Learning To Live

About the film

A typical school day for the three children of the Brown family at nursery, junior, and senior schools, and the principles behind their education.


  • Release year - 1941
  • Director - Harold Purcell
  • Production company - Merton Park Studios Ltd
  • Cinematographer - Jimmy Rogers
  • Editor - Royden Stocks
  • Sound recording - Al Rhind
  • Running time (minutes) - 13 mins 33 secs

Original description

British children at school

'Britain has many well-planned new schools with modern equipment. These are described in the picture of a day in Billy Brown's nursery school, his sister's junior school, and the senior school where his brother is a prefect. At all stages of education, children learn to be useful citizens.'

(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1947-50)

Did you know?

  • The senior school featured in this film is Northwood School in the London Borough of Hillingdon. The same building still stands there today see on google maps.
  • Director Harold Purcell would later go on to write the lyrics to the long-remembered theme song of the television series The Adventures of William Tell (1958-1959).

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