Pupils quiz MP during visit to Sheffield school

Gill Furniss MP with members of the Fir Vale Pupil Parliament and headteacher Simon Hawkins
Gill Furniss MP with members of the Fir Vale Pupil Parliament and headteacher Simon Hawkins
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Young politicians have quizzed a Sheffield MP during her visit to a Sheffield school.

Gill Furniss, MP for Brightside and Hillsborough, visited Fir Vale School, in Fir Vale, and met with members of the school's pupil parliament.

The pupils quizzed the politician on a number of issues, including how she became an MP.

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Ms Furniss said: "It is wonderful to visit Fir Vale School and to receive such a warm welcome.

"I am impressed at how smart pupils looked and how the school has significantly raised attendance and punctuality.

"There is a real buzz around Fir Vale and a sense of energy."

"The pupil parliament are excellent ambassadors for the school and for pupil voice."

She invited the pupils to visit the Houses of Parliament later in the year."

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Ms Furniss also met with headteacher Simon Hawkins, who took over at the school in September, during her visit.

He said: "It was a pleasure to host Gill Furniss MP.

"We are a community school and it is important we work with as many people as possible in the locality.

"Pupils were excited at meeting their MP and being able to answer questions.

"It also helped pupils to see the value of local democracy.”

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