Pupils take control of school development

PUBLISHED: 11:36 06 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:23 06 May 2010

Some of the pupils from Whitehill Junior School

Some of the pupils from Whitehill Junior School

THE latest project at a school in Comet country is certainly not child s play. Whitehill Junior School, Hitchin, is putting children in charge of developing a disused area in the grounds. Youngsters are taking on the project management roles that would be

THE latest project at a school in Comet country is certainly not child's play.

Whitehill Junior School, Hitchin, is putting children in charge of developing a disused area in the grounds.

Youngsters are taking on the project management roles that would be needed in any professional development of this kind. So there are market researchers, health and safety officers, budget keepers and the like.

The school already boasts two fun-filled playgrounds, packed with equipment and decorated with markings.

But a small area outside the music room is somewhat neglected and it is this area which will be transformed with the help of a £10,000 award from Woolworth's Playground Partnerships scheme.

The school is chipping in an extra £5,000 towards the cost.

Children have come up with a range of ideas for improving the area, including: outdoor instruments, painted murals and floor markings.

They have sourced suppliers, requested quotes and worked the information into a budget.

They even needed to chase up some companies to ensure things happen to deadline.

The children have learned from their experiences.

Budget keeper Harry said: "I found out that little things for school cost a lot of money."

Log keeper Susan said: "I have learnt how to type fast."

And market researcher Robert said: "I think that surveying is hard work."

Computers have been key in delivering the project's objectives, with children making Powerpoint presentations during school assemblies and using Excel spreadsheets to collate data from their market research.

The school is about to go online with a link from its website www.whitehill.herts.sch.uk/ so that it can keep everyone up to date with developments and receive feedback from the whole community including parents and governors.


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