head teacher Sean Dickinson asked BBC South for advice on building
a radio studio at Park Community School, he ended up with more than
he hoped for.
pupils now have a fully-equipped television studio into the bargain,
fitted by BBC engineers.
Media On The Park project is helping achieve Sean's dream of stimulating
children and improving their self-confidence and team-working.
project has helped pupils develop self-confidence and team-work.
the openning of the media suite, the pupils have been developing
into directors, camera crew and broadcasters, with the help of two
resident BBC producers.
originally contacted BBC South's TV editor, Lee Desty, asking if
he could bring a few pupils to look round the Southampton studios.
Turner, head of BBC South, heard about his request for radio advice
and told him: "You're not asking for enough."
said: "I visited the school and ended up promising them the
world - then went about trying to deliver."
had strong reasons for wanting to establish a link with the community.
Park is one of the largest housing estates in Europe, with 27,000
residents, and is the most deprived area of SE England outside London",
studio was equipped by BBC engineers
often in the news, but for all the wrong reasons. They
have had negative views of the media, but now the views are changing."
of the funding has come from the European Union, not the licence
two resident producers were funded to work with 14 schools as well
as the wider community, under a special scheme to broaden staff
managers in the corporation have since decided the project was breaking
important new ground for the BBC, and the project is now funded
until Easter 2005.
and community members have seen their radio and TV material broadcast
on BBC Radio Solent and on TV's South Today.