Director of sixth form Mr Stuart Newton and lower sixth politics student Jaymey McIvor organised a political debate for the lower and upper sixth students. Representatives from all the major parties were present and a lively debate took place on topics such as Immigration, Education and the Economy. Students were asked to complete a poll before the debate began indicating which party they would be voting for in the general election and then again at the end of the debate to see if there was a shift in the students voting choice.
Author Jonathan Stroud visited to speak to year 7 students about his writing and series of books, Lockwood & Co, which focus on a London psychic detection agency. An exciting talk that engaged and entertained Year 7 was followed by a book signing session where students were able to purchase a book and have it personally signed by the author. His books were very well received by our students and we hope that his visit will encourage students to become lifelong readers. Jonathan also commented on how well behaved our students were and are a credit to the school.
President of YouGov Peter Kellner visited the school to speak to sixth form students on a number of topics including compulsory voting, changing the electoral system, how to reform politics, state funding of parties and beyond!
Mr Newton, Director of Sixth Form said “This event was organised via the Speakers for Schools Programme, and we particularly wanted Peter to speak as he has so many interesting views on Politics. In an election year, with a significant number of first time voters in our school, who co-incidentally have the lowest turnout record by age group, we felt it was important to engage our students in thought provoking debate on the key political issues that will decide the next election.”
Sixth form students took part in a Career speed dating event as part of the careers guidance and education programme, this gives our students a unique opportunity to access information on a wide range of careers – journalism, banking, pharmacy, engineering, teaching – to name a handful. Over 30 external professionals came in to school to talk about her/his job and career path.
Mrs Bell , Enterprise Education Co-ordinator said “A recent survey by the NCS found that 33% of teenagers expect to follow the same career as their parents because this is what they are familiar with. This event is an ideal opportunity for our students to explore different careers, consider the wide range of options available to them and maybe widen their scope of thinking.”