The Academy was pleased to welcome our local Member of Parliament into our community recently when Therese Coffey MP took the opportunity to meet with students as part of a national Parliament Week.
Dr Coffey explained about her role as Minister for Transport and in the Cabinet Office at a national level, before going on to talk about her work in the constituency, which included fighting to secure the funding for the new Academy campus we now use. The students discussed the key topics currently being debated by the Youth Parliament, of which Sixth Form student Michael Meredith is a representative. Year 9 student Beatrice Carpenter made valid points regarding the teaching of politics to younger students, whilst our own Student Voice voting system and representation forum reflected in a small way the role of Parliament and MPs within the United Kingdom.
The discussions finished with Dr Coffey explaining how she represents her constituency and how her day to day role changes from key local issues to debating national and international topics that can have significant impact on all our everyday lives. The students left this meeting with a eagerness to create a debating club, giving them the opportunity to discuss big issues in a stimulating and challenging forum. More will follow as a result of this visit!