Mr Hunt, a former TV historian, also heard details of the schools war memorial project which marked the lives of the 90 students of Carlisle Grammar School who were killed in World Ward One.
Lee Sherriff, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Carlisle said:
“I was keen to invite Tristram to Carlisle to hear direct from students and teachers and I’m pleased he was able to visit Trinity School today. It’s often said that young people aren’t engaged in politics so the general election campaign gives us a chance to have the important debates and show how politics really can make a difference.
“Carlisle has some great schools, full of committed hard-working teachers and talented pupils. If I’m elected at the city’s MP in May, I’ll support them all I can through the challenges they face. Children in this city deserve the very best education.”
Tristram Hunt, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education said:
“I’m really pleased to have been able to visit Trinity School and face some fairly tough questioning from the students.
“I’m also delighted to support Lee Sherriff who will make a great MP for Carlisle. Lee is passionate about Carlisle’s schools. All three of her children have come through the local school system so she understands the challenges being faced and the concerns of local parents.
“An incoming Labour government will raise teaching standards, ending David Cameron's unqualified teachers policy and ensuring a qualified teacher in every classroom. We’ll appoint a new Director of School Standards to cover Cumbria to ensure standards are raised and that schools are supported to provide the best education for our young people.”