A group of students from Kesgrave High School enjoyed a lively and enthusiastic Question and Answer session with Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Dan Poulter today, when he dropped in to visit the school.
A regular visitor to the school, Dr Poulter first met with Head Teacher, Miss Julia Upton to discuss the many recent successes of the school and to learn more about how the current cohort of students rose to the challenge of learning throughout the pandemic.
Dr Poulter was then pleased to join a group of senior school council students to hear first-hand their experiences of learning throughout the pandemic and their aspirations as we begin to move forwards. As part of the discussions, Dr Poulter was questioned on issues as diverse as film studies and access to career pathways for the creative arts, mental health support, health outcomes following the pandemic and the impacts of Brexit on young people here in Suffolk.
The Kesgrave students were impressively engaged with current affairs and enthusiastically put their many and challenging questions directly to Dr Poulter who, in turn, was happy to share his experiences of balancing his work as an MP with that of being a part-time NHS doctor.
Dr Poulter said "It's always gratifying to see our outstanding students and young adults here in Suffolk so engaged with politics and wider current affairs, especially putting forward such carefully considered and well-informed questions. Kesgrave High School always offers me an exceptionally warm welcome and it was abundantly clear that the students had once again very carefully considered their views in preparing their challenging questions."
“Visits such as these really help to strengthen the link between my work as an MP locally here in Suffolk and my work in Parliament, but they are especially important in inspiring our next generation of voters and decision makers.”