collection ID371
TitleWoottonley House School
CollectionRobert Nash
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemePublic Services
KeywordsChildren Commemorative Events Fetes Schools Sport Summer Swimming Trains Parades
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionRobert Nash
CameraRobert Nash
FormatColour Sound
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A summary of events at Woottonley House independent school in the summer of 1976 including day trips, the school fête and sports day.


The film opens with the school song. The film’s commentary then describes events in the School’s programme during the Summer of 1976. Children are seen playing tennis outside, and boys play cricket on the playing fields. The children are shown on a day trip to Romney Hythe and Dymchurch miniature Railway and at a swimming pool at Nonington College. Preparations are made for the annual school fête, people arrive and take part in various fête activities including the coconut shy, horse riding, a children’s magician, fancy dress competition with the theme of ‘film or TV characters’, a cake stall, raffle ticket sales, and a horse riding display. A cycling proficiency test takes place in the school playground. The school also held a USA ‘Bicentennial Day’ as they had a US exchange teacher at the school that year. The children dressed as cowboys or homesteaders for their school assembly. A game of baseball was played outside. In July the school held a sports day. In preparation for this, the children are seen practicing the high jump. On the day itself, events such as ‘throwing the cricket ball’, shot put, racing, tug of war and junior sports are shown. The film ends with scenes of the children leaving school at the end of a day.


A still from 'Woottonley House School' (1976) - school boys dressed as cowboys