Newington primary radio stars get ready to broadcast to the UK

Newington pupils get ready for their radio broadcast

A radio programme put together by pupils at Newington Community Primary School in Ramsgate is to be broadcast across the UK.

The team from the school’s AAA Vadio project – vadio is a mix of radio and video – were invited to contribute to the nationwide Fun Kids digital radio station.

The opportunity is part of AAA Vadio team’s prizes that they won at the inaugural Young Audio Awards run by the radio industry this spring.

Music teacher Warwick Eldred said: “We have been given an hour long take-over of a programme on the Fun Kids digital radio Station. This will be broadcast at 8am, on Saturday, (July 20), through the internet and also through any DAB radio. We will maintain our recognisable Newington Triple ‘A’ Radio brand for the special show.

“We only had two weeks to write, record and edit our programme, linking all of the music pre-chosen by Fun Kids Radio.

“The programme includes a two-part feature looking at ways to entertained during the summer holidays and also features local events such as Broadstairs Folk week and this year’s Ramsgate Carnival. It also features especially recorded jingles.

“The recording was completed by the eight pupils who attended the Young Audio awards in London.

“We had to learn the discipline to create recordings that fitted a specific time length. The pupils also had to record their links very quickly as the deadline for the programme completion was so tight. The pupils did brilliantly under such pressure.”

At the radio competition finals at Broadcasting House, the young radio stars won in two categories – Achievement in the Community; and Best Use for Education sponsored by

The new annual awards aim to widen the talent pool coming into British radio and provide an opportunity for young people to access the audio industry.

Newington radio stars

Newington CPS head teacher Cliff Stokes said: “It has been quite a few months for our AAA Vadio team. The invite to prepare a programme for a nationwide children’s radio broadcast was a brilliant test of their ability to operate under a tight time schedule and produce original and quality entertainment. They have done very well and it is a real achievement for them all.”

Triple A stands for Ambition, Achievement and Aspiration, the Newington school ethos. The radio team from Years 3, 4 and 5 are Erin, Jessica, Tegan, Lexi, Henry, Harry, Paige and Sophie.

Fun Kids radio for children and parents is available on DAB Digital Radio across the UK, on mobile and online at