Visiting the Knife Angel statue at Derby Cathedral

As part of their commitment to wider issues, staff held an assembly about knife crime and its wider impact for families and communities. All students were taken out to visit the Knife Angel statue outside Derby Cathedral as part of its UK tour.


The statue is 27 feet tall and made from 100,000 knives that were collected from 40 amnesty locations over a 4 year period, as part of the petition ‘Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife’. Created and brought to life by the British Ironwork Centre in Shropshire, they worked with the Police, knife prevention charities and families who have been devastated by knife crime.

Our students showed respect for the statue and the message it stands for. They commented that although it was created out of sadness, it is a powerful way to make people understand that impact that knife crime can have.