Students at Wood Green School marked the election countdown and celebrated democracy week with a visit from Prime Minister David Cameron. Headteacher Rob Shadbolt said,
“It is important that our students are fully engaged in the democratic process, particularly as some will vote for the first time this year. Politics is a popular A Level subject at school and our young people are keen to discuss important issues. We have invited a number of speakers to engage in political debate with our sixth formers and we were delighted that our first visit was from the Prime Minister.”
Mr Cameron spoke to an audience of over 200 A Level students and took questions, covering a wide range of topics from fox hunting to free trade, women’s lack of representation in the political system and even what super power he would most like to have. When asked what policies he would like to be remembered for, Mr Cameron highlighted his economic record and the change of law on same-sex marriage.
Afterwards, Wood Green students Georgina Partridge, Grace Braithwaite and Milly Gribben showed that they had enjoyed Mr Cameron’s visit, saying, “Overall his talk was very insightful and extremely relevant to us, which was refreshing and eye-opening. We are all very grateful for the opportunity to have him come and talk to us.”
Rob Shadbolt said, “During his visit, Mr Cameron congratulated us on our rapid progress and significantly improved exam results. He was very positive about our ambitions for the future and was sympathetic and supportive in discussions about underfunding in our site and buildings. I think he was impressed by the quality of questions asked. His visit was a great opportunity for the students.”
Mr R Shadbolt