US ambassador Matthew Barzun invited students at Weston Favell academy in Northampton to discuss world affairs when he visited recently.
Such visits are usually restricted to a small number of schools, including the likes of Harrow and Eton, but 200 of the academy’s sixth formers and a selection of year 11 pupils joined the ambassador for a discussion on the role of the UK and US in world relations.
Barzun invited students to discuss what frustrated, concerned and confused them about the UK, as well as what inspired them or gave them hope.
Rachel Steele, principal of the academy, which is run by the Greenwood Dale trust, said: “This was a unique opportunity for our students to engage with the ambassador and discuss their views about issues pertinent to them.
“It was a great privilege for our students at the start of this academic year, which was both motivating and thought-provoking.”
Picture: Principal Rachel Steele with US Ambasador Matthew Barzun