Meeting at Westminster as we build the RoS Manifesto
In April the RoS core team were delighted to meet Gateshead MP Ian Means again – this time at Westminster, where he is a member of the Education Select Committee and a More than a Score supporter. We met in his office in the House of Commons, and discussed our shared concerns about current education policy and what we would like to see in a Parents’ Manifesto for education.
Across A Lake Below The Hill – Memories Of The Lakes School 1965-2015
This film is a collaboration between a group of disparate individuals with one thing in common – they were all educated at The Lakes School, Windermere. Around a hundred pupils, past and present, were involved in the writing, performing and production. I was thirteen years old when the art master, Mr Yardley, asked me if I would like to help on the latest Ciné Club production. The club’s films, written, produced and financed by Mr Yardley,…These fifteen minute, super 8 epics could be years in the making. This was my first brush with the magic of cinema. From this inauspicious start, I went on to make another two Ciné Club films. By the third attempt, myself and three friends – Mike Nicholson, Sean Emery & Alan Miller – were given carte blanche to write, produce, shoot and edit our own little masterpiece; always under the watchful eye of David Yardley who, like so many of my teachers in the 1970s, gave up his own time to help students develop interests that weren’t part of the curriculum. Fast forward forty years and I am still making films. After a Masters Degree in Film from the Royal College of Art, I started directing professionally in 1988. Across A Lake, Below The Hill is dedicated to the amazing teachers who helped me on my way, and to the friends that I made at The Lakes School, who have been with me all my life. Michael Cumming. October 2015. Director Michael Cumming made his first films in The Lakes School Cine Club in the 1970’s. His work on groundbreaking comedies, such as Brass Eye and Toast Of London have won critical acclaim and continue to win awards, both internationally and in Britain.
Parent protests work for George Tomlinson School in Leytonstone, East London
Pictures from the July March
Highlights from the Parents Defending Education Meeting
Photos from the march through London on April16th
Great scenes from our day out in london