Council seeks pupil voice

Following on from the success of Nightingale Community Academy’s participation in last November’s Wandsworth Big Take Over, pupils were given the opportunity to keep the conversation going with senior council leaders.

The pupils met with Nick Pendry, Assistant Director of Wandsworth Children’s Services and Amelia Willis, Participation Development Lead, and shared their experiences of life as a young person in the borough.

They discussed ways that the Council can help young people and ideas such as improving access to work experience opportunities and leisure activities in the borough. They also talked about staff and young people doing more fun activities in the borough together, including a challenge from the pupils for a paintball fight!

“We love coming into the school and getting to know the young people in their space; having open conversations and hearing their views,” said Nick and Amelia.

The pupils, who are in Year 10, said the best thing about school was their teachers and the broad range of lessons they have including mechanics, construction, animal care and horticulture.

The principal and leadership team, well supported by the Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust, have provided strong leadership, which has had a positive impact on the school’s effectiveness. As a result, there have been improvements in all areas, most noticeably in pupils’ behaviour and attitudes, the curriculum and in the wider opportunities for pupils.

Ofsted, February 2019

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