This film is part of Free

Scholars Leaving St Andrew's Roman Catholic School, Dumfries

A lively group of Scottish primary-school children plays up for the camera.

Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Silent


Some of Mitchell and Kenyon's 'school gate' films were more disciplined, but with these very young children the effect is much livelier, with the boys directly playing up to the camera and the girls being giggly and coquettish (aside from one at the back caught doing up her shoe). A second shot shows the over-excited children being marshalled by their teachers, but the chaotic impression remains.

Dumfries still has a primary school named St. Andrew's, but the present building in Craigs Road was opened in 2009. The old school, situated in Brooke Street, now hosts various arts and crafts businesses and a tearoom.