Young Voices: Children of Leeds on life in the city

Students at Wetherby High
Students at Wetherby High
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The Yorkshire Evening Post has teamed up with Leeds City Council to support their Child Friendly Leeds campaign.

And now we are giving youngsters across the city the chance to tell readers what it is like to be a child growing up in Leeds.

Wetherby High School pupils share their thoughts about life in Leeds.


By Chloe Pinkney

I think that there are good and bad things about growing up in Leeds.

I like growing up here but it can be scary.

One good thing is that Leeds is a very big city.

If you are friends with someone who lives in another part of the city then you can learn about that part of the city and they can learn about your part.

If they have a different background than you then you can learn about different parts of the world just through one person.

If you ever go to their house then you get to know Leeds like ‘the back of your hand’.

If you travel to their house by bus then you get to learn how bus timetables work and which bus goes where.

Another reason that I enjoy living in Leeds is that the city has a mixture of high street and designer shops.

Most of the high street shops have massive windows and have clothes on display, with that you can get to see whether or not you like the clothes.

With all the shops it allows us to become our own individual.

It also lets us think about what we want to do when we are older.

If you like all the designer things and you know that they are really expensive then you thing about jobs would earn you a lot of money so you can afford it.

There are downsides, though. In Leeds it feels like the council don’t pay attention to the public or take their opinions and thoughts in to consideration.

Next to where I live there was a big playing field but now they are building new houses. I disagree with the building because my neighbours and I have nowhere to walk our dogs.

My neighbours have young children as well so they now have nowhere to play.

In some places there isn’t a lot of street lights and if I am out with my mum or another member of my family I don’t feel completely safe.



Growing up in Leeds is a complicated matter. All they care about is whether you’re thinner or fatter.

Whether you’ve got the right looks or the right hair,

Whether you dress in designer or have hipster flare. Gender, race, sex or religion, are all targets for people’s spiteful affliction.

Teens find it hard to follow ambition, constantly suppressed with negative submission.

Buckets of culture, styles, stories and sculptures,

Characters so bright, bringing to the city new light.

Leeds is our city, and for it we fight. Fight for the lives and give people an insight.

For everyone fighting for a better tomorrow,

Together we fight and people will follow.


Olly Dawes, Callan Ho and Jacob Kirby share their thoughts about what they would like to change about living in Leeds:

We would like Leeds to be a litter-free place because it would make it a cleaner and healthier place to live.

Architecture - all the high rise buildings look ugly.

Facilities - We would like Leeds to have lots of facilities such as different places for us to go snowboarding and skiing.

We would like to see more police monitoring the streets, so reduced crime.

We would also like to see more skate parks.

Dr Tom Dobson, course director at Leeds Beckett University.

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