Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Film Dispels the Fears of Changing Schools; Education & Training

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Film Dispels the Fears of Changing Schools; Education & Training

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Byline: LINDSAY SAMPSON

OLDER pupils will flush your head down the toilet, you'll get lost, and the homework will be too hard.

They're some of the fears held by all primary school pupils preparing for the move to "big school" - but one Teesside secondary school is aiming to dispel some of the worries with a new film for youngsters.

St Peter's College of Maths and Computing in South Bank commissioned students from Middlesbrough College to make an introductory film based on the school's Little Book Of Worries, compiled from feedback from younger pupils identifying their biggest worries about starting secondary school.

With St Peter's Year 7 pupils Matthew Barry and Lydia Hart, both 12, starring, the film addresses the fears and then shows the reality, with the aim of reassuring youngsters that these things won't happen at St Peter's.

The film, from initial storyboarding through to filming and editing, was the work of five BTEC creative media production Level 3 students, Liam Emmerson, Emily Tatters, Adam Angell, Amy Fall and Dan Charlton, and their tutor Tony Brown.

Amy Glanville, the teacher at St Peter's who commissioned the film, said: "We had seen a promotional film produced by Tony Brown and thought that it would be great to have something similar done for our school.

"I have to say that the Middlesbrough College team worked tirelessly on the project, with a level of professionalism that can only be described as impressive.

"Tony and the students really got the best out of our children due to their pleasant and professional approach.

"The whole experience has been fantastic, we sat down and outlined what we wanted, but the students had independently come up with very similar ideas, it was a real meeting of minds.

"The finished film is fantastic, exactly what I had in mind.

"I'm really, really pleased with it. …

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