Sixth form students from St Helen and St Katharine, Abingdon School and Fitzharrys School linked up through the OX14 Learning Partnership to meet Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran at the House of Lords.

The pupils met the Liberal Democrat MP before attending an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Engineering lunch in the House of Lords.

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The trip gave students the opportunity to discuss ‘engineering for disaster relief in developing countries’ and hear from experienced speakers, such as Professor Peter Guthrie OBE, director of research in sustainable development, Joshua Macabuag, Catastrophe Consultant and Structural Engineer with Search and Rescue Aid, and Dr Francesca O’Hanlon, CEO and Founder of Blue Tap and EPSRC Postdoctoral Researcher, to gain a wider perspective on issues relating to their A Level subjects.

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St Helen’s students Alice and Aimee were among the pupils who enjoyed the experience.

Alice said: “Being surrounded by so many knowledgeable people was very inspiring and we came away from the event with a better understanding of the many opportunities within the engineering and disaster relief sector.”

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Aimee added: “As geographers, this was a great opportunity for us to learn about a very interesting topic with notable crossovers between physics, engineering and geography.”

The students also had a unique chance to meet with local MP Layla Moran and ask questions about her career and role in parliament.

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After meeting the students, Layla Moran said: “It was a pleasure to spend time with the excellent students from the OX14 Learning Partnership schools.

“Young people coming to Parliament is so important for encouraging passion for our democracy and our legislature, and it is always a joy to speak to them and answer their questions.

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“Many thanks to the APPG on Engineering for helping to facilitate this, and I hope that I will have the chance to speak to many more students from my constituency in the future.”

St Helen and St Katharine and Abingdon School are both private schools, while Fitzharrys School is a state school.

St Helen and St Katharine is based in Faringdon Road, while Abingdon School is in Park Road.

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Fitzharrys School is off Northcourt Road.

Over the past five years, there has been an OX14 Learning Partnership between the secondary schools John Mason, Fitzharrys, Radley, Abingdon, Larkmead, and St Helen and St Katharine.

The government recommends these sustainable, formalised partnerships and it is an area of growth.

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