A Derbyshire secondary school has won funding to build a unique graffiti wall on the premises in a bid to reduce anti-social behaviour in the area.
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles has awarded the Henry Fanshawe School in Dronfield £1,000 after it submitted innovative plans to create a permanent wall where youngsters can demonstrate their artistic flare lawfully and without disruption or damage to the local environment.
The Commissioner’s Schools Community Grant scheme offers schools up to £1,000 for an original idea designed to tackle a local problem in the area. The Henry Fanshawe School applied for funding earlier this year to build a graffiti wall which would be seen by members of the public. The idea was to reduce graffiti and antisocial behaviour in the local area and engage some of the more challenging students in a positive way as well as reducing the cost of cleaning illegal graffiti. The feature wall will change at different times of the year to reflect seasonal themes.
The school intends to provide all 1,800 pupils with a chance to showcase their talents as well as local primary schools in the area and pupils from the summer school.
Commissioner Charles said: “Much thought and preparation went into this crime reduction initiative, including research with a local police officer to assess the extent of the graffiti problems in the area and the likely costs of such an idea.
“I’m very supportive of projects which help to build self-esteem and confidence in vulnerable young people and this graffiti wall is a great example of how we can channel youngsters’ energy positively to keep our streets crime-free.”
The school is aiming to complete the wall before the children return from the holidays in September.
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Posted on Wednesday 23rd July 2014