RORY PRAISES ULLSWATER STUDENTS’ ESSAY-WRITING ON FACT-FINDING VISIT
Rory Stewart MP spent Friday afternoon at Ullswater Community College, where he was interviewed by the Sounds of the Beacon team, judged the school’s essay prize on the issue of whether 16-year-olds should be able to vote, and met with headteacher Nigel Pattinson to discuss a number of issues affecting the school and the delivery of education in Cumbria. He met with a number of students and teachers, including Rachael Delamare and Lydia Graves, and was impressed by the level of political discourse among the essay finalists.
Rory commented: “It was great to return to the school, to chat with students about their courses and extra-curricular work, and of course their views on politics, and to see how the school has developed since my last visit. I continue to have a very clear sense that Penrith has at its heart a school that is evolving and moving forward in really exciting ways. Nigel Pattinson’s energy and commitment to improving the school for his students’ benefit was clear to see, and I was grateful for his briefing on issues around the school funding formula.”