One of the greatest joys about being a Member of Parliament is having the opportunity to go into local schools to talk to students about the importance of politics, and this week I was invited to two such schools to speak to students before attending my regular advice surgery.
My first visit of the day was to Quinton House Junior School in Upton, Northampton, where I spoke to students aged 8 to 11 about the work of an MP and life in Westminster. I fielded questions on a huge range of topics from the recent General Election, my role as Leader of the House of Commons, and the problems with mice in the Palace of Westminster! It was fantastic to hear from so many students who were obviously developing a keen interest in politics, and I hope as they progress with their studies that their interest only grows.
After getting on with some work in my Towcester office and meeting with my new Apprentice Caseworker, Emily Hall, I visited John Hellins Primary School in Potterspury. After being shown around the classrooms by some very able School Council representatives and speaking with teachers, I discussed with Mrs Matthews, the Head Teacher, the school’s plans for an ‘eco classroom’ and the issues they are facing around fundraising for it. The project will go a long way to addressing capacity issues and classroom sizes, and I wish them all the very best with their continued efforts.
No school visit would be complete without a grilling by the students, and I was delighted to meet with the Key Stage 2 School Councillors for a very enjoyable ‘roundtable’ discussion; there are definitely plenty of budding young politicians in South Northamptonshire.