Mayor’s visit strength­ens school’s lo­cal links

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

STU­DENTS at Tyther­ing­ton School wel­comed the Mayor of Mac­cles­field, Coun Liz Durham.

Stu­dent Par­lia­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives and mem­bers of the year seven Ad­vanced Learn­ers Pro­gramme quizzed the Mayor on a range of is­sues in­clud­ing her views on the pur­pose of education and why she en­tered lo­cal pol­i­tics.

They also asked Coun Durham her views on the hot topic of lo­cal re­gen­er­a­tion.

Head­teacher Manny Botwe also out­lined his plans for the school and spoke of the im­por­tance of Coun Durham’s visit.

He said: “There is a very clear fo­cus on de­liv­er­ing high aca­demic stan­dards for all as well as en­cour­ag­ing all stu­dents to strive to ful­fil their po­ten­tial, wher­ever their in­ter­ests or tal­ents may lie.”

He added: “This is al­ready a strong school at the heart of the com­mu­nity.

“Meet­ing the lo­cal mayor is in keep­ing with a key pri­or­ity for us, which is pro­vid­ing stu­dents with op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop stu­dent lead­er­ship skills through ex­ten­sive links with the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Stu­dent Par­lia­ment mem­ber Holly Brock­bank, year nine, said: “It was great to meet the Mayor of Mac­cles­field and ask her about what the role in­volves.

“It is fan­tas­tic to get her sup­port for what we are do­ing in school.”

Coun Durham said: “I was very pleased to ac­cept the in­vi­ta­tion to visit the school and meet the stu­dents.

“I had a most in­ter­est­ing time with the chil­dren I met, all of whom were en­gaged and en­thu­si­as­tic.”

●● Tyther­ing­ton School stu­dents with the mayor, Coun Liz Durham, and head­teacher Manny Botwe

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