Year 8 spent a truly memorable day in our capital city. The morning was spent at the Tower of London, exploring the full site and exhibitions. In the White Tower the children were able to actually experience a building they have learnt so much about in history as well as marvel at the display of weaponry and armoury. A visit to the Crown Jewels also gave a few ideas for Christmas lists!
After a hot lunch at Wagamamas everyone travelled by river boat to Embankment, a…lighting for the Houses of Parliament. Entering through the Cromwell Green entrance meant passing security checks similar to travelling through an airport to an international destination, and five pairs of compasses where unfortunately confiscated.
Once through the Great Hall, Year 8 were privileged to be taken to the meeting rooms above the Houses for a private session of Questions and Answers with Right Honourable Sir Patrick McLoughlin, our Derbyshire Dales MP.
The children had the opportunity to ask a range of questions which they did so intelligently. ‘Brexit’ was on the agenda, as well as artificial intelligence, transport developments, highs and lows of being an MP, education and funding for minority sports. Next, everyone moved to our pre-booked seats in the Public Gallery of the House of Commons, arranged through Edward Winstanley (Mr McLoughlin’s parliamentary aide), and were able to see the workings of the House of Commons first hand.
We very much hope Year 8 will have gained many things from this trip: gaining first-hand experience of the British constitution, as well as gaining a sense of history. The children were well mannered throughout and a credit to themselves, their families and the school.