Some children dream of becoming reporters when they grow up; and for three intrepid young Reporters from Hyde Community College, these dreams have become a reality sooner than they’d ever imagined.

As the media industry experiences unprecedented change, Hyde Community College has recruited three of their students to be the ‘official’ press girls for the school.

Year 8 students, Kaitlyn Carroll, Chloe Pringle and Charlotte Khwaja, will assume the responsibility to source school and community stories, take pictures and produce newsworthy articles which will be forwarded to both local online news-sites and the local printed press. This will involve them learning ‘on the job’ how to research, write and report informative news stories for submission to the media.

One of the first stories to be covered by the Junior Reporters was the amazing sum the school raised for ‘Children in Need.’

Titled ‘SPOTACULAR’ the school was transformed by holding a number of ‘spoty’ and colourful displays which raised an amazing £1050!

Assistant Head, Paul Thompson, said, “It was amazing the amount of money and gifts that were donated by both staff and students and we are so proud of what our school has done for this year’s Children In Need event.”

Another fundraising event was for ‘Elliot’s Angels’ which was a charity trust set up by the mother of Elliot Fernandez, one of our former students that tragically died of a rare form of cancer in January this year. The school held a winter concert which included so many talented students singing solo or playing in the Hyde Rock Band. All money raised went to the trust fund.

Recently, the Reporters prepared detailed, in-depth questionnaire in preparation to interviewing two of the Colleges Senior Governors.

The questions ranged from assessing the strategic direction of the school, asking the Governors’ about their specific role; from learning about how it’s their responsibility to hold the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of its pupils, the management of staff; and overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

Click on the link below to read the Governors questionnaire in full:

Governor Q&A – anonymised

Paul concludes, “It has been a busy term at Hyde Community College. All sorts of events have taken place including Cross Country races, Music events, Ice skating and putting up our giant Christmas tree, so there is plenty of good quality news content for our dedicated young journos’ to cut their teeth on.”

This coming New Year will be no exception as we’re already preparing an extensive programme of events to run throughout the school year, so we are looking forward to seeing a wide and varied selection of themes being reported on.”