Welcome to the Beckfoot Thornton Radio page.
This is the home for all things Beckfoot Thornton Radio. Check back here for updates on the broadcasts and podcasts we are working on.
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Bronze Arts Award
Pupils presented a talk show on the radio about their involvement in the Bronze Arts Award, talking about what they have achieved and enjoyed like different forms of art, knowledge and understanding.
Jamie and Laura intervied artist Naseem Darbey who is a former Thornton Grammar student. They were keen to know about her inspiring journey into being an accomplished artist. Naseem mentioned she was lucky to have great art teachers who encouraged her to explore and expand her artistic talents.
Angelo and Ben were joined by Danny Walker, technology consultant from KPMG. The boys thoroughly enjoyed interviewing, applying critical thinking and showed great communication skills. They talked about emerging technologies, the presentations and the planning and creative skills they have learnt in the workshops that have been held in school.
It's that time of the year and there have been several excursions that our students have been on. Some of the students involved in the Duke of Edinbrough awards and the Buckden House visit have stopped by for a chat.
We have also put up some Work Of The Week podcasts hosted by Mr Richardson. More WOTW coming soon.
The Beckfoot Thornton Radio Story
Over the recent years, we have been working on identifying and solidifying our culture as a diverse Bradford school and one of Beckfoot Trust's grammar schools. We have come a long way in a couple of years and a solid foundation has been set.
Then, there was an idea. We already had a space where a radio project existed many years before we were part of a trust, and with a school focus on improving oracy, it was realised we had a unique opprtunity.
Beckfoot Thornton Radio was born. Some equipment later (many thanks to the help provided by Broadcast Radio) and getting on board our very own local radio talent Shazia Awan, we set our sights on a launch day.
With many extra curricular activities going on, we set about talking and interviewing with students and gathering ideas on what we can do with this project. So we created several podcasts and got ready for our inaugural broadcast.
We kicked off with a live broadcast hosted by 2 of our 6th formers and they were joined in the studio by 3 of our sports leaders who brilliantly delivered a sports bulletin.
We couldn't have asked for a better start, the students excelled and delivered the show with a professional attitude and have done themselves and the school proud.
The radio project team, Mrs Thomas, Mrs Awan and Mr Doak want to extend a huge thanks to the 6th formers for stepping in to give Beckfoot Thornton Radio a voice, the sports leaders too and all the students who have helped create some fabulous podcasts. A special thanks goes to the guests who featured on the JEEP and National Railway Museum podcasts.
So, Monday 13th May was launch day. Mr Richardson was joined by Mrs Morrissey from the Beckfoot Trust for the official opening of Beckfoot Thornton Radio. They met with the project team and the students who had just delivered the broadcast and Mrs Morrissey got to have a look round the studio. Everyone was also treated to some cake as an extra thanks for their efforts in getting the station up and running.
We are taking the time running up to the summer holidays to develop on ideas and learn our craft so come September, radio will be truly cemented in our culture. We will have a dedicated classroom where the radio studio is to run workshops where students can get involved with all aspects of radio production. So before long, we will have fully student led productions. We hope to have the addition of music from September too, which is very exciting.
Below are some pictures of the launch and studio.