Frederick Bremer School in Siddeley Road, Walthamstow, will be the subject of educational series to air later this year

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Headteacher Jenny Smith, centre, with Frederick Bremer School students last year. Headteacher Jenny Smith, centre, with Frederick Bremer School students last year.

A Walthamstow secondary school will star in the newest series of Channel 4’s Educating series, it was announced today.

Frederick Bremer School, in Siddeley Road, was chosen because it "is at the heart of the community, it embraces its diversity and its students are warm, friendly and funny," a network spokeswoman said.

Headteacher Jenny Smith said: “I am incredibly proud to be the head of a school which is so successful in supporting and nurturing every pupil to become successful and responsible citizens.

“It is our privilege to serve the vibrant, integrated and ambitious community of Walthamstow and I am confident that Bremer will represent how committed community schools such as ours are to ensuring that every pupil is given every opportunity to succeed.

“Most of all, I’m looking forward to the series celebrating how talented our young people are.”
She added that both previous series had transformed public perceptions of secondary schools and that she believes Bremer will do so too.

The title of the documentary, which will air later this year, is undecided.

The two previous series of the programme, Educating Essex and Educating Yorkshire, were hugely popular programmes, the latter being Channel 4’s highest rating series of 2013, peaking at 4.8m viewers and generating half a million tweets.

Its final episode, in which student Musharaf, who had a severe stammer, delivered a moving speech to schoolmates, was named TV Moment of the Year by Radio Times.

Bremer, an engineering specialist school which opened in 2008, is well placed to provide an insight into the “rapidly changing” local landscape which includes a "vibrant creative and artistic culture", a Channel 4 spokeswoman added, building on the legacy of the Olympics which were staged only a few miles away.

The spokeswoman also said the vision and drive of ambitious headteacher Jenny Smith and her staff were recognised for bringing rapid and considerable improvements in teaching and student progress.

After inspections in September the school was rated by Ofsted as “requires improvement” but the headteacher said she is determined to raise it to “good” within two years.

The TV programme, which places fixed cameras throughout the school, will document the lives of students and teachers as they work towards exams.

Executive producer at Twofour, the production company commissioned by Channel 4, David Clews said: “We’re so excited to be working with Jenny Smith and her team.

“As soon as you walk into the school you feel this inspiring atmosphere, it’s a place full of warmth, energy and compassion.

“Sharing the stories of some of the students will be such a privilege.”

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11:36am Mon 24 Mar 14

Dave mp says...

Will they be filmed when they leave school, clamoring to get on the bus and getting their chicken and chips in the many eateries in nearby Wood Street?
Will they be filmed when they leave school, clamoring to get on the bus and getting their chicken and chips in the many eateries in nearby Wood Street? Dave mp
  • Score: 17

11:41am Mon 24 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

Dave mp wrote:
Will they be filmed when they leave school, clamoring to get on the bus and getting their chicken and chips in the many eateries in nearby Wood Street?
Hahaha, healthy eating.
[quote][p][bold]Dave mp[/bold] wrote: Will they be filmed when they leave school, clamoring to get on the bus and getting their chicken and chips in the many eateries in nearby Wood Street?[/p][/quote]Hahaha, healthy eating. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -7

4:28pm Mon 24 Mar 14

G_Whiz says...

Oh-my-dayz! - this is nuff sick! Dem don't know nuffin - till de' see dis show!
So praad of the stow right now!
Oh-my-dayz! - this is nuff sick! Dem don't know nuffin - till de' see dis show! So praad of the stow right now! G_Whiz
  • Score: -4

7:33am Tue 25 Mar 14

SillyCnut says...

I can only assume that the upper echelons of the media are stuffed full of ex public school boys who enjoy having a good laugh at the expense of the plebs.
I can only assume that the upper echelons of the media are stuffed full of ex public school boys who enjoy having a good laugh at the expense of the plebs. SillyCnut
  • Score: 1

10:40pm Tue 25 Mar 14

westside_o says...

If Jenny Smith thinks that this will show Walthamstow's children in a positive light I fear she may have a wake up call coming !
Good news doesn't sell.
They will be looking for outrageous footage to air.
If Jenny Smith thinks that this will show Walthamstow's children in a positive light I fear she may have a wake up call coming ! Good news doesn't sell. They will be looking for outrageous footage to air. westside_o
  • Score: 6

7:27am Wed 26 Mar 14

jack20 says...

westside_o wrote:
If Jenny Smith thinks that this will show Walthamstow's children in a positive light I fear she may have a wake up call coming !
Good news doesn't sell.
They will be looking for outrageous footage to air.
Gosh, I bet she never thought of that, what a clever person you are!
[quote][p][bold]westside_o[/bold] wrote: If Jenny Smith thinks that this will show Walthamstow's children in a positive light I fear she may have a wake up call coming ! Good news doesn't sell. They will be looking for outrageous footage to air.[/p][/quote]Gosh, I bet she never thought of that, what a clever person you are! jack20
  • Score: -3

2:12pm Wed 26 Mar 14

hargwyne says...

westside_o wrote:
If Jenny Smith thinks that this will show Walthamstow's children in a positive light I fear she may have a wake up call coming !
Good news doesn't sell.
They will be looking for outrageous footage to air.
It sounds like the previous two series have passed you by, but hey, go ahead and comment anyway, the world is waiting for your ill-considered opinions. The previous two series have been very watchable and interesting, portraying some admirably dedicated teachers and real-life pupils, with all their adolescent pros and cons. It may not chime well with Gove’s 1950s view of how education should be, or his notion that teachers are slackers and pupils worse, but anything the shines a light on the reality of modern schooling is a good thing in my book.
[quote][p][bold]westside_o[/bold] wrote: If Jenny Smith thinks that this will show Walthamstow's children in a positive light I fear she may have a wake up call coming ! Good news doesn't sell. They will be looking for outrageous footage to air.[/p][/quote]It sounds like the previous two series have passed you by, but hey, go ahead and comment anyway, the world is waiting for your ill-considered opinions. The previous two series have been very watchable and interesting, portraying some admirably dedicated teachers and real-life pupils, with all their adolescent pros and cons. It may not chime well with Gove’s 1950s view of how education should be, or his notion that teachers are slackers and pupils worse, but anything the shines a light on the reality of modern schooling is a good thing in my book. hargwyne
  • Score: 7

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