On Tuesday 22nd January, year 12 Politics students enjoyed a visit to the London and the Houses of Parliament. Students enjoyed seeing how the theory learnt in the classroom is happening in practice in the real world. They had a great time visiting 10 Downing Street, Horse Guards’ Parade and Buckingham Palace before arriving at the Houses of Parliament for the afternoon of sessions.
Pupils were taken on a tour of the Houses of Parliament and enjoyed learning about the long and fascinating history of the building. They visited the House of Commons chamber to watch MPs voting on the Lords amendments to a counter-terrorism bill, before spending some time in the House of Lords. A highlight was seeing politics in action as a division was called and students had the opportunity to stand in the central lobby and watch the MPs, including some famous faces, moving around the building to vote.
Students then attended a session on elections, which gave them the opportunity to showcase their excellent knowledge from the A level course so far. Pupils elected leaders, wrote manifestos and campaigned for votes as part of fictional parties and were able to act out the results of the elections under different voting systems.
Pupils were also joined by local MP, John Cruddas. He spent time discussing his work with students and answering the questions that they had for him. Students found this a really valuable and engaging experience. John Cruddas has also kindly offered to visit the school and continue to spend time with pupils across all year groups. We look forward to this in the future.
A very enjoyable and informative day was had by all.