The Earl of Mar & Kellie to visit The Whitehaven Academy

We are delighted to be hosting a talk from a member of the House of Lords on Thursday 9th October to encourage our students to engage more with the political and parliamentary process.  The Earl of Mar & Kellie will meet with 30 students from all year groups for an hour to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords. This will be followed by a question and answer session on various aspects of the parliamentary process and life at Westminster generally.

Mr Nick Wilson, teacher of Citizenship, says: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to interact with someone who knows the parliamentary system inside out, as it can sometimes seem far removed from their daily lives. The students are looking forward to finding out more and being able to ask questions; this will really complement the curriculum and bring to life aspects of politics and our democratic systems that the students have been learning about.”

The visit has been arranged through the Lord Speaker’s “Peers in Schools” programme, which has been running across the UK since 2007 and has so far involved around 50,000 young people.  This continuing outreach programme sends members of the House of Lords into schools and colleges across the country to give talks in support of the citizenship curriculum.  For further information, see the Lord Speaker’s web page at