Aldenham School, Founded 1597

Westminster comes to Aldenham and Aldenham goes to Westminster

We have been delighted to welcome several Members of Parliament to speak to our students recently. Labour MP and Shadow Justice Minister Mrs Yasmin Qureshi and our local MP Mr Oliver Dowden (Conservative) explained why they had entered politics and demonstrated why they are absolutely passionate about their work. These were powerful messages for everyone to hear at first hand from those who are at the forefront of politics at Westminster.

Visits like this, along with last week's Careers Talk on 'A Career in Local Government' given by Mr Bin Afolami, Conservative MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, give our students more insight into a variety of party political views and may well stir some to pursue this career path. We are keen to offer a balanced view and welcome visitors from not only mainstream by also other parties.

The School is fortunate to be close enough to London for regular visits to the Palace of Westminster and Sixth Form Politics students did just that this week when they attended Polcon to hear a range of MPs speak.  These included Speaker of the House John Bercow, Ken Clarke, Sir Keir Starmer, Chukka Umuna, Jess Phillips, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Nick Clegg and Anna Soubry who also answered questions from students.

Our students also spoke with Times diarist Patrick Kidd beforehand in a fantastic day of British politics!

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