Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff swapped her seat on the font bench in Parliament for a seat on the front bench in the school’s main hall as she made a special visit to the Academy and joined with students following her address during the assembly.
Paula’s visit began by meeting Headteacher, Ms Matthews and going on a tour of the Academy where she was able to see the work that is being done to improve student progress and outcomes.
This was followed by an assembly for students in Year 9 where Paula spoke about the work of a Member of Parliament and how she came to be elected to represent the people of Dewsbury. Paula outlined her career journey from school, college and previous employment where she had firstly worked as a victim support officer before working in the National Health Service.
Paula also spoke about her interests in society and politics and her desire to campaign for improvements to local healthcare services. Her work has recently seen her take on the role as Shadow Health Secretary.
After the speech students had the opportunity to ask questions of their Dewsbury MP.
Paula answered questions from students which ranged from MP’s pay and conditions to had she seen the Queen, and on issues regarding Brexit to how she had changed since entering politics.
Her answers were informing and interesting and gave students insight into the UK’s system of government.