This intimately-observed one off was filmed over the course of the second half of the Autumn term. Dramatic, emotional and inspiring, we’ll meet pupils, parents and teaching staff as they deal with the day-to-day chaos and drama of this super-size primary school at this busy time of year.
The second half of the Autumn term is a very busy one…it’s the lead up to Christmas. The evenings are drawing in and the excitement is building. But in a school with children with 60 different languages and many different religions, the school has to plan to be as inclusive as possible. Despite the school make-up being majority non-Christian, the annual Christmas concert is an event done with gusto and excitement. With a script and characters tailored to the range of cultural backgrounds, we will follow the madness as a nominated group of teachers muck-in weeks in advance to arrange parts, costumes and music whilst ensuring that the children involved feel included and involved. It’s a challenging time for these staff.
And with most of the 1100 pupils receiving free school meals, gregarious head chef Mary has her work cut out. Already planning the Christmas menu, which will involve the halal, non-halal traditional and vegetarian special, Mary oversees a large team of 10 efficient assistants and dinner ladies. She arrives into school by 7am each day to ensure the daily lunchtime operation – which involves catering to a range of dietary requirements – is executed smoothly.
We follow the compelling stories in and out of the classroom, accessing the pupils, parents, teachers as well as the support staff as they prep for Christmas. We focus on the stories of three children across the age range of the school .
A Century Films Production for Channel 5
1x 60 minutesExecutive ProducerLiesel EvansProduced byClare CameronNasfim HaqueEdited by Scott McEwingDirected byRob McCabe