Benjamin Britten Academy of Music & Mathematics

An 11-18 co-educational day school and Centre of Excellence in Mathematics

School Council trip to Westminster

On Wednesday 25 January 2017, 27 students from Years 7-10 boarded the school minibuses and took a trip down to London to visit the Palace of Westminster and sail along the River Thames.

The tour of the Palace included St Stephen’s Hall, House of Commons, Central Lobby, St Stephen’s Hall and Westminster Hall. In the House of Commons we had the opportunity to observe MPs debating the UK prison service and stood on the spot where former US President Barack Obama and the late Nelson Mandela made inspirational speeches in Westminster Hall.

Following the tour, scholars took part in a workshop on ‘Debating in Parliament’ where they were taught the key elements in delivering an effective speech. Local MP Peter Aldous popped in to the workshop for a brief question and answer session before disappearing to vote on two debates he had taken part in, earlier on in the week.

After leaving the palace, we boarded a boat from the London Eye to Tower Bridge and then journeyed on the underground, back to the minibuses.

Mr Champion and Miss Stanley would like to extend a big thank you to our scholars for their exemplary behaviour and congratulate them on their articulate discussion and questioning of Mr Aldous, as well as their enthusiasm for learning about British politics.


Here’s to our future leaders!