Budding Hartlepool DJs making waves with Stranton studio

Stuart White Outreach Manager Stranton Academy Trust (right) with Hartlepool 6th Form College BTec media studies students Catherine Longstaff and Jacob Smith. FRANK REID
Stuart White Outreach Manager Stranton Academy Trust (right) with Hartlepool 6th Form College BTec media studies students Catherine Longstaff and Jacob Smith. FRANK REID
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Budding DJs from a Hartlepool college are making waves on the air after teaming up with a school to make their own radio shows.

Media students at Hartlepool Sixth Form College are getting hands-on experience in making their own programmes thanks to Stranton Primary School’s fully-equipped radio station.

Hartlepool 6th Form College BTec media studies student and Jacob Smith in the Radio Room at Stranton Academy. FRANK REID

Hartlepool 6th Form College BTec media studies student and Jacob Smith in the Radio Room at Stranton Academy. FRANK REID

The primary school have their own station to let youngsters broadcast to the school and local community.

And now it is giving BTEC media students the chance to gain valuable first hand experience in the fruitful partnership.

The students are compiling a series of mini adverts and content to showcase the college, its work and the achievements of students.

Sally Pickford, a tutor at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, said: “The partnership will provide valuable work experience with hands- on practice of industry standard software which students don’t have access to in college.

This is a fantastic opportunity to put those skills into practice

Sally Pickford, college tutor

“It will complement and broaden the range of media practical skills taught on their BTEC course and support them in their progression to university and future employment.

“One student for example wishes to go into journalism, and this is a fantastic opportunity to put those skills into practice by creating output for the station.

“By being involved in the radio, students will also gain experience of working as a team and build their confidence in the media sector.”

The media students are attending radio production workshops at Stranton Primary, home of Stranton FM, to create two radio shows.

Stuart White, outreach manager for the Stranton Academy Trust, said: “We are delighted to be in partnership with Hartlepool Sixth Form College’s media department and are delighted that our radio facility can help students hone their skills.

“The sixth form students have taken to radio straight away and are busy audio editing, writing copy, using audio mixing skills, researching stories and interviewing their peers and colleagues at the college.

“It’s great to see young people working as a team, improving speaking and listening and confidently practicing vocational skills.”

The new radio shows will air Monday to Fridays between 3pm and 4pm and also 7pm until 8pm and can heard by visiting www.strantonschool.co.uk and clicking on the Stranton FM logo.