MP George Eustice was grilled during a Q and A session when he visited Pool Academy to help launch flagship new awards for students.
The MP arrived at the school at 9am, on February 9, where he took part in a promotional video to mark the start of the Citizenship Awards program.
He then recorded a question and answer session with students before given a tour of the halls.
Questions fired at the MP from students included ‘At what age did you become interested in politics and how did you get into it?’, ‘Are the young people of Pool important to the Government of the UK and if so why?’ and ‘Can you remember your first political speech? Were you nervous?’.
Nick Hamblin, from Pool Academy, said the students enjoyed questioning the MP and found Mr Eustice’s responses informative. He said it was wonderful the MP was so interested in the school’s new Citizenship Awards programme and that he wanted to get involved.
Mr Hamblin said: “We are grateful to Mr Eustice coming to help us launch the Citizenship Awards which have been created to help prosper our students.
“The awards are for all our students in Years 7, 8 & 9. They can work up from Bronze, through Silver and up to Gold by completing a number of tasks. For example, to achieve the Bronze they must identify three things they can contribute towards Pool Academy during their school year. This could include representing the school in a sport, helping with assemblies, productions, members of the choir or helping with the open evening.”
Mr Hamblin said he acknowledged that many students were already make significant contributions both in and out of school.
He said: “These Awards will ensure we celebrate existing activity and further encourage all of our students to make a contribution to school and community life, whist developing themselves.
“We hope too, that they will go on making significant contributions to the school, the community and beyond as they further develop into young adults.”