Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School Hosts BBC Radio 4 ‘Any Questions?’

25 Jun 2019

On Friday 26th April the School was privileged to host BBC Radio 4 for their ‘Any Questions?’ program.

Any Questions? was first broadcast in 1948 and visits a different part of the country every week with a panel of four speakers including politicians, policy makers, writers and thinkers, who answer questions from audience members

The panel consisted of former Labour MP and Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, Daily Mail journalist Harry Cole, Conservative MP and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth Jake Berry, and Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine.

Around 370 members of the public, students and parents from the school attended and had the opportunity to pose questions on topics such as climate change, Brexit and the leak of confidential government defence advice.

During the show, several of our Sixth Form Politics students served as ushers and waiting staff for the guests and were invited to stay for the show and the reception afterwards. The panel very kindly agreed to stay on after the show and took questions from the students, as well as members of the public, relating to the various issues discussed. They were very generous with their time and spoke at length to those in attendance.

David Wickes, headteacher at Merchant Taylors’ School for Boys, said: “It was a fantastic honour to be chosen as the venue for such a highly-respected show and it was great to welcome so many members of the local community into the school. “Our students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to question politicians and influencers about major issues that will undoubtedly shape their lives for years to come.”

The School would like to thank the BBC for choosing the School as a venue and all of the staff who were involved in the setup process to ensure the show ran smoothly.