STUDENTS at a Hartlepool secondary school swapped the classroom for local authority work.
Over a dozen students from Dyke House Sports and Technology College, in Mapleton Road, spent a day working for Hartlepool Council as part of national Make a Difference Day.
The 14 and 15 year-olds spent the day working in different locations across the council and found the experience very rewarding.
Lauren Allison, 15, worked alongside the Housing Services team and got involved in a variety of tasks including visiting properties to help carry out assessments, writing letters, and helping set up a display, while Louis Lemarechal, also 15, worked in the contact centre. He said: “This is the first time I have done anything like this before and I found it really interesting.”
Susan Sheldrick, careers manager at Dyke House, said: “I would like to thank the council for their support and all of the students found the experience really useful.”
Denise Ogden, the council’s director of Regeneration and Neighbourhoods, said: “All of the students conducted themselves extremely professionally and seemed to enjoy it.”