A group of children from the West London Academy are the first
to gain a stamp for learning from the BBC in their Children's
University Passport after they took part in an exciting interactive
tour of BBC Television Centre. The group, all members of the West
London Academy Apprentices club, saw studio one being prepared for
a brand new show and then tried out the sets once used for Match of
the Day and Blue Peter.
Lyn Picken, project and communications manager for BBC Outreach
commented "I'm delighted that time spent learning about the BBC and
what we do will now count towards the childrens' award from the
The enterprising youngsters went on to try their hand at
forecasting the weather. As if by magic, Huw Edwards appeared on
screen to interrupt the evening news and go live to their very own
production! Jo Chodzko, Extended Services Co-ordinator at the
school explained: "The WLA Apprentice club was thrilled to have the
opportunity to see behind the scenes of the BBC. The highlight of
the visit was the chance to read the news, participate in a "live"
quiz show and be a controller in the studio. The excitement
continued on the journey home, with the children inspired to take
part in further Children's University activities."
The event took place to celebrate the growing partnership between
the Children's University and the BBC, as they launch the first of
a number of activities where members of the Children's University
can collect a stamp in their learning passport.
The children certainly felt they had had an experience with a "wow
factor." Matthew enjoyed discovering the "secrets" of television
and being behind the controls and Mya really enjoyed the moment
when she buzzed in for the questions in the quiz. Saleem most
enjoyed the weather forecasting, especially when he tried the
"magic" green cloak and his body disappeared "I can't believe
To find out more about BBC tours please go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/tours/
To find out more about the Children's University, please go to
2012 Children's University