The Earl of Marr & Kellie visited the academy on 9th October to raise awareness of the House of Lords and its role in governing our country. A group of 30 students from across all year groups was invited to attend a question time session with the Earl; an opportunity our students embraced with insight and eagerness. In response to the Earl’s talk the students were able to ask many questions about his life and the future of politics in the UK.
The Earl was greatly impressed with the intelligence of the questioning and the respectful manner in which our students conducted themselves. The Earl said he enjoyed his visit to West Cumbria and was encouraged by the interest our students showed in the parliamentary process and how it affects our lives.
The visit was 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 www.parliament.uk/lordspeaker.