Earlier this week, our Year 8 pupils spent the day in London to add colour to their studies. This trip was an extraordinary opportunity for the pupils to gain a greater insight into the history, culture and governance of our country. This trip aimed to enhance their understanding of democracy, the rule of law, and the values of respect and tolerance and individual liberty.

After an early start, the pupils set off for London by coach and arrived at the Houses of Parliament around mid-morning.

They were lucky enough to receive a special visit organised by our MP, Sara Dines. The children toured the key areas of the Houses of Parliament and visited both the House of Commons and the House of Lords and gained an understanding of what parliament is, how democracy works and how laws are crafted and the inherited values involved.

After the tour, they were met by Sarah Dines MP and were invited to a special meeting room adjacent to Westminster Hall. Here, the pupils were able to ask more about her role and the working of Parliament. Sarah explained how she had trained, how she became involved in politics and a little of her family life, before describing the issues her constituents raise and how she deals with these and about her role as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Safeguarding). In conclusion, her key advice to pupils was to make all of the opportunities they have available, to the importance of education and to work hard.

They then travelled by riverboat from Embankment to the Tower of London for a hot lunch at Wagamamas. Once refuelled they toured the Tower of London with a special focus on the White Tower since the Medieval era is the period the pupils are currently studying in History lessons.

The children had a wonderful day and learnt a lot, including a sense of History and understanding of the British constitution.