Sixth form students at one of the region’s best-performing schools got the chance to put an AM on the spot during a Question Time event.
Clwyd South’s Labour Assembly Member Ken Skates visited the Maelor School in Penley on Friday (June 13) to answer questions from pupils on a wide range of subjects.
The Wrexham-born AM was quizzed by a group of about 60 students, and head of sixth form Susan England said she was eager to make the Q&A session a regular event.
Mr Skates said: “It was a really enjoyable morning and it was great to meet and talk to such a clued-up group of young people. We had some really in-depth discussions about a range of issues including Scottish independence, university fees, mental health provision in Wales, local transport and the building of the new prison in Wrexham.”
Mrs England said: “It went very well and the group appreciated Ken’s interest in the topics they raised. We are hoping he will be able to come every term to keep up the contact with the students, who felt at ease discussing their issues with him.”
The Maelor, which moved up from band three to two in the Welsh Government’s most recent school tables, recently had a positive report from Estyn inspectors, who rated its current performance and prospects for future improvement as ‘good’.
Mr Skates said: “The Maelor is a fantastic and improving school, and its performance in recent years is testament to that. There’s a great atmosphere and learning environment, and the enthusiasm and friendliness of the pupils are among the many other reasons I like coming here. I look forward to my next visit.”