Headmaster of Campbell College - Mr Cooke

Headmaster of Campbell College - Mr Cooke

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Belfast, Campbell College, Havelock House




Production 16/12/1963


01min 16sec





black and white


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An interview with Mr Cooke, the Headmaster of Campbell College, on fundraising for the school. Plans for new facilities including a new study block, the improvement of the library and the games areas. Plans also for a new theatre and to provide additional bursaries for boys who may otherwise not be able to attend.  


Campbell College is a private school/fee-paying independent secondary school classified as a voluntary B grammar school and fee-paying preparatory department located in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Founded in 1894. The school occupies a 100-acre (40-hectare) estate in east Belfast, close to the Parliament Buildings at Stormont. All the school's facilities are located on this site, which also contains a small lake and forest named Netherleigh. Campbell's junior school – formerly located on an adjacent site and called Cabin Hill – is now also located on the site.

This prestigious school has had an interesting history since it was founded in 1894 from a bequest by Henry James Campbell. The school was caught up in an IRA gun battle in 1935 and during World War II the pupils temporarily relocated to Portrush when the school was requisitioned by the War Office to become a hospital. Many of the “Old Campbellions” who passed through its gates went on to become journalists, film makers, judges and peace activists. C.S. Lewis grew up nearby and briefly studied here before he was sent to a school that specialised in pupils with lung problems.   

Francis John Granville Cook was Headmaster, 1954–1971. 


An Ulster Television Production.



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