John Saunders (Max Bygraves) is fresh out of teacher training college when he inherits a class of badly behaved children in an inner-city East End (London) school.
The other teachers prefer to enforce discipline with the cane, but Saunders doesn’t approve of corporal punishment and has a more ‘progressive’ outlook on teaching.
His liberal attitude cause confusion amongst the kids, who don’t know if it’s a strength or a weakness. Eventually, his convictions are tested, and in a moment of crisis, he strikes out. The school decide to get rid of him and the kids respond with a riot.
Donald Pleasance is excellent as the tyrannical headmaster, Mr Jenkins, and Geoffrey Keen plays sadistic woodwork teacher Arthur Gregory.
Look out for a young Richard O’Sullivan (Man About The House) amongst the kids.