SCHOOLCHILDREN from Portsmouth had a taste of local democracy when they debated and voted on topical issues at a mock council meeting.
The group of 13-year-olds who are taking part in the Lord Mayor Cllr Cheryl Buggy’s Passport to Success scheme made a welcome break from usual proceedings at Portsmouth City’s council chambers.
Boys and girls from St Edmund’s Catholic School, St John’s College and Mayville High, came up with bright ideas on a range of subjects such as school discipline, job opportunities and volunteering work.
Cllr Buggy said: ‘They were so well behaved and listened carefully to all the arguments. They did their schools proud.’
Passport to Success, which involves 10 per cent of all 13-year-olds in the city, organises activities to increase opportunities for youngsters and raise their aspirations, such as meeting high-fliers and collaborating on projects with local businesses.