Sandhurst students are proving a hit on the airwavesBy Becky Barnes
May 14, 2012
Pupils have been making waves as they go live on air with their own radio show.
Sandhurst School radio has landed a weekly slot on Eagle Extra, a community radio station run by Eagle Radio.
Pupils have been running a radio station for two years, broadcasting before school and during breaks and lunch time.
But they have been reaching the local community every Wednesday for the past month.
Andy Doree, head of radio at Sandhurst School, Owlsmoor Road, previously worked on commercial radio in France before he became a teacher and set up the station at the school.
He said: “Before I set up the school radio, I thought there would be no chance.
“The radio is a brilliant opportunity for pupils to gain confidence and engage with the community.”
Pupils from Year Eight upwards have been learning the ropes of professional radio from DJ Simon Rose, who has had his own show on Eagle Radio for a year.
He said: “It’s scary how good they are and they have come on really well.
“I think some of them really have the potential to work in the business.”
The youngsters put together ideas of themes for the show and take it in turns to record sound bites and interviews.
Aiden Soley, of Year 10, said: “It’s weird when you hear your voice for the first time, but you get used to it.”
Some pupils prefer the production side of things and have learned to mix songs and get sound levels right.
Andrew Sargeant, of Year Nine, said: “When I first joined I had no experience but it has really improved my confidence.”
And Chloe Shephard, of Year 10, said: “We have made loads of new friends – it’s so much fun.”
When the Bracknell Forest Standard visited the school to see the pupils in action they were preparing for their next show which was broadcast yesterday.
The show included interviews with Mr Doree and assistant head teacher Samantha Hunt who spoke about the school’s ongoing charity work in Rwanda.
Ms Hunt said: “Pupils are linked with specific projects as part of our Reaching Rwanda project.
“Over three years we have raised more than £30,000.”
To listen to the show or any of the past shows visit www.eagleextra.co.uk
The school radio station is looking for sponsorship.
For more information call Sandhurst School on (01344) 775 678.