This film was produced to show the work of the Bermondsey Guardians in providing for the south London district's orphans and abandoned children. Before the post-war welfare state these children were cared for under the old Poor Laws, evoking an image of Dickensian horrors; the film is keen to show the schools as progressive, clean, caring and practical.
The children are well-fed and accommodated in brand-new houses in leafy streets. They are educated to high standards, while elaborate displays of dancing and drilling show off the school’s proficiency. No doubt this proved of enormous value a decade later when these boys, now young men, were called to war and the girls left to serve on the home front.