Bohunt School Wokingham has today hosted a special event with Leader of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, and VotesforSchools, a unique voting platform encouraging young people to be more politically engaged.
Ms Leadsom visited the school, which is sponsored by Bohunt Education Trust (BET), to take part in a VotesforSchools PSRE lesson with Year 8 students. As part of the session, students debated the question “If you had £50,000, would you set up your own business?”, as well as debating questions around whether its better to go to university or into employment, after finishing sixth form or college.
After the session, Head Boy, John Jones and Head Girl, Izzy Snaith, were delighted to give Ms Leadsom a tour of the school, which opened the doors to its brand-new, state-of-the art building, in September 2017.
Bohunt School Wokingham and the Trust more widely, are committed to ensuring that all students have access to the skills and opportunities required to succeed as 21st century global citizens. To aid the effectiveness with which this is achieved the school’s innovative digital learning environment enables them to make use of the VotesforSchools platform, which aims to provide young people with a better knowledge of current affairs and democracy, and to encourage them, once 18, to vote.
Ben Godber, Headteacher at Bohunt School Wokingham, said: “We were absolutely delighted to have Andrea Leadsom visit the school, meet with students and join the VotesforSchools lesson today. At Bohunt School Wokingham, we pride ourselves on the high-quality, innovative and dynamic approaches to learning that we provide for our students, and today’s debate was another great opportunity for our students to demonstrate the key principles which underpin the school’s educational ethos, and stretch and challenge themselves on big issues relevant to their world and their future.
“We are all really proud of the incredible way the students have embraced both their new school and the opportunities we have created for this to be an amazing place to learn and grow into future game changers. It was an enormous pleasure to have been able to share this with Ms Leadsom and for our students to show her around.”
Andrea Leadsom, Leader of the House of Commons and MP for South Northamptonshire, said: “It was fantastic to attend Bohunt School Wokingham today and to see the students so involved and enthusiastic. The voices of young people are welcome in politics, so I’m delighted that VotesForSchools are encouraging debate on thought-provoking topics that can encourage more young people to participate. The future of our democracy is in their hands.”
Kate Harris, Co-founder and Director, VotesforSchool, added: “I loved seeing the students debate and share their opinions with Andrea Leadsom MP today. The reason VotesforSchools exists is to get pupils engaged in politics and give them a voice on the decisions that affect them. These sorts of visits are a stepping stone in helping young people to learn more about politics and believe that they can bring about change. We are hugely thankful to Bohunt Wokingham school and Andrea for engaging in the debate.”