Global Academy in West London has won three Golds in the national awards for the best radio and podcasts made by under 18s, organised by The Radio Academy.
The Young Audio Awards – which recognise young people with a passion for making audio, and are supported by the BBC and commercial radio – were presented last Friday by BBC Radio 1’s Jordan North and KISS FM’s Tyler West, with Global Academy students picking up the top prizes in three categories.
Two of the wins were for the school radio station run by students, Youths Choice. The news and current affairs show Youths Choice Voice won Best In Speech sponsored by talkSPORT, presented in a special video message from talkSPORT presenter and former England footballer Darren Bent.
One of the Youths Choice Voice co-presenters, Anousha Gledhill, won the BBC Sounds Rising Star award in the 16-18 Category. She received her award via Zoom during her summer work experience trip at The New York Times, from Radio 1 presenters Sam & Danni.
Year 10 student Daisy Barker won the BBC Sounds Rising Star award in the 12-15 Category, for her work on Chelmsford Community Radio. She was surprised by the award presenters Jordan and Tyler, during a visit to the KISS radio studios in Central London.
Jonty Archibald, Principal at Global Academy, said: “We are so proud of our students for winning Gold at The Young Audio Awards. It really goes to show the breadth of talent in our students as future broadcasting stars and supports the work our teachers do to embed industry standard practice in the curriculum.”
Each winner in the awards will now get the chance to host a 1-hour radio show on national station Fun Kids, plus opportunities organised by the Radio Academy to learn more about a career in the industry.
Sam Bailey, Managing Director of The Radio Academy, said: “These awards are a fantastic opportunity for young people across the UK to be recognised for the hugely creative work they do with audio – one of the most accessible forms of media you can imagine. At The Radio Academy, we love to recognise kids starting up their own school radio shows or bedroom podcasts – and the work from the Global Academy is an example of some of the best out there. Congratulations to all the students involved.”
The Young Audio Awards ceremony can be watched back at YouTube.com/youngaudioawards