Chapeltown Academy has been taking a creative approach to open days and induction by live streaming from their mini studio in the English room! A team of talented students has been working in a production crew writing, filming and broadcasting interesting content and live interviews including Live @5 and Explore@4 as well as a ‘Question Time with its own student panel!
Technical You tube supremo and teacher of Maths Owen explains the format, ‘We go live on our channel and run interviews with interesting people, plus field questions on all sorts of aspects of the Chapeltown experience. Students want to know what combination of subjects to choose at A level, what is special about Chapeltown and why are the results so good?!’
Owen works with English and Drama specialist Brigidin who has a wealth of professional experience in live broadcasting and film and is the creative director designing the events – teaching the students what you need to broadcast like a pro! Joining the team are Y12 students Holly, Sophie, Leo, Kieren and Emily.
Brigidin presented a regular show on Sheffield Live, an arts programme for the BBC and directed short promos internationally, ‘I have filmed all around the world interviewing scientists, entrepreneurs and leading figures in tech, medicine and genomics. I love teaching these skills to young people. It is great for their confidence as there is nothing like a live broadcast to get the adrenaline going! Our students are brilliant at this and there are lots of new jobs in this sector for young talent if you get some good A levels and can write well and express your ideas.’
Production Team member Holly commented, ‘I wanted to get involved because it is fun and I am applying to do Film and TV production at University so I need to learn new skills in presenting live on camera. Holly is studying A Level English Literature and this helps in writing scripts which she then works on with her team before a shoot and post production edit.
Leo added, ‘I like the live aspect – it is exciting to be involved.Plus it is great for my personal statement to help me stand out from the crowd!’ For talented artist Sophie it is a new challenge,’ I enjoy the behind the scenes production work – as a creative person it has helped me discover a way to use my artistic side creatively – storyboarding, directing and editing. I have discovered I can direct others well!’
Aimed at prospective and new students to Chapeltown Academy, the live stream is a fresh way to connect with young people and offers the chance to learn more about what is on offer. The production team will be looking for fresh talent amongst its new student intake in September. Could someone reading this be heading for film or broadcasting stardom in the future? Interested? Speak to Owen or Brigidin.