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Lincoln school pupils appear on BBC One Show

Two students from a Lincoln school were chosen out of thousand across the UK to feature on BBC’s The One Show.

The special edition live show allowed William Farr School pupils Andy Tallon and Gaia Pitt-Judd to interview Winter Olympic Gold Medallist Lizzie Yarnold as part of a 20 minute slot on the show called BBC News School Report edition.

The BBC News School Report featuring the two pupils can be seen on the BBC website now.

They travelled to London with head teacher Andy Stones to take part in the programme, where they interviewed Lizzie then did a special report on the popularity of the quiff hairdo.

Overall, 30 William Farr pupils took part in the BBC News Report day, working on their reports since January by gathering information from various sources.

Two pupils also took part in a broadcast on BBC Radio Lincolnshire, with daytime presenter Nicola Gilroy.

As part of the event, Elaine Blackbourn, the staff member running the project, had to inform the BBC of the pupils’ stories.

The BBC were intrigued by Andy and Gaia’s quiff story, so they sent a producer from BBC Radio 4′s Saturday Live programme to record a piece with them.

The piece was so well received, the pupils were then invited to The One Show to do the report again.

Mr Stones took part in a ‘Quiff-off’ with Lizzie on the show, with the prize being presented by BBC News reader Huw Edwards.

Mr Stones said: “The whole day was great fun but a really important learning experience for our two very talented pupils, as well as all those who took part in events across the day.

“I’m really proud of how professional Andy and Gaia were live on air and the opportunity to meet a Gold medal winner was well worth the embarrassment of wearing a quiffed wig in front of the whole nation.”

Andy Tallon said: “The whole day was a fantastic experience, we learnt a lot and had a lot of fun, and it we are really proud of our head teacher being such a good sport.”