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Radio Westbourne

Contact Radio Westbourne

You can contact us in the studio in a variety of ways:

Tweet us: @radiowestbourne

 Email us: radio@westbourne.attrust.org.uk

  Listen to our podcasts: www.mixcloud.com/radiowestbourne


What is Radio Westbourne?

Radio Westbourne is a student led radio station at Westbourne Academy, which broadcasts to pupils and staff from a purpose built studio within the school at break and lunch times.  

The daily music shows feature student requests and ‘shoutouts’ as well as regular features about school events as well as interviews with academy visitors.


Recent Shows

An archive of our shows from the past can be heard via our Mixcloud account (www.mixcloud.com/radiowestbourne ) but here are just a selection of our recent broadcasts:


Philip Gould, local author and ex-Westbourne student


Deji Tobais - Olympic athlete/Anti-Bullying Week 


'Friends of North-West Ipswich Open Spaces' Group


Career Ready

We are pleased to announce that Westbourne Academy is one of only 10 schools in Suffolk taking part in this new initiative, which is being jointly delivered by Career Ready UK and Business in the Community (BiTC), to support and enhance employer engagement within the Academy.  We were delighted that our regional manager, Sian Robertson, was able to join us in the studio to discuss the project.


Big Ambitions 

In the first episode of a brand new careers podcast series entitled 'Big Ambitions', we chat to Claire Ellis, an Operational Meteorologist, about how she started working in her chosen field.


The history behind the station

BLT logoThe idea of the academy having its very own radio station came about through a student voice survey of the entire student population in early 2014. Students were offered a range of different ways by which they could get their voices heard around the school and the local area and chose to pursue the concept of radio.

Fast forward eighteen months, and having successfully bid and then pitched to the North West Ipswich Big Local Trust in order to secure the necessary funding, ‘Radio Westbourne’ was born.

Over the summer holidays of 2015, what had previously been a dusty old Geography store cupboard, was transformed by our custodian team into a freshly painted and carpeted studio space. All it needed now was the specialist ‘kit’ from our friends at Synergy Radio and when this was installed in November 2015, we were almost there.


Staff and students received a crash course in how to ‘go live’ and record their own shows and on Friday December 4th 2015, Radio Westbourne officially went live to our school community for the very first time. 

You can hear that very first broadcast below:

Radio Westbourne - Show #1 - 04-12-15 by Radio Westbourne on Mixcloud



Our Opening Ceremony

Radio Westbourne was officially opened on April 14th 2016 by Town 102 DJ, Tony Horton. The ceremony was also attended by Westbourne staff, students and governors, as well as representatives from the North West Ipswich Big Local Trust and local residents.

Student band, Urban Fall, performed an acoustic set before Garry Trott, Principal of Westbourne Academy and Faye Smith, NWI BLT Project Officer, spoke to the assembled guests before the ribbon was officially cut on the studio. Student presenters Melissa and Olivia then embarked on the daunting task of their first ever live radio interview, talking to Tony about his career in radio and how he got into broadcasting in the first place.

Earlier the same day, we had featured on Town 102 as part of the ‘Donut Run’, and the students (and staff!) involved with the station were very grateful to receive the sweet treats! The audio of that radio interview can be heard here:



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The future and how to get involved

The future is extremely bright – the station is currently involved in a number of projects, both within the academy as part of curriculum links and also through our work with community action groups within the local area.

We have a core team of extremely committed students involved with the station but are always looking for new members to join the team, so whether you want to be behind the mic presenting your own show, or behind the scenes as part of the production team, there’s a role for everyone.

Our ultimate aim over the next couple of years is that the station can become completely ‘student led’ with different groups of pupils producing and broadcasting different daily shows – featuring academy news, sports results, current affair features/debates, and interviews with visiting guest speakers and staff – the potential for development really is huge.

We are extremely proud to be the first Suffolk school we know of with our own radio station, although we are keen to share what we have and would love to become more involved with new projects from other schools/community groups within the area. If you would like to see our facilities in action, or would like to chat about how we could help get your message across, please do get in touch using the contact details above.



‘Community Youth Chat’ Podcasts (CYC)

The CYC podcasts started through our close working links with the North West Ipswich Big Local Trust. Having given us the funding for the station to make our student’s voices heard, they were keen to hear more from them about what they wanted to see in their local area and how any improvements could be made.

Our first podcast was recorded with Tracy Dockery from the NWI BLT team, who wanted to discuss with our students some of their concerns they have regarding the area in which they live.

From here the idea snowballed and subsequent podcasts spoke to representatives of local community action groups and the local policing team. New podcasts are made every 4-6 weeks when the CYC group meet and all of the broadcasts to date - both new and archived - can be accessed via our Mixcloud page here: www.mixcloud.com/radiowestbourne

If after listening to any of the CYC podcasts, you would like to know more about the work of any of the groups or individuals featured, their contact details are listed below:


North West Ipswich Big Local Trust

Contact Details: Tracy Dockery
W: www.nwipswichblt.co.uk
Twitter: @NWIpswichBLT
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nwipswichblt
Listen to the podcast:


West Ipswich Safer Neighbourhood Team

Contact Details: PC Ben Redmond
W:  www.suffolk.police.uk/your-area/ipswich-west
T: 101 (to speak to the police about non-emergency matters) or Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111
Twitter: @IpsWestPolice
Facebook: www.facebook.com/suffolkpolice
Listen to the podcast:




Contact Details: Simon Cobb
W:  www.iceniipswich.org
T: 01473 214006
E: admin@iceniipswich.org
Twitter: @iceniipswich
Facebook: www.facebook.com/iceniipswich
Listen to the podcast:



Whitton Youth Partnership

Contact Details: Andy Fell
W:  www.whittonyouthpartnership.epageuk.com
T: 07873 689576
E: wypandy@gmail.com
Twitter: @whitton_youth
Facebook: www.facebook.com/whittonyouthpartnership
Listen to the podcast:


Ipswich Community Media

Contact Details: Councillor Glen Chisholm
W:  www.ipswichcm.org.uk
E: glen@ipswichcm.org
Twitter: @ipswichcm or @glenchisolm
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ipswichcm
Listen to the podcast:



Autism & ADHD

Contact Details: Tom Smith
W:  www.AutismAndADHD.org
T: 01473 557550
E: info@AutismAndADHD.org
Twitter: @AutismandADHD1
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AutismAndADHD1
Listen to the podcast:



Apprenticeship Week

To mark the visit of many providers of apprenticeships in the Suffolk area, students interviewed representatives from a variety of local businesses and colleges to find out a little more about what was on offer to anyone considering an apprenticeships after leaving Westbourne. These proved to be extremely informative and we are grateful to all those who gave up their time to come into the studio to talk to our students. The audio of the interviews can be listened to below:

1. The Army


2. Kaplan Financial


3. Easton & Otley College


4. Ian Marshall Football Academy


5. Inspire


6. John Michael Training Academy


7. Orwell Housing Association


8. Port of Felixstowe


9. Sanctuary Personnel


10. Suffolk New College


11. West Suffolk College