Promising students at a Mytholmroyd school were paid a special visit by a Baroness.
Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Susan Kramer visited Calder High Sixth Form to learn more about the school’s projects.
Baroness Kramer, who was a Lib Dem MP for Richmond Park in London between 2005 and 2010, spoke to the students as part of a tour of business development projects in West Yorkshire.
The Baroness said: “It’s important to get a view of what’s going on outside of London.
“For a lot of young people it’s about communicating with them in a way that is real and meaningful, and that’s why I think it’s important to come and meet them and talk about what they’re working on.”
Among those schemes is the Next Generation Project, which involves a group of students from the school visiting Uganda every year.
“They’re the next entrepreneurs and I was so struck by how determined the students were to make a successful future for themselves and communities across the world,” Baroness Kramer said.
Jan Healey, vocational director at Calder High, said of the Uganda trip: “The students go out and work in the communities for two weeks and it’s no exaggeration to say it changes some student’s career plans. That’s how much they get out of it.
“It’s fantastic that the Baroness has visited today so that they can show her how what they’re doing is helping people and economies to grow.”
Mayor of Calderdale Nader Fekri joined Baroness Kramer for the visit.
Cllr Fekri said: “It is so important that Members of the House of Lords, like Baroness Kramer, come to schools in our more rural communities and see for themselves what amazing things our young people are achieving.
“The students at Calder High are a real credit to the school, the local community and young people everywhere.”