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Pupil Holds Public Hustings for Local Elections

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Pupil Holds Public Hustings for Local Elections


St Peter’s Sixth Form offers a wealth of opportunity for leadership and the pursuit of personal passions…both excellent preparation for university and one reason why the vast majority of our pupils are offered a place by their first choice university.

It was with a very clear long-term career goal - becoming a Member of Parliament – and a keenness to make the most of the opportunities of Sixth Form life at St Peter’s that Will joined the School in the Sixth Form from a local comprehensive school.

Will is studying A-levels in politics, philosophy and economics. Keen to help him achieve his ambitions, teachers, careers advisers and a former pupil of the school encouraged Will to take his interest in politics further.

As a result of their support, Will recently managed, publicised and spoke at a Question Time-style public hustings event to coincide with local council elections. Attended by over 100 people as well as local and international journalists, the evening gave local people the chance to question representatives from all major political parties.

“People get most angry about bins, schools and buses, but they’re less passionate about the large-scale macro-economics of national government,” Will explains. “An event like the hustings lets us have a discussion.”

The strong ties between current and former pupils help Sixth Formers plan careers and set ambitious targets for themselves, as the insight and example of Old Peterites inspires them.

“The links here with Old Peterites, who have gone out into the world and forged their own careers, is a huge difference from my old school.”

Old Peterite Anthony Robinson, who attended St Peter’s 40 years ago, came to the school to talk to sixth formers about his time as an election observer in Ukraine as part of the school’s Sixth Form Lecture series.

“That spurred me on further” Will says, “and the personal advice he gave me as to what I needed to do in order to reach my ultimate goal led to me setting myself a new objective: to be accepted for a place to study International Relations at The University of St Andrews.”

Head of Politics Ben Fuller said, “I was very impressed with how Will’s event went: it was informal and respectful, which isn’t always the case with local politics. People could get their points across and there was genuine engagement. There was also good coverage of the event in the local news, which was great to see.”