A group of Y8 and Y9 pupils from Penkford School were invited this week to participate in a Media Workshop called ‘Merseyside is Bright’ project at Radio City.
This is a crime prevention project which focuses on tackling knife crime and other gang related crimes within the region, through raising awareness of the wider impacts these types of crime have on family members and the wider community.
Pupils spent the day at the top of the Radio City Tower, one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings, and were able to put their media skills to the test through working in small groups to create a 30 second advert that will be used as part of the Merseyside is Bright campaign.
Pupils were able to develop their confidence, teamwork and communication skills as well as enjoying a tour of the radio city tower which gave them a chance to visit the studio and to witness live radio being transmitted.
Penkford School has received much praise for its imaginative curriculum provision which promotes a midweek Enrichment afternoon, Resilience lessons, Forest School and also Outdoor Education. Proactive and preventative approaches to helping young people include initiatives such as an onsite counselling service, an onsite half termly ADHD Clinic, use of the expertise of professionals from the Youth Justice Board and “Team Around Penkford School” multi agency meetings.
The school is well known for its best practice in helping and supporting pupils who have ADHD and won the award of ADHD Friendly School last year.
Head teacher Julie Johnson said: “Our pupils have Social Emotional and Mental Health difficulties and complex needs. Any campaign that raises awareness of knife crime is really beneficial for us. We are proud of our partnership working with Police and other multi agencies”.