PUPiL (Prison University Partnerships in Learning)

PET is proud to be working with the growing number of prison/university partnerships across the country and internationally. These innovative partnerships bring university students into the prison environment to learn together with prisoners who are interested in the same subject. PET believes these partnerships have the potential to transform the learning experience of students both inside and outside prison, and to improve the educational opportunities we offer to those in custody and in the community.

 Sign up to the PUPiL Network

In 2017, PET began to support and develop these initiatives through the Prison University Partnerships in Learning (PUPiL) network.

The network brings together students, practitioners and academics.
It aims to:

  • Provide a forum for students, practitioners and academics to come together and share their experiences
  • Support existing and emerging prison/university partnerships by sharing and promoting good practice
  • Identify opportunities for future projects and research
  • Use shared evidence and experiences to influence future academic and prison education policy

This network may be of interest to you if you are:

  • An academic or prison staff member interested in setting up a prison/university partnership
  • A student who has taken part in a prison/university partnership – whether while in prison or enrolled at a university
  • A student interested in taking part in a prison/university partnership
  • A researcher or policy maker interested in the potential and evidence base around this pioneering area of prison and academic education

 Sign up to the PUPiL Network

If you have any questions regarding the PUPiL network or would like to circulate information, events or resources, contact: Morwenna@prisonerseducation.org.uk.

 

Current Partnerships Map 

 


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    & Birmingham City University

    Date: 30/11/-0001

    Contact: Stephanie Kewley

    Criminology
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    HMP Prescoed & Cardiff Metropolitan University

    Date: 01/01/2017

    A teaching programme of lectures and group work involves Cardiff Metropolitan University lecturers teaching a cohort of Prescoed students taking part in the Chase alcohol and substance misuse programme. Over ten weeks, the Prescoed students complete a Level 4 module to become qualified to teach other adults on any work placements or future employment they embark upon. This programme came about through a student at Cardiff Metropolitan University student who attends his course while on licence from Prescoed, and the links he forged with the Chase students.

    Contact: jgrundy@cardiffmet.ac.uk

    Chase Alcohol and Substance Misuse Programme
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    HMP Gartree & De Montfort University

    Date: 01/12/2016

    Heavily influenced by a belief that Universities ought to consistently work as a vehicle of “public good”, De Montfort University has been working collaboratively to deliver courses in Criminology with HMP Gartree since November 2016. These 5 session courses are structured primarily around group work and discussion, but time is provided for voluntary written individual responses and reflections. Due to the programme’s intention to establish a space for experiential learning, the courses are currently not-for-credit. For the whole cohort, applications are considered on a series of ‘commitment to the course’ indicators. These can include, among other things, attendance at selected events and the writing of a personal statement.

    Contact: ross.little@dmu.ac.uk

    Criminology
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    HMP Leicester & De Montfort University

    Date: 01/05/2016

    Heavily influenced by a belief that Universities ought to consistently work as a vehicle of “public good”, De Montfort University has been working collaboratively to deliver courses in Criminology with HMP Gartree since November 2016. These 5 session courses are structured primarily around group work and discussion, but time is provided for voluntary written individual responses and reflections. Due to the programme’s intention to establish a space for experiential learning, the courses are currently not-for-credit. For the whole cohort, applications are considered on a series of ‘commitment to the course’ indicators. These can include, among other things, attendance at selected events and the writing of a personal statement.

    Contact: ross.little@dmu.ac.uk

    Criminology
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    HMP Durham & Durham University

    Date: 01/10/2014

    Contact: Prof. Fiona Measham

    Criminology Inside Out
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    HMP Frankland & Durham University

    Date: 01/10/2014

    Contact: Prof. Fiona Measham

    Criminology Inside Out
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    HMP Low Newton & Durham University

    Date: 01/10/2014

    Contact: Prof. Fiona Measham

    Criminology Inside Out
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    HMP Thorn Cross & Edge Hill University

    Date: 01/01/2017

    Contact: Anita Hobson

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    HMP & YOI Isis & Goldsmiths, University of London

    Date: 01/01/2017

    Contact: Sarah Lambert

    Social Research
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    HMP Pentonville & King's College London

    Date: 09/11/2016

    First run in November 2016, this partnership involves a course of literature and creative writing workshops for a cohort of students from King’s College London and HMP Pentonville. Workshops cover a variety of written and spoken word forms, spanning different cultures, geographies and genres. The course aims to reflect the diverse BAME community at Pentonville. King’s students, who have been trained in group facilitation, collaboratively facilitate the workshops – running weekly for six weeks.

    Contact: anya.cowley@kcl.ac.uk

    Literature and Creative Writing
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    HMP Full Sutton & Leeds Beckett University

    Date: 01/01/2017

    Commencing in January 2017, the accredited courses in Penology and Prison Sociology coordinated by Leeds Beckett University and HMP Full Sutton are structured around a 12-week University semester. The ideology behind the course structure and accreditation is one of “equality of experience”, irrespective of whether the learner is recruited from Leeds Beckett University or HMP Full Sutton. This is reflected in the application to the courses, which consider as aptitude indicators both the ‘desire to learn’ and the applicants’ ‘track record of commitment to learning’. The driving motive for this partnership is the “reintegration process of HMP students through the means of education”.

    Contact: h.e.nichols@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

    Penology and Prison Sociology
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    HMP Altcourse & Liverpool John Moores University

    Date: 01/01/2017

    Contact: Helena Gosling

    Criminology
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    HMP Liverpool and Liverpool Probation & Liverpool John Moores University

    Date: 01/01/2016

    Contact: Helena Gosling - H.J.Gosling@ljmu.ac.uk

    Criminology
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    HMP Pentonville & London South Bank University

    Date: 01/10/2016

    The Education for Social Justice module offered through the partnership between London Southbank University and HMP Pentonville is incorporated within the newly developed degree in Education in Local & Global Communities. Exploring various topics such as ‘the purpose of education’ and ‘models of education’, the module is structured around a 12 week series of weekly sessions, delivered as interactive workshops incorporating taught input, discussion and feedback on set readings. The course is assessed through both group projects and an individual reflective journal. Successful applicants are selected for their commitment to the programme and its principles.

    Contact: jenny.fogarty@lshtm.ac.uk; jonesa31@lsbu.ac.uk

    Education for Social Justice
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    HMP Wandsworth & Middlesex University

    Date: 10/01/2017

    The Higher Education partnership between Middlesex University and HMP Wandsworth forms part of the ‘Learning Together’ initiative established by Cambridge University bringing students from universities and within prisons to learn together, and learn from one another, in an innovative method of knowledge exchange. The Middlesex module ‘Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice’ is taught over 10 weeks and covers topics on the sociology of crime and deviance, youth justice, criminal court sentencing, and comparative prison perspectives. Each session comprises a lecture, set readings and small group discussions co-ordinated by group facilitators to advance ideas, debate, and formulate new, reflective, and experiential knowledge. The first cohort studied between January and May 2017. Looking forward, we plan to continue delivering the module and hope to encourage other faculties within Middlesex University to add to our prison and university partnership learning.

    Contact: Jenni Ward: J.R.Ward@mdx.ac.uk

    'Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice'
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    HMP Birmingham & Newman University

    Date: 01/09/2016

    This partnership began with a pilot in the first semester 2016/17, a non-accredited 8-week Introduction to Social Sciences course. It was delivered to equal numbers of university and prisoner students in a Learning Together style. For the following semester an accredited course was piloted - a 12-week, 10-credit, Level 4 module from BA (Hons) Applied Social Sciences. The module 'Values, Ethics and Judgement' was an introduction to Philosophy and its application in policy and practice and was taught to 16 students in total: 8 from the prison (including one prison officer) and 8 from the university. Following these two modules, a more formal and permanent partnership is due to commence in 2017/18. The long-term aim is for prisoner students to build up undergraduate credits towards the end of their sentence, then complete a full degree on campus on their release. The model is inspired by the Prison-to-College Pipeline led by Baz Dreisinger at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.

    Contact: Dr Karen Graham - karen.graham@newman.ac.uk - @School2Prison

    Social Sciences
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    HMP Lowdham Grange & Nottingham Trent University

    Date: 01/09/2016

    The first Learning Together course between Nottingham Trent University and HMP Lowdham Grange piloted in the 2016/17 academic year, and was themed around the theory, policy and practice of Criminology and Education Studies. The 8 week course is intended as a study of, an exploration, and discussion into the value of lifelong learning, and the benefits of education provision for all. Delivered by Nottingham Trent University academics, learning is facilitated by a combination of seminars and discussions.

    Contact: anne.ogrady@ntu.ac.uk

    Education Studies, Criminology
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    HMP Whatton & Nottingham Trent University

    Date: 30/11/-0001

    Contact: Paul Hamilton and Anne O'Grady - paul.hamilton@ntu.ac.uk anne.ogrady@ntu.ac.uk

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    HMP Aylesbury & Oxford Brookes University

    Date: 01/01/2017

    Contact: Criminology

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    HMP Aylesbury & Oxford Brookes University

    Date: 30/11/-0001

    Contact: Richard Huggins - rthuggins@brookes.ac.uk

    Criminology
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    Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre & Queensland University of Technology

    Date: 30/11/-0001

    Contact: Lorana Bartels and Kelly Richardson - lorana.bartels@canberra.edu.au and k1.richards@qut.edu.au

    Learning Together - Criminology
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    HMYOI Feltham & Royal Holloway University of London

    Date: 19/01/2017

    This course was developed across the Autumn term of 2016- 2017 term with the course taking place from Jan - April 2017. The module is currently unaccredited but framed to fit a level 4 standard. The course brought together 11 first year students from Royal Holloway and 8 students from Feltham to study a rigorous course of critical criminology and key issues and tensions. Teaching was delivered through a blend of short lectures, delivered by guest lecturers from across the Royal Holloway School of Law, and individual and group activities. As part of a formative learning activity, the initial cohort developed a response to the HMIP Expectations consultation for young people in prison, supported by Prof. Nick Hardwick. The group were delighted to have a positive response which had incorporated many of their suggestions into the new Expectations document. The Royal Holloway members of the organising team received a collaborative teaching prize for this initiative.

    Contact: Serena Wright, Morwenna Bennallick and Henry Smithers - serena.wright@rhul.ac.uk; morwenna.bennallick.2014@live.rhul.ac.uk; Henry.Smithers@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

    'Thinking Criminologically'- a critical introduction to criminological issues
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    HMP Holme House & Teesside University

    Date: 01/10/2016

    The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program was founded by Temple University, Philadelphia in 1997 with certified instructors now delivering modules across the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. The first Inside-Out course with Teesside University at HMP Holme House was established in 2016 and takes the central concern of social justice and explores this in the local context, tracing connections between global forces and local effects on the economy and industry, poverty and inequality, as well as crime and criminal justice. Undergraduate criminology and sociology students study alongside a cohort from HMP Holme House on a 14 week accredited module engaging with critical discussions and group work within an equal, positive and passionate learning environment. The course aims to open access to higher education, promote transformative learning and challenge preconceptions whilst ultimately engaging with discussions in relation to social justice.

    Contact: Victoria Bell, Laura Goldsack, Alexandra Hall, Jo Large, Pauline Ramshaw

    Criminology Inside Out
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    HMP Risley & The University of Manchester

    Date: 01/09/2017

    From September 2017 the University of Manchester (led by Prof. Shadd Maruna and Dr Rose Broad) will begin working with HMP Risley to run a pilot of ‘Learning Criminology Inside’, largely based on the ethos of Learning Together. Level 3 students from the University will study the module ‘From Imprisonment to Rehabilitation’ towards their BA Criminology alongside students from the prison for 10 weeks. The students within the prison will listen to a podcast of the lectures that the university students attend, and then together they will take part in a two hour weekly seminar. This session will be run by different University of Manchester staff and will be based on dialogical learning, with group work activities. There is a dedicated researcher for the pilot of this project funded by the University’s Centre for Higher Education Research, Innovation and Learning (CHERIL). The project team would, in the future, like to see more partnerships take place within the School of Law, and the wider University.

    Contact: Emily Turner (Criminology, School of Law) - emily.c.turner@manchester.ac.uk

    Criminology
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    HMPYOI New Hall & The University of Sheffield

    Date: 30/11/-0001

    Contact: Cormac Behan and Gilly Sharpe - c.m.behan@sheffield.ac.uk, g.h.sharpe@sheffield.ac.uk

    Criminology
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    HMP Brixton & University College London

    Date: 01/01/2017

    Contact: Tatiana Thieme

    Geography
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    HMP Grendon & University of Cambridge

    Date: 01/01/2015

    A spearhead in the Learning Together partnership since 2015, a collaborative learning experience between Cambridge University and HMP Grendon has run annually from January to March. The course , ‘Introduction to Criminology’, is composed of a series of 10 sessions delivered by guest lecturers, and incorporates a multiplicity of teaching and learning styles such as group work, individual essays, and creative responses. A key selection criterion for all participants is a desire to learn, and the main aim of the programme is to provide an empowering learning space through which routes out of prison can be achieved. Moving forward, course directors hope to see similar projects becoming commonplace across all departments at Cambridge University.

    Contact: acl46@cam.ac.uk

    Introduction to Criminology
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    HMP Grendon & University of Cambridge

    Date: 31/12/2016

    Contact: Stacy McDowell, Amy Ludlow and Ruth Armstrong; sm2106@cam.ac.uk, justis@crim.cam.ac.uk

    Literary Criticism Learning Together
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    HMP Whitemoor & University of Cambridge

    Date: 31/12/2016

    Contact: Beth Phillips, Ryan Williams, Amy Ludlow and Ruth Armstrong; erp31@cam.ac.uk, rjw202@cam.ac.uk, justis@crim.cam.ac.uk

    'the good life and the good society'
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    HMPYOI Peterborough & University of Cambridge

    Date: 03/01/2017

    Contact: Amy Ludlow and Ruth Armstrong- justis@crim.cam.ac.uk

    Criminology
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    HMPYOI Littlehey & University of Cambridge

    Date: 30/11/-0001

    Contact: Amy Ludlow and Ruth Armstrong- justis@crim.cam.ac.uk

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    HMP Kirkham & University of Central Lancashire

    Date: 01/01/2017

    This project, which ran for the first time in January-April 2017, is available to 2nd and 3rd year criminology/law students, and prisoners at HMP Kirkham – 6-8 from each cohort. It is delivered over a period of 4 sessions, on a 3-weekly basis. Each session runs as a separate debate about a contemporary issue in society, with participants being split randomly into two teams, and each team allocated one side of the debate. The teams then get half an hour to prepare their argument, before the debate takes place. Debate topics this year included; banning tobacco in the UK, abolishing the British monarchy, the legalisation of euthanasia, and the dangers of the internet. The aim of these unique sessions is to break down boundaries and to create a positive learning environment where students and prisoners can develop debating techniques, discuss relevant topics and learn to create coherent arguments. Feedback from all of those involved has been extremely positive, with evidence of development of confidence and communication skills, as well as team working and debating techniques.

    Contact: Dr Laura Kelly - LKelly13@uclan.ac.uk

    Debating Current Social Issues
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    HMP Kirkham & University of Central Lancashire

    Date: 30/11/-0001

    Contact: Laura Kelly and Helen Codd- LKelly13@uclan.ac.uk and HLcodd@uclan.ac.uk

    Contemporary issues
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    HMP Haverigg & University of Cumbria

    Date: 01/01/2017

    Contact: Alison Spurgeon-Dickson

    Psychology
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    HMP Hollesley Bay & University of East Anglia

    Date: 01/09/2016

    The Learning Together partnerships stemming from the UEA have a distinct focus on the provision of a degree-level education in the field of Philosophy. Since 2013, courses have been running alongside the University’s semester timetable to provide multiple modules with a “collegiate attitude to learning”. Currently the course offers modules on Epistemology, Political Philosophy and The Stoics. Expectations of the course director are high, and pupils are taught to a degree level, with the assumption being that educational achievement is predicated upon both frankness and equality. The decision to promote the study of Philosophy in prisons was due primarily to the transformative nature of the discipline, specifically its perspective-shifting capacity to help its students change their conceptions of themselves and their world. The course is audited in partnership with a clinical psychologist in order to assess its benefits and efficacy.

    Contact: benjaminhari@gmail.com

    Philosophy
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    HMP Humber & University of Hull

    Date: 01/01/2017

    Contact: Adam Calverly

    Criminology
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    HMP Hull & University of Hull

    Date: 30/11/-0001

    Contact: Adam Calverley: A.Calverley@hull.ac.uk

    Criminology
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    HMP Swaleside & University of Kent

    Date: 01/01/2016

    Contact: Dr. Caroline Chatwin: c.chatwin@kent.ac.uk

    Criminology Inside Out
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    HMP Coldingley & University of Kingston

    Date: 30/11/-0001

    Contact: Amy Mitchell - amy.mitchell@kingston.ac.uk

    Criminology
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    HMP Lancaster Farms & University of Lancaster

    Date: 30/11/-0001

    Contact: Charlotte Barlow - c.barlow@lancaster.ac.uk

    Criminology
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    HMP Risley & University of Manchester

    Date: 30/11/-0001

    Contact: Shadd Maruna and Rose Broad - shadd.maruna@manchester.ac.uk, rosemary.broad@manchester.ac.uk

    'From imprisonment to rehabilitation'
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    HMP Onley & University of Northampton

    Date: 01/01/2017

    Lecturers in Criminology from Northampton are giving a three-part lecture course in Social Justice to students from HMP Onley alongside a cohort of Northampton’s Year 2 Criminology students. Established to break down barriers and enable the Onley students to “engage outside the normal parameters”, there is a view to expand the partnership to include other subject areas.

    Contact: Manos.Daskalou@northampton.ac.uk and Paula.Bowles@northampton.ac.uk

    Beyond Justice
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    HMP Belmarsh & University of Roehampton

    Date: 01/01/2017

    Contact: Finola Farrant

    Social Sciences, Criminology
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    HMP Belmarsh & University of Roehampton

    Date: 30/11/-0001

    Contact: Finola Farrant - F.farrant@roehamtpon.ac.uk

    Criminology
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    HMP Winchester & University of Southampton

    Date: 01/01/2017

    Contact: Alisa Stevens

    Criminology
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    Soebysoegaard prison & University of Southern Denmark

    Date: 01/01/2016

    First run in 2016, this partnership involves a 5 ECTS elective course at the Law School for a cohort of students from University of Southern Denmark (N=12) and Soebysoegaard prison (N=12). The teaching takes place in a closed prison building and the course runs weekly for app. 10 weeks. The course covers theory about criminology and penology and invites legal representatives from the Danish legal system (police officers, prosecutors, judges, Danish Prison and Probation Service) to give guest lectures. The course aims to reflect the diverse knowledge about explanations on crime, how the legal system and legal rules work, justifying punishment, how punishment works and about crime preventive strategies.

    Contact: Linda Kjær Minke - lkm@sam.sdu.dk

    Criminology and penology
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    HMP Pentonville & University of Westminster

    Date: 01/10/2016

    The partnership between the University of Westminster and HMPs Pentoville is shaped around a Criminology curriculum, but with a clear focus on the need for learners to “develop their interests organically”. Criminology sessions between HMP Pentonville and The University of Westminster began in January 2016 with a series of guest lectures.

    Contact: Sacha Darke, Senior Lecturer in Criminology- University of Westminster

    Criminology
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    HMP Grendon & University of Westminster

    Date: 06/02/2017

    The partnerships between the University of Westminster and Grendon are shaped around a Criminology curriculum, but with a clear focus on the need for learners to “develop their interests organically”. The partnership with HMP Grendon, takes the form of a reading group for current Open University prisoner students and criminology students from Westminster. This partnership is grounded with the principles of Convict Criminology and uses mentors to support the academic development of prisoner students.

    Contact: Sacha Darke, Senior lecturer in Criminology- University of Westminster

    Reading Group around Criminology
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    HMP Wakefield & Wakefield College

    Date: 01/01/2017

    Contact: Clare Hagerup

    Education
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    HMP Askham Grange & York St. John University

    Date: 01/01/2017

    Contact: Rachel Conlon

    Drama