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Schoolgirl Amy praised for plain speaking

SCHOOL PRIDE ... Amy Wilson pictured with Andrew Smith, assistant headteacher at Boldon School.

SCHOOL PRIDE ... Amy Wilson pictured with Andrew Smith, assistant headteacher at Boldon School.

A SCHOOLGIRL has been praised for her conduct during a debate organised by South Tyneside Young People’s Parliament.

Amy Wilson, 15, has been a member of the group, which meets at Ocean Road Community Centre in South Shields, since 2012.

Earlier this month, the Boldon School pupil and two other youngsters were invited to meet business leaders at Trinity House in Laygate, South Shields.

They took part in a focus group weighing up the pros and cons of a combined authority, joining South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Sunderland, Newcastle, Durham, Northumberland and Teesside.

The young people were invited to discuss both public transport and education.

Lauren Hume, 17, gave an informal presentation about the difficulties she has had with public transport.

Amy discussed careers intervention in schools, and said she believes the guidance should be available for students before they get into Year 11.

She also talked about the pressure to achieve in schools and how education is very target-driven and puts extra pressure on the young people to succeed.

Kieran Charlton, 14, a pupil at Harton Technology College in South Shields, reflected the same ideas.

At the end of the forum, the consensus was that a combined authority would be a good idea.

One of the business managers attending the forum asked the trio if they would support their business, which includes a boot camp that allows young people to gain additional work experience.

They all agreed to become champions for the camp. Amy said afterwards: “It was quite daunting to attend the forum, but once I started talking, I felt more comfortable.

“I am very proud to have been chosen to attend, and I would definitely do it again.”

Andrew Smith, assistant headteacher at Boldon School, in New Road, Boldon Colliery, said: “I am very proud of Amy and the way she conducted herself during the visit to Trinity House.

“She is one of the many students we have at Boldon School who pride themselves on working hard, and going the extra mile to make a difference.”

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