This is the first film of Basil Wright for his own company, the Realist Film Unit. It offers a critical analysis of the English state education system at the time written by left-wing journalist Tom Driberg. In order to avoid suspicions of political bias Wright carefully left Driberg out of the credits. Wilson Harris a highly respectable figure provides the commentary.
Basil Wright, born in 1907, was the first recruit to join John Grierson at the Empire Marketing Board’s film unit in 1930, shortly after he graduated from University of Cambridge. He made a number of films there both as a director and as a producer before leaving the GPO to form his own production company, The Realist Film Unit (RFU). There he directed CHILDREN AT SCHOOL with money from the Gas Industry and The Face of Scotland for The Films of Scotland Committee.