Creative festival for Thomas Clarkson’s rising stars

“RISING stars” at Thomas Clarkson showed their creative side at a media festival designed to celebrate their work.

Students at the Wisbech secondary school were tasked with coming up with their own fair as part of their Creative and Media Diploma.

With such impressive video, print design and sound work already in their portfolio, a celebration of their endeavours and promotion of career opportunities within the creative and media sectors seemed a worthy option.

Industry professionals invited to the event to talk to pupils interested in a media career were suitably impressed with what they had to offer.

Mark Thatcher, executive producer of The Television Business in Emneth, said: “They’re definitely rising stars.

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“It is not an easy step to go from education into the real world but these students definitely have real world potential.

“It is a difficult climate at the moment. There are jobs out there but employers are being selective.

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“They have got the best pool they could wish to select from but that doesn’t mean students here haven’t got a future. They have just got to work that bit harder to secure one.”

Event organiser Chloe Eaglen teamed up with fellow student Hannah Baker to run a stall describing all the different career routes available in the media.

Jack Bailes’ performance stall showed all the posters, action plans and technology used to put together a stage production whereas Angelika Palacz and Sophie Edwards filmed a hard-hitting documentary entitled The Sex Education Show.

Fellow organiser Zac Thornton said: “People like to see our work.”

Isi Clarke, producer and head engineer of Grange Farm Studio, said the students’ vocational training meant they were “much more likely to have successful careers when they leave”.

Ms Clarke, who works with the pupils on the practical side of their course, said: “It is only truly dedicated people that can get on in this business.

“The examples of work here show they have the drive to produce something of such good quality and succeed.”

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