SIXTH Form students from Fairmead School visited South Somerset District Council’s offices in support of their Life Skills Curriculum.

Students met with a variety of different officers from the district council and discussed the work undertaken by each service and their roles within the district council.

Angie Cox, democratic services manager, explained about the council’s meetings and the decision-making process during those meetings.

Students then visited the Development Control and Planning Policy department and met with a senior planner to discuss how planning applications are looked at by the district council.

The students then visited the Health and Well-Being team and discussed the council’s role in maintaining the numerous open spaces and countryside parks as well as the different work the team does to promote activities in South Somerset.

Finally, the students visited the council’s contact centre where the students had the opportunity to see the team handling front line calls and to appreciate the variety of calls being received about council services.

Cllr Ric Pallister, leader of South Somerset District Council who greeted the students at the offices, said: “It was a privilege to have Fairmead’s new 6th form visit us for the first time.  The school is so much a part of our community and having the council play a part, however small, in furthering their broader education about the society they live in was a real pleasure.

"We are looking to strengthen our links with the school especially around post education employment opportunities and I hope other schools in South Somerset will follow Fairmead’s example”.

Sarah Harding from Fairmead School added: “Other planned visits to the council’s offices are now in place to secure workplace opportunities for our students.

"We all had a fantastic afternoon meeting and talking to officers from different departments about the work they do to keep South Somerset running. A big thank you to Mr Pallister and his team.”