Neale-Wade Academy students ask questions to distinguished member of the House of Lords during school visit
Year 11 and Year 13 students at Neale-Wade Academy received a special visit from Lord Kennedy of Southwark so they could learn more about UK politics and the House of Lords.
The ‘Learn with Lords’ event is an enriching experience for all year groups, that aims to help young people build an understanding of how the UK Parliament works.
The event consisted of a presentation by Roy Kennedy - Lord Kennedy of Southwark, followed by a Q&A session. Lord Kennedy of Southwark is a Labour Life peer who has sat under this title in the Lords since June 2010.
On the day, students asked a variety of questions to Lord Kennedy and learnt more about the ever- changing world of UK politics. Lord Kennedy gave students insight into the House of Lords and how it is involved with the implementation of law, as well as answered questions on topics such as transgender issues, domestic violence, the right to protest, how Lords are appointed, their salaries, Brexit, and even Boris Johnson.
One student, Gabriela Zylinska, said: “It was really interesting to hear how the Lords work and I was very impressed with how Lord Kennedy worked with victims of domestic violence to ensure they were able to get advice for free.”
Graham Horn, principal, said: “At Neale-Wade Academy, we work hard to provide stimulating and engaging leaning opportunities so that students can go on to live fulfilling and responsible lives.
“It was fantastic to hold a session with a serving member of the House of Lords and learn more about how the UK Parliament works. Our students gained so much insight and knowledge from the event and came away feeling motivated and inspired.
“Lord Kennedy was really impressed by our students and has even invited us over to the House of Lords – our students already can’t wait.”
For more information about Neale-Wade Academy, please visit: www.neale-wade.org