Posted on: September 19th 2019

Visit by Local MP Robert Courts

On Friday 13th of September, Robert Courts, the MP for Witney and West Oxfordshire, visited the Marlborough for a range of discussions with all members of the school community. He first had a tour around the school site led by Mr Hanlon, which allowed Robert to learn more about the school itself and the values that we proudly base the day-to-day running of our school on. He was able to tell Robert about the steps the school is taking to promote greater sustainability, reduce both energy consumption and the use of plastics, as well as our work with Sustainable Woodstock and the drive to increase recycling.

Later on during his visit, Robert visited the Sixth Form Learning Hub to partake in a discussion with a group of students which included members from the leadership team, a student from Year 12, as well as students from Key Stage 4. In August 2019 Robert was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, so these students were keen to discuss and debate the current environmental situation, not only in our local constituency, but in the country – and the world - as a whole.

Key points within the discussion included speaking about the school’s climate change movement, also known as the “It’s In Our Hands” campaign, with the mural created by the students proudly being displayed in the Learning Hub whilst the discussion was taking place. Robert questioned the students about what they do for the environment and how they think the situation should be handled, but this was matched by students who equally initiated these questions back at Robert. All in all, the discussion allowed Robert to express his views on the current situation and how he thinks what he is planning for the future will help. It also allowed the students to give their opinions on what was said, both positive and negative, and how they think some plans could be altered.

As a school community, we would like to thank Robert for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit the school and give the students and the staff the opportunity to express their views. We hope we continue to build this relationship with Robert and he can return for future events within the school.

Euan Wilcox, Head Boy 

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