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Bedale High School – 26th June 2017

Bedale High School – 26th June 2017

Bedale High School has been hosting PMNW for a number of years now and another warm welcome was awaiting us as we arrived on site.

All preparations were well in hand and thanks to the efforts of the Head of General Studies, Andy Childe and his colleague Laura McGuiness we were all set to give the students another great learning experience.

Following the launch in the Main Hall 130 excited Year 8 students set off on their carousel of workshops which included;

1). Prison Life – an explanation of what happens on a typical day in prison and visit to the mobile cell facilitated by Officer Dave Bainbridge from HMP/YOI Low Newton in Durham and retired prison officer Larry Peacock.

2). Street Scene – discussions and role-play to help the students understand the meaning and consequences of anti-social behaviour ably portrayed by Ollie Woods and Kath Longstaff;

3). Choices and Consequences – Q. & A. session with two serving prisoners from HMP Askham Grange near York. A workshop presented by two female inmates whose actions have had a devastating effect on their lives and those ‘reeling’ from the consequences. Thanks to Ian Revell (Rev) for overseeing the workshop and ‘keeping order’;

4). Magistrates – a re-enactment of a trial led by North Yorkshire Magistrates in the Community Team ably assisted by the students who played various roles and had the opportunity to study the evidence and decide the fate of the accused.  Many thanks to Philip Morris  and his colleagues for giving up their own time for another superb re-enactment;

5). Fire – Alyson Down and Bernice Champion highlighted all aspects of the dangers and consequences of setting fires from the reasons why people set fires, to local case studies and the tragic consequences that often result;

6). C.E.O.P. – a presentation regarding the dangers associated with misuse of social media, how students can protect themselves from exposure to the dangers and how to report anything they deem suspicious.  Always a workshop that shocks staff and students alike, expertly delivered by retired prison officer Barrie Thornton;

The day as always was concluded with a re-cap of what the students had learned and presentation of prizes to those students who had shown a high degree of interest and participation throughout the day.  A difficult choice indeed for the teachers when so many youngsters had taken an active part.

Another highly successful and rewarding day for all concerned -PMNW and their partners look forward to returning again in 2018.

Phil Wilson – Crime Day Lead and Director of Community Liaison