STUDENTS took part in debates and posed questions to authorities at the Denbighshire School Council Forum.
The Forum was hosted at Blessed Edward Jones Catholic School and subjects such as whether the Welsh Baccalaureate should be compulsory and the divergence of the Welsh and English education systems were discussed.
Talks were also given by Ceri Ellis, head of behaviour support at Denbighshire County Council (DCC), on the Drugs Misuse police and Peter Daniels, passenger transport manager, who answered questions about fare prices for students.
Mohammed Mehmet, chief executive at DCC, said: “The debate was of a very high standard.
“Topics were very current, controversial and challenging issues for all of us and it was a pleasure to see and hear our students engaging in such an intelligent and mature manner.
"The Forum decided to invite key people from the Welsh Government to its future meeting and the County Council will help to facilitate that important debate."
A large number of DCC members attended the meeting including Mr Mehmet, Karen Evans, head of education, Mr Daniels, Ms Ellis and Sherrie Paterson, 14-19 network development officer.
Also present were pupil representatvies from Denbigh High School, Rhyl High School, Dinas Bran High School, Ysgol Glan Clwyd, Ysgol Ti'r Morfa and Brondyffryn School as well Blessed Edward Jones’s Head Boy, Cameron Guerrero and Head Girl, Georgia Barlow and Deputy Head Boy Callum Davies.
Mr Mehmet added: “Before the Forum debate I had the opportunity to talk to Blessed Edwards Jones' staff about the school and see the enormous progress that has been made there over the past few years.
“This was obvious in the way the students presented themselves as well as the performance tables that are proudly displayed on notice boards.”