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Mayfield School, Putney, Summer 1955

Life, learning, sport and swatting in a Putney girls' grammar school.

Amateur film 1955 11 mins Silent


This delightful home-made documentary records a vision of life and learning in a Putney girls' grammar during the last summer term before transitioning into a comprehensive. Loosely structured around a day's activities, it sees the girls knuckle down with algebra and science; stitch and knead through home economics; tear around the rounders court; and cruise through their end of year exams.

After the school evolved into the Putney County Secondary School, the geography department redoubled its filmmaking activities, and made a series of eight films between 1959 and 1963 documenting school days and trips abroad.