Mulberry Radio made its first transmission in 2008. Since then it has raised its profile by broadcasting a range of podcasts on a dedicated online site.
Groups of students have gained skills in recording and digital audio editing, learned successful techniques for interviewing and experimented with creative sound storytelling. Programmes produced have ranged from news bulletins to factual audio documents to oral history interviews with local residents.
In its first two years, Mulberry Radio made strong links with the BBC and students have had the experience of presenting alongside professional presenters on BBC London as part of their School Report’s National Schools’ Day Live. Students have also had their views aired on Radio 4’s Women’s Hour and BBC World News for Children. Partnerships and work experience placements with Resonance fm and Reprezent Young People’s Radio have enabled students to engage with the experience of a live radio studio. Some students have had the opportunity to engage with sound art by creating sonic environments with artist Duncan MacAffee from Whitechapel Art Gallery. Students have also had the chance to link audio and visual art through installation projects with freelance practitioner Jules Maxwell and as part of Mulberry’s Southwark Playhouse Festival.
You can hear some of Radio Mulberry’s podcasts at www.makewav.es/mulberry
Radio has become both a learning tool and a facilitator of self- expression at Mulberry and the school is keen to continue to explore its learning potential as part of the wider curriculum and beyond.