VIDEO: Enthusiastic ‘convicts’ make great escape

A GREAT escape from Steyning Grammar School saw 200 year-13 students released for a day of fundraising.

The annual sixth form college Jail Break on Friday was raising money for the NSPCC’S national campaign, helping ‘fight for every childhood’.

Making a run for it D14492021a

Making a run for it D14492021a

In advance of the big day, the charity committee kicked off the fundraising by offering a car valet service to staff. Head boy Ross Cusdin, who works for Pizza Oven, served up his wares to spectators and the owners donated the takings to the cause.

Friday began with a hearty breakfast, with the £1.50 charge going straight to the appeal, then students were ‘locked in the jails’.

As they broke out, they were cheered on by fellow students from years ten to 12. The ‘convicts’ made off in a collection of brightly-decorated vehicles, including large tractors and trailers, scaffolding lorries, pick-up trucks, a cement mixer and even a boat.

Students went on the run to various towns, collecting money en route, and ended up in Horsham. They also visited the lower school site and local primary schools, where they received ‘a tremendous reception’ from the children.

SH 051214 Steyning Grammar School annual Jailbreak. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140512-154233001

SH 051214 Steyning Grammar School annual Jailbreak. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140512-154233001

As the students were rounded up by their ‘jailors’ at Horsham Bandstand, sixth form college musicians played to the watching crowd.

Tracy Bravo, community fundraising manager for Sussex NSPCC, was overwhelmed by the effort made and generosity of the students.

She helped supervise the count and thanked the students for their enthusiasm. The total raised so far stands at £6,000.

Assistant head Sally Randall said the students had been ‘tremendous ambassadors’ for their chosen charity and the school in the wider community.

“Our students have shown initiative, commitment and determination in making a positive difference, learning much form the experience,” she added.

“The support of parents, local businesses, community partners and our feeder schools was hugely appreciated.”