BBC Comes to Albany

Students at Albany Academy have been taking part in the BBC Annual School News Report. Eleven Year 7students and one Year 9 student became school reporters and developed their very own news broadcast.


The aim of the BBC School News Report is to provide young people aged 11 – 16 with the opportunity to create, film and produce their very own news report. Students worked hard over a two month period writing the scripts and filming their own reports on topics such as ‘What makes a good teacher’ and ‘Why is Astley Park so popular?’ The reporters were required to cover all aspects of reporting the news including researching their topics, choosing who to interview and filming the reports.

The students also developed their own headlines and news sections including, sport, weather, entertainment news and a local traffic update and then designated roles between the team of the reporters. The students filmed and edited the reports and then broadcast this on the schools website on the 10th March, the BBC’s annual school ‘News Day’. The BBC was able to link to these reports throughout the day and utilise them on their various media platforms.

Mr Rushe, Marketing and Community Officer at Albany Academy, who coordinated the reports said, “This was a great opportunity for our students to learn what it is like to be a news reporter and broadcaster. I am proud of all the students as they have worked hard to produce fantastic reports and a brilliant news bulletin. The reporters were able to learn techniques that are used by the BBC news teams and also got to work with the schools’ green screen to produce the highest quality broadcast.”

Year 7 student, Rabeel Fatima, who was one of the lead news anchors said, “I really enjoyed this project. It was a great experience and one that I hope will help me in the future.”