On Friday 20th May, The Forest Academy welcomed local MP, and shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, Wes Streeting to the school.
The Forest Academy student forum have been working closely all year with Redbridge Council’s community outreach team and community hubs team to feed into the direction and planning for their local area.
As part of this, they invited their local MP to come and speak to them and hear their suggestions.
Wes Streeting, MP for Ilford North, said: “It was inspiring to visit The Forest Academy and hear all about the school’s ambitions for students and the wider Hainault community. The discussion that I had with students on what they want to see both locally and nationally was particularly insightful. I will certainly be feeding back on a lot of what was raised.”
Keanu Frederick, Year 8, a member of Student Forum, said: “He made such an impact on me in that short amount of time.
I feel he has inspired students to speak up and be proud of the community that they live in. He was willing to listen to our ideas and take on board what we as young people would like to see change in Hainault.”
Hannah Neighbour, Year 12 at Beal 6th form, said: “I asked Wes about upcoming projects his party were working on that would benefit young people, to which he said, they were committed to the redevelopment of Hainault Forest and Fairlop Waters which was encouraging as young people need more and safer places to explore when not in school”
Mjay Jalloh and Lemar Harmann, Year 12s, said: “Wes spoke proudly about his background, and his work with the community; it was aspirational to hear how he did not allow this to stand in the way of success”
Will Mackintosh, Principal of The Forest Academy said: “We are committed to working as part of our local Hainault community, and Wes’s visit was the culmination of significant work across the local area. Our students have been great ambassadors for the school, and are contributing to the planning of the new Hainault Community Hub, as well as outreach art and photography projects across the community. Student forum meets every month, representing the views of the students and feeding in to our planning.
Our students asked brilliant questions and made clear points about the accessibility and quality of resources available to them.
We look forward to continuing to work with Wes and his team”