Students from Arnold Hill Academy have been discovering what it takes to be a top radio presenter. Keen to be the next Scott Mills, Nicky Campbell or Fearne Cotton, they’ve been taking part in after school workshops to learn how to make a successful radio show.
The project, run by the school in partnership with the YMCA, teaches pupils how to use radio broadcast equipment and how to plan and script a programme. Two hour sessions are led by YMCA teaching staff once a week over a six week period, culminating in a trip to NGY studios in Nottingham City Centre where the young broadcasters get to record their own radio programme.
Year 8 student Daniel Spray said: “I really like the technical side of things. The best part for me was visiting NGY and using the different equipment in their studio. It was lots of fun and I’d love to work on something like this in the future.”
Eddie Tearall, in Year 9, said “I really enjoyed recording my own radio programme and using the new radio equipment that school have bought. I’d love to do the programme all over again!”.
Joseph Sharp, in Year 8, added: “It was great, fantastic. I really enjoyed taking part in the club each week. The YMCA staff were really friendly and helpful. I’ve not done anything like this before.”
Matt Robertson, deputy headteacher at Arnold Hill, said: “The venture has proved incredibly popular. Four groups of students have already completed the 6 week course and another group will start soon. We’re really proud of what the students have achieved and plan to put their recordings on the school website so everyone can listen to the shows they created.”