BBC News School Report 2011

BBC's School Report

The Claires Court Schools project this year was a joint effort by the Year 9 pupils of Claires Court (boys 11–16) and The College (girls 4–16).

The aim was for our pupils to acquire various valuable skills through interactive learning. To start off the project they were taught several lessons in media, retrieved from the BBC News School Report website.

The pupils wrote the news, extending their writing skills in a less familiar genre. They developed their skills to research effectively using search engines on the internet and conducting real time interviews. They gained hands-on experience in the art of filming and editing. The project helped pupils to develop a stronger awareness of the world they live in, and in addition it provided them with the opportunity to develop their confidence, take pride in their achievements and to develop into well rounded individuals.

Our news bulletin carries three main stories.

The first story is local and our reporters investigate facilities and opportunities for teenagers in Maidenhead and how it relates to local teenage crime.

Our second story has a national flavour and here the news reporters look at what Crossrail is going to bring to Maidenhead. Our news team travelled to London to interview the CEO of Crossrail, Mr Rob Holden.

Our third and final story covers an international event. The reporters investigate the World Rowing Junior Championships to be held at Dorney Lake in August. They look at the event itself and what it will do for the hotel industry, bed and breakfast establishments and tourism in our area.

Our news bulletin concludes with a Berkshire weather forecast. Our Geography Department has their own weather station and the Geographers in Year 9 supplied us with the weather predictions for the day and the day ahead.

In addition to this Radio Berkshire spoke to some of our reporters about this year's BBC News School Report experience, and they will feature Claires Court Schools on the radio on the morning of News Day.

Allow me to congratulate all our Year 9s on a mammoth task very well done!

Barry Olivier
Head of English

The full news bulletin, with anchors Henry and Hannah


The following interviews were done in preparation for News Day:

  1. The Right Hon Theresa May (Home Secretary and MP for Maidenhead)
  2. Cllr Asghar Majeed (Deputy Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead)
  3. Miss Steph James (Maidenhead Town Manager)
  4. Mr Chris Hall (Manager of the Magnet Leisure Centre)
  5. Mr John Wanklyn (Chairman of Maidenhead RFC)
  6. Parents of Maidenhead teenagers
  7. Maidenhead teenagers from Cox Green School
  8. Mr Rob Holden (CEO of Crossrail)
  9. Mrs Di Ellis (Chairman of British Rowing)
  10. Mr Eros Trevisan (Manager of The Thames Riviera Hotel)
  11. Mrs Sue Steptoe (Owner of the Ray Park Guest House in Maidenhead)
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