The appearance of Sascha Eady on the BBC TV Victoria Derbyshire show on Tuesday 21st August meant that two former Bury Grammar School (BGS) pupils came face to face in front of the nation.
Victoria Derbyshire now presents a daily national news programme on BBC2.
Sascha Eady is a BGS alumnus from 2011. Always one to plough her own furrow, after leaving Oxford University with a 2:1 degree she decided to buck the accountancy/consultancy trend and join the Metropolitan Police ‘Police Now’ graduate programme; initially working as a local neighbourhood officer in a challenging area of Lambeth, South London. She is now on the Met’s Detective Training Programme.
Two years in, having presented to an assembled audience of senior police officers and partners about her work whilst on the Police Now scheme she was chosen to be the ‘young face’ of the Met in the multi-partner ‘Take 90’ initiative. This is designed to address verbal and physical violence in society by encouraging people in stressful situations to employ strategies to control anger before it gets the better of them.
In a polished media debut, Sascha fielded questions about her policing experience of situations where ‘Take 90’ might have been usefully utilised alongside her senior Met colleague. Later in the day she was also interviewed about ‘Take 90’ on BBC Radio Nottingham.
Proud mother and Head of Year 10 at BGS, Maggie Eady, said ‘It was great to see Sascha on national TV being interviewed by such a famous old girl from BGS. I was immensely proud of how Sascha came across. She has, as always, done her own thing and I am particularly pleased with how much she is enjoying and learning from her career in the Met’.
The video can be watch on BBC iPlayer (51 minutes in) here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bgfyx2/victoria-derbyshire-21082018