Peer goes back to school

Lord Walton of Detchant visiting Ponteland High School to speak to 6th form students about the role of the House of Lords.
Lord Walton of Detchant visiting Ponteland High School to speak to 6th form students about the role of the House of Lords.

PONTELAND High School’s post-16 students gained a valuable insight into the role of the House of Lords when one of its members paid a visit.

Lord Walton of Detchant gave a talk about his career, which was followed by a question session.

Former neurologist John Walton was born in 1922 and has an extensive, distinguished medical career on which to draw as a crossbench member of the House of Lords.

His particular interests include medicine, health, science and education.

He was raised to the peerage as Baron Walton of Detchant, Northumberland, in 1989.

Ponteland High Headteacher Stephen Prandle said: “The House of Lords has an important role to play in the government of our country, yet its workings do not have as high a profile as that of the House of Commons.

“This visit from Lord Walton, a local peer, was an excellent opportunity for our post-16 students to discover how he and his colleagues work.”

The visit was part of the Peers in Schools programme, which operates across the UK and sends members of the House into schools and sixth-form colleges to talk to young people about its work and role.

The scheme was devised by Baroness Hayman, the Lord Speaker, as part of an outreach programme aimed at raising awareness of the role of the House of Lords and encouraging people to get involved in politics.