14.07.2015

School Community Police Officers Graduate with Honours

School Community Police Officers from across Wales achieve a BA (Hons) in Education

School Community Police Officers among the graduands from the Faculties of Education and Communities and of Humanities and Performing Arts

Gwent Police officers PC Kath Keepin, PC Corrina Davies, PC Cath Mapps and PC Kath Thomas were amongst the graduates

South Wales Police officers PC Kevin Pennell, PC Julia Smith, PC Natalie Wathan, DC Emma Warner and PC Chris Thompson were amongst the graduates

Dyfed Powys Police officer PC Jennifer Thomas was amongst the graduates

North Wales Police officer PC Pauline Jones was amongst the graduates

On Tuesday 14 July, it was a day of pride and celebration for a group of School Community Police Officers from across Wales who were among those admitted to their degrees in a graduation ceremony held by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea. The day celebrated the achievements of graduates from the Faculty of Education and Communities and the Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts; officers from the All-Wales School Liaison Core Programme attended to collect their Bachelor of Arts degree in Education.

Faith McCready, National Coordinator of the Programme, said of the officers, “This graduation group were enthusiastic to continue their learning. They have done very well to achieve a full degree.”

In the ceremony, Vice Chancellor and Chancellor of UWTSD spoke of the value of education and the importance of serving and building communities. Graduates were admitted to a range of degrees across the fields of childhood, education, psychology, and the performing arts, with a great sense of individual and collective pride visible in the celebrants. Following this the university granted an honorary fellowship to renowned singer Steve Balsamo.

Those celebrating their success in higher education included Gwent Police constables Corrina Davies, Katherine Keepin, Catherine Mapps, Kathryn Thomas; South Wales Police constables Kevin Pennell, Julia Smith, Chris Thompson, Emma Warner and Natalie Wathan; Dyfed Powys Police constable Jenny Thomas and North Wales Police constables Debbie Barker and Pauline Jones.  Each of these officers has been part of the Programme for several years, and this latest qualification represents years of additional work for each, going well beyond their initial training and what the Programme demands of them.

The qualifications were achieved one year ago, with the graduation ceremony held the following July as is usual for many universities. This means that the officers in question have had plenty of time to put their training into practice: the twelve officers graduating have reached over 98,000 Welsh pupils in the last twelve months in schools across Wales, in the course of teaching 3,200 lessons, delivering 120 assemblies, and leading 270 extracurricular activities in their schools.

All School Community Police Officers are required to complete a university qualification at NQF Level 4 in Education as an essential part of their training for the role. A group of officers who are new to the All-Wales School Liaison Core Programme are currently studying on this course.  Beyond this, the opportunity has been presented for those who choose to further their learning about teaching to continue their studies to Level 6: a BA (Hons) in Education. There is also a currently serving officer who is working on the Masters degree course.

The Programme is proud to celebrate the achievements of our officers.

More pictures from the graduation can be found on the SchoolBeat Facebook.