Thursday's TV pick: Britain's Biggest Primary School

Published Thursday, Feb 12 2015, 01:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Welcome to the Gascoigne Primary School in Barking, it's Britain's Biggest Primary School, and the subject of this new documentary.

Filmed over the course of two terms, the education institute has more than 1,100 pupils, 38 classes, 39 teachers and over 160 staff. The challenges it faces are the same as any other school, just on a much, much larger scale.

Britain's Biggest Primary School, C5, Thu 12 Feb

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With 250 kids leaving every year, another 250 begin – how does the place manage with such a high turnover? There are children arriving from chaotic backgrounds, including war-torn countries, and families suffering economic hardship. It's up the school to settle them in and calm their lives down.

The staff are a committed bunch, determined to help everyone learn and stay on target, but one thing's for sure, life is never quiet at Gascoigne.

Britain's Biggest Primary School, C5, 9pm

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