What is the Jill Dando News Centre?

April 2019 marked twenty years since we lost the extraordinary BBC presenter, Jill Dando. Having studied at Worle Community School, Dando is a huge local success story. Students from PCSA - along with those across the other schools in The Priory Learning Trust (TPLT) - have taken inspiration from her positive journalistic work and created a legacy in her home town. Every week budding journalists across all year groups meet at the Jill Dando News Centre in the heart of the school to interview, write, photograph, film and edit the latest ‘hot off the press’ news. Unlike so much of today’s press, the journalists follow one rule: every story must be a positive and inspiring one.

Journalists are also joined by their furry assistant, Jeffrey (the King Charles Spaniel and TPLT Mascot) who visits the schools across the Trust as part of the Jill Dando News Centre.

Worle to the World

Our theme is taking ‘Worle to the World’, based around the fact that the world need more good news than ever before. Students themselves find and write inspirational and positive stories. They are trained by professional journalists and editors such as reporters from the Weston Mercury and ex BBC radio reporter and brother of Jill, Nigel Dando. Stories are then ‘posted’ up to our Facebook or Twitter accounts, in the press, and via The Post. Students at schools from The Priory Learning Trust are full of stories of success, achievement and inspiration. That’s what our schools are all about. In fact, there is a good news story in every person. If you know of a brilliant story yourself, let us know at editor@theplt.org.uk.

Jill Dando News Centre at PCSA


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The Post

The Jill Dando News Centres put together all their stories into their own newspaper - thousands of copies are circulated across schools and the local community. Please have a flick through our latest copies linked below!