On Friday 30 November, Isleworth & Syon School hosted a working lunch with political figures from across the Commonwealth. Attendees included Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth, as well as Mr Dane Lloyd (MP – Canada), Mr Austin Harris (MP – Cayman Islands), Ms Kerenisa Morrison (MP – Jamaica), Ms Syeda Uzma Qadri (MP – Punjab Pakistan) and Ms Rosemarie Bangura (MP – Sierra Leone). Joining them were eight Isleworth & Syon students from Years 10 and 13. The purpose of the lunch was to discuss the boys’ experience of education in the UK as well as wider world issues. The boys were selected for their unique perspective as they plan their next steps.
The conversation lasted over an hour and discussed topics such as further education opportunities, climate change, the Windrush scandal, and Brexit. Students were given the opportunity to contribute questions and lead the discussion, posing the questions that they wanted answered. There was a fascinating back-and-forth of ideas throughout the session.
Simon Fisher, Deputy Headteacher, said afterwards: “Visits like this affirm our commitment to constantly look outwards to improve the provision and partnerships for our boys. We are proud of the diverse nature of our community and are actively looking to build bilateral links with other diverse communities across the world.”