Form VII had a brilliant time in London visiting the Houses of Parliament last week. They have been studying the People’s Parliament in History and so to see the Houses of Parliament in action enhanced their studies enormously. We just had time for aquick look at Buckingham Palace before a picnic in St James’ Park before walking down Whitehall to the Palace of Westminster. After a tour which included Westminster Hall, the only original part of the estate left, they then went to the Central Lobby at the heart of the Palace and watched the Mace being carried into Parliament as well as spotting a few familiar faces along the way! They were also able to see the only uncovered face of Big Ben at the moment. They then returned to the Education Centre and took part in a People’s Parliament workshop where they worked in groups looking at how popular protest, such as the suffragettes, has led to change.
Our thanks must go to Jo Churchill, our local MP, who came and found us and spent time with the pupils answering their questions about life in Parliament and posed for a picture! They really enjoyed meeting her.