This pic [from the book by Sandy Hutson] is about dippy doings at a special school for unruly teenagers whose next steps may be reformatories. Treading the usual characterizations and situations, film adds a more permissive tone in language and freewheeling sex of the students not to forget the harassed teachers and a scheming head master.
Though predictable, and the script serviceable for this of-treated theme, with direction average, it has Glenda Jackson adding her presence to the part of a dedicated teacher who eschews a second marriage to stay with her impossible charges.
Jackson’s dedicated but world weary air gives an edge to her character as she is the rare teacher who gets through to her charges. Michael Murphy’s nice guy playing, but with hints of stodginess, make his boyfriend of Jackson role acceptable.
Oliver Reed overcharges his role of the martinet, hypocritical, mean principal who uses a false front to visitors and a mailed fist at the school.