Justine Greening visits Sixth Form Society

Monday 03 October 2016

Last week our Sixth Form Society had the honour of welcoming the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, as a guest speaker. Greening came to talk to students from Ark Putney as well as a number of other local schools about her new role in The Cabinet and the Conservative Party’s plans for education in the UK. After sharing some details of her career in politics and the journey that led her to the position she currently holds, Greening fielded a number of questions from the audience which lay way for a lively debate between students on key issues such as Grammar Schools and lowering the age of voting to sixteen. It was fantastic to see so many young people so engaged with current affairs and so passionate in their views.

"It was great to see our students asking such challenging questions and taking an interest in the world around them. As Ms Greening stated democracy starts with asking questions and challenging the status quo which is exactly what the the students did." Alison Downey - Principal

Ark Putney Academy’s Sixth Form Society is considered one of the best in London, with a history of very high calibre speakers visiting our school. As well as our most recent visit from Justine Greening we have welcomed a number of influential figures from the world of politics including Ken Livingstone and Peter Tatchell. A visit from Matthew Barzun, the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, last year facilitated six of our Sixth Form students being invited to meet Barack Obama at a speech he was giving in Central London.

If you would like to know more about joining the Sixth Form at Ark Putney Academy, please email our Head of Sixth Form m.neuberger@arkputneyacademy.org or visit the Sixth Form area of our website.