A Grantham school featured on TV’s Daybreak this morning (Thursday) as part of a news story looking at how poor students are being left behind.
The basis of the news feature was a speech given by England’s chief inspector of schools Sir Michael Wilshaw, in which he said that London schools have made great improvements while poor pupils in seaside resorts, suburbs and market towns are at a disadvantage.
When Louise Bennett, principal of West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s, received a call from Daybreak yesterday afternoon, she jumped at the chance to talk about how the school takes every opportunity to ensure no pupil gets left behind when it comes to their education.
So at 5am this morning, a group of pupils arrived at school ready to give live interviews to Daybreak correspondant Katy Fawcett, which aired at 6.10am, 7.10am and 8am.
Mrs Bennett said: “She asked me what I felt made a difference and raised standards here. I said our collaborations with other schools, and that we find out what the kids are interested in and tailor the curriculum to them.”
In between interviews, the school’s budding journalists were able to interview Katy and view the equipment used by the TV crew.
Mrs Bennett said that Katy was impressed by the children she met.
She added: “She said we should be proud of the kids, that they’re fantastic kids that are very proud of their school.”
Trae Smith, 14, a member of the Young Journalists Academy, said the experience was a valuable one, while Matt Trim, also 14, showed a great interest in the technical side of broadcasting.
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