| SCHOOL & COLLEGE VISITS
Stop Stansted Expansion is available to give talks by invitation to Primary and Secondary Schools
and also Colleges of Further Education.
Schools and Colleges should contact the SSE campaign office on 01279 870558 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss requirements.
Simon Balle School, Hertford
On 19th March 2010 Simon Balle School in Hertford invited Ray Woodcock on behalf
of Stop Stansted Expansion to talk to their Year 10 students. They are studying for
their GCSE Citizenship qualification. The issue of expansion at Stansted airport
forms part of their studies.
Following the talk to about 30 teenagers, a smaller group of 5 wanted to know
more and we spent a further hour discussing this issue. Year 10, very many
thanks for making the discussion so very interesting. I hope I helped you.
On 19 January 2010 Ray Woodcock on behalf of SSE gave a talk to students
at Colchester Institute studying for a Degree in Management of Tourism.
This is the 4th year Stop Stansted Expansion has been invited to talk to students
at this college concerning the many implications of expanding Stansted airport.
As we would expect from anyone who is considering travel/tourism as a career
there were many questions with a lively debate.
Helena Romanes School, Great Dunmow
On 6 November 2009 Helena Romanes School in Dunmow invited Stop Stansted Expansion
to a discussion with their year 7 students. The subject was - what are the issues related to
Stansted airport expanding to become a two runway airport? The students of year 7 were
split into two separate groups of over 100 each.
As the presentation progressed it was clear that the students had so many questions that
we switched to a questions and answers discussion using the presentation as an aid.
The teachers had to close the discussion after over 2 hours with each group even though
there were still many questions the students wanted to ask. Sadly we ran out of time.
Plume School, Maldon
Plume School in Maldon, Essex invited SSE to give a talk and to discuss the issues
related to expansion of Stansted airport. The students were 18 years who are studying
for a travel industry qualification. As so often is the case, the discussion was lively
with a wide range of questions. The discussion had to be stopped after 2 hours
as we ran out of time.
Hillmead Primary School, Bishop's Stortford
Bearing in mind that Hillmead Primary School was burned to the ground just a few months ago, the teachers and children have responded amazingly well in their temporary accommodation.
It was so encouraging to experience the enthusiasm of the 30, 9 year olds following this experience.
Stop Stansted Expansion was invited to give a talk about BAA's plans to turn Stansted airport into one of the largest in Europe. Yet again the discussion had to stop, we just ran out of time.
Bishop's Stortford High School
Stop Stansted Expansion was invited to Bishop's Stortford High School on 6 February 2009
to discuss with about 100 6th formers some of the issues related to the proposed
expansion at Stansted airport. It was a very lively discussion with many questions from
the students. Sadly time ran out and not all the students were able to put their questions.
St. James School, Harlow
Children at St. James School, Harlow during a presentation
by Ray Woodcock about Stansted Airport
St. Nicholas School, Old Harlow
Children at St. Nicholas School, Old Harlow during a presentation
by Ray Woodcock about Stansted Airport
Richard Whittington Primary School, Bishop's Stortford
Children at Richard Whittington Primary, Bishop's Stortford
asking questions during a presentation about Stansted Airport
MP Debates Airport Plans with Pupils
Report by the Herts & Essex Observer - 9 March 2006
As debate over the expansion of Stansted Airport rumbles on, Bishop's Stortford's MP has been taking a look at the issue with pupils at Richard Whittington Primary.
Mark Prisk visited the school to speak to the nine to 11-year olds in Years 5 and 6 about the proposals.
During the past weeks, the youngsters have been working on a cross curriculum project about the airport which has included geography, literacy, ICT and maths.
Ray Woodcock of the Stop Stansted Expansion group has already talked to the pupils who have also used BAA source material in their work to create a balanced argument.
The results of a questionnaire were correlated. This showed 57 per cent against expansion, 25 per cent in favour and 18 per cent undecided.
The school's deputy head Ronnie Westell said: "The children have been enthusiastic throughout; it has been very good."
A Visit to Colchester Institute
It's always rewarding when, following an invitation by a college for further education, the presentation given was encouraged with lots of questions and discussion. This is what happened when Carole Favre, the Course Tutor on Travel and Tourism, invited SSE to give a talk about Stansted Airport and its possible enlargement.
Carole explained that Stansted Airport was the subject her students had been given as a project and this talk was part of the inputs that the students were to receive.
Stop Stansted Expansion's information was supplemented with data from the Office of National Statistics related to Inward and Outward tourism both in visitor numbers and value. The questions raised by the Institute's group were far ranging to cover the consequences on the local community, environment and climate change.
Dr Walkers's CoE Primary School, Fyfield
Stop Stansted Expansion were invited by Dr Walkers's CoE Primary School, Fyfield to talk to 27 children in year 6 about the implications of more expansion at Stansted Airport. A few days later BAA also talked to this class.
Dave Green, the teacher, subsequently wrote to say that 75% of the class were opposed to airport expansion following the talks by BAA and SSE. He also sent in four reports written by his pupils which are published below with permission of their parents.
Bentfield Primary School, Stansted Mountfitchet
Stop Stansted Expansion were invited to Bentfield Primary School, Stansted Mountfitchet to talk with year 6 pupil's concerning one of the local issues, the proposed expansion of Stansted Airport.
26 children attended the discussion along with Sue Giles, the deputy head.
The talk was conducted under the subject of Citizenship where the children were learning how a huge project such as Expansion at Stansted Airport would impact life in local villages and how citizens could influence or prevent the development.
The children had clearly considered many of the related issues and asked lots of questions following the presentation that Ian gave. The children also demonstrated their keen interest some staying after the discussion and asking more questions, missing out on some of their lunch break.
Our conclusion can only be that these children really do want to know more about their environment and the way adults are shaping the locality that we will leave them.
A paper written by Luke Sims aged 11 years demonstrated an example of the children's awareness.
Manor Fields Primary School, Bishops Stortford
Stop Stansted Expansion were invited to Manor Fields Primary School, Bishops Stortford to talk about BAA's plans for expanding the airport and the effect this would have on our local environment. The children were studying the issues related to the airport and how expansion would influence our community and area.
Talks were given to two classes of 30, providing the children with facts about the current situation at Stansted Airport and what is likely to happen if another runway were to be built.
The children were encouraged to ask many questions and the SSE team did not want to restrict the questions the children asked - after all, it is their future environment that will be changed.
Teacher, Vickie Lightfoot, reported that she was very pleased with what was presented and the many and varied questions from the children. SSE were very impressed by the considerable interest and understanding that the children showed.