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Students Take Part In Local Democracy Week

Year 10 students took part in a Question and Answer session with local policy makers as part of National Democracy Week.

Teenage drinking, facilities for young people in Corby and the town's regeneration were all on the agenda, as the students took part in the debate with representatives from Corby Council, including Mayor Mary Butcher.

Corby Council's Assistant Chief Executive Angela Warburton chaired the meeting and told our students: "We want to know what your priorities are. You are the future of the town and so we want to hear your opinions and find out what things are most important to you."

Fred Scholey, from the local authority's neighbourhood management team also talked to students about the issue of teenage drinking and asked what efforts could be made by the council to involve young people in the community.

After the meeting Mr Scholey said: "I thought the session was very informative and the suggestions will be fed back to the council.

"We don't often get to hear the views of young people community meetings are more often attended by people from a different generation, so it is good to have the opportunity to sit down with young people and hear their views."

Students also voiced their concerns about the lack of facilities for their age group in the town.

Community Safety officer Vicki  Rockall, who was also on the Q&A panel said: "There is a lot going on in the town for young people, I think the issue is making people aware of it."

This link will take students to the website featuring details of Corby activities:

Positive Activities Group

Various events are taking place this week in the Academy to mark local Democracy Week. On Wednesday evening (October 14) from 7pm Corby Council is staging its Corby Question Time, in which representatives from Corby Borough Council, Northants County Council, Northants Police, North Northants Development Agency and the Evening Telegraph will be answering questions from an audience of Corby residents.

 On Friday (October 16) county councillor Andrew Grant will come along to the Academy as part of the Bring Your Councillor to School event.