News release: Pupils to share city ideas with Mayor

Year six pupils at Parson Street Primary, Bedminster will share their learning on city development with Mayor George Ferguson on Tuesday 18th November.

In November and December, pupils aged 10 and 11 are examining their local area through the topic, ‘Has there ever been a better time to live here?’ So far it has included designing and building their own cities, hosting oral history discussions with a local retirement home and examining how some of the major changes to the city have impacted the communities around Parson Street.

Children have also been using the discussions online on George’s Ideas Lab for inspiration (

Year Six Teacher Edward Huxley said:

“As our elected Mayor is an architect, with a strong interest in city planning, we want to take the opportunity to share the children’s learning with him and ask questions about the challenges facing our city today. Eventually we’re aiming to produce some manifestos to present to the council as part of the Green Capital Year.”

The Mayor was contacted to see if the children could help them with preparing their manifestos.

I’m really looking forward to meeting the Parson Street Primary students on Tuesday and hearing all about their project.” said Bristol Mayor, George Ferguson.

“In spite of the economic challenges, there really has never been a better time to live in our brilliantly diverse city and I look forward to discussing how we can work together to improve things for our young people. If we can make a city that is good for children we make a city that is good for all.”

Year Six pupil David Thomas said:

“We’re looking forward to George Ferguson coming to visit us. We are hoping to find out more about what he will do for Bristol in the future and to discuss some of our ideas with him. Maybe he will use some of them!”


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