10-year-old pupils produce excellent report after interviewing TV news star Fiona Bruce

By Jill Dando News

Ollie and Ava from Ashcombe Primary School in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset got the chance to quiz the presenter of Question Time and Antiques Roadshow.

They were part of an hour-long Jill Dando TV zoom, and their brilliant display will now be displayed in the school’s Jill Dando News Centre.

Ollie and Ava’s report on Fiona Bruce

Their report said that Fiona Bruce has reached the highest level possible in TV presenting, and discovered that she is happy to have paved the way for other women through her success.

Headteacher John Clark said: “This is an excellent report to sum up what was a fantastic opportunity to interview a star of our TV news screens. Ollie and Ava really enjoyed the experience.”

The Jill Dando News Centre began in Jill’s former school Worle Community School Academy in Worle in 2017. It is designed to inspire and train students to write good news stories in Jill’s memory.

It was started by The Priory Learning Trust and features professional journalists including Nigel Dando training the students.

The Jill Dando TV Zoom was hosted by WCSA Head Girl Olivia, 16.

Some of the students pictured above with Fiona Bruce

Fiona said: “It was an absolute delight to meet the students who had clearly put a lot of thought into their questions. A few of them really put me on the spot!

“And Olivia masterfully chaired it all with the ease of a professional. It was all very impressive and encouraging for the future of journalism.”