Current affairs are a hot topic at Thornton College this week following the school’s staging of its very own version of popular television programme Question Time.
The event was chaired by head of Sixth Form Andrew Bowman and saw a panel of students and teachers - including headteacher Jo Storey - bravely accept a barrage of questions from an audience hungry for answers.
Among the topics debated was the query “How important is the UK’s special relationship with America?”. The speakers argued that President Trump may well be the democratic leader of the US, but do we agree with his views?
Later, referencing the Scottish independence referendum and Brexit, the question as to whether 16-year-olds should be allowed to vote also caused intense argument.
The event was so successful that ‘Question Time’, Thornton-style, is likely to become a regular feature in the school’s co-curricular programme.
Headteacher Jo Storey said: “All schools should teach politics to enhance young people’s knowledge of things going on in the world.”