School celebrates anniversary
MACCLESFIELD MP David Rutley was the guest of honour at a primary school when he led the assembly.
Mr Rutley visited Upton Priory School as part of its 800th anniversary celebrations of the signing of the Magna Carta.
He led a lively House of Commons-style debate with the pupils, on the hot topic of whether homework should be abolished.
There were interesting contributions from all sides of the debate, although those in favour of keeping homework narrowly won the debate – much to the relief of the teachers.
The assembly was just one part of a whole day dedicated by the school to learning more about democracy. Classes worked on a number of subjects during the day, with Year 4 focussing on the democratic traditions of the ancient Greeks, and Year 6 looking at the work of the European Parliament.
Mr Rutley had previously worked closely with Upton Priory, in the run up to the Magna Carta celebrations.
In November 2014 he visited the school to launch a flag project, which was run nationwide. The project invited young people from across the UK to collaboratively create a shared picture of democracy.
Each Member of the House of Commons was asked to nominate a primary school to create a flag to represent their constituency.
Each flag submitted has been published online and a number were flown Parliament Square at a special event earlier this year.
Speaking after the assembly, Mr Rutley said: “It was great to be able to help young people find out more about our democratic values and how Parliament works.
“The debate was good fun and it was refreshing to see how engaged the children were in the Magna Carta celebrations.
“I would like to thank everyone involved at the school.”
●● MP David Rutley with pupils at Upton Priory School