Budding journalist Chloe’s glossy mag for Dyke House College

Chloe Nichols with the school magazine that she designed and edited.
Chloe Nichols with the school magazine that she designed and edited.

BUDDING journalist Chloe Nichols has proved she has all the write moves after setting up a glossy magazine in her school.

Chloe, 16, took a shine to writing at the tender age of six, and as she has grown older she loves nothing more than putting pen to paper.

She’s now putting her talents to good use after setting up Synergy, a magazine which will be published three times a year out of Dyke House Sports and Technology College, where Chloe has just finished her GCSEs.

Chloe dreams of a career in journalism, and hopes her work with Synergy will help to get her foot on the ladder.

Chloe said: “I’ve always enjoyed writing, and as I’ve gone through school English has always been my strongest subject.

“I have written things for newsletters in the past, like reviews and things like that, but when the idea of a magazine was put forward I was keen to get involved.”

Chloe edits the magazine, and has a team of 10 fellow students working with her to get the magazine out.

The first edition was done earlier this month, and is currently being distributed around the community in places like doctors’ surgeries and libraries.

Chloe, who lives with 34-year-old housewife mum Caroline Woodward and dad Stuart, a 37-year-old gardener, in the Dyke House area, added: “I love the idea of being a journalist. I like the idea that one sentence can change the world.

“I’ve learned a lot at Dyke House about writing, and I’m grateful for all the help I’ve had. I’ve learned that you can write an article about any subject whatsoever and make it sound good.

“On the magazine, I’ve worked hard to sort the content out and try and make sure there is something for everyone.

“It’s not just a school magazine, I’ve tried to make it interesting for everyone to try and create a wider audience for it. I’ve loved working to the pressure of deadlines, and now the first one is out I’m looking forward to the next one.”

Chloe, sister to Liam, 14, and six-year-old Logan, will resume control of Synergy when she starts at Dyke House’s sixth form in September.

Head of College Andrew Murphy has been heavily involved with Synergy, and has no doubts that Chloe can carve out a successful career in journalism.

Mr Murphy said: “Chloe’s writing is phenomenal. She wrote a review when she was 14 years old for a newsletter, and it was incredible.

“She will be putting together a portfolio of her work, and this magazine will help her to push on and get even better.”