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A New School For Eastergate
Part 1: The Old School
The films opens with images of children walking and cycling through the Sussex countryside to Eastergate Church of England Primary School. We see the exterior the 140 year old school building are followed by the children in classes - the rooms are too small to comfortably accommodate the 110 pupils and have to be adapted for each new activity such as painting, drama and reading. Lunch is eaten on tables in the playground during the summer months. Mrs Brisland the Headmistress is interviewed about the difficulties of the old school.
Do you remember the old school?
A New School for Eastergate

Date: 1970

Location: Eastergate, Chichester, West Sussex

This professional film was produced by The Electricity Council for West Sussex County Council. Through commentary and interviews with the Headmistress, her pupils and the architects it charts the move of Eastergate Church of England Primary School from an unsuitable, overcrowded 19th century building, to which they hold a certain sentimentality, to a new functional purpose-built open-plan site in 1970.

The clips here are taken from the film 'A New School for Eastergate' ID No.1273. Please contact Screen Archive South East for further information or visit their website.

Read an interview with Danny Weinstein about this archive

Explore this location
Danny Weinstein's film 'The New School' was filmed in Eastergate Primary School, near Chichester. The 'new' Eastergate School was built in 1970. It is set in rural surroundings and is approximately six miles from the cathedral city of Chichester.

Video Responses
Current pupils talk about the archive

View the Archive
A New School For Eastergate Part 2: The design

A New School For Eastergate Part 3: Building

A New School For Eastergate Part 4: Learning

A New School For Eastergate Part 5: School dinners

A New School For Eastergate Part 6: Old and new

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