20 January 2020

On Tuesday 14 January we were privileged to host the BBC Bitesize Roadshow at Guiseley School. The aim of the roadshow is to deliver a series of one hour sessions in schools across the North of England focusing on careers in the creative industries and featured a panel of three professionals from TV, Radio and Marketing. The event offered an inspiring insight into the world of creative work and explained routes into and opportunities within a sector that many of our pupils might not have considered.

The session also introduced changes that have been made to the BBC Bitesize revision website and encouraged students to use this as a revision tool.
The session was hosted by BBC Radio 1Xtra and 5-Live Presenter Nick Bright. The panel was Ruth Bader, Freelance Assistant Producer (currently at True North), Matthew Nesbitt Senior Account Manager at MediaCom and Rachel Garwood Performance Manager at York Dungeon. 

The panel spoke to all students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 (over 900 students) for one hour each. The panel spoke about their own educational experiences and emphasised the importance of being successful at school. They also spoke about experiences in their education and careers and made it clear that to be successful and to fulfill ambitions, students had to be prepared to work extremely hard. The students were then given the opportunity to ask the panel their own questions using the “big mic ball” and the guests were really impressed by the number and quality of questions that they were asked. 

For each session, the content was modified to suit the different age groups and therefore was extremely beneficial to both the students and the school as a whole. 
There was also a small editorial and technical team with the panel who set up on the school hall stage with three large banners, two plasma screens and four director chairs for our guests. So for the whole school day, Guiseley School hall was transformed into a live BBC studio and looked really impressive.

Overall this was a really successful event. The BBC team were very professional and courteous to pupils and staff. They were very entertaining, informative and definitely got our students interested and involved. Our students responded with enthusiasm and were extremely keen to learn about the media industry. Our guests all commented on how well behaved and polite our students were and were particularly impressed by the questions they were asked.

So a big thank you to the BBC for giving Guiseley School this opportunity to be part of such a brilliant event. Thank you to our staff who organised the event, the staff who supported it with setting up the hall, the IT equipment, giving up classrooms and the catering for the guests. Finally thank you to our students who responded so well and were a credit to themselves and to Guiseley School.