Brooke Weston students came top in the first Northants Police Video competition that was aimed at raising awareness of violence. A total of 23 students joined forces on the project which culminated in a ten-minute long video that was shown to judges at the Corby Cube.
Brooke Weston competed against teams from Huxlow Science Academy and The Ferrers School and won first place. All teams received a certificate and Brooke Weston will receive a trophy.
Drama teacher Miss Kerr said: ‘It was quite a wide brief but our students decided that they wanted to approach domestic violence in the home or between partners and how students can be affected by that in school. The whole project took four or five weeks. The Sixth Formers media students came up with the idea and the script and the drama club students acted and help direct each other. The video was shot and edited by the Sixth formers and this is the first year that the competition has taken place. Each video was shown to a judging panel at the Corby Cube which was attended by the competitors, a police inspector and a Corby councillor. Our video was really well received and professional. Congratulations to the students who worked on it after school and during any free periods that they had.’Year 8 Student Thomas Webb said: 'We had three different scenarios involving a classroom environment, an assembly hall and receiving a text message. I have done acting before and I have really enjoyed it. It did take a long time to film as there was so many shots that we needed. Working with the Sixth Formers broadened my horizons as I don't really work with them in a day to day environment. I learned that domestic violence is a big issue that needs to be stopped, how to spot the signs of it and where people can go to get help, like the National Domestic Violence Helpline which is a 24-hour service or there is also the NSPCC for children. I would definitely take part in this project again next year.'