Anthony Bek Primary School takes to the airwaves with Dennis Skinner interview

Pupils at Anthony Bek school New Houghton  interview local people on their new radio station. picture shows  Ben Morgan and Jessica Clarkson
Pupils at Anthony Bek school New Houghton interview local people on their new radio station. picture shows Ben Morgan and Jessica Clarkson

PUPILS at a primary school have grilled veteran MP Dennis Skinner for the first of a series of podcasts on their new internet radio station.

The ‘Beast of Bolsover’ was questioned for 40 minutes by a group of youngsters from ‘Bek Beat’.

The radio station is a new project at Anthony Bek Primary School in New Houghton, transmitting work and programmes from the pupils.

Teaching assistant James Hilton said: “The interview with the Bolsover MP consisted of questions mostly conceived by the pupils, with a little staff assistance.

“Mr Skinner commented on how confident they were, stating that children often run out of questions very quickly. But he was impressed by the consistent delivery of questions the children thought up, even on the ‘spur of the moment’.

“He also described the radio project as fantastic for the children.”

Pupils from the school’s ‘Parliament’ were selected to play interrogators and asked questions including:

Why did he decide to go into politics?

How long has he been in politics for?

What did he think are his greatest achievements?

What were his highs and lows at school?

What would he do if he was Prime Minister?

What he would do differently in his life if he was 10 years old again?

The school says that the radio station is going to become an integral part of school life.

In the future, podcasts will feature community news, school news, weather and other relevant information.

Mr Hilton added: “It will also provide pupils with another skill-set and opportunities, as well as showcasing some of the pupils’ best work.

“We look forward to seeing what the children decide to share through their station over the coming weeks and months.”

The first podcast featuring the interview with Dennis Skinner can be found on the ‘Bek Beat’ section of the school’s website at www.anthonybek.com