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TwoFour Letter to Parents

posted 25 Sep 2014, 00:05 by Rob Jukes   [ updated 25 Sep 2014, 00:05 ]


24th September 2014

Dear Parent/Carer,

Greenwood Academy – CBBC Documentary Series ‘Our School’

During the summer term Greenwood was approached by Twofour, an independent TV broadcast company to open discussions around the possibility of working with the academy to make a second series of ‘Our School’: a CBBC documentary capturing life at school for Year 7’s as they make the journey from Primary to Secondary school.

Among the many schools that were considered, Greenwood Academy stood out for the strength of our transition process, inclusive and happy atmosphere as well as our excellent progress, results and inspiring teaching environment.

The ‘transition’ from Primary to Secondary school is often an extremely stressful time in a child’s life. The series explores some of the challenges faced and is designed to give young people confidence and transparently show what it is like moving into a supportive new school environment.

The programme will be made in full collaboration with the academy and will cover different aspects of the year 7’s school life: from establishing their friendship groups, finding the subjects that they enjoy and fitting in. The programme will be aimed at the typical CBBC audience, aged 6–12, and is intended to be fun, compelling and reassuring for those at primary who have yet to take the step up to secondary school.

Two members of the Twofour team will be researching the series during this autumn term but the series will mainly be filmed throughout the spring term 2015.

Although the filming will be focused on a representative group of Year 7, it is inevitable that in the background of the normal school routine that sometimes other students from all year groups will be seen. If Twofour feature a student from another year group, they will seek appropriate consent to do so.

One method of filming will be with cameras fixed to the walls at specific locations around the academy. This is an unobtrusive way of filming that will cause minimal disruption to the school day. All the cameras will be made clear to students and staff in advance of filming and will not be filming all the time. The producers will always endeavour to alert staff and students when filming is taking place and there will always be members of the team on hand. This technique has been used very successfully on many critically acclaimed productions including One Born Every Minute and 24 Hours in A&E.

If for any reason you do not wish for your son/daughter to appear in the series please contact Twofour Producer, Natasha Cox, either by email (natasha.cox@twofour.co.uk) or call directly on 0207 438 1800 - and we can ensure that your child is not included in the series. If you are happy for your child to be filmed there is no need to do anything.

This is an exciting opportunity for our Academy and for the wider Castle Vale community. We believe it will offer a valuable experience for all involved.

Yours sincerely,

Harry French
Principal

Further information about Twofour

Twofour make series such as the BAFTA winning ‘Educating…’ series for Channel Four, ‘Splash!’ for ITV and ‘Prince Harry’s South Pole Heroes’ for the BBC.

For further information please visit their website www.twofour.co.uk

To find out more information about the ‘Our School’ series please contact Richard Marson, Executive Producer by Email: Richard.marson@twofour.co.uk