Rudheath Senior Academy pupils put the pressure on Tatton MP Esther McVey!


Tatton MP Esther McVey admitted she was put under pressure by the searching questions of Rudheath Senior Academy pupils when they visited the House of Parliament.

In a video recording the event, which has been posted on the MP’s website, she admits she had to dig deep to find the right answers when grilled by the budding politicians.

The inquisitive students put the former Work and Pensions Secretary under the microscope with a range of questions about her career, Brexit and why she chose to be a Conservative.

Ms McVey said: “It was great to meet Rudheath Senior Academy in Parliament and wow did they put me under pressure!

“They were asking me all kind of questions, I hope they liked the answers. I will see them soon at the school and hopefully one of them will become a future MP.”

Rudheath Senior is on the road to recovery after a devastating arson attack in February last year. A rebuild of facilities, including the sports hall, is well under way.

During a visit earlier this year, Ms McVey pledged her long-term support to an ambitious project to make the school –  formerly University of Chester Academy Northwich (UCAN) – better than ever before.

During that visit she was impressed with the resilience of staff and pupils and vowed to back the school’s bid to win further Government funding.

And she was equally supportive when a party of 18 pupils travelled to the capital.

Headteacher Ana Roslan said:  “We decided to come here because the children are really keen to find out more about how politics works in this country.

“We’ve formed close links with Ms McVey who is working hard behind the scenes to help us secure extra funding to make our ambitious improvement plans for the school a reality.

“She made us very welcome and answered a lot of the children’s questions.”

Teacher Richard Russell added: “It was a fantastic opportunity for our students to visit London, speak to our MP and see the Houses of Parliament.

“It was about broadening horizons, a lot of our pupils had never been to London before, and I’m sure it is a day they will never forget.”

The school became part of North West Academies Trust (NWAT) in November and already many positive changes have taken place.

One of the highest performing Trusts in the country, NWAT has a proven track record of improving schools.

Oak View Academy in Winsford was the second worst primary in the country in 2014 but is now rated ‘good’ by Ofsted, and other west Cheshire schools within the trust include ‘outstanding’ St Martin’s Academy, Chester, and Delamere Academy – the highest performing primary in the borough.

For more information about Rudheath Senior Academy, email: or tel: 01606 42515.