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Martin Thacker MBE, chair of North-East Derbyshire District Council and vice-chairman of the Spireites, visited Camp Inspire earlier this week.

Commenting after his visit to Parkside Community School, Martin said: “It was humbling to visit Camp Inspire and witness first-hand the programme planned for local children and young people. 

“Participants were able to engage with peers, staff and volunteers in a meaningful way. Carefully considered activities ensured that children were motivated and able to develop skills. 

“It was wonderful to see how self-esteem was promoted at the same time. The atmosphere was positive and vibrant. The project is very worthwhile and genuinely inspiring.”

Martin chats to some of the youngsters attending Camp Inspire

Martin chats to some of the youngsters attending Camp Inspire

Last week we were delighted to welcome Michael Copestake, High Sheriff of Derbyshire, to Parkside, who spoke with pupils in Years 9 and 10 about the High Sheriff role, his career in corporate law, and the range of new and emerging career opportunities in Chesterfield and Derbyshire.

High Sheriff presenting to Y9 Pupils

Michael talking to Y9 Pupils.


During the day, Michael met with school leaders to discuss our careers, sustainability, and student leadership programmes, and the work being done with the Chesterfield Locality Children's Partnership to address the priorities of children and families within the local community. Michael also met with some members of Parkside Parliament, who asked some fantastic questions and represented the school brilliantly, as always.

Michael chats to Parkside Parliament members

Michael chats to members of Parkside Parliament.

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