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Video Competition

Congratulations to the winners of our student video competition! 

Thank you to all the students who took the time to enter -- every video was creative & unique, and the judges had a difficult time selecting the winners!

Congratulations to the winners below. All videos are available to view on our Youtube channel and Facebook page, so check them out!

Years 7-10
1st: Emma L
2nd: Leah F
3rd: Lucas B

Years 11-13
1st: Aimee W
2nd: Rosie A
3rd: Lucas J

Video Competition Judges 

Nicola Linacre – Mayor of Harpenden

I’ve been a Town Councillor for the past 13 years, and this is my third term as Town Mayor.  I’m looking forward to seeing the entries as I know there are so many talented and dynamic young people attending our schools and I can’t wait to see what they have come up with.

Stephen Mitchell

Born and educated in Loughborough, Leicestershire, studied Politics and Modern History at Manchester University.

Worked as a journalist on The Newcastle Chronicle then the South Wales Echo and Western Mail and the Times before joining the BBC Radio Newsroom.

Worked at the BBC in radio and television as a reporter, sub editor and producer, becoming Head of Radio News and then Deputy Head of BBC News across all Radio, Television and Online journalism. Left the BBC in 2013 and set up a media consultancy to advise on Editorial matters and coach young journalists.

Served on the Board of the National Council for the Training of Journalists and on the Board of the British Forces Broadcasting Organisation.

Lived in Harpenden for more than 25 years, his late wife was a dyslexia tutor, his daughter is a doctor and his son works at the Foreign Office, both went to Sir John Lawes school.

Rachael Hilton

Originally hailing from Lancashire, Rachael Hilton is an actor, comedy writer, and one third of sketch group Halfway House (with fellow actors Harriet Webb and Emily Houghton) Her Spotlight link is with details of her acting work and voiceovers, and Rachael has a background in video editing and production for clients like Stagecoach Theatre School and the FA.

Ken Dailey

I started off in 1989 going to Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, where I undertook their Television Programme Operations course.  From there, I went to work at a company called Thames Television (the ITV broadcaster for the London region), where I worked mostly as a camera assistant / operator on a variety of studio and location programs.  When the UK visual effects industry started in the early 1990s, I made the jump to a company called Cinesite (, where I worked for around 17 years, progressing through the ranks to the role of VFX Producer.  I had a great time there, but in 2012, decided to move on, and secured a position as a Senior VFX Producer at Double Negative ( where I stayed for around 5 years, before moving to my current position as an Executive Producer at Framestore (

Along the way I've worked on around 36 feature films - including a number of Bond movies, a couple of Marvel movies - including the recent 'Avengers : Endgame', and most recently a live action remake of Lady and The Tramp (available on Disney+) and currently a live action / toon version of Tom and Jerry for Warner Bros.

Lastly, here's the IMDB (Internet Movie DataBase) entry for me, which shows the projects I've worked on so far:


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