BBC School Report 2013


Following in the footsteps of our current Year 11, who were last year invited to Media City in Salford, students from Tarporley High School were once again asked to produce thought-provoking news coverage to grace the BBC’s schedules.

Given a brief to investigate how teens use social networking in order to mark Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 5th February 2013, a group of dedicated Year 10 students worked tirelessly along with a BBC producer and our own Mrs Eaton to produce a provocative report that quickly went live on the BBC website. If you want to see them in action, their professional-quality work can be viewed via the following link:

See our students interviewed for BBC Magazine 2013:

And on Thursday 21st March, Year 10 students will again be putting their journalistic skills to the test to create news reports on topics as diverse as GCSE reforms, the recession, and the impact of technology in the 21st century. This is part of a nationwide initiative titled BBC News School Report and our students’ stories should be published at 14:00 GMT on that day, so please return to this page to check them out, or look out for them on BBC platforms including the BBC School Report Channel on the red button and iPlayer.

Tarporley students produce BBC film

BBC School Report

Two weeks ago, a group of news-faring Y10 students from Mrs Eaton’s English class were excited to hear that their story idea had been well received by a producer from the BBC School Report project. After an exciting phone call to the school, students learned that they had been selected to produce a film and accompanying article exploring the safety of social networking sites for Safer Internet Day.

IMG_3915Soon after, a day of intensive preparation and scriptwriting ensued with students researching the topic including high profile cases involving the use of Facebook and Twitter. On Friday 1st February, excitement was in the air as a film crew from BBC Television Centre in London arrived to shoot the piece. Firstly, students were encouraged to debate the use of Twitter and the dangers of young people using such sites whilst the BBC captured every word. Following this, students split off into key working groups. Some of our aspiring reporters worked closely with online journalist Phil Harlow editing the script whilst others set off to interview key people; our sixth form safeguarding team and police liaison officer, Karl Williamson. It’s safe to say that each student’s skill set was well matched to their task – making Noah Aldous a prime candidate to operate the Boom microphone due to his height! Over the day students learned about the ‘magic of television’ as several silent ‘nodding’ shots were filmed during group debate and the delivery of questions during interviews was filmed several times at varying camera angles! Presenting the film, Harry Warr and Annie Huntbach also demonstrated high levels of professionalism and patience (!) as lines had to be delivered in many takes due to the interference of bus engines during the period 5 outdoor filming session!

IMG_3983Over the day students gained an invaluable taste of the high-pressured world of journalism and represented the school in an excellent capacity as BBC journalists told us they had been ‘singing their praises’ back at the office. They also were proud to have explored such an important and relevant issue for young people.

Following the students’ hard work, on Tuesday 4th February 2013 they were delighted to see that their film was published on the BBC website alongside the article written by Ellie Corlett-Moss and Annie Huntbach. When students realised a link to their film had been selected to appear on the main BBC News homepage for the majority of Safer Internet Day – they knew they’d made it!

The final film can be viewed here:

The article accompanying the film which you can read here:

On 21st March 2013 the students, alongside more of their classmates, will be reporting news for the BBC along with many schools across the country as part of the official BBC School Report day. Students will also be uploading their news items to the school website on this day and the BBC website will link directly to it. Look out for their work!

BBC School Report Team 2012

Our Year 10 students have been very busy over the last week preparing for the BBC School Report on Thursday 15th March. Following their successful visit to Media City in Salford, their talents were recognised and they were selected to be one of only four schools in the Northwest to have their School Report filmed and shown on BBC Northwest Tonight this week. A scaled down version of our ‘School Report’, filmed in school last week, will be shown on BBC1 on Tuesday 13th March from 6.30pm onwards, along with an interview piece.


On Thursday 15th March, the full report produced by our students and a live interview will be shown in the morning on the BBC School Report Channel on the red button and iPlayer. In the afternoon, students will also be uploading further reports to our School Report site – Click on the link below to see our students’ news report on Body Image – 2012:

Please show as much support for our Year 10 students as possible by looking out for them on the news! This has been a very exciting opportunity for all of them which they have justly deserved in the light of their hard work and commitment to the project. Well done to all involved!