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Forget The Greatest Showman – Crawley school introduce “The Greatest Teachers”

St Wilfrid’s are back with another fantastic recreation… watch out Hugh Jackman!

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Over the past few years, students and teachers at St Wilfrid’s Catholic School in Crawley have recreated moments from popular productions and uploaded them onto YouTube.

Performances like Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk and recreating scenes from Love Actually have contributed to give the school over 206,000 views on its YouTube channel.

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The school is renowned for the quality of the productions; their latest will be no different.

This Summer, St Wilfrid’s staff have come together to do a small recreation of The Greatest Showman.

Marketing Executive Sarah Gildea said:

“This year there were over 60 members of staff involved and it has been by far our most ambitious attempt at a film yet.”

The film was directed by Media Technician Josh Smith and Digital Marketing Apprentice Demi Broadhead, while Megan Kennedy and Jo Lintern-Goodall did the choreography.

Josh Smith, who came up with the master plan and organised the rehearsals and filming, said:

“We took a great risk this year with choosing such a popular and iconic film as we constantly try to surpass our own expectations on what we can achieve in such a tight amount of time and with limited resources.

“The whole thing was shot on a single camera and painstakingly edited to match the film’s original camera movement.

“Our new member of the team, Demi Broadhead, has been a great addition and has ensured that everything was planned and went ahead on schedule for filming sessions and that Megan and Jo were briefed on which bits they were choreographing.

“It has been the most challenging project in 7 years but the end result and the students reaction today as been well worth the blood, sweat and tears!”

The new production comes after the success of previous videos. Fan favourites include the school’s incredibly well-organised flashmob and the hilarious “St Wilfrid’s Actually”.

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Crawley school students launch petition for change as funding cuts threaten their education

The change.org petition has been launched by some students at Thomas Bennett Community College and already has over 200 signatures.

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The school has been in the news over the past few months due to the funding cuts by TKAT.

With teachers leaving the school and residents community meetings being held with councillors it has been and continues to be a turbulent time for all associated with the school.

Now some students have taken it upon themselves to launch their own petition aimed it seems at changing the school for the better.

The students say:

“We are Students that are currently attending Thomas Bennett. We are undertaking our GCSE’s and are month’s away from exams. With limited welfare support throughout the school, such as a medical room assistant or a pastoral support assistant for each year we are struggling tremendously with the way the school is run due to low funding.”

The student who has launched the petition also mentions how he emailed the CEO of TKAT raising his concerns but was told it ‘wasn’t in their hands and overall should stop talking about it’.

Whilst the petition does not mention it there is a feel that the aim is to bring the school back into public sector as stated by Crawley Council leader Peter Lamb who has show his support of the petition.

The petition states:

“Over the years Thomas Bennett has struggled with funding, only to which this struggle became increasingly more difficult when the academy, TKAT, took over our school. Profit not students success is what this academies aim is and large group of students including me are ready to do whatever needs to happen for something to change! Whether that’s a whole year walkout or a strike with the whole school. “

It adds:

“A walk out is something TKAT does not want to face especially with media coverage and limited time for year elevens, a whole year will not just get bad qualifications with missed time but will also reflect on the education that is being provided for students by this school run by the academy.”

The very fact that students themselves have now made the decision to make a stand shows how passionately the pupils feels about their educational needs but a viable outcome still seems distant.

A spokesperson from the Kemnal Academies Trust commented,

“We welcome our students’ active involvement in their education and the Trust has been working directly with the students at Thomas Bennett.

Funding is a national issue for Education affecting all schools, with the West Sussex “worth it” movement taking a leading part in the campaign to improve funding for all schools”.

The petition can be read here.

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