On the morning of Friday 19 March, the Sixth Form had the privilege of taking part in a virtual Q&A session with the Rt Hon. Andrea Leadsom MP.
The former Leader of the House of Commons spoke to us about pursuing a career in politics, highlighting the “honourable” nature of devoting oneself to a life of public service, while acknowledging the personal challenges that flow from being continually scrutinised. Our Sixth Form students promptly underlined this latter point by putting some rather challenging questions to Mrs Leadsom (who, to her credit, it must be said, answered direct questions with direct answers)!
We were joined on the call by High School alum, Olivia Brittain, who applied successfully for the post of apprentice case worker in Mrs Leadsom’s parliamentary office last year. It was fantastic to hear Olivia so confidently recount her experiences both in the constituency office and, lock-down restrictions permitting, in Parliament. She has clearly had an amazing year, one that will giver her the perfect start to studying Politics at university this coming academic year.
Applications for this year’s apprenticeship scheme are open now and interested High School students are encouraged to apply (the closing date is 31 March).