Whittlesey pupils unite to quiz transport chief at special school council event

PUPILS from across Whittlesey came together to quiz the county’s transport officer at a special joint school council event.

School council representatives from Alderman Jacobs, Park Lane, New Road and Coates primary schools joined students from Sir Harry Smith Community College at the town council offices last week.

The youngsters posed questions to Sarah Hatcher, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Senior Transport Officer, about transport issues in their area.

Mayor of Whittlesey Kay Mayor supported the discussion, which was attended by 19 pupils.

Hayley Challinor, deputy head at Alderman Jacobs, said: “It was great to see the young people of Whittlesey coming together to help shape the future of their town.

“I think for them a formal experience like this helps them to feel valued members of their community too.”

Sir Harry Smith Community College student Abbie said: “Working with all the local schools was really rewarding. It was interesting for the Sir Harry students to hear all the different opinions of the younger students and we enjoyed leading the groups.

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“This was a valuable experience and it would be great to bring the schools together again and we hope to see our suggestions implemented in the future.”

Pupil Chelsea, from Alderman Jacobs, said: “I thought the afternoon was great because we got to do lots of activities and we were treated maturely. We also got to see the mayor, which was great too.”

The event marks part of the move towards the schools in the Whittlesey and District area working more collaboratively under the Whit Co.Nect branding.

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