Batley Girls’ High to hold own EU vote on polling day

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Pupils at Batley Girls’ High School had the chance to debate today’s EU referendum with a leading university academic.

The school welcomed Professor Anand Menon, who lectures in European politics and foreign affairs at King’s College London, to a discussion on the issues surrounding the crucial vote.

Prof Menon belongs to focus group The UK in a Changing Europe, and he gave a detailed and balanced summary on the main aspects of the debate before taking questions from an audience of over 100 students, staff, governors and special guests including other local headteachers.

Deputy head David Cooper was delighted to host the eminent politics expert.

“It is a real coup for the school to have Anand visit us, especially at such a busy time for him and this is another step in ensuring that our young people fully understand the issues and challenges that they face”.

Among the guests was Upper Batley High School head Sam Vickers.

“It was a super session, both very informative and well-presented. Anand was a great speaker, very down-to-earth and astute plus the quality of questions from the young women was wonderful,” he said.

The school has been gripped by referendum fever this month, and a group of pupils have faced off against Ousedale School from Buckinghamshire in a video debate. Students below voting age will also be able to take part in an internal referendum at the school on polling day.