A group of Year 7 pupils from All Hallows prep school were tasked with putting forward a balanced argument in the form of a letter to David Warburton, on the proposed HS2 link, and each received an individual reply back.
All Hallows pupils receive letters from local MP David Warburton
A group of Year 7 pupils from All Hallows prep school were tasked with putting forward a coherent balanced argument on whether or not they think HS2 - the new high-speed railway route linking London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds and Manchester - is a positive venture. The pupils spent considerable time and effort in constructing their responses which they wrote in the form of a letter to David Warburton, MP for Somerton and Frome.
Mr Jack Champness, Head of Humanities explained “I challenged the students to put their points across clearly, back up arguments with evidence and try to persuade Mr Warburton to take their point of view. Each student composed and hand wrote a letter outlining their thoughts and ideas. Their faces when he wrote back were absolutely priceless”. Mr Warburton replied to each pupil individually and included a personal response to each of their arguments.
David Warburton MP said, “It was wonderful to receive these letters from year 7 pupils at All Hallows. I was enormously impressed by the intelligent range of considered and persuasive arguments they presented, either in favour of, or against the implementation of HS2. It was great to respond to each pupil individually - their correspondence showed just how much thought they had put into it and their clear understanding of the issues surrounding the scheme. They should be very proud of their work!”