Thameside Academy make big local decisions

PUPILS at Thameside Academy have been thinking hard about how Riverside Community Big Local can make a difference to their lives

Andrew Blakey from the Riverside Community Big Local steering group went into Thameside Academy to explain to Shamid Ali and Michael Abebgo of the school council about what the Riverside Community Big Local were hoping to achieved. Shamid and Michael later reported to the Governing Body of the Academy as to what the council had been doing and considering, the Big local concept generated a lots of interest.

The school council, which is made up of representative from each class then decided to undertake their own version of the community survey,

Each class representative took a large sheet with the three headings, “what do you like about the area”, “what do you dislike” and “what would you change” to their class and the pupils discussed and recorded their ideas.

The whole school council then invited Andrew to come back to one of their meetings in the Academy so that they could share their ideas and he could receive the feedback to guide the decisions that Riverside Community has to make over how the £1,000,000 that is to be spent in the area. Their feedback will form part of the information gathering exercises that have included door to door surveys and events.

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