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Students give a voice to Grangefield Academy

Academy students learn about world of radio and record their own commercial

Posted by Stephanie Broad | August 15, 2015 | School life

Four students from The Grangefield Academy in Stockton recently found out more about the world of radio advertising on a recent visit to TFM Radio and recorded a radio commercial of their own. 

The students travelled with two teaching staff to tour the radio station, which is owned by Bauer Radio and based in central Newcastle at 55 Degrees North. 

After the tour, they recorded a radio commercial, which will air during September to encourage potential new students and their parents or carers to attend an open evening at the school on Wednesday 9 September. 

By then, a brand new, purpose-designed building will be fully operational, complete with the latest IT and technology support as well as a wide range of facilities for community use.

The students also learned about the production process required to make a commercial ready for use on air once the voice recording had been made. 

The commercial, which was entirely the idea of the students, had a space age theme and featured space travellers asking about the new school.  With the strapline: ‘The Grangefield Academy: Education that’s out of this world’, the students had a really enjoyable time at TFM and received some very good feedback from the station’s creative services manager, Rachel Kershaw, who said: “What an absolute delight it was to have Grangefield students visit TFM. They were very well mannered and I think they really enjoyed getting involved in the production process of their commercial. Even our voiceovers commented on what an excellent script it was.  I think this will really stand out on air and the fact that your students made it themselves speaks volumes about the academy.” 

Nikki Gibb, head of academy, commented:  “We want all our students to benefit from the broadest possible curriculum at The Grangefield Academy and day trips like this add a new perspective to their experience. I hope they remember their trip to TFM for a long time to come and the fact that we received such excellent feedback from the radio station about their conduct on the day, was tremendous. They are all to be congratulated and a big ‘thank you’ to TFM for making it possible.”

The Grangefield Academy is one of 20 academies sponsored by the Northern Education Trust. 

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