School: Archbishop Thurston
Studied at Wilberforce: 2007 – 2009

Former Archbishop Thurstan (now Sentamu) pupil Chris Ostler, 18, is currently a Disclosure Assistant for Humberside Police but has recently been accepted to train with them as an Investigative Officer. This means he would take statements from witnesses, gather evidence, and present this evidence to a court of law.

He attended Wilberforce between 2007 and 2009 and was one of the first students to take the new BTEC National Public Services courses.

He said, “I’d wanted to go into the police force from an early age. I decided to come to Wilberforce because it’s a close college and they also did the type of Public Services course I wanted to do – more theoretical than practical.

“I’d also heard that the Public Services department had staff who had previously been police officers and also officers in the army and I thought this would be to my benefit.

“I really enjoyed my course and I have found that it has been very useful to me in my career – as soon as I said I had studied Public Services during my interview for Humberside Police, I received a very positive response.”

Chris had applied to be a Disclosure Assistant in hope of securing an internal position as an officer. His 9-week training as an Investigative Officer starts in Spring 2010. He then hopes to be accepted to train as a police officer or a PCSO.

He has fond memories of the course and has since recommended it to young people who are thinking of a career in the police force.

He said, “The course and the teachers for Public Services at Wilberforce were excellent. My class was quite small and all of us had similar career aims so we all got on well and lessons were enjoyable.

“I have already recommended the course to other people I have talked to. Its fun, interesting and useful, and the staff are always willing to help you get the best you can out of the course.”