Chenderit students become news hounds for the day

Children at Chenderit School were journalists for the day as part of BBC School Report. They interviewed the prospective parliamentary candidates for Banbury for the general election. NNL-150323-121030001
Children at Chenderit School were journalists for the day as part of BBC School Report. They interviewed the prospective parliamentary candidates for Banbury for the general election. NNL-150323-121030001

Year Eight students at Chenderit School in Middleton Cheney were journalists for the day as part of BBC News School Report.

Students chose to report on local parliamentary candidates and welcomed representatives from the Liberal Democrats, Labour, UKIP and the Green Party.

Around 180 students were involved in researching, interviewing, filming and editing their interviews into a one-minute slot and presenting them.

Students created a news report as well as a ‘behind the scenes’ vlog.

Jane Cartwright, headteacher of the school said: “For our students to have had the opportunity to turn their classrooms into newsrooms for BBC News School Report’s ninth annual News Day has been very exciting for them and the staff who have led them. Students have worked relentlessly together on their reports and the quality of their work has been truly impressive.

“I have no doubt there are some potential journalists at Chenderit School.”

Feedback from the students included enjoying speaking to the candidates, editing the interviews into a one minute slot and seeing how politics was involved in everything.

Event organiser Kerry Brandon, said: “Often it is a small group of students who are given the opportunity to be involved in such events.

“My main aim was to ensure that everyone in the year group worked together to work on such an exciting project. It is fantastic that we managed to achieve this.

“Our students represented the school in a fantastic light and I’m already looking forward to arranging it for next year.”

School Report Day gives children aged between 11 and 16 a chance to make their own news reports for an audience.