Archbishop Sancroft High School students launch series of radio programmes
A group of students has been taking over a radio station for two hours every Saturday.
The Year 10 pupils from Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston, Matthew Hallsworth, Manilla Blomfield, Oscar Gascoyne, Harvey Low and Tom Burton have taken to the airwaves as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award.
“We wanted a unique experience out of our comfort zone,” said Matthew. “We are all good friends, so knew we would connect and bond well in this environment.
“It quickly changed into something more, as we are learning a variety of technical skills and social skills with each rehearsal.”
Their series of 11 remaining programmes focuses on issues that affect and concern people their age and also includes their own music choices.
Head of school Robert Connelly said: “I believe they are agents for change and they want to share some of the challenges they face as young people today with the wider population.
“It’s another great way in which students are demonstrating their ability to take ownership and lead on a project.”
The students prepared for the weekly show, which is on from 5pm to 7pm, for six months.
Park Radio station manager Chris Moyse said: “The students are very enthusiastic, articulate and want to learn. I have great hopes that they will do a fantastic job and make their school and parents very proud.”
The quintet learned how to use equipment such as a mixing deck and discussed what to do, should one of them forget a line.
“This project gives us an insight into the media world and can be seen as a career path for some of us.
“Ultimately, it’s going to be great fun and we are all really looking forward to it,” said Matthew.
They made their on-air debut on March 2, and discussed the new GCSE system and current affairs.
“We are incredibly proud of them,” said Mr Connelly. “For us, it’s important to recognise all talents and not just restrict students’ development to traditional subject areas. We often say to the students ‘This is your school and you create the experience that you want’.
“They are shining examples of that."