Today, students at Lambeth Academy on Elms Road got the chance to quiz their local MP on what it is like to work in politics, as part of a week-long careers experience.
Bell Ribeiro-Addy, MP for Streatham since 2019, joined the academy’s Year 10 students for a Careers Week designed to inspire them to explore a broad range of future opportunities. With each day centred on a different theme, today was all about ‘Making London a Better Place’ – making it an ideal opportunity to discuss the role of public servants.
Kicking off the day’s workshops and activities, Bell Ribeiro-Addy gave an insight into her work as an MP, both in Parliament and in her local constituency. Then, after her talk, she opened the floor to questions from students on topics from what she found most challenging in her role as MP to what advice would she give the young people for them to succeed in life.
For the remainder of the day, students worked in teams on their own social action campaigns addressing issues such as London air pollution and the toll of the pandemic on young people’s mental health. Other highlights over the course of Careers Week have so far been mock interviews and talks by industry leaders from sectors such as IT, finance, sports and engineering. The programme is an excellent example of how Lambeth Academy aims to bring the curriculum to life as part of an ‘Education with Character’ – providing wider experiences and opportunities that inspire, excite and challenge students.
Amy Welch, Principal of Lambeth Academy, said:
“We are incredibly ambitious for our students and what they can achieve, not just during their time at school but as they become young adults and look to their futures. Weeks like these offer a chance to open their eyes to new opportunities and career pathways that they may not otherwise have considered. With themes like today’s, it has also been a fantastic way of looking at the impact we can all have as positive members of society.
“We are very grateful to our local MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy for taking the time to visit, as well as all those other speakers and contributors who have made the week such an inspiring and thought-provoking one. As a head teacher, I have been thrilled to hear some of the conversations sparked by these activities and look forward to continuing these with students inside and outside of the classroom.”
Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP said:
"It was great to talk to young people from Lambeth Academy about my journey into Parliament and their future ambitions today.
“I'm always impressed and inspired by the strong sense of social justice and compassion shared by young people in our area. It's up to us to ensure they can channel these things into their careers and adult lives."
Jamil, a Year 10 student, said:
“I found it really inspiring hearing from someone who has overcome a lot to achieve what she has and is using her position to help our community.”