News story from Parkside School

First Secretary of State, Foreign Secretary shares common ethos with young talents of the future

Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, visits Parkside and is quizzed about political life and matters which affect pupils post lockdown. First Secretary of State is impressed with the level of questioning and calibre of student at this top Prep School.

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First Secretary of State, Dominic Raab, answers questions at Parkside School assembly
First Secretary of State, Dominic Raab, answers questions at Parkside School assembly

17th May 2021 — PRESS RELEASE


Parkside School welcomed the First Secretary of State and Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab to their 45 acre grounds. The MP for Esher and Walton visited this independent school for boys on Friday 14th May to attend the morning assembly. Boys from Parkside’s Eco, Food, Digital Leaders and School Council Committees gathered in the magnificent Salon to quiz Mr Raab. As decision makers within the School, the boys discussed matters important to them; such as the environment, racism and cyber crime. The Foreign Secretary gave an insight into his childhood, political life and his job, including the best and worst elements. Common ethae with the School were discovered in terms of the importance of team work, gentlemanly conduct and taking risks in order to learn from mistakes.

Mr Raab stated “It was great to visit Parkside School on Friday. I was impressed by the curiosity the pupils showed through their questions, and by the resilience they and their teachers have demonstrated throughout the pandemic. I look forward to visiting again soon.”

The assembly was followed by coffee and tea with the Head, Ms Nicole Janssen, Deputy Head, Madeline McMurdo and Mr Robin Southwell, Chair of Governors. It was a good opportunity to discuss the positive outcomes from Covid.

Mr Raab was taken on a School tour by the Head Boy, Benjamin Cheeseman and Deputy Head Boy, Charlie Scott. The tour included a visit to the School’s extensive facilities including Stem IT suite, Design & Technology Workshop, Food Tech Kitchens, sports facilities, playgrounds and state of the art Science Lab. Mr Raab spoke to many boys and even tried his hand at piano in the music room.

Ms Janssen, Head of Parkside said “It was important for the boys to meet and understand the people running the country and to ask their extremely relevant questions. It was equally important for Mr Raab to hear their comments and questions and understand what drives our future leaders of tomorrow. Mr Raab offered excellent advice to the boys and painted a fascinating picture of politics today”



Parkside School (Boys 2-13) is a day school in Surrey.

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