Sixth Form Science Gets Forensic
A group of Sixth Form sleuthers spent Thursday 23rd getting forensic with science thanks to The Forensic Experience headed up by Hayley, a crime scene examiner with over 14 years experience with the Metropolitan Police. The company offer interactive crime scene investigation workshops and our Sixth Formers were lucky enough to investigate a staged murder scene complete with its own, rather realistic, dead body! The group got to hunt for hidden fingerprints using brushes and powders, find DNA evidence and compare footprints found at the scene from different shoes. They were also able examine the murder victim, analyse witness statements, listen to recorded interviews by various suspects and finally figure out whodunnit!
Deputy Head of Sixth Form and Psychology teacher, Claire Gulliver, commented “Our Lower Sixth students all had a fascinating talk from Hayley who gave us a great insight to a real life crime scene. She used a lot of anecdotes from her experience to explain the techniques used to identify suspects and provide scientific evidence that can be used in caught as part of the prosecution. The Biology and Psychology students and a few interested others then got to apply this to our very own crime scene – there was a murder in maths! By taking blood swabs, DNA testing and fingerprint analysis they were then able to correctly identify the culprit. A brilliant time was had by all.”