Exceptional students become Fiona Bruce for the day by hosting their own version of BBC Question Time

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The King Alfred School Academy Sixth Form hosted their annual Question Time event of all the candidates for the Wells Constituency.

Conservative James Heappey MP, Lib Dem Tessa Munt, and Labour’s Andy Merryfield answered questions from dozens of students about issues including Brexit, the environment, assisted dying and the Vote 16 campaign. 

Student leaders Lilly Keeley Watts and Dan Anderson chaired the event with customary skill and tact.

TKASA is one of the fastest-improving schools in Somerset, with students from 11-18 attending the Highbridge-based school and studying a wide range of subjects. Head of Sixth Form Jonathan Gaskell said “The timing of Sixth Form Question Time couldn't have been better, coming one week before the scheduled departure date from the EU. 

“Students expressed their views passionately and challenged the panel on Brexit, the environment, assisted dying and the Vote 16 campaign. 

“A particularly memorable moment occurred when Tessa Munt revealed a map of Somerset of the future with Burnham-on-Sea missing, sunk beneath rising sea levels.”

There are still some places available for TKASA sixth form for September with a free laptop and bursaries available.

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Cerrie Williams