Schools round-up: Democracy, poetry and bicycles

Pupils at Amble Links First School now have a set of five balance bikes and helmets.
Pupils at Amble Links First School now have a set of five balance bikes and helmets.

More than 200 pupils took part in an interactive session with local councillors at the county council’s HQ to mark Local Democracy Week.

Schools across Northumberland celebrated the national event which aims to raise young people’s awareness of how local councils operate and how they can get involved in decision-making in their communities.

Kate Fox with pupils from the Duke's Middle School in Alnwick.

Kate Fox with pupils from the Duke's Middle School in Alnwick.

Meanwhile, spoken-word artist, poet and comedian Kate Fox visited the Duke’s Middle School in Alnwick as part of their National Poetry Day celebrations.

She ran a session with each class during which they wrote poems about school.

The sessions were practical and fun; pupils really seemed to enjoy them.

And at Amble Links First School, the PTA has just bought a new set of five balance bikes and helmets for the Early Years children from funds raised through discos, raffles, fairs and quizzes.

Pupils from St Benet Biscops Catholic Academy, Bedlington, and Amble's James Calvert Spence College with Northumberland County Council's business chairman Scott Dickinson.

Pupils from St Benet Biscops Catholic Academy, Bedlington, and Amble's James Calvert Spence College with Northumberland County Council's business chairman Scott Dickinson.