The UK’s first dedicated land-based free school, The Rural Enterprise Academy, played host to Staffordshire Conservative MEP Anthea McIntyre last week.

The school, based in Penkridge, opened in September 2012 and invited Miss McIntyre to talk about her work as an MEP and in particular about her role on the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee.

“This visit was particularly timely as I had earlier in the week started taking evidence for a report I am writing on the horticultural sector and have invited members of the European Agriculture Committee to visit the West Midlands during the coming week to see that our region is not solely based on manufacturing.

I found the pupils at the Rural Enterprise Academy to be really engaged in and passionate about their work. I was keen to highlight the many interesting and rewarding careers open to them in agriculture in the broadest sense, for example there is a real need for more plant scientists.

"We also talked about careers in politics, I am always keen to encourage people to take an interest and get involved.

“I am always especially delighted to have the opportunity to meet groups of school students – they are normally keen to explore how the Parliament works and how decisions are made, and their questions are often very penetrating.” said Miss McIntyre.

“I am grateful to the Principal, Lorraine Makin, for making my visit so enjoyable and I am wish the Academy every success.”

 

(Photo shows the Principal, Lorraine Makin with pupils and Anthea McIntyre MEP)