LARGS Academy pupils grilled policy-makers about important local issues during a meeting at the school.

The youngsters were keen to get their views across about issues including LGBT education, the condition of footpaths and free school transport.

The morning session was the latest in a series of joint meetings involving North Ayrshire Council’s Cabinet, senior officers, members of the Scottish Youth Parliament and the Youth Council Executive.

Pupils were given the chance to take part in round-the-table conversations with their guests, covering themes such as youth participation, mental health, community activities, local transport and their school experience.

Resulting in a lively session, the young people were confident in getting their concerns across in the hope of affecting positive change within the community.

David Dunlop, executive youth council member, said: "Today’s joint cabinet was one of the busiest I have attended.

"The pupils of Largs Academy engaged amazingly in all of the groups, and the question and answer session really showed that the young people care about what North Ayrshire Council are doing and are confident enough to challenge this if they feel something is wrong."

The joint meeting was one in a series organised by the council’s Youth Services Team as part of their ongoing work to encourage participation and citizenship, giving pupils the chance to learn more about how their local authority operates.

The project hopes to work with young people and encourage them to have a voice within the community.

Council leader Joe Cullinane said: "It is always a great experience engaging with our young people at these events and hearing about the issues that really matter to them.

"Once again some hard-hitting topics were covered, with pupils confidently asking questions and letting us know their views.

"As a child-centred council, it is crucial that we really listen to our young people and allow their opinions to help shape the work that we do and the decisions that we make."