Question time for Esher and Walton hopefuls

Claremont Fan Court School hosted its first question time on Monday 18 November, welcoming candidates Dominic Raab (Conservative), Monica Harding (Liberal Democrat) and Peter Ashurst (Labour) to a lively meeting.

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18th November 2019 — Claremont Fan Court School hosted its first question time on Monday 18 November, welcoming candidates Dominic Raab (Conservative), Monica Harding (Liberal Democrat) and Peter Ashurst (Labour) to a lively meeting in which over 150 pupils had the opportunity to ask the prospective MPs about how they would manage the environment, street crime, education and health challenges of the future.

It was an engaging and energising experience for our pupils, helping them to form a deeper understanding of party policies and greater sympathies for opposing political arguments.

Headmaster, William Brierly, thanked the guests for being brave enough to stand as candidates in such a challenging political climate. The candidates had a chance also to enjoy a tour of the site and hear about the school’s new and exciting community partnership programme.

The school will be running its own mock election next month – Claremont Decides – and this provided a brilliant introduction to the forthcoming general election.

Six candidates are standing for Esher and Walton in the upcoming general election, with our three guests representing the three national parties standing in the constituency.

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About Claremont Fan Court School

We are a gently selective co-educational independent school for children aged from 2 1/2 to 18 years, situated in Esher, Surrey.

At Claremont, there is a space for every kind of individual to find their niche and thrive within it. We invest in pupils' character, so Claremont students can unlock potential they didn’t even know they had, and achieve what seemed impossible. Staff and pupils are enabled to support and extend the atmosphere of respect, courtesy, love of learning and the value of friendship held dear at our school.

We have 100 acres of historic landscaped grounds to offer a wide range of fully co-ed sports, a brand new science and technology building with outstanding facilities and a broad curriculum of arts, alongside over 60 co-curricular activities including dissection, dragon's den, yoga and Lego clubs. 

Our teaching philosophy is to link academic rigour and the value of good character. The academic programme ensures that pupils attain the highest qualifications of which they are capable. The pastoral curriculum includes three weekly assemblies, discussing the importance of contributing positively to school and home and weekly PSHE lessons. Behavioural standards are high and pupils develop and value respect for peers, teachers, the school and greater society.


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