DukeBox Radio Visits Global

On Thursday 19th July, 6 DukeBox Radio students visited Global HQ in Leicester Square. Global is the company which owns all the biggest commercial radio stations in the UK. These include Capital, Heart, Classic, LBC, Smooth and many more!

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We were hosted by Katie Breathwick, presenter on Classic FM, who gave us a tour of the whole building and gave the students some great advice for their own future careers in radio.

We also got the opportunity to go into the Classic FM studio during a live broadcast. The presenter at the time was Anne-Marie Minhall, who broadcasts between 1pm and 5pm on weekdays. She spent a lot of time with us all explaining the desk and her process for putting together and delivering a show for hundreds of thousands of listeners.

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On the whole, a lot of information was learnt whch our pupils will now integrate into their own radio broadcasts. They also really enjoyed seeing the places that their favourite radio shows are produced, presented and broadcasted from. A massive thank you to Katie Breathwick and Classic FM as a whole for being such welcoming hosts.  

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Listen Back to Shows You Missed!

Through the power of Mixcloud, you can now listen back to every show that is broadcast on DukeBox Radio. We understand that you can't always experience the shows that your children, students, teachers and friends produce, which is why we now provide this service.

If you're looking for your favourite show, click here to head to where you can listen.

Certain shows also have their own playlists! When on Mixcloud, you can access these by selecting the 'Playlists' drop down menu and clicking on your chosen show. In a playlist, all instances of that show will be grouped together.

You can also access our Mixcloud by clicking on 'Listen Again' at the top of our website. If you have any further queries, don't hesitate to get in touch with us here.

DukeBox Radio Awards Evening

On Tuesday 1st May was the DukeBox Radio Awards Evening, held here at The Wellington Academy. DukeBox is the official radio station for the wellington family of schools which are based here in Tidworth, as well as Berkshire, Tianjin, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Bangkok. The Radio station was set up as a way of connecting all of these schools across the world, and makes us the only secondary school(s) in the UK to have a solid, 24 hour a day station for it's students. It offers them a brand new experience that they can't get anywhere else, as well as also being a valuable educational resource.

The evening was for rewarding the students who come in and present an hour long show every single week. Pupils ranging from the ages of 2-18 years old who have all been on the radio in some capacity, most of which also know how to use all of our broadcasting equipment. This is all done through enrichment lessons, a timetabled period in the week where students try out different extra-curricular subjects. Radio is one of them.

All students got certificates for their contributions to the radios success, and a select few got awards for extra reasons. Congratulations to:

•Jack Brett & Casey Oatley (Year 11) - Best Specialist Show for 'The JC Rock Show'
•Aaron Goodall (Year 9) - Most Hardworking Student
•Adam Bailey & Harvey Perry (Year 7) - Best Double Act
•Toby Bridle (Year 8) - Most Creative Show for 'Memes & Music'
•Beanie Hill (Year 7) - Best Presenter

We also used this opportunity to officially open our state of the art studio here in the academy. The ribbon was cut by the Master of Wellington College and Chair of the Wellington College Academy Trust, Julian Thomas.

Other special guests included Abrilli Phillip (Executive Head of TWA), Lt Col Simon Doyle (Commanding Officer of 26 Engineer Regiment), Gordon Moody & Gary Prince (Aster Housing), Katie Breathwick (Classic FM Presenter) and of course, all of our students and their parents. Special congratulations were also offered to the students by the Mayor of Tidworth, Tidworth Garrison Command Lt Col Jamie Balls and the Local MP for Devizes Claire Perry who unfortunately couldn't make it.

The winner of our 'Best Presenter' award Beanie, also got to interview both Julian Thomas and Abrilli Phillip live on the air in front of our live audience. She did this perfectly, like a true radio professional.

Elliott Sharman (DukeBox Radio Station Manager) had this to say:
"I'd first like to say a massive thank you to Aster Housing, The Wellington Academy Catering Staff and Andy Powell as without them, we wouldn't have an awards evening or such a beautiful studio. But most importantly, i'm extremely proud of all our students. Every week they come in to the studio, get their heads down and produce incredible content for the air. That's what this evening was all about, celebrating the fact that they're capable of doing things that your average teenager isn't. I'm proud to be a part of something that has the potential to become a normal part of, not just our curriculum, but every school's in the country. It gives pupils massive confidence boosts and teaches them key skills like planning, public speaking and how to cope under pressure. Things that your everyday subjects do not. It's revolutionary, and we're very proud to be the first."

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Duke of Wellington Visit

On Monday 5th March, the 9th Duke of Wellington paid his first visit to The Wellington Academy since it's opening. Our sponsor school Wellington College was famously founded as a memorial to his ancestor, the first Duke of Wellington.

On his travels, the Duke stopped off at the DukeBox studios to have a look around. He was particularly impressed by the space and the amount of regular programming created by academy students, as well as the fact that the station was named as a reference to his title, the 'Duke of Wellington'!

As well as visiting us, the Duke also spent time in Year 9 and 12 leadership lessons, inspected our CCF unit, had a tour of the boarding house, and sat down with the senior leadership team and our head boy and girl.

The Duke ended his morning by expressing how pleased he was to visit, and said he was overwhelmed by the excellent facilities and opportunities our pupils at the Academy have.