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Cally House

Wartime evacuation school established by the Glasgow Education Authority in Galloway

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Established in a country house, Cally House was Britain's first local authority boarding school for senior pupils of both sexes who had been evacuated from Glasgow. Here pupils were given a lot of control over what they studied and how they lived. The film shows the daily life of the students studying, cooking, cleaning and even helping out on the farm.

Questions & Activities


  • Do you think the opening is relevant to the rest of the film?
  • How do you think Cally house was heated and what modern conveniences does the school have?
  • How often do you think pupils went home?
  • What subjects are shown being studied?
  • What other life skills are the students shown learning?


English / History / Creative Writing: Write a letter from the school about the challenges of living away from home with a group of other children. How well do you think these secondary school children adapted to a public school lifestyle? Would you like to have been evacuated here?

Media Studies / Moving Image Education / Enterprise: Make a 'day in the life' film about your school to show prospective students what they can expect from your school.

Citizenship: We are told the Cally House students are learning about "citizenship in a democracy"€, using this film as a starting point discuss what this means.

Citizenship: Discuss the range of skills that the pupils learned at Cally House. Put together a school council and discuss how you would organise the school day to deliver a modern Curriculum for Excellence.

Social History: Look at the clothes they are wearing then and what schoolchildren wear now.

Technology: How has communication changed between then and now? What are the positives and negatives of our communications then and now.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-061-C
Resource Rights Holder Crown Copyright licensed by National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0288
Date 1942
Genre Documentary, Public Information
School Subject History, Social History, English, Technologies
Subject Matter Evacuation, Community involvement, Citizenship, Education, Enterprise, Creative Writing
Who Ministry of Information for the Scottish Education Department (sponsor), Scottish Film Productions (production company), Stanley L. Russell (director)
Where Galloway
Event World War II
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 9:53
Film Length 09:53