David Attenborough, penguins and unicorns in Steyning jailbreak!

A mass jailbreak saw penguins, Christmas elves, a group of unicorns and David Attenborough haring off into the Sussex countryside.

Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 2:37 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 2:40 pm
Steyning Grammar School jailbreak

The decidedly strange escape took place on Friday (December 8) and was orchestrated by more than 200 Year 13 students at Steyning Grammar School - all for a very good cause.

The Steyning jailbreak has become something of a tradition, raising thousands of pounds over the years. This year's charity was Cancer Research UK, and the total raised so far stands at £5,192.

The day started with a hearty breakfast courtesy of the school's catering department, with the £2 charges going straight into the fundraising pot.

Steyning Grammar School jailbreak

Then it was off to jail for the 'convicts' - who promptly broke out and, cheered on by the younger students, disappeared up Steyning High Street in a convoy of brightly decorated tractors, trailers, pick-up trucks and even a vintage bus.

The escapees fled all over the county, making their way to Brighton, Hove, Shoreham, Southwick, Lancing, Brighton, Storrington, Portslade, Henfield, Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath where they visited a number of primary schools.

Then they all converged on Horsham, where they were 're-captured' at the bandstand, in the Carfax, and treated amused shoppers to a festive sing-a-long.

Assistant head, Sally Randall, praised the students as tremendous ambassadors for the school, the charity and the wider community.

Steyning Grammar School jailbreak

She added: "Our students have shown initiative, grit and resilience in making a positive difference, learning much from the experience. The support of parents, local businesses, community partners and our feeder schools was hugely appreciated."