Schools

Our partnership with schools is a big feature of what we do.
Find out what they say about us.

The Peak Academy, Dursley

The Peak Academy has worked closely with Great expectations project for the last 3 years. I recommend the programme highly. Our pupils are some of the most vulnerable children in Gloucestershire and surrounding counties.  Our pupils have embraced the opportunity to listen to ‘real life’ experiences from mentors and serving prisoners. Their advice and reflections has enabled pupils to reflect on their behaviours and led to significant improvements.

Richard Lewis
Principal

Newent

‘Great expectations has played a vital role in developing self-confidence, awareness and understanding of the broader issues in society, the benefits of which we are seeing within the school. More than this, the benefits, hopefully, will be long lasting, and allow the group to develop from teenagers into young adults with a far better appreciation of society, and be great preparation for adult life ‘

Martyn John
Assistant Principal – Newent Community School

‘Great Expectations has added another dimension to the Getting Court Project. Getting Court gives young people the chance to see what goes on in the Crown Court. They witness a variety of cases including sentencing and get  the chance to ask questions to the Judge. The experience not only helps them understand our judicial system, but also acts as a cautionary note, seeing close hand the impact of bad choices and behaviours.

The Great Expectations team join the getting Court session after the students have observed a wide variety of cases. The ex-offenders tell their story to the students. Their stories focus on the choices they made, the impact of these on their families and often what they could have done differently.

Some students were asked what the impact of Great Expectations was on them? Would there be a possible change in their own behaviours?

They said:-

  • It will influence them to behave well
  • More awareness of punishment
  • Aware of consequences now make me think more
  • Shows the real world – need to be more like an adult – harsh sentencing for doing things wrong so need to be careful
  • More awareness of punishment
  • The consequences of doing wrong scared them
  • Getting in to trouble would affect their future and lifestyle
  • Would be scared of going to prison

Great Expectations provides an invaluable insight into the lives of people who have made bad choices and the resulting impact on them and their families. I don’t believe there is a more powerful message.’

Di Harrill –
Head of PSHE Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre and Lead Teacher for GHLL

Pittville

We have used Great Expectations and found the service thoroughly professional and engaging to our students. The service has been well received by pupils , being both thought provoking and informative. The team has had a real impact in shaping the future of pupils they have worked with.

Martin Watkins
Pittville School, Cheltenham

Abbey View

“The Great Expectations initiative has had a strong impact on the students that have undertaken it.  It has helped them look at some of the decisions they make and re-evaluate the potential consequences.  As a school it is an integral part of the support we offer to our students.”

Daniel Hartley
Abbey View School, Tewkesbury

Cirencester Deer Park

“Great Expectations enabled pupils to learn about consequences in a manner that they wouldn’t ordinarily have experienced within the school system. It has equipped the young people who took part at Cirencester Deer Park with the skills and knowledge to empower them to make informed choices both in and outside of school”

Simon Bellamy
Cirencester Deer Park School

Chosen Hill, Churchdown

‘We were lucky enough to have the Great Expectations team come in and deliver their program to a group of our students.  All their feedback was very positive.  They had a real, down-to-earth, eye-opening experience of where their lives could lead if they continued to make poor choices.  We would recommend them to any school.’

Matthew Day
Chosen Hill School

Gloucester Academy, Gloucester

‘Knowing when to intervene with young people in order to reduce harm, crime and antisocial behaviour is an important part of our safeguarding curriculum and our Early Help offer in school. We have been pleased to welcome PC Matt Bishop and the team into school to work with a group of our young people for the last two years. It’s a powerful message when the mentors share their life stories in order to support and inspire young people to make better life decisions.’

Mandy Pugh
Designated Safeguarding Lead

Bournside School, Cheltenham

“Following the input from Great Expectations , we have found it has enabled students to make better informed choices about challenges they face in every day life in an enjoyable and appropriate way.”

Clare Lloyd
Student Support Worker

Hartpury College, Gloucester

Thank you so much for your input yesterday it was an amazing session. I gave out an assignment this morning and already they can see how yesterday fits into it. God knows how I am going to top this next week when I see them again. I have cut and pasted some feedback from them for you below. Let me know if Hartpury can do anything for you. Please pass on my thanks to Fuzz. Alex thanks again for getting Matt involved and Matt thanks for making this happen.

Brendan Ward
Lecturer in Uniformed Public Services

Tewkesbury School

After just two sessions of the `Great Expectation` programme our students are buzzing and literally can`t wait for the next week! One participant has said she doesn`t want to start her Work Experience Placement until after the programme as she doesn’t want to miss any of the sessions….this is un-heard of with this student and a massively encouraging that the programme is already very impactive. Students that are normally late into school or worse still not attending are ALL turning up to the GE sessions, excited and on-time!

Another student told me last week that they feel the sessions are going to be really helpful in keeping themselves safe and making choices, this particular student is now receiving [extra support] in school after the GE facilitators highlighted her as a cause of concern. As i see students in the corridors and ask them how the session went they are ALL shouting back “Yes it`s ace Miss” I would massively recommend this programme to other schools, i`m heartened when i see some of our students so animated and engaged…. Thanks to Matthew and the Team

Rachel Done
Head of PSHE and Wellbeing Mentor at Tewkesbury School

Rednock School

‘Great Expectations provided a really professional programme. The students found it engaging and looked forward to attending each session over the course of the six weeks. It gave them a very clear insight into the possible consequences of their actions and how this can shape their future lives.’
Jo-Ann Hemper
Assistant Head

Cleeve School

It has been brilliant to have the Great Expectations team in school. Our students have been thoroughly engaged in the process so far; enthusiastic about it in practise and talking sensibly about the impact it has had for them. The team have quickly cemented them into a cohesive group who are now thoughtfully supporting each other. The team are highly professional and effective and we hope to work with them for some time to come.

Kerala Cole
Director of Inclusion

St Peters High School

St Peters took part in the Great Expectations programme for the first time in 2016/2017 . . . 20 students took place. Each student was a student of concern – primarily behaviour concerns – nearly all of these students were in real danger of permanent exclusion. As a way to avoid PEX’s it was felt that tapping into the project might help support students to make better decisions, consider their behaviour impact on others and generally think more carefully about their pathway.

Having prepared a comparative report we are very pleased with the outcomes;

There has been a DECREASE in exclusions – 53% of students have NOT incurred any additional exclusions since their participation on the GE Programme.
There has also been a DECREASE in NEGATIVE SIM’s being awarded – 75% of the students have seen a decrease in the amount of negative SIM’s they have received.

For us these results are very pleasing and promising. We will look to work with Great Expectations again the near future.

Natasha Robers-Moore
Head of Year

Feedback
from students…

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First of all thank you so much for all the AMAZING work you all do. I found this talk very eye opening to the work you do, your not just someone who arrests people, there is much more to your jobs. Fuzz, your story is very interesting, and I it’s amazing how you’ve come this far. I really thought that a “leopard never changes its spots” but… Your living proof that you can change massively as a person. Thank you for taking time out your busy schedules to come and talk to us. Keep up the amazing work…

I thank you all, and wish you all the best, and success in the future!

Maisy

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Hearing from Matt and all about the Great Expectations and what they do, made me think that there are people out there like him that are there to help people and what they do makes me really appreciate it because Great Expectations I am sure have helped so many people.

Hearing from Alex and what he does and all the effort that he has put into helping the youth and trying to change peoples life makes me think that there are people out there that will help and what Alex is doing will change so many lives and young people can be influenced to change their life and live it to the best of their abilities so hearing from them really made me think.

Fuzz was amazing because hearing from someone that has gone through and experienced prison and hearing about his life and all that he has been through made me think that, it really does happen out there and people really do go through horrible things and what he went through was horrible but he made us laugh which I think made all what he said sink in and made us realise that none of us what to go through what he send through

Robyn

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It was interesting to hear from police officers on how they have helped develop and reform crime in Gloucester particularly with reforming young people. Fuzz gave a fantastic presentation on his life and the choices he made. He was quite chill and spoke with language teens would use which made his account all the better and extremely interesting.

I thought the talk was very interesting and really helpful for our assignments, it was different to other talks because it gives you a first hand insight into what it is actually like to go to prison and be involved in instead of rubbish from other people

Sam

Feedback
from students…

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First of all thank you so much for all the AMAZING work you all do. I found this talk very eye opening to the work you do, your not just someone who arrests people, there is much more to your jobs. Fuzz, your story is very interesting, and I it’s amazing how you’ve come this far. I really thought that a “leopard never changes its spots” but… Your living proof that you can change massively as a person. Thank you for taking time out your busy schedules to come and talk to us. Keep up the amazing work…

I thank you all, and wish you all the best, and success in the future!

Maisy

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Hearing from Matt and all about the Great Expectations and what they do, made me think that there are people out there like him that are there to help people and what they do makes me really appreciate it because Great Expectations I am sure have helped so many people.

Hearing from Alex and what he does and all the effort that he has put into helping the youth and trying to change peoples life makes me think that there are people out there that will help and what Alex is doing will change so many lives and young people can be influenced to change their life and live it to the best of their abilities so hearing from them really made me think.

Fuzz was amazing because hearing from someone that has gone through and experienced prison and hearing about his life and all that he has been through made me think that, it really does happen out there and people really do go through horrible things and what he went through was horrible but he made us laugh which I think made all what he said sink in and made us realise that none of us what to go through what he send through

Robyn

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It was interesting to hear from police officers on how they have helped develop and reform crime in Gloucester particularly with reforming young people. Fuzz gave a fantastic presentation on his life and the choices he made. He was quite chill and spoke with language teens would use which made his account all the better and extremely interesting.

I thought the talk was very interesting and really helpful for our assignments, it was different to other talks because it gives you a first hand insight into what it is actually like to go to prison and be involved in instead of rubbish from other people

Sam