Beckfoot Thornton Radio

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.

Remember, this is a platform for student voices. If you have anything you would like to talk about, if you want to share your experiences or if there is anything else about the radio project you would like to discuss, you can contact us here - ThoRadio


Click the button to access the web player or use the link below. Here you will find the live stream and podcasts.
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Weekly live broadcast; Votes for Schools on Tuesdays at 8:25am, goes out during an extended form time and you can hear our students discussing interesting and challenging weekly topics as well as hearing about how other schools around the country have voted on them too.

Votes for Schools broadcast number 5 now available.

Also available is a History Project podcast hosted by Mr Adams with some of his 6th formers. Look our for more from the History Project in the near future.


-What's on-

Votes for Schools - Show 5

Rachel and Aeevi front this weeks show, bringing you the results for 'can chart music teach us about black history'.

Next week we will be looking in to 'are young people interested in politics'.







Votes for Schools - Show 4

Hafsa and Whitney front show 4 bringing you the countries results on the previous topic and what the next topic is.








The History Project

Mr Adams hosts the first edition of the History Project with his 6th formers in attendance. Here we have an insight in to A level history discussing coursework and the fall of the Romanovs. Considering long term and short term causes such as World War 1, the economy and the infamous Rasputins







Votes for Schools - Show 3

Sienna and Frankie fronting this edition of Votes for Schools.

Results for the modern day slavery topic and some views on it from our students.







Sports Bulletin

Keeley and Eleanor, 2 of our sports leaders from years 9 and 10 have been very busy this term. They have kindly dropped in to tell us all what they have been doing. So tune in to find out more and what to do if you are interested.







Save the Planet - Show 2

Greenhouse Gasses

Mahzeb, Krystina, Gian and Caitlyn presented their second podcast discussing important facts about greenhouse gasses.

We admire their interest and passion on wanting to bring you content about these important subjects. We look forward to many more of these this year and we hope you do too!





Work of the Week - 11.10.19

Another great podcast this week. Laeeba, a regular voice on BTR had some interesting Engineering work, Sophie who missed out the previous week has been keen to get on the podcast, we managed to get her in the studio with her brilliant science work and Aiden, who did a fabulous piece of English work with staff and especially Aiden himself recognising the effort and change in attitude to learning between Yr10 and 11.

We also had 2 firsts for Beckfoot Thornton Radio. Hannah performed a vocal piece and it was a great way to open the show, and Daisy was nominated by 2 subjects in the same week! Very well done to everyone.

This is a must listen!




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.