Leanne Wood visited a Rhondda secondary school to talk to a group of teenage girls about self-esteem, confidence and the importance of ambition and determination in life.
The Rhondda AM called into Porth Community School after a session with the pupils was arranged by Head of Upper School Lindsey Walters.
The talk covered topics such as careers’ options, mental health, Brexit, votes at 16 and challenging gender stereotypes.
After the visit, Leanne said: “I had a great time talking with and listening to these bright girls from Porth Community School. They spoke with intelligence and wisdom beyond their years. A future full of promise awaits them. I thank their teacher, Lindsey Walters, for the warm invitation to the school.”
Leanne added: “It was a pleasure to share my experiences of defying what people expect of a working class woman from the Rhondda.
“No matter what your background, there is nothing to stop anyone from the Rhondda following their dreams, achieving their ambitions and being a success.
“I told the girls that they should be under no illusions that it takes hard work and determination to reach your goals, but it is all worth it in the end. I look forward to visiting the school in the future to see how the pupils get on.”