|Title ID||1479||Collection ID||323|
|Title||[BBC 'Nationwide' - Burwood Park School for the Profoundly Deaf]|
|Collection||Burwood Park School|
|Keywords||Children Disabled Persons Education Handicrafts Schools Youth|
|Format||16mm Black & White Sound|
|Duration||5 min. 20 sec.|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
An extract from a BBC Nationwide Programme on Burwood Park School, the country's only Secondary Technical School for the deaf.
BBC presenter Martin Muncaster does a piece-to-camera outside Burwood Park School, an 18th century mansion house in Walton-on-Thames. The building is now home to forty-three deaf boys, who will leave school with apprenticeships in a range of vocations. A group of boys wearing headphones are filmed in a classroom, where they respond to their teacher through speech - no sign language is used. In an interview, Mr Wood (the headteacher?) emphasizes the importance of teaching the boys to speak and lip-read. The duty master Mr Sayer is also interviewed, as David Morris, one of the pupils - he explains the difficulties of being deaf. The boys are filmed doing woodwork, and playing ping-pong and football.
It is interesting to consider this film alongside the amateur film [A Day in the Life of the School] (1970) in which a typical school day at Burwood Park School is recorded.