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Hollyoaks welcomes 4Schools winners onto set

A team of students from a Wigan school met stars from Channel 4’s Hollyoaks after being winning the broadcaster’s inaugural national 4Schools competition.

The students from St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School visited the set of the popular drama and met several of the show’s stars and production team in a special behind-the-scenes tour.

4Schools is Channel 4’s initiative to give young people an understanding of the careers open to them in the world of television, film and digital. It is delivered in secondary schools through workshops, live assemblies, online resources, and a national competition.

Earlier this year, schools were invited to ‘Pitch a Programme’ to the channel’s judging panel. Students aged 11-14 were challenged to devise a creative idea around the theme of ‘altogether different’, present a pitch for the idea and record a trailer.

The St Edmund Arrowsmith students – Francesco Foti, George Archer, Jack Stafford, Khaya Maninjwa and Noah Whitlow – came up with a futuristic comedy called ‘One in Seven Billion’.

Angela Powers, the team’s English teacher, praised the students for their imagination, vision and determination saying: “We are so proud of the boys, not only for coming up with this unique idea but also beating off stiff competition from schools across the country. I hope it shows children that a career in the TV and entertainment industry is achievable for all. Who knows what this win might inspire?”

Khaya Maninjwa, who directed the trailer, explained: “Our idea was all about a world where people are born clever but lose their intelligence as they get older. Our antagonist is unique in this future world because he is just an average kid.

“This win is amazing for us. We can’t find the right words to say how delighted we are.”

Catriona White, Digital Commissioning Executive at Channel 4, who led the judging panel, said: “We had so many entries, with teams from Essex, Leeds, London and Wigan making our final shortlist. The quality of entries we saw blew us away. There were ideas for comedies, dramas, game shows and even reality TV shows.

“We were amazed by the quality of thinking and presentation from all the young people who entered. ‘One in 7 Billion’ was such a fantastic original idea, and honestly, the team’s trailer had us all laughing out loud.”

The 4Schools initiative also provides in-school and virtual sessions and resources for schools. It is part of Channel 4’s desire to give young people an understanding of what it is like to work in broadcasting and the creative industries.

The content of the 4Schools sessions is designed to support the curriculum and help schools achieve Gatsby standards by providing contact with employers and labour market information. Delivery is supported by social enterprise TheTalentPeople which also operates GetMyFirstJob.co.uk, the UK’s leading jobs site for young people.

School leaders and teachers interested in 4Schools can find out more at www.4Schools.co.uk

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