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Harleston high school help make plans for recreation in the town.

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Archbishop Sancroft High School Council met with town cllr Frances Brickley
Archbishop Sancroft High School Council met with town cllr Frances Brickley

Pupils at a Harleston high school have been helping their local council make plans for recreation facilities in the town.

Archbishop Sancroft High School’s council leadership team recently met town councillor Frances Bickley to lend their voice to council plans for the area.

It meant conducting a survey, devised by the council, and speaking to more than 300 pupils to gather views at the school about what Harleston needed most.

“It was a great meeting and we felt we were really being listened to,” said chair of the school council, Grace Molenaar, who is also head girl.

“We spent two terms visiting each of the form classes and held weekly meetings over two weeks to go through the results to present them to Mrs Bickley.

“The main outcomes were that pupils would really like a skate park in the recreation ground and for the youth centre nearby to hold more activities at weekends and evenings.

“We also raised the issue of anti-social behaviour there with people smoking, playing loud music and just hanging around in cars.”

Sarah Thomas, humanitarians teacher and who is in charge of the school council, said there was a 60 per cent response rate from all pupils in the school to the survey.

Councillor Bickley said: “It’s been great to work with the young people to find out what they like, what they don’t like and what they really want. We will be discussing the results next week.”

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