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MP Elizabeth Truss encourages Thetford Academy pupils to set their sights on top universities

Elizabeth Truss MP talks to Year 8 student Mya Bailey during a visit to Thetford Academy. Picture: Thetford Academy/Inspiration Trust

Elizabeth Truss MP talks to Year 8 student Mya Bailey during a visit to Thetford Academy. Picture: Thetford Academy/Inspiration Trust

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MP Elizabeth Truss told Thetford school pupils they should not be afraid to set their sights on Britain’s top universities.

MP Elizabeth Truss talks to maths teacher Mr Lau during a visit to Thetford Academy. Picture: Thetford Academy/Inspiration Trust MP Elizabeth Truss talks to maths teacher Mr Lau during a visit to Thetford Academy. Picture: Thetford Academy/Inspiration Trust

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury and south west Norfolk MP recently visited Thetford Academy where she talked to sixth form pupils about her political journey.

Following a state education Ms Truss’ passion for politics led her to study politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University.

Ms Truss said: “I was already a politics obsessive as well as a computer geek but the economics part of the course ignited a fascination with business and how the economy works.”

Ms Truss answered the students’ questions about how to choose a university and course, and the Oxbridge application process.

MP Elizabeth Truss talks to sixth form students during a visit to Thetford Academy. Picture: Thetford Academy/Inspiration Trust MP Elizabeth Truss talks to sixth form students during a visit to Thetford Academy. Picture: Thetford Academy/Inspiration Trust

She described it as “really interesting” and told the pupils not to be put by it.

Ms Truss also dropped in on Year 11 and Year 8 maths classes to share her passion for the subject.

Thetford Academy principal Kevin Blakey said: “Several of our sixth formers are hoping to study at Oxbridge, so it was really helpful for Ms Truss to share her experiences with them.

“We want all our students to achieve their full potential and Ms Truss’ career is a great example of where hard work and dedication can get you.”

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