Year 13 sociologists visited HMP Peterborough Prison on the 12th February 2015.
Year 13 sociologists visited HMP Peterborough Prison on the 12th February 2015. The purpose of this trip was to enable students to develop their understanding of the criminal justice system and prison-based settings as part of the Crime and Deviance module, which is currently being taught in A2 Sociology. Students were given the opportunity to chat to officers from all different departments such as drugs workers, who talked about the work they do to help prisoners with their drug habits and a CNR instructor, who talked about the training the staff do to protect themselves in response to all incidents in the prison. Students were shown a training cell, which is a replica of a prison cell and the equipment that is issued to prisoners on arrival, pictures of weapons and injuries and a riot kit. The most eagerly-awaited moment for students was when a serving prisoner was released to speak to students about her prison experience on a day-to-day-basis. The year 13 students represented Thomas Deacon Academy in an impeccable manner. Their enthusiasm and excellent questioning stimulated a lot of interesting discussions and made this trip one to remember and utilise in their A2 Sociology Crime and Deviance module.