Students grill local Councillors on big issues

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in News | No Comments
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Year 13 student Amir Norris trying on the Mayoral Chain, along with the Mayor Cllr Mrs Jean Dent

Sixth Form students at saltash.net community school recently had the opportunity to learn more about the issues facing Saltash Town Councillors, as part of their education in Citizenship and British Values.

Four Councillors – the Mayor Jean Dent, Julie Rance, Garry Taylor and David Yates – came in to speak with all of the Year 12 and Year 13 students at the school. They each talked about why they became councillors and what they do, and then took students’ questions on a range of issues from ‘what is the biggest challenge facing Saltash?’ to ‘Should 16 year olds have the vote?’ to ‘What will be the impact of Brexit on Saltash?’

One student was particularly interested in the mayoral chain, and the Mayor kindly gave him the opportunity to try it on.

Head of Sixth Form Adam Killeya, who organised the sessions, said “We don’t just want students to leave with good results and good post-18 destinations; we also want them to fully equipped as citizens to take an active part in their community and in the world. We’re very appreciative that the councillors gave up their time for the students”.

Head Student Hollie Kiely, who studies A Level Politics, said “The town council session was very interesting in telling us all how Saltash is run and we thoroughly enjoyed it.”