Students grade life growing up in city

Students at Prince Henry's Grammar School, in Otley.
Students at Prince Henry's Grammar School, in Otley.
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Students at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, in Otley, share their thoughts about growing up in Leeds.

Olivia Ashworth-Ellis and Alex Davey-Every tell YEP readers what it is like to be a child growing up in Leeds:

What is it like to live in Leeds? You may ask yourself that question; but very few can answer it.

In Leeds, hundreds of doors open to new possibilities; every day is a new beginning.

There are so many things to see and do, that it is almost impossible to be bored.

When my family moved to Leeds three years ago, I was devastated.

I left my friends and life behind me. But then I started to see the bigger picture. There were hundreds of things I could do

Every year, myself and my Dad go to the West Yorkshire Playhouse to watch the wonderful, imaginative performances that inspire me every year.

For those who love sport, there are several rugby, football and cricket grounds dotted around Leeds.

I hope more of you can answer this question: What is it like to live in Leeds? You tell me.

Every child deserves an enriching and happy education.

This belief is what drives our Student Diversity Forum.

Of course we can’t change the world, but we can show our beliefs and values to our students and the local community, so hopefully in future generations, it will spread and become a reality.

Alex said he is proud of his school and added: “As a student of Prince Henry’s, I believe that every student should enjoy the freedoms of being an individual, which they deserve as their basic rights.

“Our school has been honoured to receive awards for our work towards promoting equality.

“These achievements of course make me hugely proud to be part of Prince Henry’s, as our school champions these values.

“It helps students to pass them down to future generations, so we can truly hope for a future where every child, no matter who they are or where they’re from, can enjoy a full and happy education.”

WISHLIST FOR CHANGE ABOUT LIFE IN LEEDS

* We would like safer places to gather when we are not at school and when we are in central Leeds.

* We think there is a lot of traffic and pollution, so we would like better, more frequent and cheaper transport links.

* The streets are dirty and grey and we think there should be cleaner streets with more graffiti being removed.

* When we go into Leeds, we see lots of homeless people with nowhere to go, so we think there should be more places for homeless people to be in the day where they can be warm.

* We would like more events like Party in the Park, but free so that they are available to everyone.

Leeds Mind chief executive Helen Kemp, Leeds North East MP Fabian Hamilton and Gordon Johnston, who spoke about his own experiences.

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