News from The Kings of Wessex Academy

BBC News School Report on the buses

21st March, 2017 by Jude Owens

Last week, ten Kings and Queens News Team journalists swapped their classroom for the news studio when they created their own story for the 2017 BBC News School Report.

A high profile national news day, BBC School News Report provides students aged between 11 and 16 with the exciting opportunity of producing their own news report on a topic of interest to them. This year the team's story was "Going the Extra Mile" investigating bus provision in our rural community.

The journalists successfully created a balanced story and interviewed two Kings' Sixth Form students (a driver and a non-driver), a local bus driver with Berry's, Staff Operations Manager of First Weston & First Mendip, and local MP James Heappey.

Not only did the students benefit from the true life experience of producing and filming their story; but they also had the true life experience of editing the report in time for the deadline, before it was uploaded to the academy website (

Commenting on this year's report, Executive Headteacher Chris Richardson said: "Well done to our Kings and Queens News Team for an exceptionally well-thought out news story for this year's BBC News School Report. I am very proud of them for producing such an astute, interesting and intelligent report."