Title ID 2998Collection ID417
TitleThe Fourth Year
Date1948 - 1949
CollectionLondon Road School
ThemePublic Services Urban Life
KeywordsArmed Forces Education Industry Local Government Outings Schools Ships Social Welfare Sport Theatre Trades Urban Areas Workers Zoological Gardens
LocalBath Bristol Burgess Hill
RegionalSomerset West Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionA.C. Barnden
CameraA.C. Barnden
ProducerA.C. Barnden
ParticipantsPupils and teachers of London Road School, Burgess Hill
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration96min. 26sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A two-reel film recording the activities of the fourth year of London Road School, in Burgess Hill. The film is divided into autumn, spring and summer term activities and depicts project work, school trips, sports day and preparing for the school play.


Fourth year pupils are shown undertaking a project involving an investigation into local government which includes visits to a sewage farm, a police station and other public amenities, followed by an exhibition of the project. Also featured is a school trip to Bristol where pupils visit the docks and the cathedral and take an outing to Bath. The school sports day is recorded, as are the preparations for, and part of the performance of, the school play. Reel two includes much of the same material as reel one, with additional footage of Bristol and Bath, including a visit to Bristol zoo, sevral dockyards including Avonmouth, a Cathedral, and watching cargo being loaded/unloaded on the dockside. Military vessels line the dockyard with sailors.