For the last two weeks at Wolverley CE Secondary School, it has become a mini Westminster as a group of students have been playing active roles in a mock EU Referendum. Oliver Farquharson and George Parish from year 9, Stuart Bruce from year 10 and 6th former Christopher Lane have been leading campaigns for the leave and remain campaign. They have presented on a range of six key topics such as immigration, economy, trade and sovereignty over six lunchtimes. These presentations were then followed by a debate involving students in the school’s canteen.
As a climax to these six debates, on Friday 6th May Mark Garnier MP came in to Wolverley and chaired “The Big Debate”. Every topic was discussed further and these were then followed by additional questions. Mark Garnier MP also asked probing questions and really put the teams to the test. He was very impressed with their knowledge and dedication to researching each area. The final stage of the EU Referendum project involved a whole school vote on whether to leave or remain.
Oliver Farquharson stated that: “this project fits in with the school’s ethos of Ambition Unlimited as it gives students a real taste of politics and challenge”. George Parish commented: “I know that I would really like to become a Member of Parliament and work for our community to make a real difference”.After the debate, Mr Garnier MP met with all year 8 and 9 students to discuss his role of an MP. This was a culmination of PSRE schemes of work about the community, local democracy and politics.
Bryn Thomas, Headteacher of Wolverley CE Secondary School, commented:
“Our students were very interested in Mark Garnier’s occupation and how he spends his time between London and the Wyre Forest working for our community. We are grateful for him being able to spend time with our students”.