MP fields village pupils’ questions

NRHNBE120330f5, Fritchley primary school. Headteacher Phillip Bateman standing next to the new extension.
NRHNBE120330f5, Fritchley primary school. Headteacher Phillip Bateman standing next to the new extension.

PUPILS at a village primary school got the chance to grill their local MP at a special question and answer session before the end of term.

The Fritchley CofE Primary children got the chance to ask Tory Nigel Mills about his time in Parliament so far – and the youngsters did not shy away from asking the MP a tough question or too on current affairs either.

The aim of the visit was to help the school learn about politics and to give its school council a few tips in how to come out top in a good debate.

Head teacher of the village primary Phil Bateman, said: “We’ve got a school council here and they operate in a similar way to Parliament I suppose.

“Each class votes for a representative - and the council meets on a regular basis to try and improve the school.”

Mr Bateman said teachers at the 85 pupil school helped the youngsters draft some questions for the MP before their question and answer session with the MP on Friday.

“They asked him questions like, why did you choose to be an MP? Who inspired you? What’s the best and worst thing about your job?” Mr Bateman said.

“But there was a bit of a controversial one too about tuition fees!

“One of the older children wants to become an Olympic athlete - but she also has a plan B, to become a teacher.

“She wanted to know whether she will get to go to university!”

Children finished the assembly by asking Mr Mills how he thinks school life can be improved across the country.

Then the MP presented some of the youngsters with end of term certificates for their hard work .

Mr Bateman, said Mr Mills had first sent the school a letter in summer 2011, asking whether pupils would be interested in taking part in a question and answer assembly with himself.

But his visit had to be delayed while refurbishment work was completed on two classrooms and the entrance to the school there.

The school has so far raised nearly £20,000 towards the upgrades at the premises through a number of fundraising events. As it is a Church of England school, it has had to fund £28,000 of the work itself.

And this week the funding pot was topped up even further as the youngsters entertained parents with a talent competition.