SCWA’s first ever podcast/audio-magazine ‘The Squawk’ has won ‘Best Podcast’ at the prestigious Shine School Media Awards!  



The Shine School Media Awards is a national competition rewarding UK secondary schools who produce an outstanding newspaper, magazine, podcast or website.  


Year 7 students Daniella Davidson, Riya Dhunna, Eireann Chaston, Lola Bostwick-Smith and Holly Cushen all contributed to the podcast and four of the girls attended a spectacular gala awards ceremony at Stationers’ Hall on 1 July.  They were thrilled when judges announced they had won!  The judges said: ‘with a mix of topics ranging from the gossipy to the profoundly serious, this podcast knows its audience and shows huge potential.’ 




“It was a nerve-wracking experience” said Riya. “Exhilarating!” was how Holly described the day; whilst Lola said she “felt very grand and grown up”.

David Milliken, Creative Digital Media teacher at SCWA said:  “We are so proud to have won! The quality of their work was very impressive and winning this Award is hugely motivational for our students.”  To celebrate their success the students and Mr Milliken enjoyed an ice-cream and began to draw up plans for the next podcast which will include hot topics like the girls’ football team, England’s Lionesses World Cup run and having fun in the sun – safely.



The Shine Awards aim to:

  • Encourage an interest in developing print and digital publishing skills in young people, helping them to improve literacy, nurture creativity, develop commercial and business skills, encourage teamwork and develop leadership skills
  • Raise awareness and understanding of the skills required by the media and graphic arts industries, such as commercial awareness, leadership, editorial flair, circulation strategy and design and production and encourage school-leavers to consider the media and graphic arts industries as a career choice
  • Raise awareness of the importance of respecting copyright and the ownership of intellectual property
  • Develop an informed awareness of the need for sustainable strategies to address environmental issues
  • Promote interaction between departments within schools, including English, Art & Design, Business Studies and IT, interaction with the local community and between pupils, teachers and the wider business community


David Millar, Executive Principal, said: “I am very proud of our students’ achievement and my thanks to David Milliken for his expertise and enthusiasm for this project. 

Developing students’ digital skills and digital citizenship is part of our exciting Digital World curriculum, so I am absolutely delighted we have won this Award.”


Click here to listen to SCWA’s Award winning podcast