Youngsters get say on SnOasis project

SNOASIS and Claydon High School today hailed a unique partnership that will see them work together on the £320million project.The link-up will see a group of pupils from the school have regular meetings with the developers of the former cement works site in Great Blakenham.

SNOASIS and Claydon High School today hailed a unique partnership that will see them work together on the £320million project.

The link-up will see a group of pupils from the school have regular meetings with the developers of the former cement works site in Great Blakenham.

It is designed to have the dual benefit of helping the pupils' education while providing SnOasis with feedback about the views of youngsters in the area.

Developer Godfrey Spanner, a former chairman of Guildford council of youth, said: "This is a great chance for us to find out what young people think.

"We're going to have monthly meetings to tell the youngsters what we're doing. Then they can tell us what we should be doing!"

Beth Soule, headteacher of Claydon High School, which has recently received specialist humanities status, said the venture will help with the pupils' education.

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She said: "We're very pleased a potentially major local employer is prepared to work with us in creating educational opportunities for young people.

"It opens up an enormous number of options for us and will enhance the education on offer at the school. It also fits in well with our new humanities status.

"We feel the possibility of the development offers major opportunities for us and the community."

Sophie Marten-Holden, 12, Verity Moore, 14, Owen Grey, 13, Zoe McNaughton, 13, Michelle Butcher, 12, Joe Doran, 14, and Kingsley Klotz, 14, will make up the youth panel.

They all expressed an interest in taking on the role and will now represent the views of their schoolfriends and fellow youngsters at the regular meetings.

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