MP Stephen Twigg visits St John Bosco Arts College

Croxteth secondary school, St John Bosco welcomed Stephen Twigg, Labour MP for Liverpool West Derby, to their recently opened school today. The visit involved a school tour and a lively Q&A session with St John Bosco students.


The visit coincides with the school’s reopening in September to a new £18 million building. Stephen was given a guided tour by head teacher Anne Pontifex, where he was able to see the impressive, modern building and their state of the art facilities including two double height dance studios, drama studios, a fitness suite, as well as 3D immersive learning environments and super-sized science laboratories.

After touring the school, Stephen was involved in a Q&A session with St John Bosco’s sixth form students. This follows on from the student’s history trip to the Houses of Parliament in June, where students met Stephen and had a brilliant session discussing issues affecting Liverpool and afar.

AS and A level history and theology students were given the opportunity to ask Stephen questions regarding politics and discuss any burning issues which they felt passionate about. The Q&A covered many topics such as transport, youth services, future elections and university.

It provided a great opportunity for students to engage in politics, as expressed by Lauren Sweeney, a year 13 theology student who loved the Q&A session, saying: “It’s been an enlightening experience today with Stephen Twigg, it’s definitely made me more interested in the subject of politics, I’m going to go home and do more research!”

Another theology student, Antonia Hamer, in year 12, echoed Lauren’s thoughts on the morning, saying: “I feel like our voices have been heard as we were able to share our opinions on issues which are important for our future. I feel like there is a stereotype that young people aren’t interested in politics, which is not true, today’s been great.”

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