Albany Students Hit the Airways

Eleven Year 9 pupils from Albany Academy got to experience what it was like to host a radio show. The Year 9 pupils have been working with the Arts Partnership and Chorley FM for the past 6 weeks to receive an AQA qualification in radio skills.

During the course of the project, the pupils have been learning basic radio skills such as how to make their own jingle, report on the weather and radio interview techniques. The project which is funded by Chorley Council, aims to provide young people with a qualification and volunteer opportunities to further their career once leaving secondary education. The project finished with the pupils interviewing Sandra Brindle from the Chorley Play Partnership live on Chorley FM. The interview covered questions about various topics including Sandra’s involvement in promoting Fair Trade in Chorley.

Michelle Graham from the Arts Partnership said, “The last 6 weeks have been an absolute pleasure.  Once again Albany Academy students have been super to work with.  We have been delivering a tailor made Radio skills programme to supplement the young people’s choices.  They will each receive accreditation for taking part on the short programme and this hopefully will be the start of their involvement in Media. The programme, funded by Chorley Council and working in partnership with Chorley FM is proving very successful and will help encourage and give confidence to young people wanting a career in Media.  There are lots of volunteering opportunities for them both in School and with Chorley FM so this really is the beginning.”

Marketing and Community Officer, Mr Rushe, said, “This was a really enjoyable course for the pupils. We really saw their understanding of how radio stations operate increase as the weeks went on. To listen to them interviewing Sandra live on air was really enjoyable and I am pleased with the pupils attitude and commitment to this project.”