On Wednesday 2 December, the School Council took a trip to the Palace of Westminster in London. After passing through security checks, scholars were taken on a guided tour of the Palace, including St Stephen’s Hall (the home of the original House of Commons), Westminster Hall (the last remaining part of the original Palace), Central Lobby (at the heart of the Parliamentary Estate) and the House of Commons. In the House of Commons, students were fortunate to observe MPs debating two bills; the first was compensation for British victims of terrorism and the second, the protection of community pharmacies to further cuts in funding.
Following the tour, scholars took part in a workshop in Parliament’s Education Centre on ‘The People’s Parliament’. After being immersed in a 360° projection of a film about the Suffragettes, students were divided into groups and came up with their own campaigns which they presented to the rest of the room. At the end of the workshop, Waveney MP Peter Aldous popped in for a question and answer session with the students.
It was a pleasure to accompany the School Council on this trip, their exuberance and enthusiasm for learning about the process of government made for a wonderful day out.