Head shocked by saucy music video shot at school

Tame Impla's latest video was shot at Ashlyns School, Berkhamsted.
Tame Impla's latest video was shot at Ashlyns School, Berkhamsted.

A headteacher who rented his school to a music firm was shocked when he saw it used in the saucy new video by Aussie indie band Tame Impala.

Footage from the shoot – made to promote their song Mind Mischief – includes a teacher and schoolboy undressing each other in a car after sharing a dodgy-looking roll-up cigarette.

Berkhamsted’s Ashlyns School is clearly identifiable in the video, but head James Shapland said: “If we had known it was going to be quite like that, we would not have agreed to it.”

The video begins with a boy smiling as he stares at his teacher’s legs while she sits reading a book on a desk at the front of a classroom.

As she looks up to return his gaze, the bell rings at the end of the school day – and the pair get into her red vintage Citroen 2CV car.

After a surreal cartoon where a naked man and woman fly through space before the woman swallows the man, the video returns to the boy.

He is lying on the green outside Ashlyns, with an unbuttoned shirt, ruffled hair and his tie hanging off as the car drives away.

Mr Shapland said: “Obviously it’s fantasy and nothing in the video we would condone on any level.”

He said letting the landmark Ashlyns campus to film-makers was a great way to make money for the school to spend on its facilities.

In the past, it has been used as a set on hit BBC One shows Call the Midwife and Eastenders.

But Mr Shapland said: “Let’s just put it this way, we will now be reviewing our lettings policy.”

He said the school takes a ‘very hard line’ on drugs – but that its pupils are old enough with enough common sense to recognise Tame Impala’s video as fantasy.

The band’s song Mind Mischief plays in the background during the footage of their new video. You can watch it at www.tameimpala.com