School Days (DVD)


This is the story of how schooling has changed over the centuries, in Cowes. A story similar to what happened across much of the country.

It was not until the late 19th century, that children were legally obliged to go to school. There were fee-paying private schools but standards of education and conditions could be woefully inadequate.

All education underwent dramatic improvement through the 20th century and former Cowes pupils describe their own personal experiences, including former award-winning broadcaster, Cliff Michelmore and Mark King of Level 42 pop group.

Also featured in the film, through poetry, quotation and song, are pupils of all seven Cowes schools. The film opens and ends with Isle of Wight primary school children singing at the Cowes-based Festival of Song in  2005.

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