Abingdon School

Abingdon School Park Road Abingdon Oxon OX14 1DE

About Abingdon School

We introduced a new extra curricular activity in the form of a Film Unit, which offers pupils the chance to make their own films under the guidance of a team of professionals headed by the celebrated documentarist and former pupil at the school, Michael Grigsby.

The Unit was formed in September 2003 to coincide with the opening of a new arts centre at the school which provided greatly improved facilities for music, drama and art.

Two members of staff there, Jeremy Taylor and Kris Spencer, had planned to introduce film-making when the new drama facilities became available, and were clear their new group should be called a Film “Unit”, rather than a club, in recognition of the pioneering documentary work of groups such as the GPO and Crown Film Units.  They also wanted the activity to serve the school community by offering to make films about aspects of school life.