Mansfield school makes shortlist in radio advert competition

People are being asked to vote for their favourite.
People are being asked to vote for their favourite.

A Mansfield school has been shortlisted in a competition to produce a radio advert about online safety.

A total of 479 schools across Nottinghamshire were invited to take part in the one-off competition and a shortlist of seven has now been selected, including St Philip Neri with St Bede Catholic Voluntary Academy, Mansfield. People are now being asked to vote for their favourite.

The competition is being run by ucreate, a community partnership from radio company Wireless Group, in partnership with Nottinghamshire Police and Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Councils.

The pupils - aged 10 to 13 - were set the challenge of producing a short radio advert covering issues such as online safety, sharing images and healthy relationships.

"The adverts are focused towards safeguarding issues and prevention. They are about looking out for the warning signs and being careful about what information we share and who with," said Rachel White, of ucreate.

"We are trying to spread the message through social media to showcase the work they have done and highlight these issues."

The seven groups who have made the shortlist are: Bluecoat Beechdale Academy; Willow Brook Primary, Keyworth; St Philip Neri with St Bede Catholic Voluntary Academy, Mansfield; Henry Whipple Primary, Bestwood Estate; Barnby Road Academy, Newark; Blue Bell Hill Primary Group 03, St Ann's; and Blue Bell Hill Primary Group 10.

The deadline for votes is 9am on Monday December 12. The top three adverts with the most amounts of votes will then go on to the final, where a panel of judges will then choose the overall winner.

The winning pupils will have their advert professionally produced and broadcast on local radio and be presented with a gold disc award to celebrate their achievement.

To listen to the adverts and cast your vote, visit www.u-create.net/nottinghamshire-police-poll/.