How The BBC School Report Is Made

Would you like to know what happens behind the scenes at the BBC School Report?

We caught the teachers and we interviewed them, asking them questions about this dedicated team of passionate journalists: Harry, Jack, Fernley, Anaya, Ryan, Ines, Lee, Matthew, Adam, Logan, Chloe, Autumn, Finnerty, Eleonora, Aimee, Natalie, Ben, Denojan, Cameron, Marcus and Kade- look out for these names in the future!

In this clip they talk about how our team was formed and in the video we showed us in our working space or HABITAT as Harry likes to say!

Producer: Harry

Cameramen: Logan & Adam



2016 Tech Promises

Throughout the last year there have been amazing accomplishments in the world of technology and most of us want to know what to expect in the tech world during 2016.

We are going to count down the top 8 expected things to be released in 2016. (This list is in no particular order)

8) Oculus Rift and Touch

Through the past year there have been great boosts in Virtual Reality (VR) however this year we have been promised with the Oculus Rift and Touch which allows a better gaming experience making you feel more inside the game. This VR system is owned by Facebook and needs a PC to connect. It can also be connected to with an Xbox controller. Sensitivity controllers will be released later to this and the product is said to be released in the first quarter of the year.

7) HTC Vive

This is another VR related item. It is an Oculus Rift type headset and was meant to be sold in 2015 but is delayed until April 2016.

6) Sony PlayStation VR

Yet another VR item. Sony have entered the competition with the other VR systems. This console is also known as project Morpheus and this item is promised to be released in the first half of the year.

5) Microsoft HoloLens

This item is more of a virtual display unit as appose to another VR console system. It is used to display images in the user’s vision of sight and will be used for more work type uses. It is promised to be released in early 2016 for 3000$ (Approx. £2121.81)

4) IPhone 7 and 7+

Apple may be swapping the mechanical home button for a touch-sensitive home button and removing the headphone jack altogether.  This is the closest guess to what the IPhone 7 will have to offer however we do know that it will be released in September.

3) Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

This is a raw piece of data but we do know that whatever it has to offer will be amazing.

2) iWatch 2

It is said to have face time calls and integrated camera. It is said to be released in March.

1) Nintendo NX

The NX is a mobile/console hybrid that has a touchscreen controller. This is probably going to be released at the E3 show in June.


by  Harry, correspondent for St. Ambrose Barlow

The Enterprise: boldly brewing coffee for a bustling community

Grindsmith Coffee, a relatively local company based on Deansgate, hosted a coffee morning yesterday at the café in the Sixth Form.

Arguably one of the best independent coffee houses in the city, Grindsmith have a much more unique selling point than most other coffee businesses can boast: it’s served off a trike. The black trike which holds a coffee machine, a mini fridge and several other indispensable components gives Grindsmith a very vintage feel albeit the drinks are very modern.

The morning saw the trial opening of the coffee shop in the college which proved highly successful, with staff showing their delight at the luxurious coffee, complete with a rich aroma, silky steamed milk and espresso with subtle caramel tones. The menu includes several different specialities of coffee such as Cappuccinos and Flat Whites, in addition to Hot Chocolate and Tea.

Furthermore, residents of the local community were invited to the Sixth Form to socialise and chat with the staff, enjoy the selection of sweet pastries available at no cost whatsoever and simply unwind in a relaxed environment. Yesterday evening was also parents evening for the Year 9 students, and so the business venture was open and serving drinks to thirsty parents.

The school are currently negotiating a possible permanent coffee business in the Sixth Form which would be open for the local community during the school week too. Grindsmith are also in negotiations with St Ambrose Barlow with regards to apprenticeships for Sixth Form students.

Ryan, Editor

Logan, Presenter & Video

Adam, Sound Editor