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Students banking on media dream

PUBLISHED: 01:41 24 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:42 03 March 2010

STUDENTS are hoping their school is set to become a real media star!

Claydon High School's dream of achieving media status is one step closer to reality today - thanks to Evening Star backing.

STUDENTS are hoping their school is set to become a real media star!

Claydon High School's dream of achieving media status is one step closer to reality today - thanks to Evening Star backing.

A unique partnership has been forged between the Star and Claydon High School, which is currently preparing a bid to apply for specialist status.

The school is ready to open new facilities next week, including a computer suite packed with 30 machines, a learning support unit, library and sixth form study area, but the vision would bring a huge £100,000 grant for a media centre, and then £100,000 a year for four years.

Headteacher Beth Soule said community support will be a vital factor in deciding if the school is awarded media status.

The first big commitment has come from the Evening Star, which is pledging up to £2,000 to the fund over the next three years. The money will come from part donation plus £10 from every new reader who signs up for home delivery of the Evening Star in the Claydon area.

Evening Star Brand manager Austen Dack said: " It is great to be involved with Claydon High's appeal for their new media specialist status bid .

"The area is growing rapidly and we will be canvassing newcomers to trial the Evening Star while raising money for the project at the same time."

Mrs Soule said: "The PTA has already raised £5,000 to £6,000 and many more people have expressed a wish to help.

"The Evening Star supporting this project is a huge bonus. As well as a cash boost for the sponsorship, and publicity for the appeal, the partnership will enable pupils to work with media professionals in the future."

She said Ipswich Film Theatre, and Anglia Television are also lined up to work with students in future.

The school also plans to build a new food technology, and science lab, and four new classrooms in January.

Mrs Soule said: "There won't be a single area of the school that hasn't been tackled over a period of two years - we're being completely remodelled!"

To sponsor the school, call 01473 836110, or to order home delivery of the Star to support the school, call 01473282 384.

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