Going live: Channel 4 invitation for Kettering school’s news team

Pupils from Wren Spinney School in Kettering film their news programme in the Channel 4 studios
Pupils from Wren Spinney School in Kettering film their news programme in the Channel 4 studios

Pupils from a Kettering school have visited Channel 4 News in London after being invited by members of the channel’s news team.

Youngsters from Wren Spinney School toured the Channel 4 studios on Wednesday last week after an invitation from Katie Razzall and Kate Ansell, who filmed a feature on the school’s town centre shops in 2012.

Wren Spinney pupils run a sweet shop and a hair salon in Kettering.

During their trip to London on Wednesday, March 26, youngsters planned and recorded their own weekly news show, Wren Spinney News, with the Channel 4 production team, using their top-of-the-range equipment.

They watched the lunchtime news being transmitted before taking over the studio. They also spent time in make-up, in the editing suite and in the on-screen graphics department.

School headteacher Debbie Withers said it had been an extraordinary experience for the pupils.

She added: “They put together their programme from there. It was brilliant because all this very expensive equipment was free for them to use.

“I think everyone there was really impressed with the skills our children already have. It really helped cement the relationship we have with Katie and Kate.”

Razzall this week joined BBC’s Newsnight, and the school had wanted to take up her opportunity of a trip to Channel 4 News before her move.

The final production by Wren Spinney pupils is available on the school’s website.