November 27th, 2015

Two students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull have been making their mark with the UK Youth Parliament this autumn.


Billal Salek and Jessica Smith have been talking to their fellow students to find out what issues really matter to them. Billal questioned more than 200 students at lunchtimes in College, while Jessica gauges the opinions of fellow A level Politics students.


Young people from across the UK have been debating policies and deciding on the issues that the UK Youth Parliament would focus its campaigns on this year. The ‘Make Your Mark’ campaign, supported by the National Citizen Service (, is aimed at ensuring those issues that matter most to young people are recognised.


This year’s 10 issues debated and voted on covered topics like: votes at 16, a curriculum to prepare young people for life, the end of austerity and child poverty, transport, climate change, mental health, funding for youth services, the living wage, tackling racism and religious discrimination, and extended special educational needs support. Our students were particularly interested in mental health issues, which came second in the vote to the Living Wage.


Applications are currently being accepted for students to join the UK Youth Parliament. Application forms are available from the Student Development Office near the Refectory or students can apply online at

Saint Paul’s Work with New Balance

November 26th, 2015

Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe has been working with the sports footwear company, New Balance. The company is keen to develop relationships with schools with the aim of building healthier, stronger communities.

Thomas Marsden from New Balance visited Saint Paul’s to work with the girls and allow them to try out their brands of boots. The boots have been designed to blend function and fashion, giving athletes the performance technology they need and the look and style they’d like.

The Year 7 & 8 Girls Football Team trialed the New Balance footwear in their training sessions and following the success of the boots they are now considering wearing them in their football matches.

Following positive feedback from the girls, the Boys Football Team trialed the boots during their matches.

Ms Wild, Head of PE at Saint Paul’s, said: “It has been fantastic to work with New Balance to promote sport and to encourage pupils to live a more healthy and active lifestyle.”

“New Balance has impressed us with their commitment to supporting our pupils and their promotion of physical activity and healthy nutrition,” commented Miss Tina Wilkinson, Deputy Headteacher at Saint Paul’s. “They have been very generous and the pupils were delighted to trial their boots; we hope they will lead them to further sporting success!”