The boys and girls of the Upper Sixth at Angel Hill Grammar School are practising hard for the National Festival of School Orchestras. Their popular young music-loving house master Mr Dingle (John Mills), encourages them.
The new headmaster, Mr Frome (Cecil Parker), however, disapproves and threatens to close down the school band.
A ban is placed on purchasing new instruments, but the kids hit back by secretly acquiring their instruments on hire purchase, while Dingle plays honky tonk piano in the local pub to raise money to meet the payments. When Frome finds out, he fires the teacher.
The youngsters immediately go on strike and, led by head boy Nicky (Jeremy Spenser), barricade themselves in the gymnasium.
In the end, Mr Dingle is reinstated and the kids get their instruments.
It’s a lighthearted and exuberant British romp in glorious Technicolor – delightfully old-fashioned, but great fun to watch.
The school scenes were filmed at the Royal Masonic School in Bushey, Hertfordshire, which has since been converted into luxury apartments.
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