Pupils from a North East independent school have taken part in promoting a national drink driving campaign.
Budding actors from Norton’s Red House School, Jack and Eddie, joined forces with officers from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit to film a video to help raise awareness over the Christmas season of the dangers of drink driving.
The Year 5 pupils spent a day at the Wynyard Business Park training centre, where filming took place, and had to learn a script for the video and get kitted out in their own police gear.
Once the film was wrapped up, the boys enjoyed experiencing a day in the life of the police, visiting the police dogs and taking a drive in an on-call police vehicle with the emergency sirens running.
Newly appointed headmaster, Ken James, thought it was a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to be involved in a local community project, as well as practice their acting skills outside of the classroom.
He said: “The school was delighted when approached by Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit to take part in promoting the campaign. It was great fun for the pupils to be involved on the day but, ultimately, they are helping to spread a serious message. We’re really proud of Jack and Eddie for the fantastic job they did, not only demonstrating their acting abilities, but in representing our school and the Teesside region.”
Red House School, one of the region’s highest performing independent schools, believes the arts are a crucial part of a holistic education.
The school has recently made the well-received decision to remain in Norton, over-looking the picturesque green. Significant investment has already taken place with the opening of a new, state-of-the-art, all weather sports pitch. The school is also planning to upgrade its performance space to ensure the pupils can make the most of a well-rounded Red House education.
Keen actor, Eddie, aged 8, said: “I had a really great day working with the police. Acting like a policeman was fun, but my favourite part was meeting the police dogs and driving with the sirens on! I’m really pleased I was chosen to do the video.”
Chief Constable Michael Barton said: “It was great fun working with the pupils and showing them a day in the life of one of our police constables, as well as working on such an important campaign.
“Every year around the Christmas season, we see a dramatic rise in driving whilst under the influence and it is really important that we raise awareness of the dangers.
“A social media campaign is great to do that, especially with the help of two great children who were a credit to the school.”
To find out more about Red House School, please visit: http://www.redhouseschool.co.uk/