Films at Sawston Village College

Sawston Village College has a reputation for producing award-winning films.  Pupils films have won various national and international awards, been shown across the globe and even in the International Space Station.  The school’s interest in film developed with the return of regular screenings to Sawston Cinema, established in 2008 at the Marven Centre, a building on the school site originally built as a cinema in 1932. See for more information and for films made by our pupils.  The films below have been made in partnership with a professional filmmaker, a partnership contributing to the school’s award of Artsmark Platinum.

Henry Morris - The Life and Legacy

Opening in 1930, Sawston Village College was the first village college in the country and the vision of ‘Educator Extraordinary’ Henry Morris, the Chief Education Officer for Cambridgeshire at the time. Made to commemorate the school’s 80th anniversary and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this film combines documentary and drama to explore the life of a remarkable man.

Projecting the Past

The film ‘Projecting the Past’ is the result of an intergenerational project which traced the history of cinema in Sawston. Pupils worked with members of the community who remembered the original cinema in Sawston, now the Marven Centre. Community members shared their memories, and these ‘stories’ were then recreated by our pupils. This project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Sawston News International

This film highlights the work of the school’s International Forum, its relationship with partner schools in different parts of the world and the projects Forum members have been involved with as part of their activities.

Summer School 2012

Year 11 pupil Peter Noble shot and edited footage of activities comprising the Sawston Summer School, a week focused on completing the Bronze Arts Award for selected pupils about to go into Year 7.

Summer School 2013

In August 2013 we held our second Summer School for selected Year 6 pupils.  Peter Noble, departing Year 11 pupil, has produced this film, in which pupils talk about their experiences of the week and their work to achieve their Bronze Arts Awards. 


The first ASPIRE film introduced to pupils and parents the principles of ASPIRE. ASPIRE 2 now shows what ASPIRE means to our pupils.  This film was conceived, written and scripted by pupils, working in partnership with a professional film maker.  Pupils then helped with the filming and production, resulting in an exceptional film of which pupils are rightly proud, showcasing their talents and the values of the school



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