On Wednesday 26 September, Wera Hobhouse, Member of Parliament for Bath, visited our school for the morning. She spoke to our whole sixth form on her role as the elected representative of Bath and the importance of younger people engaging with politics. She spoke passionately about her work on homeless and social housing in Bath, and the national campaign for votes for 16 year olds. It was fantastic to have her meet our students, and to answer lots of difficult questions on Brexit, referendums, media censorship and other issues facing our community. We thank Wera for her time, and hope to have her back again soon.

Deputy Head Boy, Niall and Deputy Head Girl, Lily, with MP Wera Hobhouse

Niall, Year 13 Politics Student and Deputy Head Boy, said “As sixth form students we are on the verge of being able to exercise our democratic duty. Next year many of us will be eligible to vote in future elections or referendums, and today we got a small taste of what is expected of us in our democracy. Wera Hobhouse, the local Member of Parliament for Bath, discussed the role of being an MP in addition to answering questions from the students about issues such as Brexit, media censorship and more local issues. It was great to be exposed to politics in an unconventional way.”

Mr Leaman
Teacher of History & Politics