VIDEO: Kettering school pupils’ prison service information day

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A primary school in Kettering has become the first in Northamptonshire to receive an information visit from prison staff.

Paul McGovern, from HMP Manchester, has spent today (Monday, September 8) at Grange Primary Academy in Dorothy Road.

Paul McGovern, from HMP Manchester, has given a talk to pupils from Grange Primary Academy in Kettering. Also pictured are pupils Ella Reese, Abigail Mensah, Jack Snape-Butler and Quinn North, with PCSOs Arthur Pereira (and Charlotte the dog), Jayne Breeze and Jo Wells, and PC Steve Howes

Paul McGovern, from HMP Manchester, has given a talk to pupils from Grange Primary Academy in Kettering. Also pictured are pupils Ella Reese, Abigail Mensah, Jack Snape-Butler and Quinn North, with PCSOs Arthur Pereira (and Charlotte the dog), Jayne Breeze and Jo Wells, and PC Steve Howes

He brought his interactive information day – as well as two police dogs – to youngsters in order to teach them about issues including “stranger danger”, drug problems and how and when to dial for the emergency services.

The sessions have been running for some time in other parts of the region, including in Leicestershire schools, but the pupils were the first in Northamptonshire to take part.

On Tuesday, there will be a similar session at Greenfields Primary School in Kettering, before visits to Rothwell Junior School and Havelock Junior School in Desborough.

PCSO Jayne Breeze, who helped organise the visit, said: “It’s an opportunity for the kids to learn about a whole host of things – how to phone the emergency services, stranger danger, what it’s like to be in prison.

“It’s about breaking down barriers that kids have got, giving them confidence so that if they were faced with an emergency situation they would know what to do.”

In the video above, staff including headteacher Neil Aiken help try and show pupils what people’s reactions are like when they are under the influence of drugs or drink.