Students learn how to get their voice heard

Year 9 students are learning about citizenship and the importance of getting their voice heard, thanks to a pilot scheme between the County Youth Service, Winchester City Council and King's School.

Students at King's School are being given the opportunity to make their views known on the new Silver Hill development in Winchester city centre, and are learning about how to be heard by decision makers at the same time. 

City Councillors are teaching the lesson, along with youth workers and City Council officers, offering students the chance to pose questions to a variety of people.

The pilot forms part of the work being carried out to tackle the Winchester Community Strategy's 'Investing in Youth' issue and it is hoped to involve other schools in the district over the next year.

Cllr Brian Collin, the City Council portfolio holder for Healthy and Inclusive Communities said, "It is really important that we hear what young people think about big projects such as the new Silver Hill development. Their views are important because what is developed is for them in a few years time!  I have enjoyed taking the lessons and the students have been coming up with some great ideas and challenging questions."

For more information on the pilot, please contact Antonia Perkins 01962 848314 or email