The BBC’s Stacey Dooley pays a visit to a Hitchin school to talk journalism – and catches up with a former teacher!

Kat Hudemann, Stacey Dooley and Clare Bailey

Kat Hudemann, Stacey Dooley and Clare Bailey - Credit: Archant

A BBC documentary presenter caught up with one of her old teachers when she paid a visit to a Hitchin school.

Whitehill Junior School welcomes the BBC's Stacey Dooley.

Whitehill Junior School welcomes the BBC's Stacey Dooley. - Credit: Archant

Stacey Dooley – who has helmed programmes for the CBBC children’s channel as well as hard-hitting exposes for BBC Three – was reunited with Whitehill Junior School head Steve Mills, who taught her when she was a pupil in Luton in 1996.

He was delighted she managed to find a space in her busy diary to give a talk to Year 6 youngsters about journalism, the media and some of the topics she’s reported on for the BBC.

Stacey said: “The kids were amazing. They were so articulate and had a genuine understanding of some quite grown-up issues affecting people around the world.

“The questions they asked really made me think. It was lovely to see Mr Mills again – it was a great gig!”


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Teacher Clare Bailey said: “Stacey was inspirational and it was fantastic to see her interact with the children.

“It was refreshing to spend time with such a well-travelled, well-informed and down-to-earth person.

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Mr Mills, who has kept in touch with Stacey ever since she left school and followed her career with interest, added: “It was great to see her again.

“She was extremely generous with her time.”

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