High powered panel takes shape for Newcastle’s own question time

A high powered panel ranging from the Chief Executive of a multi million pound internet betting business to the head of YMCA North Staffordshire will come under scrutiny at a school’s question time event. 

And pupil Reece Edmends (correct spelling) will join the debate organised by the United Nations Youth and Student Association (UNYSA) at Newcastle-under-Lyme School. Sixth former Reece, of Eccleshall, is a founding member of the school’s UNYSA group. 

Panelists at the 24 November event will be:

Jeremy Lefroy, MP for Stafford

Daniel Flynn, Chief Executive, YMCA North Staffordshire.

Mick Temple, Professor of Politics and Journalism, Staffordshire University

John Coates, Chief Executive, Bet 365

Councillor Nigel Jones, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council

Reece Edmends. 

The debate will be chaired by Will Judd, Head Boy at the school. 

Newcastle-under-Lyme School is hosting its own version of the popular TV discussion show as part of its programme events to promote the school’s United Nations Youth and Student Association (UNYSA). 

Members of the public are welcome to attend the debate and are asked to apply in advance by email to [email protected]

The event will be divided into two sections.  The first half, starting at 7.30pm will involve questions to the panel from the audience. Part Two will feature speeches from two UNYSA students and a discussion on what made up the political milestones of 2011.

“The formation of a UNYSA branch at Newcastle-under-Lyme School earlier this year opened up a new forum for our pupils to look at some of the major issues affecting the world we live in,” said Headmaster Nick Rugg.

“We have managed to bring together a great panel for the question time style event and I’m looking forward to two hours of thought provoking debate.”


For further information contact Julie Hesketh on 01782 664271.

Note to editors: Newcastle-under-Lyme School is an independent day school catering for pupils from three to 18 years of age. A nursery, junior school, senior school and sixth form are all part of the school family. The School is able to commit over half a million pounds a year from its own resources to support the education of children from lower income backgrounds.

The School’s website can be accessed at www.nuls.org.uk.

Newcastle-under-Lyme School, Mount Pleasant, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 1DB.