Youngsters from Garth Hill College have been queuing up to visit a replica TARDIS, made famous by the BBC’s hit show Doctor Who, which was set up in the main communal area of the school on Monday last week.
The police box, constructed by site staff Cliff Mandville and Simon Richens, is fitted with video recording equipment so pupils can voice their opinions about any aspect of the school. Each pupil can record their suggestions or feelings on the camera, before all the video clips are edited and then reviewed on a fortnightly basis. The best ideas can then be implemented throughout the school.
The TARDIS is managed by the school’s head of drama, Holly Manning, as well as a group of Pupils as Learning Partners (PLPs), pupils who help other youngsters with advice about school life.
The team are there to ensure the equipment is used in a positive and constructive way.
Miss Manning said: “We are really excited about this project. We want pupils to be honest with their feedback, but at the same time to be sensible and constructive.
“It is important that we all listen carefully to what they have to say and respond to that.” The PLPs have also noted the impact it has made, with queues of youngsters eager to record their views waiting outside the doors of the TARDIS each day.
Year Nine pupil Ellie Brown, 14, said: “The good thing is that it feels like you’re talking to yourself and it’s like writing a diary really.” Year Nine pupil Emily Yates, 13, added: “Lots of people have been talking about it. It’s great because it closes the gap between the senior management and the pupils.”