Year 8 pupils learned valuable life lessons from the police, prison officers, charity workers and ex-offenders.
Sessions to help youngsters at Hollins Technology College make safe and legal choices in life were held during a ‘No Way Out’ day.
Officers from Lancashire police, staff from drug and alcohol charity Early break, prison officers, former offenders and representatives from housing provider Hyndburn Homes attended.
They held a series of workshops with students, offering information and first-hand experience of the criminal justice system.
Headteacher Steve Campbell, said: “It was a fantastic day.
“It was great to see the children so engaged.
“We’d like the thank all agencies involved and we hope this will become an annual event.”
Mrs Dougan, assistant headteacher added: “It was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative day which acted as a real eye opener.
“After hearing the students’ feedback from the day it will hopefully act as a deterrent for the pupils in adult life.”