Letters to the Editor

From a Friend Across the Pond

To the Editor:? I was delighted to spend an hour in the newsroom of The Phillipian ? on my recent visit to Andover and was immensely impressed with your ?set-up and the quality of your paper. Thank you for taking the time ? to explain how things work. Student newspapers are rare in the UK and those with complete editorial control do not exist. That you have this at Andover is testimony to the integrity and professionalism of the students, as well as the degree of trust that has been built up over the years with faculty members and your head of school. In the UK we have what we call “student voice” in the running of the school but this can invariably be quite shallow or tokenistic. The Phillipian epitomizes a truly deep version of ‘student voice’ and says so much about your amazing school. I am in the process of designing a completely new school from scratch known as The Wellington Academy and by a strange coincidence the nearest town is Andover, UK. We already have a community radio station but I have set myself the goal of establishing a newsroom and an independent student newspaper too, having been so inspired by your work. Good luck with the choice of pizzas for future board meetings.? With kind regards, Andy Schofield Principal Designate The Wellington Academy Wiltshire, UK