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Breaking the news: BBC School Report comes to Bradford
Students from Dixon Allerton College
Students from Dixons Allerton College taking part in BBC News School Report

BBC School report
Luke Sparks
Teacher, Dixons Allerton Academy, Bradford

Dixons Allerton Academy opened in September 2009 and so this is the first time we have participated in the BBC School Report.

Our BBC team is made up of ten Year 8 students who have been developing their journalistic skills over the last couple of months.

Our school reporters got the chance to meet and ask questions of two members of the EastEnders cast last month to mark the soap's 25th anniversary.

This week two reporters will be heading to London to interview either the Prime Minister or a senior Labour figure, and attend the 'lobby' with senior parliamentary journalists.

On Wednesday, the Wells Sports Foundation, a sporting charity set up by entrepreneur Barrie Wells to help support sports at grassroots level, has granted Dixons Allerton Academy a visit from up-and-coming swimmer Anne Bochmann through its Sporting Ambassador scheme.

Dixon Allerton College students meet with cast from EastEnders
Cast members from EastEnders came to give a helping hand

Anne, who collectively won four gold medals at the 2008 and 2009 European Junior Championship, is becoming 'one to watch' for the London 2012 Olympics and beyond.

The BBC team will be interviewing Anne and reporting on her visit to the academy ahead of their School Report deadline at 1600 on Thursday 11th.

Other potential stories include the impact of Human Utopia, a 'people first' development company on the Academy, the introduction of cashless catering into the academy and the recent Year 8 York Dungeons trip.

The team will also find, gather and write stories on the actual School Report day.

In addition to developing their journalistic skills, the students have learnt how to assemble, order and broadcast the news, including how to use chroma key compositing (also referred to as greenscreen).

On Thursday 11th March we are also going to be part of the attempt to produce the world's biggest interactive weather report. This will hopefully secure us a place in the Guinness Book of Records.






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