#NationalStorytellingWeek - Speakers For Schools with Assistant Chief Constable Jon Roy

#NationalStorytellingWeek - Speakers For Schools with Assistant Chief Constable Jon Roy

As part of National Storytelling Week, across a range of lessons and workshops, our students are sharing their own stories and hearing the stories from a range of people, from a variety of different backgrounds.

From the Speakers For Schools Inspiration Programme, our Year 10 students listened to the story of Assistant Chief Constable Jon Roy from Merseyside Police. 

Assistant Chief Constable Roy, told our young people the story of his career, since joining Merseyside Police in 1994 on a graduate scheme after studying Law at Liverpool John Moore’s University, and spoke of his daily responsibilities and the challenges he faces.

In the session, our students also heard about how challenging the last two years has been not only for the Merseyside Police but for everyone in the Merseyside community. He took the time to speak about, not only how as a society we have dealt with a pandemic, but also major incidents that have affected the Merseyside region in recent months, including the death of 12 year old, Ava White.

He said: "Although talking about these topics is really hard and often very close to home for some of the young people, in our communities, I think it would be a wasted opportunity if I didn't speak about these situations and the seriousness of them and what the possible consequences may be."

Miss Ward, Personal Development and CEIAG Lead, said: "Having these sessions for our students is a brilliant way of seeing the breadth and depth of a professional's career and more importantly to also see how interested our young people can get in the discussions and the thoughtful asking of their questions.

"Speakers for Schools has helped raise the aspirations of our students, with the speakers reinforcing that they were 'once like them' and dispelling any myths by just simply telling their stories. It's a fantastic initiative."