The Children’s Commissioner for Wales visits The Grange.
This visit formed part of the Commissioner’s national tour of Welsh schools, in which he hopes to explore the current state of childhood in each of Wales’ local authorities. Earlier this term, pupils and teachers at The Grange welcomed Mr Keith Towler, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales.
He was taken on a tour of the school where he looked around the facilities and met teachers and pupils.
The Grange uses the Super Ambassador Scheme, which sees two children in the school being elected by their peers, following presentations given by them in assemblies. They work on the behalf of the Commissioner to raise awareness of children’s rights. These two Year 6 boys, Rui De Sousa Stayton and Philip Hayes, sit on the School Council, lead some assemblies and organise activities to promote the knowledge and understanding of children’s rights.
Mr Towler said: “Meeting children and young people across Wales is not only one of the most enjoyable aspects of my role, it is also one of the most important. I enjoyed visiting The Grange. It was a fantastic opportunity for me to hear from the children about their daily experiences and the issues that most affect them.”
Head of the Grange, Mrs Elaine Thomas, added: “I am very proud of our School Council, which works hard to ensure that all of the boys have their ideas heard and which works alongside the Super Ambassador scheme to uphold children’s rights. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the visit from Keith Towler, and were very interested to hear about his work and learn about the complexities of his job. They were left feeling reassured that they have a voice and that their opinions are listened to not only at home and at school, but nationally too”.