On Tuesday 9th November, Member of Parliament for Clwyd South, Simon Baynes MP, visited Ysgol y Grango in Rhosllanerchrugog to give a presentation on Wrexham’s UK City of Culture 2025 bid and to take questions from pupils, as part of their new curriculum.
Mr Baynes was welcomed to the school by the Headteacher, Stephen Garthwaite, and by the Head of Humanities, Miss Cheryl Hughes. He then spoke to Year 7 pupils in the school’s Drama Studio and answered questions from the students about the research that they had done on Wrexham’s bid and also his role as the MP for Clwyd South.
Miss Cheryl Hughes, Head of Humanities, said:
“Pupils in Year 7 have been working hard on their ‘identity’ during their Humanities lessons, and as Wrexham are currently bidding for city status, we felt it was important for Mr Baynes to visit to explain why Wrexham Council want Wrexham as a city of culture. The pupils got the opportunity to research and learn about Wrexham in more detail, as well as to ask Mr Baynes what the role of an MP involves. This will encourage our pupils to explore politics and how it impacts us and our communities.
"Year 7 pupils will continue to look at democracy and government in their humanities studies, as well as covering work on their local area, history and identity. We feel it is important for pupils to focus on skills that will enable them to become ambitious, confident, and informed learners.”
Simon Baynes MP said:
“It was a great pleasure to visit Ysgol y Grango and to speak with the Year 7 students about Wrexham’s UK City of Culture bid. It is very good to see the breadth of their Humanities lessons and the way in which they are actively engaging with local issues in their community. I was very impressed by the students’ questions and the high level of research that they had done on the bid. I am not surprised that the school is going from strength to strength!”