Pupils bombard headteacher with applications to become Jill Dando good news reporters

By Jess, 11, and Dylan, 10

Some 27 amazing pupils aged 9,10 and 11 have started finding positive and inspirational news from across the school, community and world.

Headteacher John Clark at Ashcombe Primary School In Weston-super-Mare, Somerset was wowed after receiving dozens of pupil applications to become Jill Dando News reporters.

Now they have started a Jill Dando News Centre and are already finding lots of schools.

This week they have already started sending their stories across for publication by the Good News Post and beyond.

Headteacher John Clark said: “The response we’ve had to our request for applications for places on our news team is tremendous. The children are so excited!”

In Jill Dando news, pupils in primary schools are trained by students from Jill’s former school, Worle Community School Academy (WCSA), part of The Priory Learning Trust.

Jill was murdered in 1999 but at Christmas 2016 WCSA students set up a Jill Dando News Centre which has expanded to eight schools with scores of student reporters all finding and writing good news.

Ashcombe has been rolling out a programme of bringing learning to life by helping the homeless and by making rounded children ready to take on the world.

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Ashcombe was one of the schools listed in the Real Schools Guide 2020 of the best schools around.

It follows from the previous year when they were in the top 5% bracket for combined reading, writing and maths results, compared with similar schools nationally.

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