In March, Year 8 and 9 pupils became star reporters for the BBC. BBC News School Report, a nationwide programme run by the BBC, gives 11-16 year-old students the chance to make their own news reports. Schools across the country took part, creating video, audio and text-based news reports and published them on a school website.

Giving up their own time, three news teams from The Hayesbrook School were responsible for deciding on which stories to report, conducting interviews, scripting, filming, editing, producing, broadcasting and meeting strict, real-time news deadlines.

As well as participating in the Annual News Day, Hayesbrook’s news teams had the opportunity to work side-by-side with Dan Fineman, a producer for BBC Southeast Today and even appeared on the programme themselves. They visited the BBC studios in Tunbridge Wells, speaking on the radio programme and working closely with Rachel Mackley, Southeast Today’s weather presenter.

To see some of the reports, including financial issues in education and the effects of the 2013-14 floods – visit http://bbcschoolnewsreport.hayesbrook.kent.sch.uk/