2016 School Report

Students from Priestlands School will be making the news for real on 10 March 2016 as they take part in BBC News School Report. We aim to publish the news by 1600 GMT on the News Day, so please save this page as a favourite and return to it later.  In the meantime, take a look at what our students produced last year. 

Students from Priestlands School made the news for real on 27 March 2014 as they took part in BBC News School Report:


Here at Priestlands School, we have been investigating potholes on our roads and the dangers they pose to us as we cycle to and from school. Potholes have been a nuisance for years, but with the levels of bad weather we have had recently, there seems to be more around than ever before.  Some students have told us they have had accidents where they have not seen a pothole and come off their bike as a result.  Whilst most potholes can often be avoided, some students said that they are often hard to see, particularly when it is dark. A survey of the local area found numerous potholes, some nearly as big as five feet across.  Many are in the main routes into school, with the biggest being just yards from the school gates. These potholes occur when water seeps into the underlying soil and cause the road to break up from the traffic on top.  They pose a great risk for cars and bicycles alike, often causing damage to wheels and in some instances, to the passengers. We wrote to the council to find out what they had to say, and this we their reply:


“Hampshire County Council is targeting the worst areas first,  using a range of different treatments to re-establish the structural integrity of the roads.  The number of highways maintenance gangs carrying out work on the roads has been increased from 50 to 80, and we have brought in extra machinery such as jet-patchers, high-speed patching machines which can fix numerous defects by forcing material into cracks, crevices and potholes within a few minutes leaving the repaired road immediately ready for traffic, and a multi-hog machine which can repair 200 square metres of road in just two hours.”


So it seems that improvements are being made, but in the meantime, we just have to keep a close eye out for holes in the road!


You can see the report here:



Students from this school made the news for real on 21 March 2013 as they took part in BBC News School Report. You can find their report on social networking sites here:


The 2012 report can still be found on the BBC's website at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-17375961