Educating Yorkshire moves south to Walthamstow secondary school for new series

Cameras will follow students at 'satisfactory' secondary school in east London

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Popular series Educating Yorkshire is moving south to a Walthamstow secondary school, which will take centre stage in a new “Educating…” show.

Frederick Bremer School, located at the heart of the east London community, will open its doors to fly-on-the-wall cameras when the new series airs later this year.

The school, rated “satisfactory” by Ofsted, has a high number of students from ethnic minority groups, and an above average proportion of students eligible for free school meals.

According to its latest Ofsted report, students who enter the school are well below the national average in terms of their levels of attainment, and many have low levels of literacy.

But the report also said students were courteous to each other and “conduct themselves well” around the school, which they said felt “safe”.

The series will follow the pivotal relationships between the students and their teachers as they work towards their GCSEs.

The programme follows the success of Educating Yorkshire, which became Channel 4’s highest-rated series of 2013, peaking at 4.8 million viewers.

Its concluding episode, which saw acute stammerer Musharaf able to deliver a speech in front of his peers, was named “TV moment of the year” by the Radio Times.

Frederick Bremer headteacher Jenny Smith said she hoped the school would continue the tradition of Educating Essex and Educating Yorkshire.

“It is our privilege to serve the vibrant, integrated and ambitious community of Walthamstow and I am confident that Bremer will represent how committed community schools such as ours are to ensuring that every pupil is given every opportunity to succeed."

"Most of all, I’m looking forward to the series celebrating how talented our young people are,” she said.

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