Following the format of the iconic BBC1 current affairs programme a hard hitting and experienced panel were asked to debate subjects ranging from terrorism, immigration, and nuclear deterrence to the living wage and the effects of big money on sport.
The panellists came from across the political spectrum but all had location, Richmond and neighbouring boroughs, in common. The Chair for the second year was former diplomat, Sir Roderic Lyne, who successfully kept author and journalist Robert Chesshyre, Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Sally Hamwee, Former Governor of Gibraltar Sir David Durie, Labour MP Ruth Cadbury and RPA English Teacher Kyrill Potapov in order throughout the evening.
The energy and enthusiasm shown by students of all schools in RPA’s Hertford Hall was impressive. Ex-diplomat Sir Roderic Lyne, commented: “There’s always a lively atmosphere at Richmond Park Academy. I was impressed by the students’ readiness to speak out in a forceful and articulate way on complex issues. This was democracy in action.”
Senior Vice Principal, Ms Tracey O’Brien added, “Once again we were delighted to organise and host the borough's own “Question Time” at RPA. With an incredible panel and visitors from schools in Richmond and beyond Sir Roderic Lyne chaired a fantastic evening. I was amazed by our young people's questions, deep thinking and their real interest in political and global issues. Their engagement was impressive.”