It’s News Day! Listen out for the Ripley Reporters on BBC Radio 4

The pupils at Ripley St Thomas are in pretty unique position when it comes to their courses as they have their own farm on site! From the start of their school life at Ripley St Thomas pupils are taught theory alongside practical skills of agriculture and horticulture. Many then go onto take the subject at GCSE level. As the school itself celebrates its 150th birthday this year, our BBC News School Reporters decided the time was right to explore the school’s history and the benefits the farm brings to their studies.


Ripley reporters record article for BBC’s Farming Today

Our reporters interviewing Mr Bush

Our roving reporters have been busy again! This time they have been working with BBC Radio 4 to produce a short segment for their Farming Today programme.  Our reporters interviewed Mrs Nicholls, Mr Wilson, Mr Bush about the importance and success of the farm and asked some pupils about their experience on the farm.  During this process they learned interview skills and techniques from Gill Blackwood; a producer from the BBC.

Ripley Reporters are taking part in the BBC’s School News Report

A new after school journalism club run by Agriculture & Horticulture teacher Mrs Price has been formed.  Mrs Price has recently joined Ripley and she has set up the club which meets every Tuesday. The Ripley Reporters will be creating news reports and articles which will be posted on this website and linked to the BBC’s school report site throughout the year. When asked what her motivation for setting the club up was Mrs Price replied “I set the club up because I wanted to encourage the children to develop their communication skills as well as cultivating an interest in the news and wider society in a fun and exciting way.”

Here are a few quotes from our members about the new club;

Adam (Year 8), who hopes to report on the Ripley Music Tour in the summer, said: “I look forward to interviewing and meeting people. I hope to become a better journalist at the end of this project”

James (Year 10) who has a lot of experience writing articles for his own websites said  “I am delighted to be part of the group and will be hoping to help make this project a success and that people will look up to me and we will learn from each other.”

Conor (Year 10) and has lots of experience to do with technical aspects involving sound and theatre productions said “I am pleased to be involved in such a project.  A lot of work shall be done and this will be a great experience for all.”

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Ripley St Thomas is The Bay’s Cool School of the Week!

Danny & Paul with some of our pupils (and Bob the sheep dog)

Danny & Paul with some of our pupils and Bob the sheep dog!

On Wednesday 12th February Danny Matthews from The Bay radio station joined us to record 5 segments for Cool School of the Week.  Danny even brought a celebrity guest and former pupil of Ripley with him!  Paul Akister a previous X Factor contestant and and former Ripley pupil, who narrowly missed out on getting to the live shows came back for a tour around the school.

Danny and Paul met the farm’s newborn lambs, popped into Mrs Chapman’s year 7 history class, met the school dinner ladies and had a chat with a number of pupils about the school.  Finally Adam, one of our Ripley Reporters then had a few minutes to interview Danny about becoming a radio DJ and even managed to scoop an exclusive… the phantom of the bay is set to return!

Why not listen to Danny’s breakfast show on The Bay at 8:25am the week commencing 3rd March to hear us in action