Pupils at Holy Island and Lowick C of E First School are set to hit our television screens next week, in CBeebies show Time for School.
The new show started on Monday, with episodes featuring Holy Island and Lowick school due to air next week.
Time For School is an exciting fly-on-the-wall series following the ups and downs of real reception children as they start school. The series aimed to capture every aspect of this unfamiliar but fun journey, in an entertaining and heart-warming observational documentary style.
It follows the children on their first day and throughout the first term at Mere Green Primary School in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, as well as Lowick and Holy Island.
“They sent out an email about a year ago, and we responded to say that we would be interested,” explained Lowick and Holy Island headteacher Christine Vanson.
“They went round quite a few schools, and they liked us for the show because it’s the two schools, and they were looking for a contrast with the inner city school in Birmingham - we’re certainly that!”
Camera crews worked in the schools throughout the autumn, following the children on their first day and throughout the first term.
They captured everything from first-day nerves to ft where to hang coats, and what to have for school dinners.
“The crew were here for the whole of last term, so we all got quite used to them. We’re missing them now they’re not here,” Mrs Vanson said.
Episodes airing this week follow the pupils of Mere Green, with pupils at Lowick and Holy Island to feature every day next week at 4.30pm.
“This week it’s the Birmingham School, but next week it will be all Lowick and Holy Island,” Mrs Vanson explained. “That’s how it will run, every other week it will be us. We’ve done about 40 episodes.
“We’re going to be showing the programme to the children on Tuesday morning through iplayer, as that’s when the Holy Island children will be here.
“We don’t really know what to expect, but there’s great excitement all round,” Mrs Vanson said.
She added: “Of course, they’re all stars, whether they are on TV or not.”