Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Cardinal Heenan pupils to host stars for TV show

Issued on behalf of Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School Leeds

"Cardinal Heenan pupils Victoria Milne and Joe Mylan, both 16, have won a national competition".

"Maura Rutherford teaches at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, Leeds, where pupils have won a BBC Question Time competition"

Celebrities and politicians will descend on Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, Leeds, next week after students won the right to host an episode of Question Time.

The Leeds school is one of only six schools and colleges nationwide to top a BBC Schools Questions & Answers contest.

A BBC crew will visit the Leeds school on Friday 11 May to film the show. A Cardinal Heenan pupil will be appear on a panel chaired by Kirsty Wark, the presenter of the BBC Two's news and current affairs programme Newsnight.

For their winning entry Cardinal Heenan pupils filmed their own debate on the protestors outside St Paul's Cathedral, London, and in other major cities including Leeds.

Maura Rutherford, a teacher of English at Cardinal Heenan, said: “By debating the issues arising from the protest camps our students showed BBC judges that they enjoy discussing issues that affect them, their communities and the wider world.

“This live BBC broadcast is a wonderful opportunity for pupils to debate directly with leading politicians and people who hold power. Our pupils will be the studio audience. They will be as much part of the programme as those sitting on the panel.”

Cardinal Heenan pupil Victoria Milne, aged 16, said: “Pupils here have been very successful in debating competitions run by The English Speaking Union. It’s a big deal because Cardinal Heenan is one of only a few 11 to 16 schools to take part. We are nearly always up against older sixth formers from private schools.”

Joe Mylan, Head Boy at Cardinal Heenan, 16, said: “We have a big School Council here. It’s run by students, so we are used to debating and arguing a case. We are really looking forward to being filmed by the BBC.”

As part of their prize Cardinal Heenan pupils are taking part in workshops run by Parliament's Education Service. The pupils are learning about politics and how to host a stimulating debate.

The programme will be broadcast by the BBC on The Internet as a live webcast. It will also be shown on the BBC Parliament channel.

The BBC Schools Questions and Answers Challenge is a national competition for 14 – 19 year olds in schools and colleges. It uses the format of the popular Question Time programme on BBC One and Any Questions on Radio 4.

Question Time has been running for over 25 years on BBC One. It is Britain’s most watched political programme. The radio show Any Questions? on BBC Radio 4 has been on air since 1948.

The full list of national winners is:
• Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, Leeds
• Havering College of Further and Higher Education, Hornchurch, Essex
• Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, Eastleigh, Hampshire
• Belfast Methodist College, Belfast
• Rugby High School, Rugby, Warwickshire
• Uckfield Community Technology College, Uckfield, East Sussex


Photographs by Ben Taylor copyright free

For further information please contact:
Vincent Gibbons, Deputy Headteacher, Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School
T: 0113 336 8818
M: 0750 5564397
E: gibbonv01@leedslearning.net

Party in the Park ticket details announced

Caption: Party in the Park is the UK's biggest annual free outdoor pop concert

The date and ticket process for this year’s Party in the Park concert at Temple Newsam have been announced today.

The UK’s biggest annual free outdoor pop event organised by Leeds City Council and 96.3 Radio Aire will take place on Sunday 22 July with a host of chart-topping acts performing at Temple Newsam Park.

The successful ballot system for tickets introduced last year will again be in operation with those wishing to attend able to register their interest at www.radioaire.com/partyinthepark from 8am on Monday 21 May.

The registration period will run for four weeks before closing at 10pm on Sunday 17 June, with applicants able to apply for a maximum of four tickets per household.

Priority will again be given to all people living in Leeds where the property is registered to Leeds City Council. Multiple applications from the same address will not be considered and a proportion of the tickets will be weighted towards local resident applications living in the Temple Newsam area. People living outside of Leeds will be able to apply, but due to the expected high demand it is unlikely they will be successful.

A draw will then be carried out, with those selected to be in the 70,000-capacity crowd being notified by email before 10pm on Thursday 21 June. This confirmation will also include details of how and when to collect the tickets in person from the reception of 96.3 Radio Aire on Burley Road, including the requirement for proof of ID to be shown in the form of utility or council tax bill matching the name and address of the successful applicant.

Disability ticket requests will also form part of the draw, with additional information being provided to successful applicants regarding access and parking at the venue.

Anyone without access to the internet can use the free computer facilities in all Leeds libraries and the Leeds Visitor Centre to make their application.

Announcements of the star names to be performing at Temple Newsam Park will be made on 96.3 Radio Aire and by media partner the Yorkshire Evening Post in the coming weeks, building up to the big day itself on Sunday 22 July.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“Party in the Park is a phenomenally popular event for Leeds so we are repeating the ballot system for tickets from last year as we feel it is the fairest and best way for everyone in the city wishing to attend to have an equal chance.

“The concert itself is a brilliant day out at Temple Newsam Park so we look forward to another amazing line-up this year and would advise anyone wanting to be there to make sure they register or they will miss out.”

Rich Williams from Radio Aire Breakfast said:

“I’m so pleased we’re able to confirm the date for this year’s Party in the Park at Temple Newsam. It’s such an amazing day for Leeds and we’re lining up some unforgettable acts to perform for free. No other city puts on a free party like this!

“We will be announcing the line-up of acts live on Radio Aire Breakfast over the coming weeks. I’ve already had a sneaky peak at the list and I’m so excited, I’ll have to do my best to keep my mouth shut and not let anything out of the bag!”

Further details of the ticketing system and full instructions of how to register including a useful frequently asked questions page are available at the official Party in the Park webpage at www.radioaire.com/partyinthepark.

Anyone with any accessibility issues or concerns about registering for tickets can also contact Leeds City Council’s events team on 0113 395 0891 or by email at events@leeds.gov.uk.

Party in the Park will be preceded the previous evening by Opera in the Park on Saturday 21 July. Details of this year’s event will be announced shortly.


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, Senior communications officer,
Leeds City Council, Tel 0113 247 5472
Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk