PUPILS from a Worsbrough primary school welcomed local police officers for a special induction into the force’s ‘mini police’ programme.

Ten year 5 pupils at Worsbrough Bank End Primary School were nominated to take part in the police-led programme which encourages children to play a positive part in their local community.

Through a series of interactive sessions, local PCSOs taught the pupils what they can do both in their school and wider community to set a good example for their peers.

Pupils were able to deepen their understanding of a range of important topics: from how to use the internet safely and respectfully to the dangers of road traffic and speeding and they were given the opportunity to discuss issues that may concern them.

After successfully completing the scheme’s interview round, the pupils at the academy were honoured at last week’s induction with their own special uniform, ID badge and notebook.

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Their official role as mini police officers will begin in January when they will start fortnightly workshops with the community support officers.

Year 5 pupil, Millie-Anne Grain, who is taking part in the programme, said:

“Being a mini-police officer means a lot to me as I will not only be helping our school but the community and this makes me feel incredibly proud.”

The induction comes as pupils across the primary school are already keen to do their bit to help their local community.

The whole school recently took part in a charity non-uniform day which saw them raise a total of £358 for the homeless in Barnsley.

With the help of Bank End Friends group, year 6 house captains used this money to buy a range of donation items which they delivered to The Civic to distribute.

Michelle Kelly, headteacher at the school, said: “I am very proud of all our pupils for the effort and dedication they have shown over the past few weeks, whether that has been supporting their community through the ‘Mini Police’ programme or helping to raise money for the homeless across Barnsley.”