Sixth formers from Theale Green School recently took part in their annual Question Time event in which they discussed one of the most pressing topics, ‘Brexit’. The panel was made up of George Dunn- Governor for Theale Green School and a Member of the Welsh Government Strategic Framework Partnership Group for Agriculture in Wales; Ricky Duveen-Councillor for Tilehurst and Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group for Reading Borough Council; Burnie Owen- Chair for Young Enterprise (West Berkshire); Nigel Toon- Governor for Theale Green School and Human Resources Consultant; Tim Metcalfe- Local farmer from Purley on Thames and West Berkshire Councillor and member of the Reading Rotary Club. The event was chaired by Mr Simon Shelley, Deputy Headteacher.
It was a lively debate with both contrasting and similar opinions from each panel member. Students grilled the high profile panel with interesting and thought provoking questions on all aspects of Brexit and its impact on the UK.
The event, now in its eighth year, is one which gives the students the opportunity to question key people involved in business, industry, local government and politics. Anne Richards, Theale Green’s Head of Sixth Form believes this event is a fundamental part of sixth form life; she said, “Question Time gives us an excellent opportunity for our young people to put questions to experts and people in positions of influence about their concerns for their futures.”
Library Manager, Lisa Trood, who organised the event, summed up, “We all really enjoyed taking part in this event. Many of the panel really enjoyed the experience and would return to the school next year to continue the debate, as so many areas of ‘Brexit’ still could be discussed. It was a great success!”