The Primary

BBC Two Wed 12 March 2008

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Pupils from Welford Primary School in The Primary

While it's situated in one of the most racially diverse and occasionally troubled areas in Britain, Welford Primary in Handsworth, Birmingham, is a thriving school that brings together pupils from no fewer than 17 different ethnic backgrounds with apparent ease.

The school has never had many white children, "There's never been more than 10 within the school community of 480," explains headteacher Chris Smith, and the mix of nationalities means that no ethnic group is predominant. Filmed over one autumn term at the school, this inspiring documentary follows the headteacher as he leads his diverse intake of children through the daily rituals of school life, working to maintain harmony while striving to promote an awareness of the children's different cultures.

The film reveals what life is like for nine-year-old Nathaniel, 11-year-old Aleyx and their peer group of friends including Mariam, Saubia, Conrad and Xhosa, exposing along the way what it's like to learn in one of the most multicultural areas of Britain.



  • Narator... Manjinder Virk
  • Camera... Neville Kidd
  • Assistant producer/camera... Chris Alcock
  • Producer/director... Sarah Waldron
  • Executive producer...
    Dominic Crossley-Holland navigation


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