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Local democracy

Our family of schools received a visit from a local MP who used to attend one of our schools. Mark Eastwood the Member of Parliament for Dewsbury used to be a pupil at Upper Batley High School and he was elected as the MP for Dewsbury in the 2019 elections. Mark visited to tour the school and see how much the site has been transformed over recent years. He met with the School Council who interviewed him about his education, his background, his family and how he feels MPs can help to improve their local community, as well as have a positive impact on national politics and law making in the UK. The questions were astute, challenging and insightful and the learners were keen to know what Mark could do on a national level to help those less fortunate than himself, and what they could do as young leaders on a local level during these challenging times where some families face the difficult decision of heat or eat in their homes this winter. The school is hugely proud of its highly successful careers programme which has regular visits from Alumni to see where successful learners are now, and find out about their career and life story. 


The older members of the School Council are part of an election themselves next week as they go through hustings to elect the next Head Boy. The Head Boy post is a very privileged position and will support the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to deliver their development priorities this year. Democracy is a key humanitarian value respected across all of our schools and we wish all of the candidates the very best of luck!