Title ID 1479Collection ID323
Title[BBC 'Nationwide' - Burwood Park School for the Profoundly Deaf]
CollectionBurwood Park School
ThemePublic Services
KeywordsChildren Disabled Persons Education Handicrafts Schools Youth
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionBBC 'Nationwide'
CastMartin Muncaster
ParticipantsMichael Aston; Lyndon Clifton; Gary Cooper; Kenneth Dudley; Keith Excell; Simon Fisher; Stephen Gibson; Stewart Hetherington,; Vaughan Jenkins; Peter Jones; Herbert Klein; Michael Parkes; Kenneth Sanders; Mr Sayer; Mr. Watson (Football referee); Mr Wood (Headteacher?); Paul Wrighton
Format16mm Black & White Sound
Duration5 min. 20 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright 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.

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