Headlands pupils solve College murder mystery

29th March 2019 2:55pm - Return to press releases

Headlands pupils solve College murder mystery

Headlands School pupils took part in a murder mystery event organised by East Riding College this week.

The year 9 pupils were invited to help solve the case of the disappearance of the College’s former principal, in a specially-written immersive theatre experience by specialist group, Murder by Invitation.

The students were taken on a tour of the College’s St Mary’s Walk campus in Bridlington, where they met various eccentric characters who were all suspects in the head’s disappearance.  Pupils also collected clues along the way and had to work out whodunit in the end.

Andy Levitt the careers manager for Headlands School said, “It’s been interesting and fun for the students, thinking and communicating with each other and sharing ideas.”

Emilee Speck aged 13, from Bridlington was crowned the super sleuth, after giving sound – and entertaining - reasons for her deductions.  She said, “It was really good trying to figure out who did it and we got to learn about what’s on offer at the College too.”

Emily Woodman, the collaborative outreach coordinator for the FORCE project which funded the activity said, “It’s all about encouraging learners to consider their career options from an earlier age, but in a really engaging way.  The aim of the FORCE project is to widen participation in higher education by encouraging those from non-traditional backgrounds to explore the university-level options open to them.”

Eugene Gray aged 14, who also took part in the activity said, “It was good, it was a fun way to learn about the different things available.” Yasmin Calton, aged 13 added, “It was an enjoyable way to explore the College and the characters were quite funny too.” 

Murder by Invitation are an immersive theatre group who specialise in murder mystery events and use professional actors.  They devised the script, developed characters and provided clues that managed to keep the learners entertained whilst providing them with snippets of information about different career routes, such as engineering, health and care, sport and fashion.