Pupils enter dragons’ den to tackle violent yobs

A Dragons’ Den style competition involving students from Corby reaches its climax on Tuesday.

A group of 31 Year 7 students at Lodge Park Technology College have been involved in a project for the past year aimed at looking at what aspects of anti-social behaviour and violence they believe impacts on their community and how to work towards resolving these problems.

The final step brings the brave 11 and 12-year-old students to the mouth of the fiery den to present the results of their investigation work on how best to resolve these local issues.

The judging panel will include Assistant Chief Constable Andy Frost from Northamptonshire Police, Julie Brookfield, county councillor for Shire Lodge, Corby, and senior representatives from the school and Groundworks UK.

The teams will be competing for the winning prize of support from the dragons and finance to make their idea a reality.

A police spokesman said: “The project, which started in September 2011, is an excellent example of a joint partnership between Corby Police, Groundworks UK, Jam in the Hood workers and the school, illustrating just what can be achieved through the Safer Schools Partnership.”

The programme has been financed by Groundworks UK, a community charity working in partnership with local organisations that are committed to helping people to gain confidence and skills by getting involved with activities in their community.

PCSO Steve Coles said: ”This project is particularly valuable as it involves young people who are directly involved in the community.

“It is also an exciting opportunity for the students and experienced ‘dragons’ to work together in an innovative way to make Corby a safer and pleasant environment for the local community.”