Bedford High students visit Street

Bedford High School pupils Sarah Tasker and Josh Bates with media studies teacher David Smedley on the set of Coronation Street
Bedford High School pupils Sarah Tasker and Josh Bates with media studies teacher David Smedley on the set of Coronation Street

YOUNG film-makers visited the most famous cobbles in Soapland in recognition of their award-winning talents with a movie camera and director’s clipboard.

A group of media studies pupils from Bedford High School in Leigh were given the trip to the set of Coronation Street after scooping the gongs at the school’s Oscars award ceremony held earlier this year.

The awards, designed to recognise the school’s emerging film-making talent, saw the creative team of Jade Tasker Marsh, Jessica Keheller, Sarah Walters and Josh Bates take the overall prize in the category for best movie.

Their prize saw them win a day out behind the scenes at ITV’s Granada Studios, learning some of the tricks of the professional TV and film trade, including editing and sound dubbing, before being given a half-day tour of the sets of Weatherfield, including such world-famous TV landmarks as the Rovers Return.

The trip was organised by Bedford’s partner for the awards ceremony, Manchester-based film studio 3SixtyMedia.

The school now hopes to build on the success of its young film-makers by further developing the opportunities available to media studies pupils.

Media studies teacher David Smedley said: “The students had a fantastic time and found the day to be really inspiring. They are planning to go to more work experience days.

“With the creation of Salford’s Media City, the country’s film and television industry really is right on the school’s doorstep and we will be looking to strengthen the links the school already has with this fantastic facility.

“For students with an interest in film, television and creative media, Bedford really is the place to be.”