Mr Richard Drax, Conservative MP for South Dorset, visited the school today to meet with members of the Secondary School Council. Kallum arranged the visit by liaising with Mr Drax’s assistant.
Mr Drax was asked a number of questions about his role over tea and biscuits (he had a very good cup of tea made by Adam and he particularly liked the custard creams!). Asa wanted to know about how long he had been a politician and Miles wondered what his job involved. Mr Drax explained the range of responsibilities he has from listening to his constituents to taking part in public events. Tyler was concerned to hear about the loss of the search and rescue helicopter on Portland which Mr Drax has been involved in campaigning to keep. Kallum was particularly interested in his views on climate change and funding for public services. Mrs Trent, our lead on Rights Respecting Schools, asked about how the Government will be supporting the United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child, particularly in respect of Article 42 which talks about how the Government will work with parents and children. Chloe was pleased to hear that the Council would be able to visit the Houses of Parliament next year and Mr Drax gave information on how this could be arranged.
The council members enjoyed talking to Mr Drax and hearing his views and were grateful that he was able to give up his time to visit Westfield. Mr Drax was equally pleased to visit and gave the council some useful contacts with regard funding various initiatives.
Secondary School Council