Lord's visit promotes politics

Lord Goddard meets pupils from Cardinal Allen Catholic High School
Lord Goddard meets pupils from Cardinal Allen Catholic High School

Cardinal Allen Catholic High School hosted a talk from a member of the House of Lords to encourage students to become more engaged with the political and parliamentary process.

Cardinal Allen Catholic High School hosted a talk from a member of the House of Lords to encourage students to become more engaged with the political and parliamentary process.
Lord Goddard met with GCSE history students, some Year Nine students and the members of the school’s Student Council for an hour to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords.
This was followed by a question and answer session on various aspects of the parliamentary process and life at Westminster generally.
To thank Lord Goddard for coming to Fleetwood, the pupils presented him with a Cardinal Allen scarf and a souvenir tin of Fisherman’s Friend lozenges.
Year 10 pupil Erin Broderick said: “Lord Goddard was really interesting and answered lots of questions about issues such as Brexit and fracking.”
Michael Akers, the assistant headteacher and teacher of history at Cardinal Allen, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to interact with someone who knows the parliamentary system inside out, as it can sometimes seem far removed from their daily lives.
“Lord Goddard gave our pupils a really informative and entertaining overview of the work of the House of Lords and also provided some inspiration by explaining how he got there despite his relatively humble background.”
The visit was arranged through the Lord Speaker’s “Peers in Schools” programme, which has been running across the country since 2007 and has so far involved around 75,000 young people.
This continuing outreach programme sends members of the House of Lords into schools/academies and colleges across the country to give talks in support of the citizenship curriculum.
Pupil Beth Brown added: “It was great to have such an interesting insight into what actually happens in the Houses of Parliament.”