Ofsted Outstanding

Young Reporters Sept 2021

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Following the success of the Young Reporter Scheme last year, we are delighted to be participating in this innovative project once again. Run by an experienced Journalist from the News Shopper, the scheme provides students with the opportunity to join a team of young reporters and generate online content, all of which is published on a live news platform.

As well as gaining an invaluable insight about the work of a journalist, students develop a range of highly regarded transferrable skills, including research capabilities, improving writing skills, building up confidence and the ability to work to a deadline. The programme is recognised and supported by universities nationwide.


In summary, this excellent scheme offers your daughter/son:

Young Reporter Scheme | Work Experience | Leatherhead

The Young Reporter scheme is a journalism work experience opportunity, open to school students aged 14-18. Established for twelve years, the scheme has benefited thousands of students, enabling them to experience real life in the media. Every article is published on our online newspapers.



  • The ability to build up a portfolio of published work - students have to write 1 article a month until April 2022
  • A letter of recognition upon completion for inclusion on their CV and/or as part of their UCAS application. It can also be used towards Bronze/Silver DofE
  • The student's name included in the Award Brochure which is sent out to schools and universities

To find out more information, please watch this youtube clip- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQJVrvipWmY


Esther O'Neill won the "Breaking News" category in the scheme last year and said:  

"The Young Reporters scheme was a fantastic opportunity to get my voice heard on matters that mean a lot to me. It helped me learn how to stick to deadlines and write concisely under pressure, as well as increase my confidence in contacting strangers to get quotes. A career in journalism is something I would love to pursue"


If your daughter/son is interested in participating, please ask them to email me on cgreen@newsteadwood.co.uk, their full name and year group, they should not email Young Reporter directly. The cost for of the scheme is £35 which includes two virtual mentoring sessions. In order to secure your daughter's/son's place, please make your payment using WisePay. If you have any financial concerns about the cost, then please contact our Finance Director at finance@newsteadwood.co.uk in confidence. 


Any other queries, please contact me.

Kind regards,

Caroline Green

Careers Assistant/Trips Administrator

(in school from Tuesday to Thursday)

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