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Devon school wins Sony

Isca College of Media Arts in Devon has picked up a national Sony Award for schools radio for the second year running.

The radio project there only started in 2009 and was given the Documentary/Feature Award again for a report called Pocket Money which looked at the economy, spending cuts and changes in funding for higher education.

The documentary features interviews with John Barnard, head of resource strategies at Devon County Council, Labour MP and former secretary of state for Children, Schools and Families, Ben Bradshaw, the MP for Exeter and Sanet Steenkamp, acting director of education for Ohangwena in North Central Namibia.

Last year's winning documentary, Food for Thought, featured interviews with food industry professionals, the school nurse, members of the public, Isca students and the executive head chef of Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant at Watergate Bay in Cornwall.

Peter Thompson, President of the Vision Charity, made a surprise visit to the school in Exeter to make the announcement.

This year's other winners – for the Entertainment award – are first-time entrants Tre-Gib School in Llandeilo.

Representatives from both schools will be invited to a reception at the Sony headquarters and to attend the annual Sony Radio Academy Awards in May.

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