Special visitor for school’s Leavers’ Assembly

Special visitor for school’s Leavers’ Assembly

Young people preparing to move on from a West Yorkshire specialist school welcomed a VIP guest to their Leavers’ Assembly.

The students, from St John’s Catholic School for the Deaf in Boston Spa, were joined by Alec Shelbrooke MP, who represents Elmet and Rothwell, the constituency where the school sits.

Mr Shelbrooke was warmly welcomed by pupils, their families and the school staff who had gathered together for the annual Leavers’ Assembly which celebrates the achievements of those leaving the school’s Sixth Form.

Before the assembly Mr Shelbrooke faced some tough questioning in a Q&A session with the Sixth Form students where he was asked a range of questions including what subjects he had chosen to do at school, how he became an MP, his work in dementia, how he felt about Prime Minister Theresa May resigning from her post and what his ambitions were for the future – and even who he was voting for in the on-going Conservative leadership election.

Headteacher at the school, Ann Bradbury, said: “The Newsnight journalists have nothing on the pupils of St John’s! Alec, who we are always delighted to welcome to the school, was properly grilled by our students who were keen to know more about him and the fascinating political times we are all living through.

“The students found his answers extremely interesting and his visit gave them a real insight. We’d like to thank him wholeheartedly for his on-going support of St John’s and our students.”

Speaking at the Assembly, Mr Shelbrooke said: “It is a daunting but exciting time leaving school, but you can be reassured that with all of the wonderful achievements you have made, which are a result of your hard work, your talent and your belief, that you are all well-equipped for success. I wish each and every one of you the absolute best for your future endeavours.”

St John’s supports children and young people in a specialist educational environment, offering both residential and day placements to hearing impaired pupils and is also a specialist school for young people with sensory and physical impairments. St John’s is an oral school where pupils are taught by specialist teachers of hearing-impaired children.