Over 60 different languages are spoken in the school where 160 members of staff face the mammoth task of teaching, feeding and managing the welfare of 1,100 pupils. Despite the high turnover of pupils resulting in nearly half of every class leaving before the end of term, the school is still bursting at the seams. Walking down the corridors, it all seems calm – until you look beneath the surface. Set in one of Britain’s most deprived areas, Gascoigne Primary School in Barking is home to a challenging mix of pupils ranging in age from 3-11. Over the course of one school year, this access-led series follows the compelling stories in and out of the classroom, accessing the pupils, parents, teachers as well as the support staff that deal with the day-to-day chaos and drama of managing over 1,000 pupils. The stories covered reflect issues in modern, changing Britain.
A Century Films production for Channel 5
4 x 60 minutesExecutive ProducerLiesel EvansSeries ProducerRob McCabeDirected byAlice MayhallClare Cameron
The Times ★★★★