Channel 4 has announced a fourth ‘Educating…’ documentary series.
Twofour will return to the classroom on behalf of the broadcaster, with its cameras set to follow the goings-on at Willows High School in Cardiff.
Willows High School is situated in the South east of Cardiff, with pupils coming from three local areas. Under the leadership of its new Head Teacher the school has been on a rapid and considerable journey of improvement for the past three years.
“We were delighted when we were asked to take part in the fourth series. Willows has been on an incredible journey over the past three years and has been transformed from one of the worst performing schools in the country to a school that we are very proud of.
“Our pupils are amazing; warm, friendly and funny with such incredible potential and our teachers talented, committed and always prepared to go that extra mile to ensure that our pupils achieve, no matter what their starting point. We believe that the relationships between our staff and pupils are extraordinary and want the series to show how so many of our pupils are beginning to fulfil their life potential.” – Headteacher, Joy Ballard
At Willows High School the pupil/teacher relationships are exceptionally strong – every pupil is known by name, and the relationships are built on trust and mutual respect.
Utilising fixed-rig cameras, the series will observe the everyday lives of the staff and pupils at the school, as they work towards the all-important exams which help determine their futures as well as charting the friendships that help them cope in this quickly changing world.
The commission follows the critically acclaimed Educating the East End and its award-winning predecessor Educating Yorkshire.
“We’re thrilled to be heading to Wales and Willows High for the fourth instalment of one of our best-loved series. Following on from Essex, Yorkshire and most recently the East End, under the stewardship of Mrs Ballard, this ‘Educating…’ promises to unearth more inspirational, humorous and moving stories from the corridors of this characterful Cardiff school.” – Commissioning Editor, David Brindley
Executive Producer for Twofour, David Clews adds: “Willows High is one of the most improving schools in Wales, led by the inspirational head teacher Joy Ballard. You can really feel the charm and character of the place as soon as you walk through the gates and start talking to the students. We really are excited about making Educating in Wales.”
The nine-part series will be overseen by Channel 4 Commissioning Editors David Brindley and Madonna Benjamin. It is expected to air in autumn 2015 with the title still to be confirmed.