On Friday 27th February Alan visited Melton Vale Post-16 Centre to tour the facilities and take part in a ‘Question and Answer’ session with students.
Following a tour of the building with Head of Centre Kirstie Black, Alan had lunch with students before answering questions from over 100 Sixth Formers.
Topics ranged from tuition fees, the NHS, nuclear weapons and radicalisation to the representation of women in Parliament, the voting system, immigration and the EU.
Alan said: ‘I was genuinely impressed by the entire atmosphere of MV-16. The pride the students take both in the building and their work is clear as soon as you walk in and the positive atmosphere the leadership and teaching staff have created is telling.
I enjoyed facing a grilling from students, too, and was struck by the range of topics they expressed a thoughtful view on. The Centre has become a real success story for the town and I was pleased to see it for myself.’
During the academic year MV16 has been raising political awareness amongst students in the build up to the general election on May 7th. For many students studying at MV16 this is an exciting year politically because it is the first time they will be old enough to vote.
A student's report on the visit:
Last Friday MV16 played host to a visit from the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan Conservative MP. Sir Alan had a tour of the school and then lunched with a select group of law, politics and economic students. After lunch Sir Alan hosted a talk with a Q & A session to a packed audience of students.
‘Being able to listen and talk with an actual MP in the year of a general election was a golden opportunity not to be missed. Sir Alan was very open to debating a number of issues such as Trident, wind farm energy and the state of the economy. As a law, politics and economic student I found the discussions highly motivating and all relevant to my studies.’
Sharmila Mohankumar – Year 12 Law, Politics, Economics and Maths student