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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
Harold Purcell
Production company
Merton Park Studios Ltd
Jimmy Rogers
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)


  • 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).