|Title ID||93||Collection ID||343|
|Title||[Patcham House Special School: Holiday to Scilly]|
|Collection||Patcham House Special School|
|Keywords||Beaches Boats Camping Children Disabled Persons Ferries Holidays Youth|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
The headmaster of Patcham House Special School in East Sussex films his pupils on a camping holiday on the Isles of Scilly. The film includes scenes of the children playing on the beach and relaxing at the campsite.
The school minibus is seen being lifted off the ferry attached to crane. At the campsite, the children and adults erect the tents, knocking tent pegs into the ground; shots of a helicopter passing overhead. The group sits down to a meal inside a building on the campsite. On the beach, the children are seen paddling in the sea and exploring the beach; one of them is partially buried in the sand by the other children. Shots of a large crowd assembled on the harbourside and the children on a boat trip in the harbour. Out-of-focus (some shots are indistinguishable) of the children playing on the beach, followed by more shots of children on the boat again. [Break]. The film ends with scenes back at the campsite; a boy and a girl are seen rubbing the back of an adult lying on her front; two other boys play frisbee outside the tents.
The Patcham House Special School films held at Screen Archive South East were principally filmed to show to parents and Friends of the school, recording the out-of-school activities enjoyed by the pupils. The collection, which also includes [Patcham House Special School: International Spastics Games in Southern France] (1970) and [Patcham House Special School: Holiday to Scilly] (1981), contains images of summer term class day outings, fetes, school sports days and annual Spastics Games. They were filmed by the school's then headmaster, Norman Clark.
The Spastics Games evolved during the 1960s and 1970s when there were significant changes in social and governmental attitudes towards the education of disabled children. The 1944 Education Act, which had established a free secondary education system based on academic results at the age of eleven, did little to encourage integration. Indeed, it proved to cement the segregation between mainstream and 'special' schooling, with each having distinct curriculums. It was not until the 1970 Education (Handicapped Children) Act that all children in England and Wales were given the right to education - it also resulted in the transfer of responsibility for the education of disabled children from Health Authorities to the Local Education Authorities. It was also during this period that sports activities were integrated into the curriculum for special schools and colleges - the ideology concerning the importance of physical activities had been circulating since the formation of The Spastics Society in 1952. Thus the children at Patcham House Special School during the 1970s, whose disabilities included cerebral palsy, spine bifida, muscular dystrophy, heart problems and cystic fibrosis were amongst the first to benefit from these changes in the education field.
Screen Archive South East also holds films which look at life at other contemporary schools - for example, [A Day in the Life of the School] (1970) is an amateur film of Burwood Park School, a secondary school in Surrey for deaf children whilst [Nevill School Sports Events] (1960 - 1971) records sporting events at a mainstream secondary school.
Screen Archive South East houses several other films which record the educational provision for disabled children in the post-Second World War era. Children and staff from Chailey Heritage enjoy a day trip to the beach in Worthing in A Day’s Outing (ca. 1949) whilst Special School. Around & About with the Children of Queensmill Rd School (1949; 1954) features an outing to Bognor Regis for the female pupils of a London school.