In PSHE lessons, as part of Local Democracy Week, pupils from Year 7 to Year 11 investigated various local issues, ranging from the state of King George’s park, litter on the streets, dog and horse mess, the Park Resort and what to do with the old Queen’s Park site.  Pupils then formed teams and had to write their own speeches – giving alternative views on the various local issues.

Helping to promote pupils’ oral literacy as well as appreciate and understand ideas surrounding democracy and fundamental British Values, the project culminated on 14th October, when four councillors from Chesterfield Borough Council visited the College and listened to the different issues.

Pupils grabbed the opportunity to have their views listened to with both hands and gave a range of passionate, confident and articulate speeches – and really engaged with the local issues.

The councillors Tom Murphy, Mick Wall, Tricia Gilby and Jean Innes are pictured with Y8 pupils, Libby and Larissa.