Making the Headlines

The BBC news desk was brought to Albany Academy this term as students took part in the annual BBC School News Report. Year 7 students repeated the success of the previous year’s programme as they 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 reports. They reported on topics such as ‘Why is Albany a great school’,  ‘British Science Week at Albany’, ‘How are school dinners prepared’, other important topics that the students reported on included as ‘Why do we need to save the environment’? and ‘Is it safe to leave your pets at home alone’?

The students filmed and edited the reports and then broadcast this on the schools’ website on the 16th March, the BBC’s annual school ‘News Day’.

Mr Rushe, Marketing and Community Officer at Albany Academy, who coordinated the reports, said, “This is the second year we have ran the project and it is a great opportunity for our students to learn what it is like to be a news reporter and broadcaster. The reporters were able to learn techniques that are used by the BBC news teams and showed a huge amount of commitment to producing some high quality reports.”

Year 7 student, Amy Howson, who was one of the lead news anchors said, “This was such a fun experience I loved being in front of the camera and being able to see how the news is made.”

The full report can be viewed at