HOPELANDS Preparatory School welcomed David Drew MP to address Monday's whole school assembly on the topic of My Life as an MP, as part of UK Parliament Week.

UK Parliament Week is ‘an annual festival that engages people from across the UK with Parliament, explores what it means to them and empowers them to get involved’.

Some of the children were brave enough to ask questions, which ranged from the impact of Brexit on the UK and what tempted Mr Drew into a career in politics to whether he had met the Queen and Mrs May.

As part of their Citizenship curriculum, the pupils in Key Stage 2 will also be participating in Parliament Outreach workshops in February 2018.

Mrs Barbara Sands, Head of PHSE, was delighted with the level of participation that the children showed.

“It is never too early to get children involved in citizenship studies. It is part of the school’s ethos to produce well-rounded young people who care about the world they live in and want to get involved and make things better”.

Head Boy Oliver Preece, bottom left in photo, asked Mr Drew if any other members of his family were interested in politics too.

Oliver said later: “I also asked about the difference between an MP and a Minister. I think it’s important we know things about politics”.

We are very grateful to Mr Drew for taking time out of his busy schedule.