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The Times Cheltenham Science Festival is offering local Sixth Formers a unique opportunity to develop their journalistic writing skills at the Festival this June.

For the first time ever, budding student journalists will be given official Science Festival press passes, allowing them to attend events and produce articles alongside professional reporters from local and national press.

Ten English Literature and Media students from All Saints’ Academy, Cheltenham were selected to fill these prestigious positions.

All Saints’ Academy PR and Communications Manager Kerri Skelding will lead the student press team, comprising Sixth Formers Chelsea Craven, Curtis Mansfield, Demi Wheeler, Dominika Zyra, Erin Mason, Freya Gray, Jake Sollars, Nick Davies, Robbie Bond and Troy Sutton. During Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th June they will work together to write, edit and print two A3 double-sided newspaper spreads featuring stories inspired by The Times Cheltenham Science Festival.

I am really looking forward to being part of the Press Team for the Festival. It’s an amazing opportunity and I can’t wait to begin.

Chelsea, 18

We are really looking forward to working alongside the students. Cheltenham Festivals brings the foremost musicians, authors, scientists and industry professionals to the South West. This is one of a number of Cheltenham Festivals Education initiatives which connect these artists with the local community in order to unlock talent, enrich lives and illuminate career opportunities.

Ali Mawle, Director of Education

The newspaper produced by the student team will be available on the Science Festival’s Imperial Gardens site and will be free for Festival-goers. The students will also be tweeting and producing a podcast about their experience, so look out for these in June!