Student Invited to No10 and Parliament!
MP Margot James invites Pedmore to celebrate International Womens Day at Parliament
Our Year 11 student, Sarah Kavanagh was invited by Margot James, MP for Stourbridge to visit No10 Downing Street and Parliament last week. The invitation was part of the International Women’s Day event on Thursday 6 March whereby MP’s were allowed to invite a Year 11 or sixth form female student from their constituency to experience the House of Commons for the day.
Last month, Margot James visited Pedmore’s Year 11 GCSE Citizenship students who were busy preparing and researching their campaigns as part of their GCSE programme of study. Campaigns included a group campaigning for Pedmore to be the first Fair Trade school in the area, a campaign for a summertime uniform for Pedmore’s students and a group who are fighting to lower car insurance costs for young people. The MP discussed the group’s campaigns with them in detail and how they could move forward to gain further support and publicity for their causes. She was so impressed with the pupil’s commitment and professionalism she decided a Pedmore student would be this year’s selected guest. Sarah Kavanagh was chosen for her commitment and professionalism she has shown to her Citizenship studies.
Unfortunately earlier that week Sarah injured her leg ligaments and needed to wear a support boot for the visit but didn’t let that stop her taking this unique opportunity.
Sarah was treated to a tour inside No10 followed by the day at Westminster. The day let the guests experience political life and see how Parliament works. There was also an afternoon reception in the Speakers Rooms where they meet other female guests, MP’s and successful business women.
Mrs Turner accompanied Sarah on her visit and said, “We are very grateful to Margot for selecting a female student from Pedmore and giving her such a unique experience. Sarah is a committed student and a true ambassador for our school. She soldiered on with her injury, determined not to let it hold her back. It was a really special day that was added to by Sarah finding out she has been offered a place at the prestigious Old Swinford Hospital School Sixth Form when see leaves us this summer. Sarah met some very inspirational women on her trip but she herself is an inspiration for our community’s young women. We are very proud of her achievements”.