Two groups of Modern Studies students from Ross High School have been welcomed to the Scottish Parliament by the county’s MSP, Iain Gray.
Mr Gray met the groups of S5 students, who visited Holyrood on two separate days, and answered a wide range of questions about how the Parliament operates and his own role as East Lothian’s constituency MSP.
The visits were part of the Parliament Education Service’s ongoing School Visits programme to introduce children from across Scotland to Holyrood and how it works. Several East Lothian schools have now visited the Parliament to find out more about what goes on there and the work done by MSPs.
Speaking after the visits, Iain Gray MSP said:
“I was really pleased to welcome these two groups from Ross High and try and answer their questions – they gave me quite a grilling. I hope that the pupils found their visits interesting and informative, and that the experience has helped encourage their political engagement.
“Schools in East Lothian certainly work very hard to help ensure that young people here are well informed about our political process and the work of the Scottish Parliament. I commend all the staff who organise these important visits and look forward to many more local schools to Holyrood in the future.”
Ross High Modern Studies Teacher Thomas Munro, added:
“All the students benefited from the experience seeing and experiencing democracy in action and Iain Gray did well fielding a number of difficult questions from S5 students who were first time voters in the Independence Referendum.”
Visit www.scottish.parliament.uk/visitandlearn/Education/613.aspx for more information about the Parliament’s education service.