Former Scunthorpe student celebrates winning coveted BAFTA
A FORMER Scunthorpe student is celebrating winning a BAFTA award for her directorship of a children's internet game.
Jo Roach, 36, attended Frederick Gough School and went on to study at John Leggott College in Scunthorpe before going to South Bank University in London to complete a media degree that saw her stay on to live in the capital.
But it is her work on the Channel 4 children's story-based web game about school that has shot her into the limelight.
She scooped interactive winner at the children's awards of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for Nightmare High.
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The awards celebrate the very best in children's film, television, games and online media of the past year and the talent behind their successes.
The ceremony was hosted by Barney Harwood at the London Hilton on Park Lane.
Presenters included Eddie Izzard, Alesha Dixon and Sir David Jason.
Although she has now lived and worked in London for 17 years, she has always been very proud of her roots in Scunthorpe and visits her family every three months.
She said she was delighted to be an award winner alongside a team of 25 that produced the game for Sumthin' Else/ Channel 4.
Miss Roach said: "I was really surprised to win, because although I've done a lot of Channel 4 work before, it's really hard to win."
The game focuses on the period when youngsters move up to secondary school.
Miss Roach said: "It was easier for me moving up to secondary school because I had an older sister. I was at Holme Valley Primary School before I moved up to Frederick Gough. It was a really good school which didn't have too much trouble – I just did what my sister told me to do.
"I was terrible at school. My mum always said 'do your homework' but I was a bit lazy."
To play the game, visit www.nightmarehigh.com