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Year 12 & 13 Houses of Parliament & Supreme Court

On 12 September, Year 12 and 13 Politics and Business students travelled to Westminster for an exciting day of activities. First, we entered the Houses of Parliament and received a guided tour of the whole Palace. This included being shown around the two chambers (the House of Commons and the House of Lords) and walking along the route the Queen takes to the Lords every year at the State Opening of Parliament. Another highlight was seeing the statue which suffragette, Marjory Hume, chained herself to in protest in 1909. As we were leaving the Palace, we had a surprise appearance from none other than the former Prime Minister, David Cameron! After this, we visited the Jewel Tower - one of the only buildings that survived a devastating fire in Westminster in 1834. After a picnic in St James’ Park, we walked past Downing Street to the Supreme Court, where we were shown two of the courtrooms and learnt about some of the cases which have been passed to the Court. After having an obligatory photo taken in the Justices’ chairs, we left the Court and re-entered the Houses of Parliament where we sat in the public gallery in the Commons and watched an interesting debate on education and grammar schools. This was a great conclusion to a fascinating and informative day.

Emma L
Year 13

Westminster

 

Westminster Hall

Supreme court

 

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