Two PCSOs now based at All Saints Academy in Cheltenham
STAFF and students are welcoming two additions to a school in Cheltenham – a pair of PCSOs.
Gloucestershire PCSOs Wayne Lippett and Jenny Bellis are now based at All Saints' Academy in Hester's Way.
But don't think the police presence is due to unruly pupils, or even staff, at the school.
The idea is for the PCSOs to help educate the youngsters, while being available for the pupils, their parents and other members of the community to drop in to see them.
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They will give input in lessons on a range of issues, including drugs education, being the best citizen, serving other people, and how the law works.
The PCSOs will also assist with activities, clubs and work with students on areas like the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and the Bishops Award, a new scheme to help sixth formers develop all round life skills.
All Saints' Academy business manager Amanda Peck said "This is a great opportunity for the Academy to continue to build positive links with the community.
"It will enable the students to engage with the police regularly in a positive way and provide a point of contact for parents and members of the community."
PCSO Lippett said: "I'm feeling really excited about our new base at the Academy. It's a great opportunity for my colleague and I to be even more accessible, not only to the young people in our community but also to everyone else.
"We're really hoping people make use of our new base, and personally I'm looking forward to helping out with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and I'm hoping to encourage more of the pupils to get involved with the Aston Project as it has huge benefits both for them personally and the community as a whole."
The Aston Project, run from Hester's Way police station, sees children from the area doing good deeds in the community. In return, they are treated to fun activities such as trips to theme parks or playing sports.
Area sergeant Sally Cheek said she was delighted the two PCSOs are at the school.
She said: "It's really important to us that people in the community, of all ages, find us approachable and know how they can get hold of us."