Stephen ‘hugely proud’ to welcome award-winning Penarth students to Parliament

Stephen was ‘hugely proud’ to welcome a group of award-winning students from Penarth’s Ysgol y Deri to Parliament this week.

ysgol y deriThe young people were in Westminster to pick up a Speaker’s School Council Award, in recognition of their ‘School Construction Ambassadors’ project.

The unique national competition, which is run by The Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow MP, aims to honour the most innovative and exciting projects submitted by school councils.

Ysgol y Deri came into being when three local special needs schools – Ashgrove, Ysgol Erw’r Delyn and Ysgol Maes Dyfan – amalgamated, and moved onto the new Penarth Learning Community site.

The move led to some uncertainty for pupils, so the school councils collaborated, selecting members as ambassadors for the new school and the new school building, breaking down fears and allowing their students to take a hands-on role in the construction of the new building.

The project so impressed the judges that Ysgol y Deri school council won the national prize in the Age 17-19 category.

Stephen said: “Winning this award is a fantastic achievement by the school council, and I was hugely proud to welcome them to Westminster.

“The amalgamation and move could have been an unsettling time for students, but this project helped ensure they were fully involved in the process. It’s a great example of the important work of school councils, and my congratulations go to everyone at Ysgol y Deri.”

Kerri Pritchard, Ysgol Y Deri teacher, said: “Applying for the Speaker’s School Council Award was a further way of affirming that our young people within this Co-operative Academy are thinking about the well-being of others.

“They feel that they can make a difference to people’s lives. Applying for the award has allowed them to look objectively at what they intended and what impact it has had so far.

“I am immensely proud of the contribution they make within the college and in the community. It is what social responsibility is about.”

The Speaker praised the ‘valuable contributions’ school councils make to their communities, and said almost 400 projects were submitted for this year’s competition.



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