Students at Withernsea High School had an opportunity to discuss a range of issues with councillors when members of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s children and young people overview and scrutiny sub-committee visited the school.
The councillors led a workshop attended by members of the school’s student council, who will now be invited to address a meeting at County Hall in February 2018.
The role of the sub-committee is to review the general policies and performance of the council and external organisations in relation to education, schools, support and safeguarding services, and members are keen to ensure that they are addressing issues that are affecting young people in the East Riding.
The students were given the opportunity to discuss a range of topics and issues with the councillors, as well as considering the roles of central and local government. They were also asked to vote on a range of hypothetical funding choices for council services, which provoked lively debate.
The students worked in small groups to suggest potential topics, then narrowed it down to a single topic which they will research in preparation for presenting their findings to the meeting at County Hall.
Richard Williman, headteacher at Withernsea High School, invited the councillors to visit the school after attending a meeting of the sub-committee earlier this year.
Mr Williman said: “It was a real pleasure to welcome members of the sub-committee to Withernsea High School and join them as they worked with members of our student council. As always, our students conducted themselves in a very mature way and I was delighted to once again receive highly positive feedback from our visitors.”
Sixth form student Alex Ogilvie, leader of the Student Council, commented: “By taking part in this workshop we have gained a better understanding of what the council has responsibility for and how similar the structure of their meetings are to our own. We have discovered a range of projects that East Riding of Yorkshire Council are involved with, and how the council has to make a number of difficult decisions to manage them.”
Councillor Kerri Harold, chairman of the sub-committee, said: “I am extremely proud of the work undertaken each year by the children and young people overview and scrutiny sub-committee. Every year we take the committee out of County Hall to engage with our young people. We have previously worked with Goole High School, Headlands School, East Riding College and this year Withernsea School.
“The young people were a credit to the school and we thank headteacher Mr Williman for the opportunity to hear from them about issues that they feel strongly about.”
East Riding of Yorkshire Council