Today, students from The Hurlingham Academy enjoyed the chance to meet stars from the BBC’s critically acclaimed, award-winning series Silent Witness to learn about careers in media.
Celebrated actors Emilia Fox and Colin Salmon from the long-running series visited the Fulham school to share the secrets of their success, knowledge of the industry and advice about how to get into careers in media.
Joining the stars of the show was celebrated Senior Script Writer Tim Prager and BBC Executive Producer Richard Stokes, who shared their expertise and gave the students tips on the broad range of career opportunities in the industry. Capturing parts of the day were Key Stage 4 Media Studies students from the academy, who played the role of cameramen and filmed interviews with the stars for their work experience.
As part of the session, students were able to quiz the cast and crew on their favourite programmes, the best experiences of their careers and how they have overcome setbacks along the way. They also discussed the influence of media on our lives and how programmes like Silent Witness can explore challenging or complex issues to make its audiences reflect on what is happening in our society.
“It was amazing to actually meet the stars who filmed an episode in our school and ask them questions about how they got started”, said Year 10 student Nathan Ramgeet.
Leon Wilson, Principal of The Hurlingham Academy:
“We were very excited to welcome the cast and crew from the BBC’s Silent Witness to our academy today. Our students benefited enormously from the opportunity to learn first-hand from such established industry experts about careers in media and the skills, knowledge and determination needed to be successful in it.
“We know how important it is for our students to get a chance to explore new things, enhance their cultural capital and prepare for their futures – this is what we call Education with Character. Today’s visit was a brilliant example of this and something that students and staff thoroughly enjoyed.”