On Friday 29th March, Chesterfield High School was visited by Steve Rotherham, Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region, to experience democracy in action. He spoke to the students about their aspirations and their futures in Merseyside.
At the start of the day, students were introduced to Mr. Rotherham and learned about this political role in the city region and the role students could play in shaping his vision for a fair and prosperous city region in Sefton.
A total of forty students from across all year groups engaged in a series of group-based discussions which provided students with the space to voice their opinions and thoughts on issues that currently affect them and their communities. Some of the key topics discussed with Mr. Rotherham were the digital economy, future developments of their local area and importantly the work needed on the environment.
Students were very appreciative to Mr. Rotherham for listening to them, with Scott Miles, aged 15, stating at the end of the morning:
“It was great for us to have our voices heard by the Metro Mayor; it’s important for us to feel that people listen to what young people hope for in the future as it’s the decision makers of today that are planning the long term decisions which will affect my life in the future.”
Mr Kevin Sexton, Acting Headteacher at Chesterfield High School, commented on the morning:
The students were really appreciative of Steve for giving up his time to speak to them about their aspirations and futures; the students made us very proud with their opinions and ideas to make our community and our city a better place to live and prosper.