Pupils’ creative poster warning

Airedale Academy pupils have done posters to combat truancy in the school.'Brandon Bird with PC Ali Kendrick and Emily Bosworth, Allecia Thompson

Airedale Academy pupils have done posters to combat truancy in the school.'Brandon Bird with PC Ali Kendrick and Emily Bosworth, Allecia Thompson

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CREATIVE youngsters at Airedale Academy made posters to warn pupils about the dangers of skipping school.

Year seven pupils at the Crewe Road school created their colourful designs for a poster competition – organised by Castleford neighbourhood policing team – as part of a police campaign to crack down on truancy.

Insp David Bugg of Castleford NPT, who judged the competition with headteacher Michaela Blackledge, said: “I was very impressed with all the posters that we judged in the competition.

“While designing posters to promote the anti-truancy campaign, pupils became aware of the dangers they can put themselves in by not being in school.

“Officers are already working with the shops to combat this problem which leaves children vulnerable to being victims of crime or being drawn into crime and anti-social behaviour.

“This is yet another way of targeting truancy within Castleford and I have been thoroughly impressed at the positive attitude of all the children that took part in this.”

PC Alison Kendrick presented prizes to winner Brendan Bird, who received a £30 Argos voucher and chocolate, second-placed Emily Bosworth, who bagged a £10 Argos voucher and Allecia Thompson, who finished third and won sweets.

Brendan’s poster will be displayed in areas that police say are popular places for children who are playing truant, including shopping centres and fast food outlets.

Insp Bugg added: “We work very closely with Airedale Academy, and the Airedale and Ferry Fryston Area Management Board in reducing truancy through involving children in community focus projects.”

Suspected truancy in Castleford town centre or at Junction 32 shopping outlet can be reported by contacting polilce on 101. For more information on child truancy in the area, call Castleford NPT on 01924 206210 and leave a message for PC Kendrick, or email at Alison.kendrick@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk for more information.