Category Archives: Radio

Westwood Radio at The Young Aria Awards

Westwood Radio continues to grow, both in listeners and also in profile. With three live shows every week and top teams of broadcasters producing outstanding content and radio, education radio has a large place in our curriculum for developing confidence, resilience and literacy skills.

This week, the hard work of our children was recognised nationally as, having entered our broadcasters for a national radio competition – The Young Arias – our Word on the Street boys radio team were nominated and shortlisted to just three for a prestigious award. On Friday we made the journey to London via GWR to experience something that none of us, myself included, had dreamed we would have the pleasure of attending.

Held at THE BBC Broadcasting House, we were made so welcome from the minute we arrived and it was an absolute delight to see the boys faces as they came face to face with a building that they had only ever seen on TV. A further treat for us all, was that our good friend Russell Prue of Anderton Tiger Broadcasting, who has supported us from the very beginning with his radio station,  joined us for the day.

With the sort of military precision you would expect from such a well oiled machine, we were security checked and given the obligatory gold wristbands, which all made us feel very important. The awards ceremony itself took place in the BBC Radio Theatre, home to so many live performances and famous broadcasts over the years. Our hosts were the super talented Matt Edmondson from Radio 1 and Daisy Maskell from Kiss FM whose professionalism and personality made for a wonderful afternoon.

In true awards ceremony style, each category had it’s own celebrity to read out the nominations and we even had the added comedy factor of gold envelopes to open that were stuck so tight they added to the suspense! It’s a mixture of both excitement and nerves when your category comes up and although we didn’t win, we were all very pleased for Newington Primary School and congratulate them on their well deserved award. To have actually made the final three and be able to attend the award ceremony, for me, is a massive achievement in itself and I could not be more proud of our broadcasters and our school. From the hundreds who entered, we, a school of less than 100 pupils made it there and the experience is something what we will all hopefully remember for a very long time. We saw celebrities such as Sara Cox from Radio 2, Mollie King from Radio 1, Alex Baker from Magic and a host of stars, executives, CEOs and major players in the radio industry.

To everyone at Radiocentre and the BBC who made us feel so special, so welcome and so inspired, I cannot thank you enough. You gave us the most magical experience possible and we are now all looking forward to making more outstanding radio in the hope that maybe we can come back again one day for another amazing awards experience.

Our broadcasting team were a pleasure to take and made me so proud all day long. Thank you for such a lovely day. Thank you also to Russell, as without his inspiration, guidance and support, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Here are some photos of our experience:

A visit to BETT 2019

Every once in a while we get to do something just a little bit different but VERY exciting. Another of those opportunities came around last Friday when I was invited to take a group of broadcasters to the largest education technology show in Europe, BETT, at the ExCeL centre in London’s docklands.

We had been lucky enough to have been invited to present a live radio show on the NetSupport stand with our very good friend Russell Prue of Anderton Tiger Broadcasting, at the invitation of NetSupport CEO Al Kingsley and what a day we had.

From the very off, excitement levels were at their peak as we travelled by GWR from Chippenham to Paddington, stopping prior to joining the Tube at Paddington for a quick snap with Paddington Bear, of course! I cannot praise the children highly enough, as for many this was a new experience and travelling on London public transport is never easy. However, everyone was so sensible and stayed as a group to ensure that we were safe at all times.

If you have ever been to the ExCeL centre you will know that it is vast and the BETT show is always full of hundreds of the biggest IT companies in the world. Just the place for a wonderful experience and to gather as many freebies and merchandise as possible! Everyone at BETT was so welcoming and gave the children a super time, handing out everything from t-shirts to pens and stress balls.

But our main reason for being at BETT, other than the experience, was to broadcast a live Westwood Radio show from the Netsupport stand. Al Kingsley, their CEO, is a great supporter of our station and generously invited us to attend and present on their radio station. Once again we got the opportunity to work with the brilliant Russell Prue, who guided us through a rehearsal and gave so many top tips that when we went on air at 3pm, the children were brimming with confidence and ideas. It was amazing to see them at work, in the middle of a packed show floor and being watched by, literally,  hundreds of people passing by, all of them so impressed by the professionalism and quality of the children’s presenting. After an outstanding hour’s broadcast I could not have felt more proud of everyone’s confidence, resilience and professionalism. They were all such a credit to our school. I must also thank so many parents and friends who listened in and contributed via text and email too, which made for a fabulous experience.

With just time to pop by a VR stand – I cooed over the Back to the Future DeLorean whilst the children were immersed in virtual reality – before heading back to Paddington and home. Tired, but with so many special memories and experiences from the day, everyone was just brilliant. To everyone who came with me, an enormous thank you and also a special mention to Karen Hobson who gave her day to join me and make sure that everyone stayed so safe and had huge fun. As did we.

Here are some photos of the day and a chance to listen again to the children’s show:

Westwood Radio at Wiltshire Heights

Once again our fabulous team of broadcasters were delighted to be invited back to present a live outside broadcast from the dining room at Wiltshire Heights residential care home in Bradford on Avon.

With the usual mix of top stories, engaging scripts and great music to entertain the residents, our team were on top form and made the afternoon so enjoyable for everyone. We were also thrilled to be able to talk to some of the residents about their memories of childhood; a perfect focus for the show as we happened to be there on Children in Need day.

Our huge thanks to Julie and the activities team for making us so welcome once again, we always love coming to see you all. You can listen to the show again here and also enjoy some of the photos we took of our latest outside broadcast.

Clover Class on Westwood Radio

This week Clover class had the opportunity to put together their own radio show and to broadcast live on Westwood Radio and what a show they presented!

With outstanding script writing, huge amounts of confidence and a really lovely way to reflect on their ‘We are what we eat topic’, everyone worked so hard and it was a joy to watch everyone working together. Thank you to everyone who listened and sent us texts. Here are some photos of our fabulous afternoon and a chance to listen again to the show

Thistle Class on Westwood Radio

This afternoon Thistle class took to the airwaves with a live radio show on Westwood radio. Broadcasting to, literally the world, everyone had the opportunity to read some of their amazing writing from their Under the Sea topic and to step behind the microphone to have their first experience of live radio and how well they did.

With Lewis, Alice and May hosting the show, plenty of listeners – thank you everyone – and lots of texts from their audience, the children made me so proud with their confidence and professionalism. You can enjoy our fantastic afternoon again here and here are some behind the scenes photos from Thistle class studio!