Pupils at Worsbrough Bank End Primary School join forces with South Yorkshire Police for educational scheme
This month, Year 5 pupils at Worsbrough Bank End Primary School welcomed local PCSO’s and their Sergeant from South Yorkshire Police for a special induction into the force’s innovative ‘Mini Police’ programme.
The ten Year 5s nominated to take part in the police-led programme are the latest to join the regional scheme, which encourages children to play a positive part in their local community. Through a series of interactive sessions, local PCSOs teach pupils what they can do both in their school and wider community to set a good example for their peers. Pupils are able to deepen their understanding of a range of important topics – from how to use the Internet safely and respectfully to the dangers of road traffic and speeding – as well as discuss issues that may concern them specifically.
After successfully completing the scheme’s interview round, the pupils at the academy were honoured at last week’s induction with their own special uniform, ID badge and notebook. Their official role as mini police officers will begin in January when they will commence fortnightly workshops with the community support officers. The Year 5 ambassadors will then get the chance to feedback what they learn to the rest of the school through assemblies, newsletters or posters.
Year 5 pupil, Millie-Anne Grain, who is taking part in the ‘Mini Police’ programme, said:
“Being a mini-police officer means a lot to me as I will not only be helping our school but the community and this makes me feel incredibly proud.”
The induction comes as pupils across the primary school are already keen to do their bit to help their local community. The whole school recently took part in a charity non-uniform day which saw them raise a total of £358 for the homeless in Barnsley. With the help of Bank End Friends group, Year 6 House Captains used this money to buy a range of donation items which they delivered to The Civic to distribute.
As part of this work, Worsbrough Bank End’s Year 5 pupils have also been nominated as Dearne FM’s “Class of the Week”. In recognition of this, the children received a visit from the radio team and recorded an interesting segment for the breakfast show that highlighted some of these fantastic examples of leadership they have been able to take part in at school.
Michelle Kelly, Headteacher at Worsbrough Bank End Primary School, said:
“I am very proud of all our pupils for the effort and dedication they have shown over the past few weeks, whether that has been supporting their community through the ‘Mini Police’ programme or helping to raise money for the homeless across Barnsley.
“These kinds of opportunities are perfect examples of how we deliver an Education with Character at Worsbrough Bank End Primary School. Through new and exciting experiences like these, our pupils are able to give back to the local community and develop the skills they need to become responsible, respectful and compassionate young people.”