The 2017 reporters

Back in March of this year, 30 year 8 students took part in the BBC school report news day. You can view all of their articles here:

We hope that you take the time to read through their work from the day and get an idea of what the pupils at Bluecoat Academy are doing.


Things to do before you leave school

Things to do before leaving secondary school

Many people believe that your years as a teenager are ‘the best of your life’ and that you should make the most of it. The National Trust have a list of 50 things to do before your 11 ¾, so, at Bluecoat Academy, the BBC reporters has put together a list of the things people thought you should do to make your time in Secondary school the best. 50 things was considered too much though, so the list states 21 things to do before leaving secondary school.

This list has been put together in the hope that students will be challenged to complete it, and that they enjoy the best parts of their existence. The list that has been drawn up might not be completely true, it is still hoped that everyone has fun and live this part of their life to the fullest.

Among the suggestions we have come up with a top 10, based on what students and staff have said. They are:

  1. Be top of a class
  2. Have a crush
  3. Go camping
  4. Bungee jump
  5. Learn how to cope with life
  6. High five every teacher in your school
  7. Be best in a subject you hate
  8. Watch a scary film at night with all your friends
  9. Trick a teacher


  1. Have fun!!!

We have made a film of us trying to complete some of these things…



The other suggestions for having some great and interesting teenage years are:

  1. Become a BBC reporter
  2. Read this list
  3. Get some GSCEs
  4. Take part in a school production
  5. Have a pet
  6. Go to school in a onesie
  7. Make a meal for your family
  8. Go to the cinema with your friends
  9. Hug a teacher
  10. Go abroad or on a trip with school
  11. Do the Duke of Edinburgh award

It is advised not to do any serious pranks or damage to your school as you will get in big trouble and could get your GCSEs taken away from you.

The article: written by Hannah

The film: done by Jill, Hannah and Avila; edited by

Running Wild

Long distance runners Abbie and Jess are the hottest topic! Only 13 years old and they’re running long distance, short distance, any distance you want! They thrive in marathons and cross-country and are both looking forward to moving onto the next step. Abbie came 17th in a cross-country competition in the East Midlands. Now that’s something to be proud of. She first started running in the later years of primary school after being nominated for an athletics competition. She now runs for a hobby inside and outside of school competing in many competitions and fun-runs. As for Jess she also started in primary school but not getting into running seriously until starting at Bluecoat. She also enjoys fun-runs which she competes in yearly. We also interviewed others on their thoughts of the topic: “I love running!” etc.

Check our interview with them here.

The article was written by: Gurleen and Beth from the Bluecoat Academy!