Peer speaks to Cooper pupils about role of House of Lords

Lord Mawson with year 12 pupils and staff at The Cooper School,Bicester.'120323M-B352
Lord Mawson with year 12 pupils and staff at The Cooper School,Bicester.'120323M-B352

A ‘SOCIAL entrepreneur’ who was made a peer for his work in a disadvantaged community in east London met students at The Cooper School on Friday last week.

Andrew Mawson OBE, Baron Mawson of Bromley-by-Bow, encouraged post-16 students to get more involved in politics when he spoke to them on the work and role of the House of Lords.

Cate Mallalieu-Needle, director of Post-16 studies at The Cooper School, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for Year 12 students to interact with someone who knows the parliamentary system inside out, as it can sometimes seem far removed from their daily lives.”

Students were also able to ask questions about the parliamentary process.

Lord Mawson was made a peer in the millennium honours for his work with the Bromley-by-Bow Centre, which supports ‘social’ enterprises based around art, health, and education.

The visit was part of the Lord Speaker’s Peers in Schools programme.