Debate in chamber for selected pupils

Connor Brown, Tom Shaw and Alex Tomlinson with Mayor Peter Barr and Mayoress Jean Barr in the Council Chamber
Connor Brown, Tom Shaw and Alex Tomlinson with Mayor Peter Barr and Mayoress Jean Barr in the Council Chamber

THIRTY students from Parkside’s vertical mentoring groups visited the Town Hall in Chesterfield as part of VIP day.

The visit included the use of the chambers for a debate on school and wider issues and a tour of the Mayor’s parlour.

The student debate was chaired by Tom Shaw from Year 10 and subjects covered included; feedback on lessons by students, the effects of withdrawing funding for Youth Services, how to reward students who are making progress in school and repairing and maintaining the Queen’s Park Annexe for school use.

Students were shown around by the Mayor and Mayoress, who were able to answer questions about the post of mayor, the fascinating building and objects in the parlour and the history of Chesterfield.

On their return to school, students worked on a strategy for feeding back to the rest of the school on decisions and points made.

A small group also made a short film about the day’s events to be played to visitors and on the website.

Senior deputy headteacher David Miller said: “I was really impressed with Tom’s maturity in chairing the debate. He gave everyone the chance to have their say and made valid points of his own.

“The student representative’s responses to all the points were very interesting and will help us to make things even better for all students in school. I’d like to thank the Mayor and Mayoress for their hospitality – the student’s loved the visit.”