Pupils from Rudheath Senior Academy rubbed shoulders with some of the country’s most powerful people on a visit to London’s Houses of Parliament.
During a tour of the world-famous landmark, the group of 13 to 15-year-olds grilled local MP Esther McVey on topical issues and took part in a workshop.
They also enjoyed lunch on College Green followed by sightseeing, first by foot along Whitehall to Horse Guards Parade, St James’ Park and Buckingham Palace and then on buses along Oxford Street, Baker, Street, Mayfair and Harley Street.
Headteacher Ana Roslan said: “We watched a discussion on social media and mental health in the main chamber, then saw Lords going in for their afternoon session.
“All our learners asked thoughtful questions and engaged fully. Esther was given quite a grilling!
“On College Green after our visit we saw Ed Miliband and lots of film crews awaiting politicians to film.
“I can’t tell you how impressed the people sharing our train carriages were with our learners’ behaviour and attitude. I was absolutely bursting with pride. We’re looking forward to more opportunities like this to develop citizenship in our school.”
It is the second time some of the pupils have met the Tatton MP recently.
During a visit to the academy, formerly University of Chester Academy Northwich (UCAN), Ms McVey pledged her long-term support to an ambitious project to make the school better than ever before.
It follows a devastating arson attack in February last year, which resulted in an ongoing rebuild of facilities, including the sports hall.
During the visit she was impressed with the resilience of staff and pupils and vowed to back the school’s bid to win further Government funding.
Ms McVey, the former Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions, said: “The fire brought devastation but also an opportunity to rebuild, rejuvenate and replenish with a new culture and ethos.
“I’m here as a local MP to lend support, not just for today or next week but actually for five-or-ten years-time.”
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.
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