Birmingham pupils set for TV stardom

Birmingham pupils shine in new CBBC documentary.

A new series of a fly-on-the-wall documentary charting the journey of pupils starting ‘big school’ in Birmingham is to start on CBBC on Tuesday 5th January at 5pm.

Filmed at Greenwood Academy in Castle Vale, Our School 2 will follow the ups and downs of a group of youngsters as they make the important transition between primary and secondary school.

The 15-part weekly series follows Year 7 pupils over their second term as they navigate their way around their new school, make friends and learn lessons inside and outside the classroom that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

The first episode introduces the staff and students of Greenwood Academy. Among them is new boy Eesa. He doesn’t speak a word of English – not only that, he’s never been to school before either.

Eesa is joined by another new boy, Archie, but Archie has one major advantage – one of his best friends, Spencer, already goes to the school and is on hand to show him the ropes.

The CBBC show has been made in the hope of dispelling the myths about moving school.

Kez Margrie is BBC Executive Producer for the programme. She said: “We get to know a new mix of Year 7 students inside school, and out of it. We’re right behind them as they find their feet in secondary school, both in the classroom and out, as they learn new things, encounter new experiences and make new friends.

“For a new intake of Year 7s, secondary school is a vast world that they need to navigate. This series reflects the highs and lows of it all; but ultimately it shows the CBBC viewer worried about going up to big school, that it will all be OK.”