About Us

Berkeley Squares is an independent student newspaper written, produced and edited by sixth form volunteers at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School.

Since our founding in 2015 we have grown to over 25 dedicated contributors, editors and technical members. Whilst the majority of our audience is Bristol-based, the newspaper deals with regional, national and international issues that aim to voice a healthy spectrum of political and social opinion.

Please feel free to contact us with any queries or feedback.


We strongly believe that journalism should be completely transparent, so you know where your news is coming from.

Our minimal running costs – web hosting and domain registration – are covered by Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital. Everyone who works on the site is a volunteer and receives no compensation.

The school does not direct which stories we cover, and does not in any way endorse the opinions we express. A member of school teaching staff is in one stage of our editorial review process, in a copy-editing capacity.

All articles are approved before publication by the school’s marketing department to check for legal compliance, such as with copyright and libel legislation. Our content management system does not allow them to edit articles at this stage, only to approve them or return them to their author for re-drafting. They have the ability to edit and take down articles post publication, and to take down the site itself. They have requested modifications a total of 3 times, the last of which was during February 2018.

Editorial Team

Matthew Fackrell

Matthew Fackrell

Joint Political Editor (UK)

A politics student, amateur photographer, and travel enthusiast interested in current affairs, I aim to inform, create interest, as well as to occasionally inspire.

Peter Savery

Peter Savery


Co-editor of Berkeley Squares. Occasional debater, part-time flautist, cinephile and Gabbler, Peter has never visited the namesake of the publication he now edits; or found cause to justify the plural.

Luke Bennett

Luke Bennett

Joint Political Editor (Local)

Joint political editor, who tries to focus on local news emerging in and around Bristol.

Jamie Hall

Digital Media Manager And Culture Editor

Culture Editor and Social Media Manager, I'm supposed to write articles

Yuchao Fan

Science & Technology Editor

I write about anything that interests me.

Barnaby Johns


Tom Conradi

Chief Sub-Editor

Just weirdly obsessed with grammar and nothing satisfies me more than making sure everything is correct!

Samuel Perry

Samuel Perry

Joint Sports Editor

Ciera Parsons

Joint Sports Editor


Chris Hyland

Chris Hyland


One of Berkeley Squares' founding few, and 2017-18 Co-Editor & Technical Director.

Technical Team

Angus Bucknell

Angus Bucknell

Technical Director

Lover of travel, biology, computer science and space! WIP website developer and also enjoys hiking in the little spare time he has.

Oscar Blakeborough


James Foster

Sound Design

Prior Members

2018 Leavers

Jack Collard Co-Editor
Chris Hyland Co-Editor and Technical Director
Toby Speirs Chief Sub-Editor and Science & Technology Editor
Harry King Culture Editor
Matthew Munday Joint Political Editor
Edward Píška Joint Political Edtor
Tom Hague Sports Editor
James Palmer Film Critic
Louis Harris Contributor
Xianru (Albert) Li Contributor
Joel Sodzi Contributor
James Smithson Contributor
Alex Takemura-James Contributor

Rory NevilleTechnical Officer

Ben SaltTechnical Officer

2017 Leavers

Andreas Richardson Technical Director
James Patrick Wearmouth Business and Political Editor
Rishil Adodra Contributor
Frank Dickens Contributor
Tom Scrivens Contributor

2016 Leavers

Iain Walker Political Editor
Finn Conway Contributor
Florian Howe Contributor
Ned McDougall Contributor
Kieran Small Contributor
Maximilian Yuen Food Critic