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Politics students head to Westminster

On Monday 5th March, the Year 12 Politics class was fortunate enough to be taken on a trip to Westminster. We visited the Supreme Court, Europe House and the Houses of Parliament during what was an incredibly interesting and exciting day out.

Firstly, we went on a tour of the UK’s Supreme Court; we learnt about how the courts operate and heard about some of their most interesting cases. The visit gave us a great insight into the history of the British judiciary.

Next, we headed to Europe House where we attended a fascinating workshop all about the workings of the European Union, focusing on how Brexit will impact us. This gave us a unique opportunity to discuss the role the EU currently plays in our political system and how this will change in the coming years.

Finally, we made our way to the Houses of Parliament for what was my personal highlight of the day. We were given a brilliant tour of Westminster Palace, learning about the history of the building and the array of momentous events that have unfolded within its walls. Fortunately, the time of our visit coincided with a statement given by Theresa May on Brexit, giving us the opportunity to hear the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in debate and spot all of the ministers we have learnt about in the classroom.

The day was rounded off by a fascinating session with our MP Dominic Grieve who was kind enough to come down and answer all our burning questions and give us his take on politics during this turbulent time.

Overall the day was hugely enjoyed by all, it was amazing to see the practical application of what we have learnt about in our lessons. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Williams and Mrs Green on behalf of our class, for taking us and making the day so enjoyable.

Mrs Williams, Head of Politics