|Title ID||1485||Collection ID||323|
|Title||[A Day in the Life of the School]|
|Collection||Burwood Park School|
|Keywords||Children Domestic Gardens Education Handicrafts Schools Youth|
|Format||Super 8mm Colour Sound|
|Duration||25 min. 55 sec.|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Two pupils from Burwood Park School, a Secondary Technical School for the deaf, record a day-in-the-life at the institution. The boys, who are taught to communicate through speech rather than sign language, are filmed in classes and undertaking a range of leisure time pursuits.
Exterior shots of Burwood Park School, which is housed in an 18th century mansion, are followed by images of a typical day for the pupils and staff. The Duty Master Mr Sayer arrives in the early morning - he and The Matron Miss Proctor wake the boys, turning the lights on in the dormitories. Miss Wildman, the school secretary, works at a typewriter in her office. The boys, now in their uniforms, take morning assembly before starting lessons. They are filmed in in a maths class, woodwork class and an art class. The results of their work are displayed. The boys communicate to each other through speech; lip reading and wearing headphones. When not in classes, the boys are filmed at the tuck shop, playing football, chess and tennis, having their hair cut and working on their stamp books. They also produce the school newspaper 'The Boar Press', practice their folk dancing techniques with local girls, do their homework and watch television. As their day comes to an end, the boys brush their teeth and read books in bed. The Duty Master leaves school after lights out, and the film ends with images of the two film-makers
It is interesting to consider this film alongside [BBC 'Nationwide' - Burwood Park School for the Profoundly Deaf] (1970), an extract from the BBC programme 'Nationwide' in which Burwood Park School is visited.