Made in England actor George Newton helps Wakefield learn

Pupils interview This is England star George Newton.
Pupils interview This is England star George Newton.

He is best known for playing tough-talking skinhead Banjo in the Bafta-winning film This is England.

But actor George Newton showed his softer side when he was put in the hot seat by a group of children.

Pupils from six schools in Wakefield turned their hand to journalism to interview the actor, along with other business people from the district.

The event was part of Wakefield Council’s first Keep on Learning Festival.

It saw schools from around the district come together to highlight the opportunities for young people to help them reach their potential.

Around 34 children were split into six different groups and interviewed the guests about their professions, including representatives from Haribo and Leeds Beckett University, at Wakefield One on Tuesday.

One group of pupils quizzed Mr Newton, who starred in the hit British drama based around a group of skinheads in England in 1983.

After lunch the children interviewed representatives from Haribo in an answer and question session.

They also scripted and planned a short presentation about why it was important for young people to aim for higher education.

The sessions were part of week-long programme by the council to raise awareness of the new legal requirement, which was introduced in September, where young people must continue in education or training until the age of 18.

Coun Olivia Rowley, cabinet member Children and Young People, said: “This festival was a fantastic opportunity to encourage young people and their families to embrace the many opportunities that education offers.”

The schools who took part were The King’s School, De Lacy Academy, Kettlethorpe High School, Ossett Academy, Minsthorpe Community College and Carlton Primary School.

An event for 16 and 17-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training will be held at the Elizabethan Gallery in Trinity Walk today, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.