From Greenhill to Marlborough
Standard 8mm film Colour Silent c.1966 18:04
Summary: A film of primary school life in the 1960s and the move from a Victorian school building to a new modern school.
Title number: 337
LSA ID: LSA/431
Description: Opening Title: From Greenhill to Marlborough by F Barrington
Commentary by J.A Pitcher Headmaster of Greenhill School
A medium sized Victorian school on a sunny day, a building with two chimneys the apex of a building is viewed with a weather vane. An ornate stone sign states Harrow School Board. View of the school from across the road with a joining houses and a pedestrian crossing.
Young schoolchildren cross at the pedestrian crossing shown across by a Lollipop Man with a stop sign in the background is a high street with lots of local shops, parents lead their children towards the school gates. Children file into the school smiling and looking at the camera.
A school bell and a box of chalks are seen on top of a filing cabinet, a view of a school corridor, a silhouette of a figure can be seen. and the corridor appears quiet, awaiting the arrival of the children. A view of the school playground, a small number of children are playing together, an adult walks purposefully across the playground. The young children play and wander across the playground. Three schoolboys are seen on a bench talking, more children are seen with parents in the playground, waiting for the school day to begin.
A schoolgirl hangs up her satchel on a red coloured coat and bag rack set against a white brick wall in a large cloak room. A crate of full milk bottles is seen on a parquet school floor, three children with an adult are talking to a teacher behind the desk, perhaps taking registration, one child in a blue coat with a hood is restless and is told off by the adult.
A view of the classroom, children are working on two large tables, the children are not in uniform, and appear to be wearing labels with their names on them, perhaps it is their first day of school, an older child can be seen kneeling down and talking to them.
A teacher is sitting and working at the desk she is wearing glasses and a floral print dress, the children are seen in the classroom, some boys are playing with a large fort on the table, in the background the teacher in the floral dress can be seen with the older pupil and another teacher. The children look relaxed and curious, as if it's their first day at school.
Close of a child assembling some sort of toy. A view of a suburban road with terraced houses on one side and the trees and a school barrier and entrance on the other. A white sign on the road states 'School entrance'.
A building is under construction, it is modernist in appearance, and looks like a school, a large structure is flanked by two smaller structures, we see similar smaller structures, perhaps classrooms, and further views of the construction. Interior shots of the building under construction, and the silhouettes of two children are seen in a corridor, walking down some steps and towards the camera. More views of the construction site and a large building in the background.
A formal classroom setting, children in school uniform sit on wooden desks and chairs studying, a painted flower mural can be seen on the back wall. A teacher sits at her desk, she is formally dressed and is studying some papers with pen at her, she looks at the pupils.
The new school under construction can be seen on a grey day, the building is progressing, and a young school girl in uniform walks around the building, perhaps inspecting her new school. An interior of a classroom is viewed.
The schoolgirl walks through the building site carefully walking along some planks to avoid the large puddles.
On a sunny day a number of children are climbing on a climbing frame, one girl swings from the frame and the others look on relaxed and happy. Three girls perform hand stands against the school wall. The school playground a number of children are playing on the frame and around the frame, a profile of a young woman with a whistle in her mouth, her lips are pursed as she prepares to blow the whistle, the playground has come to a standstill, and the children are standing to attention!
The school canteen at lunch time, the children are eating lunch on a sunny day, the tables are full and their yellow cups and plates appear very coordinated on the table.
The new school construction continues and further progress has been, the new building is taking shape. An interior shot of the new building, which appears to be the school canteen, stacks of school chairs are viewed with the sun streaming through the new windows.
Outside a workman is clearing rubble from the grounds, and in the background a newly laid tarmac can be seen with the new school fence, the school and grounds seem very near completion.
From an old school building a distinguished looking gentleman appears dressed in a sports jacket and trousers, he is seen in profile and appears to be surveying the view around him, perhaps for the last time? He looks wistful and walks towards the exit of the school.
We see a brand new school building, very modern looking, the new yellow doors are framed waiting for the children to come.
We see the interior of the school with a table and flowers on a modern table. A class room scene, a group of children are standing in a circle and appear to be singing, a teacher is seen in the background on a piano.
A view of a classroom with a blackboard and notice boards either side, we see a number of empty school desks with children's jumpers and tops on them. We see a gym class in progress, the children are dancing, running and leaping about,in another class a teacher reads to a group of children who appear in silhouette and appear to be listening with rapt attention, the room has very large windows and is decorated with very colourful paintings and posters, the teacher turns the book and shows the class a page.
Another classroom, the young children are working intently on large pieces of paper, the teacher is viewed sitting at the head of the class, two young boys approach her with work in hand.
Two boys wander up a modernist style staircase, we see a notice board at the base of the stairs.
A female teacher is at the front of the class before a large blackboard she is pointing at the board while her pupils look on, we now see the glass from her perspective and a number of pupils raise their hands, others look on intently, in another class a male teacher reads from a book at the front of the class.
We see the school kitchens, three school cooks all wearing overalls and hats are cooking beside large new cooking pots, one stirs while another adds ingredients, close up of one of the cooks stirring with a large wooden spoon, steam rises from the cooking pot, close up of a large mixer, and views of baking trays ready for the lunchtime!
View of the new modern dinning room before the children enter, everything is very neat and tidy. Children are seen carefully walking with their plates full of food!
At the dinner table children are seen eating their lunch, it looks as if it's meat and potatoes on the menu, and the children all have have green matching beakers, and are very well behaved!
In the playground young boys play on a wooden slide while in the background school girls are sitting on the concrete ground knitting, close up of the girls knitting some seem to be having problems!
A group of schoolchildren are carefully navigating some gym equipment, climbing over and under wooden frames and poles, a teacher calls the group together.
Perhaps in the afternoon break we see a number of children playing watched over by a teacher.
On a sunny day a teacher with two pupils is putting up a high jump wooden pole and putting down green jump mats in the playground. Pupils can be seen running up to the pole and jumping, some more successful than others!
A group of pupils are seen sitting by the fence awaiting their turn, a teacher in profile wearing sunglasses holds a clip board and directs the pupils, other pupils can be seen practicing the long jump!
Pupils are seen singing inside the school holding their books.
The old school is seen on a sunny day looking very quiet and peaceful.
End Title The End
Credits: Director: F. Barrington; commentary: J.A. Pitcher
Further information: Although the film originally had an audio track, this doesn't seem to have survived.
Keywords: School; Primary; Modernist
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Harrow; Greenhill; Marlborough Hill
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Heidi Barrington wrote on February 10, 2021:So many familiar names here commenting. I think we have found the tape of the commentary, just tracking down a…So many familiar names here commenting. I think we have found the tape of the commentary, just tracking down a tape recorder now so we can play and digitise it.
D.BLACKBURN wrote on May 10, 2019:I went to Greenhill primary school from 1949 to 1955 , didn't like it much so ran home at…I went to Greenhill primary school from 1949 to 1955 , didn't like it much so ran home at every break time . Fond memories.
Karen Woodhouse wrote on January 20, 2019:I also attended Greenhill Primary and remember Mr Barrington making the film. I was in the same class as…I also attended Greenhill Primary and remember Mr Barrington making the film. I was in the same class as Heidi Barrington and Susan Cranmer. I was also in the same class as Fiona Eustice and remember her sisters and brothers.
Susan Cranmer wrote on January 9, 2019:I certainly remember this! I attended Greenhill Primary School from 1961 to 1967 and was in the top year…I certainly remember this! I attended Greenhill Primary School from 1961 to 1967 and was in the top year (now known as year 6) when the move to Marlborough happened. I was one of the pupils who helped box everything up at Greenhill School, came into school during the Easter holiday to load the moving lorries, and then biked down to the Marlborough School site to help unload and unpack. The film was made by Mr Barrington, father of my friend Heidi and I have often wondered if a copy still existed.
In addition to the film, the move was also recorded in a wall hanging designed by our teacher Mrs Millet and made by us. It was hung in the main hall at Marlborough School.
Pete Thomas - then Soza wrote on November 7, 2018:Tried to leave a comment but it was refused - would like to get in touch with Phillip Bennett !
Caroline Gould ( was Halfhide) wrote on September 19, 2018:Philip Bennett you were in my class and I do remember both you and where you lived!!! I think the…Philip Bennett you were in my class and I do remember both you and where you lived!!! I think the film was made by Heidi Barrington’s Dad and I vaguely remember being shown it just before we left to go to secondary school. Great to see Mr Pitcher the Head as well as Mrs Millett, Mrs Backhouse and Mrs Allman I believe . Amazing to see both school buildings and the playground which bought back many memories as well as seeing friends and myself at ten years old twice. Can’t wait to show my grandchildren 🙂
Caroline Gould ( was Halfhide) wrote on September 19, 2018:Philip Bennett you were in my class and I do remember both you and where you lived!!! I think the…Philip Bennett you were in my class and I do remember both you and where you lived!!! I think the film was made by Heidi Barringtons Dad and I vaguely remember being shown it just before we left to go to secondary school. Great to see Mr Pitcher the Head as well as Mrs Millett, Mrs Backhouse and Mrs Allman I believe . Amazing to see both school buildings and the playground which bought back many memories as well as seeing friends and myself at ten years old twice. Can’t wait to show my grandchildren 🙂
Patricia Boot maiden name Currie wrote on August 1, 2018:My mother went to Greenhill School in about 1931, my brother and I also attended. I started in 1955/56…My mother went to Greenhill School in about 1931, my brother and I also attended. I started in 1955/56 and left to go to Lascelles Girls School in 1962
Patricia Boot maiden name Currie wrote on August 1, 2018:My mum went to Green Hill School in 1931 and I started in about 1955/56 and left to go to…My mum went to Green Hill School in 1931 and I started in about 1955/56 and left to go to Lascelles Girls School in 1962
Philip Bennett wrote on February 25, 2018:I started at Greenhill in 1961 after my Brother and Sister, Robert & Gillian. The school moved to Marlborough…I started at Greenhill in 1961 after my Brother and Sister, Robert & Gillian. The school moved to Marlborough for about my last year. I remember Mr Pitcher and Miss Lancaster who sometimes brought her dog to school. We lived above the shoe shop in Station Road which faced right up St Anne’s Road so a very short walk to school. Fascinating to see this film.
Gwen Brimble wrote on January 1, 2018:Just seen this on Facebook. I went to greenhill and then on to Marlborough Hill. With my brother and my…Just seen this on Facebook. I went to greenhill and then on to Marlborough Hill. With my brother and my sisters. I remember Mr Pitcher, also Mr.Glover, Mrs Mayo also the welfare lady Mrs Gee I think her name was. I also remember one of the dinner lady’s Mrs Dorothy Armitage. Students I remember from there was Shelly Eustice , Beverly Hunt. Christine Tovey. My maiden name was Norris.
Steve Baldwin wrote on December 31, 2017:I believe one of the female teachers is Mrs Miller who was deputy head at Marlborough in 1970 ish
Terry Losco wrote on February 28, 2017:I remember Shelley and Fiona Eustace and Neil. I remember the girls doing a little sketch about losing their hair.…I remember Shelley and Fiona Eustace and Neil. I remember the girls doing a little sketch about losing their hair. My sister is this film. Such innocent days!
Steve Payne wrote on September 21, 2016:Headmaster John Pitcher retired from Marlborough around 1978 and teacher James Glover was still there when I left in 1979.…Headmaster John Pitcher retired from Marlborough around 1978 and teacher James Glover was still there when I left in 1979.
Marlborough school was rebuilt in 2015/16.
Mark Chitty wrote on September 13, 2016:Such a shame the audio is lost. I only remember Greenhill as the cleared site being used as a…Such a shame the audio is lost. I only remember Greenhill as the cleared site being used as a carpark but was at Marlborough from 76 -83.
My mum taught at Marlborough from 73 to about 85 and I've forwarded here the link to see if she recognises any staff. John Pitcher is obvious and Jim Glover has already been identified. I'm pretty sure it's Ann Hughes in the classroom just before the cut to show the kitchens in action. Not many of them still with us sadly, even from my era there.
Louise Ranells wrote on September 11, 2016:Fabulous to see my old infant & junior school but no sound? Would have loved to hear Mr. Pitcher's voice…Fabulous to see my old infant & junior school but no sound? Would have loved to hear Mr. Pitcher's voice again.
Paul Culnane wrote on May 20, 2016:What a great find, I never knew this existed. I was in the second year juniors when we moved to…What a great find, I never knew this existed. I was in the second year juniors when we moved to Marlborough. I had been at Bridge and left there in the summer of 1966 (when Elmgrove opened) but spent a few months at Greenhill, due to delays in opening Marlborough. We eventually moved in at Easter 1967
Karen Eustice wrote on March 6, 2016:I loved my time at Green hill primary. I can see my brother Neil Eustice and my sister Shelley…I loved my time at Green hill primary. I can see my brother Neil Eustice and my sister Shelley EUSTICE in the film.
Neil Eustice wrote on March 5, 2016:Oh wow. I have not seen that agree hill school for over 50 years and it brought back such…Oh wow. I have not seen that agree hill school for over 50 years and it brought back such happy memories. And Mr Glover, the teacher shown in sunglasses at Marlborough school was my favourite teacher who read The Hobbit to us and got me so interested in reading.