Attleborough Academy students make the news in annual BBC School News Report

The Year 7 English students of Attleborough Academy with TENGroup Chief Executive Dick Palmer and the schools Assistant Principal Carmina McConnell.
The Year 7 English students of Attleborough Academy with TENGroup Chief Executive Dick Palmer and the schools Assistant Principal Carmina McConnell.

Students of Attleborough Academy quite literally made the news last week — creating stories in a newsroom-style environment in collaboration with the BBC.

For the eight year running, the school’s Year 7 English pupils spent a day learning to work to a tight deadline and building their own news website, as part of the BBC School News Report on March 16.

Working from a studio set up in the school library, they simultaneously put together video, audio and text-based news reports on local, national and international matters, including an in-person interview with Dick Palmer, Chief Executive of the TENGroup.

Attleborough Academy’s Assistant Principal Carmina McConnell, said: “Involvement in BBC School News Report Day always gives our students a unique and valuable insight into working in news and the media.

“These Year 7 students have gained great confidence in devising questions, interviewing and then having the chance to evaluate their approaches when they watch the filmed end product.”

The pupils covered everything from the Attleborough Commonwealth flag ceremony and the recent sacking of Norwich City manager Alex Neil, to international issues like the famine in Somalia and perceptions of the impact of Donald Trump’s rise to power.

To view their work, please go to https://aannews.wordpress.com