Bishopsford Community School comes top in road safety competition

Bishopsford Community School beat off competition from three other Merton schools coming top in the council’s road safety drama competition, Don’t die before you’ve lived.
Following their performance of My decisions, the winning students were presented with an engraved cup, a plaque and Wimbledon Theatre tickets for a show of their choice.
Students from St Mark’s Church of England Academy, Wimbledon High School, Ricards Lodge High School and Bishopsford Community School each choreographed a 15-minute play tackling problems such as peer pressure, drink and drug use and other issues which impact on young people’s lives from a road safety aspect.

The plays were judged by Fran Charel, Polka Theatre Education Manager, Christine Lydal, Education Manager Wimbledon Theatre and Charmaine Jacques, Merton Council’s Senior Road Safety Education Officer.
Cabinet Member for Planning and Traffic Management, Councillor William Brierly said: “It is wonderful that students have taken such an active role in sending out this vital message in such a creative and engaging way. In 2006 15 young people in Merton were killed or seriously injured in road related accidents. The number of accidents was significantly reduced in 2007, but even one accident is still one too many.”