Bulwell Academy students play their part in annual seminar

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Ten teenage students representing Bulwell Academy have played their parts in the success of the National Council of Young Women’s (NCYW) seventh annual Intergenerational Seminar which took place and was hosted by Nottingham Girls High School, writes Peter Jordan.

Bulwell Academy’s contingent made up of Ellie Flint,Siza Dube, Jessica Mitchell, Sharna Ledbetter, Leah Needham, Kira Hallam, Sydney Miles, Tannah Cantrell, Shannon Pole Johnson, and Aimee Lindley, all made telling contributions during fascinating morning and afternoon sessions.

Former headteacher Barbara Maddison, who lives in Bulwell, was the driving force behind the seminar whose theme “ Troubled and Troublesome Teenagers”, provided much food for thought for those in attendance.

Lending their knowledge and expertise to proceedings were the special guests Janet Crowe (Deputy Director) and colleague Rebecca Nadin from the Prison Reform Trust.

One of the fascinating aspects of the seminar’s afternoon session was in a challenge made by the guests in which they divided those present into discussion groups or Buzz Groups and gave them four true but anonymous case studies and in their roles of “judges” invited them to read through the evidence before giving their own verdicts which were later compared to the original magistrates’ findings.

Jackie Morgan, who is Assistant Principal at the academy, expressed her pride in the contributions made by her students, some of whom took to the stage to give their thoughts and feelings about relevant issues on the agenda, for the first time.

“The girls’ intelligent and carefully thought out observations were given with confidence and sincerity. They were a credit to the Academy and showed real interest in the subject matter,” said Ms Morgan.

Twenty representatives of NCYW’s Nottingham team who joined the students in their sessions said they “were impressed by the girls’s willingness to open their hearts and to provide excellent knowledge of issues that were raised”.

Barbara Maddison, who was deputy head at Henry Mellish School before taking on the headship at The Manning School, said: “The theme for our seminar has provided much food for thought.

“It is good to see the teenage students and our more mature members interacting and discussing serious issues which can have a lasting effect on people’s lives.”