Ark Gets Political

"Better Buses for Brent" Tops the Count

The North London Citizens Team at Ark Academy put on a day of Politics on the 20th November 2013. They planned a day jam packed with fun and democracy, starting with members of the team visiting all tutor groups in the morning to inform the students of the work they have been doing over the past year. NLC explained the issues that have been on their priority list and what the schedule of the day was to be. The themes were: "We want to hear your stories" "We want to give all the school community the chance to vote again." "What issue they would like the team to concentrate on for the next year" and also which one will be put forward at the Brent Citizens delegates assembly. The next part of the day consisted of the NLC team going out all over the school listening to the testimony's of students and staff about the three main issues; Better Buses, Care of our Elderly and Safer Streets. Finally at lunchtime students and staff alike commenced in voting for the issue they cared about the most, at our poll station situated in the atrium, with the counters they had been given in tutor time.

In the second half of the day the NLC team took our democratic school issue to the people in power. We wanted to know how they would help us to bring about change. We had representatives from Council (Cllr. Michael Pavey lead member for children and families), Metropolitan police (Katie Ruff Head of school liaison officers), Brent youth parliament (Omar Queens Park Community school), Brent transport department (Jim Lawman) and Ark Academy parents.


We presented our priority issue of "Better Buses for Brent" and got some clear promises from them. They all agreed to attend our Brent Citizens assembly in March, Michael Pavey committed to co-signing or getting the leader of the Council to sign any documents/letters we want to send in regards our campaigns and they promised to work with us to create more CitySafe havens.