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Parents, pupils, teachers and governors now have the chance to find out just how much is going on at Fearns Community Sports College in Stacksteads now the latest school paper has been printed.

As the only high school in Rossendale where pupils produce a professional newspaper in just one


week, Fearns Chat is now a mainstay of the school's promotional material. This year's was produced by 11 junior journalists who wrote and designed 16 A4 pages - a total of 10,249 words.

Feedback from pupils affirmed the project's usefulness and the finished printed publication has won high praise.

A news story about the paper was printed in the Lancashire Telegraph and also on About My Area community website.

Watch this space for the summer school newspaper being produced by Catherine Smyth later in August.


This is normally a quiet time for me but July and August have so far yielded a number of news stories and assignments.

As a freelance journalist Catherine Smyth has written two news stories for the Big Issue In The North, one on the local government ombudsman's decision about the action of bailiffs acting on behalf of Bury Council ( click the pdfs parking story1 parking story2) and the second about a Bacup man who has been without income since March and having to rely on neighbours' goodwill and food parcels.

Catherine Smyth also writes freelance stories for About My Area and was first to break the news of the closure of , first with the news about the shock closure of Pioneer Cheerleaders, and about residents risking their lives using a footpath in Weir where a 20ft wall is in danger of collapse.

School stories from Fearns included pupils who spent their work experience swimming with sharks when they went to the Sea Life Centre in Blackpool as volunteers and a summer school

At Haslingden High students raised thousands at a charity day, secured placements at a prestigious summer school at Cambridge University and one talented artist was allowed to paint the school's history classroom.

Two further newsletters were produced for Veterans In Communities and an art show and 'pop up' shop were featured in local papers. The VIC art group was also featured on Granada Reports.

And on August 19th I will be running a school newsapaper... yes I know it is the holidays but this one is a special for a Week of Wonderful Things at Rawtenstall St Mary's.