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BBC News "School Report"

What is BBC News School Report?

BBC News School Report gives 11-16 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience. With support from BBC staff and partners, teachers help students develop their journalistic skills to become School Reporters.  For more information about BBC News School Report, visit the website here:

Every year in March, students from The Hayesbrook School along with many other schools nationwide, take part in an annual News Day; simultaneously creating video, audio and text-based news reports, and publishing them on a school website, to which the BBC aims to link. 

To view the Hayesbrook School BBC News School Report mini-site, created and presented by our own Hayesbrook students, click on the banner below or go to

Hayesbrook 2015 BBC News School Report

On 19th March 2015, a group of 14 Gifted and Talented Hayesbrook boys took part in the BBC’s annual School Report Day, an initiative which encourages pupils nationwide to identify, research, report on and present news stories which have a particular significance locally and nationally. Working in two teams, the boys rose impressively to the challenges inherent to such an undertaking, working together against tight deadlines to produce their bulletins which went ‘live’ in being linked to the BBC News website at 2pm on the day.

Throughout the project, the pupils displayed boundless enthusiasm and no little technical and literary skill, as they wrote scripts and interviewed members of staff and the public to bring a professional sheen to their chosen news items which included, in no particular order, UKIP’s election and manifesto pledges, 3D printing technology and global terrorism – an eclectic mix of subjects. They then edited their footage and links into self-contained bulletins, both of which can be found under the ‘BBC School Report’ link on the Hayesbrook school website.

Later that day, 5 of the boys visited the BBC South East studios in Tunbridge Wells, where they were given a guided tour of the premises, met a number of journalists, producers and editors, and were given a masterclass in weather forecasting by Rachel Mackley. Following some practice reading that evening’s headlines in the studio, the boys were then permitted to sit in the control room as that evening’s programme was broadcast live across the region, giving them rare and invaluable insight to the mechanics and atmosphere of transmitting a news broadcast, which contained (albeit brief) footage of the boys themselves being attentive and intelligent around the newsroom itself.

Congratulations, then, to Xander Vinson, Connahr Matthews, Ben Roberts, Jack Deadman, Oliver Harwood, Charlie Piper-Gamage, Mali Payne, Jack Barry, Oliver Holloway, Reece Entwistle and Callum Hall  for being outstanding ambassadors for Hayesbrook school and fulfilling their remits with such maturity, inventiveness and dedication.