Lord Pannick visits Bancroft’s
Life Peer, eminent human rights lawyer and Old Bancroftian, Lord David Pannick QC returned to his old school, on Tuesday 23 November. He met members of the Lower Sixth Form and talked to them about the work and role of the House of Lords in order to encourage the pupils to engage more with the political and parliamentary process. This was followed by a lively question and answer session on various aspects of the parliamentary process and life at Westminster.
Lord Pannick, who was created a Life Peer in 2008, attended the school from 1967-1974. He said that it was “wonderful to be back” at Bancroft’s, and commented that so much had changed since his time at school. Although Bancroft’s was still recognisable from his schooldays, it was, in many respects, a very different school: for a start there had been no girls during his time here! Other memories from his school days included: having to wear caps to and from school, the sixth form being able to cane younger pupils and being given time off school to work for the Liberal Party just weeks before his A Levels!
Lord Pannick’s visit was arranged through the Lord Speaker’s “Peers in Schools” programme, which has been running across the UK since 2007 and has so far involved around 15,000 young people. This continuing outreach programme sends members of the House of Lords into schools and colleges across the country. For further information, see the Lord Speaker’s web page at www.parliament.uk/lordspeaker
Lord Pannick with members of the L6 Law Group.