BBC 5 Live Afternoon Edition Broadcast from Carlton Bolling College

We are proud to welcome BBC 5 Live into school on 13th July for a live three hour broadcast by presenter Sarah Brett

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We were very proud to welcome BBC 5 Live into school on 13th July for a live three hour broadcast by presenter Sarah Brett.  BBC Home Affairs correspondent, Dominic Casciani and Reporter Nick Garnett were also part of the 5 Live team who interviewed some of the students and staff for the programme which was broadcast to show what steps a school in ‘special measures’ takes. 

 Carlton Bolling College proved to be a shining example of a school which has experienced difficulties taking positive and constructive measures to remedy the problems which led to that judgement.  Indeed, the headline on the BBC News website stated For a school that is in “special measures”, it doesn’t feel like Carlton Bolling College is failing”, a statement which we wholeheartedly agree with!

 As well as discussing some sensitive issues around extremism and what measures we have put in place to address and educate our staff and students on this subject, there was plenty of time to celebrate when Lord Patel of Bradford, recently appointed as Director of the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), came into school to meet and congratulate our Year 8 girls’ cricket team who recently became Yorkshire Champions.  Yorkshire Ladies cricketer, Beth Mooney, also came along and the final hour of the programme was dedicated to encouraging young people to play cricket. 

 There was also a focus on the excellent teaching and learning which goes on daily in school as well as interviews with Head Boy Raza Khan who is going into journalism and Maria Hussain who is to join the Police Force.  Maria was recently awarded both Bradford and West Yorkshire Explorer of the Year, the Police youth programme.

 Lots of visitors to Carlton Bolling College comment on the vibrancy of the school and the community atmosphere, and our BBC guests certainly concurred with this – in fact, they would like to come back in the future and we will be delighted to welcome them any time.

 Please visit the BBC News website for Dominic’s report

 To hear the entire programme on BBC iPlayer