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Trip to HMP Everthorpe

Students behind bars

A number of Axholme Academy students found themselves behind bars for the day when they visited HMP Everthorpe, near Hull as part of their GCSE law course.

The students were treated to a range of workshops and experiences including a guided tour around the prison and a look at prison food. Just like any other prison visitor, the students began their visit by being searched and having their personal possessions removed, the day started with talks from a prison officer and prisoners, a guided tour of all of the prison wings and facilities, information on the life of a prisoner from starting his sentence to being released,  then workshops with prisoners themselves and finally a workshop on the day in the life of a prisoner.

HMP Everthorpe is the only prison in the country to open its doors for a full day to students, either to support education and learning or to deter young people from following the wrong path and ending up with a prison sentence.

Mrs Gwyther said: “It was a really fascinating day and very thought-provoking. It has really enhanced our students’ learning.”

Students Ewan Downing and Chloe Kitching said: “It was great; we really learned loads about being inside a prison. It has made me determined never to end up inside. It has made me see being in prison is not the easy life you read about. It’s horrible”