Media school at King Alfred School Academy, Highbridge

Enthusiastic Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge students have launched a new state-of-the-art news centre set up in memory of an inspirational journalist.

A brand new area has been constructed at The King Alfred School Academy to report on exciting events to the wider community.

The Jill Dando News Centre has been set up in memory of the successful journalist born in Weston-Super-Mare, who died in 1999 aged only 37.

Now her legacy lives on with hundreds of good news stories coming out of the school, found and written by students themselves.

The jacketed students will involve the local community by reporting on their achievements.

Media school at King Alfred School Academy, Highbridge

News will feature a wide spectrum of subjects, from hobbies to heroic acts. They aim to continue what Jill Dando dedicated her life to; reporting news to the world.

It is an exciting time for the JDNC to be launched, with months of good news coming out of the school and excellent GCSE results.

Year 10 student Izzy Simmons said: “As part of this assembly of talented people, I feel privileged to be part of it and I look forward to the future of the Jill Dando News Team.”

English teacher Ali Wray said: “I am thrilled to be involved in such an exciting project, our students are incredibly talented and I cannot wait to see how this develops.”

Principal Nathan Jenkins added: “We are delighted to launch our new Jill Dando News Centre. The students have been buzzing for weeks.”

The centre is being fully supported by, which will be featuring its content.