On the evening of Tuesday 1st May 2018 a group of Media Studies and Politics pupils from Grosvenor were invited to attend the filming of the BBC programme ‘The Top Table’.

The programme has been designed to give young people across Northern Ireland an opportunity to join in and voice their opinions on key debates. The show is hosted by Stephen Nolan and, on the night, the panel included a number of high profile public figures including Jim Wells MLA (DUP) and Claire Bailie MLA (Green Party).

Topics up for discussion were: the abortion laws and whether The Abortion Act (1967) should extend to Northern Ireland; the way men speak about women following the recent Ulster rugby trial; and the issue of gender - are we doing enough to accommodate those who transition?

The evening provided a unique insight into local political struggles that affect young people today and also into the challenges faced in recording a live debate.

GGS would like to extend a big thank you to the BBC for the invitation to attend the filming of this programme – all of the GGS pupils in attendance found it most enjoyable and worthwhile.

Miss L. Knox

A number of Grosvenor's Senior School pupils, accompanied by Mr Brunt and Miss Knox, pictured with BBC broadcaster Steven Nolan following filming for 'The Top Table' on the evening of Tuesday 1st May.