BBC School ReportOur students, making the news

schoolreportBBC News School Report gives 11-16 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience.

Using lesson plans and materials from this website, and with support from BBC staff and partners, teachers help students develop their journalistic skills to become School Reporters.

In March, schools take part in an annual News Day, simultaneously creating video, audio and text-based news reports, and publishing them on a school website, to which the BBC aims to link.

Anna Soubry Interview

Anna Soubry is a popular Conservative figure in the area of Broxtowe. She has been a politician for 7 years. For all of those 7 years, she has been standing up for Conservatives and Broxtowe. So we thought that it was only fitting, that we interview her. This is what she had to say:

Q1. What is your policy on fox hunting and why do you uphold it?

I believe the current law which bans the hunting of foxes with dogs, should not be changed. I don't think this is a big issue in Broxtowe as I believe most people in the constituency agree that the current law is working and should not be changed and I agree with them.

Q2. Your main opponent was born, raised and lives in Beeston so surely he should have the districts vote, what do you think about this?

I think you should vote for the person who would best represent your views and work hard for you. If we follow your logic someone born in France or Somalia would not be able to become a Member of Parliament. I think it's interesting to know where someone is from but I'm more interested in where they are going and what they believe in. I was born in a hospital in Lincoln where my mum worked; we were living in Dunham on Trent in North Notts. When I was 8 we moved to Clumber Park just outside Worksop and I lived there until I went to University (Birmingham). I then lived in Scotland for about four years until returning to Nottingham where I lived for over 25 years. It's quite unusual for someone to live in one place all their lives. Jeremy Corbyn was born in Chippenham, Wiltshire but that doesn't stop him being the MP for Islington. I consider myself a Nottinghamshire person (like my mother, grandmother and generations before them both) through and through and I am very proud of my roots in our County.

Q3.  What are your views on Trump and Kim Jong-un?

Kim Jong-un is a despot who keeps his people in servitude and poverty through repression and fear. I am struggling to think if there is anything redeeming about Donald Trump. I find his views on women and Muslims in particular deeply offensive and plain wrong. It saddens me he beat Hillary Clinton in last year's elections. I hope he goes, though I'm not convinced his Vice President (Pence) has better views or policies and unlike our Prime Minister, if Trump was impeached his deputy would replace him.

Q4.  You have been MP under two conservative prime ministers which of them do you favour the most and why?

I was proud to be in the same party as David Cameron when he was our leader and then Prime Minister. Cameron was socially liberal (same sex - equal marriage was one of our best achievements) and economically responsible. In 2010, we inherited an economy from Labour which was on the verge of going bust. We had to take some tough decisions but we have done much to repair the damage and make us economically stronger. With the benefit of hindsight, we should not have held the EU Referendum and I am very sad we are going to leave the European Union. I don't know Theresa May but I do know what she said on the steps of Downing Street after she became Prime Minister. I agree with her views on social justice, fairness and creating a strong economy. I was disappointed in her approach to Brexit and believe she badly lost her way on that issue and some other important matters.

Q5. If you were in charge of the Brexit negotiations what would you do differently?

I would immediately set up a cross party committee to determine what we want by way of a transitional agreement and final economic deal. At the moment we get a lot of nonsense about "no deal is better than a bad deal" and I think we should have a proper debate in our country and in Parliament about what sort of Brexit we want and need. I'm pleased the Conservative Government and Labour Party are coming round to many of the arguments I've been advancing for the last 18 months. I made it clear to voters in Broxtowe in June that if I was re- elected I would continue to support the Single Market, Customs Union and make the positive case for immigration. There is a third option to " deal or no deal" and it's a Norway type agreement. Let's get it - stop the arguing, support business and get on with the big domestic issues we face.

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Greg Marshall Interview

Greg Marshall is a popular labour figure in the area of Broxtowe. He has been a politician for 6 years. And for all of those 6 years, he has been standing up for Labour and Broxtowe. So we thought that it was only fitting, that we interview him. This is what he had to say:

Q1: You were born, raised and you lives in Beeston. Do you think that gives you the edge over your opponents?

Being local isn't the only thing that matters in an election but it helps. If it is assumed that you can have strong principles and policy positions on a range of issues and the issues of the day, then being local ads that little bit extra. It says to people that the issues that matter to them also matter to you - e.g. I have a vested interest in campaigning and representing the people of Broxtowe because I'm from here, lived here all my life and have chosen to make my home here with my family - what matters to you . . . automatically matters to me.

Q2: Your main opponent has strong views on fox hunting. What do you think on this issue?

I'm absolutely opposed to fox hunting. It is barbaric and has no place in a modern civilised society.

Q3: What is your main strategy to become and MP, next election?

If I'm selected by the Labour Party to represent Broxtowe at the next election, my strategy will focus on two main things;

a) Creating an inclusive, outward facing and engaging campaign which demonstrates to the electorate that I am ready to meet and listen to all across the constituency on the issues that matter to them. I also want any campaign to involve campaign actions on key issues around housing, education, job security, the environment and the economy. b) The second strand will be to expose the voting record of Anna Soubry and how her actions (despite her words) let down the people of Broxtowe.

 Q4: What are your views on Trump and Kim Jong-un?

Trump in my view has been a significant problem in creating a polarisation of politics in the USA and indeed exported to other parts of world which has allowed a dangerous rise of far right politics and rhetoric. This protectionist and isolationist approach is counter to my internationalist principles. Kim Jong-un of course is an oppressive dictator and there are significant problems with the regime. He is though standing up to imperial aggression. My view is that they are both treading a dangerous path - any conflict would have massive regional and geo-political connotations and should be avoided at all costs.

Q5: If you were an MP and you were in charge of Brexit, what would you do differently?

I would never have allowed such a complex issue to be decided by a binary YES/NO or IN/OUT decision as we are seeing, the issues are far more complex than that. My view is that we should be securing a Brexit that protects our economy, gives rights to foreign citizens and allows for free movement, protects workers’ rights and enshrines environmental standards into UK law. This differs to the lowest common denominator, zero hour, non-unionised, tax haven Brexit that the Tories want.

Q6: If you had to describe yourself in 3 words what would they be?

Principled, Honest, Loyal

Q7: If I were a Conservative supporter, what would you say to me to change my views?

I'd say you've had nearly 8 years to make things better and you've failed. The economy, debt and borrowing are at their highest levels ever and the housing crisis, jobs market and standard of living is getting worse. Only Labour can offer the hope this country needs by delivering a brilliantly received manifesto that invests and values our young people, treats our elderly with dignity, is creating solutions to grow business and the economy and wants to work with our neighbours and international friends to create a safer and fairer world.

NET Trams: Problem or Solution?

By Jack Alexander, Edited by Isobel Richards

tramNET Trams are responsible for the running and maintenance of the Nottinghamshire trams. Recently, there has been quite a few incidents with the trams. In this report, there will be both sides of the arguments, are they a problem or are they a solution? We contacted NET Trams for their thoughts and feelings on the issues with Trams, what they were doing to resolve them and their reviews. It took 10 days for a reply (19th – 29th July 2017) and they said “Net Trams will not answer any questions about our service at this moment of time. If you want to find the answers to your questions, then visit our website:”. 


Their Problem.

Derailments and  over-head line malfunctions  are a couple of the problems experienced by NET Trams

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Cuphead – A modern masterpiece

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Cuphead is a modern masterpiece of the run and gun genre (or Shmup), it is beautifully drawn, and the gameplay is challenging to keep you tied in.

Each and every single frame is drawn by a worker and not a machine, over the course of a couple of years. Workers have said they worked from 13-14 on Cuphead’s animation. Though the team expected 14,000 to 15,000 frames of animation, they ended up with 50,000! That means 50,000 separate drawings!

The game is incredibly challenging as it causes you to try to learn every single attack that a boss has, thus taking hours to try and beat a boss.
In my experience, I have only played a small amount of the game, which was challenging, and consisted of me fighting a boss that had 2 stages first acting as if it’s dead and then attacking you, the attack is nearly unmissable and is incredibly hard to evade.

The game is targeted to everyone and that is the current demographic that plays it.

The Federation and The Voice: Lia White

On 11th February 2017 Bramcote Collage’s very own Lia White went live on ITV’s The Voice.

Lia White is a 17-year-old singer who attends Bramcote Collage in Nottingham. She may be a singer, but is she an upcoming pop star now? She went live on The Voice’s blind auditions and had 2 coaches make a turn. She now takes a place on Team Will, as his pitch beat off fellow veteran coach Sir Tom Jones. She was immediately offered an opportunity to appear on Nation-wide news show, This Morning.

Is fame just around the corner then, for our very own Lia White?


The New GCSE Grading System

The new GCSE grading system for England and Wales that has been introduced is creating mixed feelings among parents, teachers and students; however there are students that are confused and worried about it.

The new GCSE grading system, as set by the DfE (Department of Education) changes the grades from A*- F to 9-1, but only for Maths and English for the 2017 exams. In 2019, most other subjects will have changed to this new grading system as well, but many students and adults feel like having different subjects having different grades is too confusing. Some students already feel worried about SATs, GCSEs and A-Levels, but with the introduction of the new GCSE grading system, students are becoming even more confused and feel like the changes have been useless. They have been introduced to make GCSEs more challenging and to also address areas that have been failing. These have been changed by the entire study programme and exam formats.

One Year 11 student has reported:

“I think it’s pointless as nobody knows how it works or what the equivalents are. The first year is complicated as both students and teachers are confused.”

Another Year 11 has also reported:

“It’s really confusing” as it’s difficult to understand.

All UK Year 11 students will have to deal with this change, as well as course work being removed. Students are even more confused by the conversion rate not being 100% accurate, which, according to Laura McInerney, was a deliberate design choice by the government.

As a result of feeling more nervous, students have even been reported to break down in class and cry in the toilets (according to The Mirror). Another result is that students work too hard from stress and exhaust themselves with revision, as well as the new GCSE content being more challenging, which has put pressure on many students. 

Author: Daniel Star
Editors: Daniel Star & Mrs Kidd

Tram Safety

How Schools Are Supporting LGBTQ+

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender history month was in February and is a time that the LGBTQ+ community can celebrate their history with pride. Alderman White’s head teacher, Nicola Caley, said she felt like they should embrace all students in the school, whatever their sexuality .  It is supported through the staff focus group“Celebrating British Values Working Party”.  It is not just Alderman White supporting LGBTQ+; several other schools are also supporting LGBTQ+ as well.

The Alderman White’s Celebrating British Values Working Party focus group decided they should put up posters around the school of famous members of the LGBTQ+ community. The design of these posters is to help students respect and understand the LGBTQ+ community and its history better.

One of our interviewees said, “Schools have a responsibility to support the LGBTQ+ community and it would be surprising if they didn’t”. We asked the focus group if they knew any people in the school who are LGBTQ+ and they said that the world is made up of differences, and “we feel happy to be such a varied school”.

Luke Saunders and Callum Bardill



Movie Report - Fantastic Beasts...

Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find ThemFantastic beasts and where to find them is a Harry Potter spin off set in 1920 New York. A dark and powerful beast stalks the city leaving every wizard and witch in threat of being exposed . To make matters worse, a dark wizard called Grindelwald has been causing trouble in Europe but has seemingly vanished. Unaware to all of this, magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York to get a new beast, or so he says. On his way to a bank he hears a no-mag (American for muggle) talking about “Dark forces being at work! Wizards are to blame!” and meets Tina Goldstine. While caught up in all of this, multiple creatures from his case escape and cause a lot of trouble.

The film is a spellbinding trip into a new side of J.K Rowling’s wizarding world with the arrival of new creatures such as the demiguise , erumpent ,swooping evil and the obscurial. As well as this, the character development is incredible as the characters aren’t too bland. The film was based upon J.K Rowling’s comic relief story that is of the same name. The movie had a 73% fresh rating on rotten tomatoes (the most trusted movie rating website) and 84% of people enjoyed the movie .

Along with a spectacular plotline, the graphics are truly beautiful, the CGI is utterly breathtaking, and the magic looks almost real.

Personally I believe that the film is incredible and fantastic and left me wanting sequels which have been confirmed by J,K Rowling herself.

I would rate it 5 stars.

By Tom Green

The Alderman White Production

Arabian Night AuditionsThere is a spring term school play at Alderman White School and Language College featuring students from the local primary schools and students from Alderman White.

 The play is called ‘Once On an Arabian Night’ and is written and directed by Geoff Liptrot. The show is also contributed to by Mr Karsten Stephan and Cameron Wedgeworth. The production will be shown to the parents / guardians of the actors on Thursday 16th March, Friday 17th March, and Saturday 18th March 2017 in the main hall. The production takes place to persuade students to act and to increase their acting skills. The Alderman White school production has taken place since 1985 and may continue on for many years to come.

The play is set in the 1800s during the reign of Queen Victoria and is about a group of Englander children landing on a mythical Arabic island called Pashtan after their boat crashed into the reef surrounding said island. Raheem, Sultan of Pashtan, listens to stories about the Englander children’s adventures around the island told by his youngest (and most favoured) daughter, Fatima.

Fatima tells the stories to stop her father from sending the children out in a boat to the sea, whilst their parents try to find them. The stories include a jeweller trying to trick four children into buying nothing, therefore increasing her wealth, and the children getting back at her, and another story is about four different children making a tajine (stew) from a button.

Two students from Alderman White who are actors in the play have reported:

“I am really enjoying the play as it is fun for people who like acting.”

“I only like the play a bit because I only enjoy the songs and I don’t have a lot to say.”

Rugby Six Nations 2017

schoolreportThe Rugby six nations is back once again and there is lots of action. There are six countries taking part of in the rugby, they`re: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy and France. The Rugby Six Nations is a big competition that they take part in and show off their rugby skills. The Rugby Six Nations dates back 140 years. All six teams take it in turns to play one another (this means there will be 15 matches.)

Many matches have already taken place and here are the results: 

Scotland (27) vs Ireland (22)

England (19) vs France (16)

Wales (33) vs Italy (7)

Ireland (63) vs Italy (10)

England (21) vs Wales (16)

France (22) vs Scotland (16)

Scotland (29) vs Wales (13)

Ireland (19) vs France (9)

England (36) vs Italy (15)

Wales (22) vs Ireland (9)

France (40) vs Italy (18)

England (61) vs Scotland (21)

These are all of the matches that have been played and there are still three more to come. When a team wins a match, they receive 4 points, 2 points for a draw and 0 points if they lose. If a team score four or more tries they also receive a bonus point.

But the 18th of March is the day when the whole competition comes to end. Here are the matches to come:

Scotland vs Italy 12:30pm

France vs Wales 15:45pm

England vs Ireland 17:00pm

England have already retained the Six Nations trophy, but a win over Ireland on Saturday would see them take the Grand Slam AND set a new World Record for test match wins, a record they currently share with New Zeland.

You can watch the final rugby six nations matches (live) on BBC One at 12:00pm and you can listen to it on the BBC Radio at the same time.


Popular Games

69822 Tetris World 1Today, videogames are still a major part of young people’s lives. In fact, they have been around since 1958, and new releases appear almost every week and more and more people are queuing up to buy these games. 

The top 10 bestselling games of all time:

10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

9. New Super Mario Bros.

8. Wii Sports Resort

7. Tetris (Game Boy)

6. Mario Kart Wii

5. Super Mario Bros.

4. Grand Theft Auto V

3. Wii Sports

2. Minecraft

1. Tetris (Mobile, iOS, BlackBerry OS, PlayStation Portable, Windows Phone, Android, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Entertainment System)

Tetris, the bestselling game, outnumbered its rivals by selling 4 times the amount that of its closest rival: Minecraft.

Most Popular Game Ever: Tetris

This game is an original in the gaming industry; when it started in 1984, Alexey Pajitnov was its engineer. Little did he know, 32 years later, it would have sold over 450 million copies. Over 2425 reviews, this game had a 4.5 star rating. This game is truly inspiring in the world of videogames. Many spinoffs of this game has been created, such as Hatris and Welltris.

Most Popular Current Game: Halo Wars 2

Halo Wars 2, a game released on the 21st February, has come in 2nd place on the UK sales charts for the week it was released. This game provides fast-paced multiplayer action on the alien planets of tomorrow.

Other Current Popular Games: Overwatch

Overwatch is a Blizzard Entertainment game based on their unreleased game: Titan. This game is unique with its myriad of 22 unique characters.

A new character has recently been added to Overwatch named Orisa; she is a tank but she is only available on the PC version right now. This game has made Blizzard entertainment famous.

Games have been popular for a multitude of years and in 2017 we are looking forward to games such as: Troll & I, Mass Effect: Andromeda, The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ and Everything.

The Pokémon Trend

At Alderman White School, a trend of Pokémon cards started when a year 7 called James started bringing them in. Then more and more people in year 7 started bringing in Pokémon like Pikachu EXs and powerful EX tins. This trend was sparked by the release of Pokémon Go last summer which allowed younger generations to catch Pokémon in the real world.

The Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) started in 1996 and is still going today.  Now, more and more Pokémon cards are being released for the new Pokémon Sun and Moon video game, where you catch Pokémon in the Alola Region on Nintendo 3DS and 2DS. We meet the new bad guys Team Skull as well as a surprise nemesis.

The new Pokémon cards on sale alongside the video game Sun and Moon are even at sale for £3.99 at Chimera in Beeston. A Pokémon club is also held there where you can battle other people who collect Pokémon cards and trade your cards with others.

Daniel from year 7 said “My opinion on the Pokémon Trading Card Game is that it is a fun game that is good because it isn't on a gaming device, which means it doesn't use electricity and won't produce blue light.”