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County High School in Moat Road, Langley, was opened on 26th October 1926.
It was the new home and new name of Oldbury Secondary School which
had been started in the Technical School buildins in Flash Road,
Oldbury in 1905. and had outgrown the facilities offered by that
building. The new building was situated in playing fields on farmland
sold by Albright & Wilson to Oldbury Urban District Council
and Worcestershire County Council for that purpose. After WW2 its
name was changed to Oldbury Grammar School, until it became a comprehensive
school in 1974.
"Opening of the County
High School 1926"
This video has been transferred from the original film by the Media Archive for Central England, MACE. The film was made on the usual 'nitrate' stock of the time, and after nearly ninety years, this type of film has become very unstable and liable to burst into flames spontaneously. It has to be carefully handled and projected in an inert atmosphere usuing specialist equipment. We are grateful to MACE for arranging this transfer, and to Colin Jones who owned the original film, which is now being stored by MACE.
In his 'Short History of Oldbury Grammar School', A A L Pearce says of the opening ceremony "... A film was made of this ceremonyand bought by the school from the director of Langley cinema. It was shown at the speech day of 1933, which was held at the cinema and attended by over a thousand people ...".
It is not known whether this video is that film, but it is likely to be all or part of it. What seems strange today is the military nature of the pupils lining up in the large quadrangle behind the flags of the school's guide troup, and their marching in step to the front entrance and wheeling to enter it. Unfortunately, there are no interior shots of the ceremony, but the film does record the dignitaries and the 1926 staff - all that remains is to identify them all! They will include members of Worcestershire County Council, Oldbury Urban District Council and local leaders. If you can identify anyone, please contact us via this site or our facebook page.
film, 4 minutes - 270Mb file HD
High School Sports Day 1938"
This film was
probably produced by the County High School itself as a record of
their sports day in 1938. There are shots of the boys and girls
taking part in the athletic races, as well as novelty races including
the sack race, the leapfrog race and the slow bicycle race. There
is also a tug-of-war. The event was controlled via a loudspeaker
van hired from Griptons of West Bromwich and Oldbury (4, Birmingham
Street). In the background are the newly erected buildings of Moat
Farm Junior School, together with the houses in Moat Road and Moore
Crescent, and, on the skyline. Bristnall Hall Farm and the large
houses of 'The Beeches' and 'Uplands'. There are good shots of the
A flag flying
in front of the school appears in some shots, and this has three
horizontal stripes. We assume these were the blue, white and green
of the school colours - can anyone confirm this?
We would also
like to hear from anyone appearing in the film or anyone who can
identify the people shown, pupils and masters. Please contact
us if you recognise anyone.
film, 7 minutes - 105Mb file
newly-built school in Moat Road at the time of the opening