Acle Academy

London Parliament Trip

On Thursday 8th June, all of our Key Stage 3 form parliament representatives had the opportunity to go to London and visit Parliament at Westminster.

It was a brilliant day and the students were fantastic. After an early start in order to get to Parliament for 10:00am, we were greeted by our tour guide, who gave us a tour around the Palace of Westminster. We had the amazing opportunity to go into the viewing gallery in the House of Commons and see a live debate going on, with the speaker in full action.

We visited Westminster Hall, the oldest building on the Parliamentary estate, and which has played a central role in 900 years of British history, with the major institutions of the British state having grown up directly around it. We saw the gold state coach, the iconic carriage that featured spectacularly at Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee pageant and at the coronation of King Charles III. We learnt lots about the history of democracy, how laws are made and the roles and jobs of the different chambers

After our tour, we had the opportunity to take part in a workshop exploring further how laws are made and how parliamentary debates take place, building on our whole school focus for this year of oracy. The students all had some great ideas for new laws to put forward, and debated their law proposals with passion!

The visit finished with a meet and greet with our local MP from Broadland, Jerome Mayhew, who spoke to the students about what the job on an MP is like, and his vision for Broadland. The students had some interesting questions for him about the role. 

After our visit we all had a lovely picnic in the sunshine outside Westminster in the lovely Victoria Tower Gardens, enjoying watching what was going on along the river. We then headed over to the London Eye pier for an ice-cream and to await our river cruise boat. The cruise took us through the heart of London along the famous River Thames, where we saw some of the city's most famous landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben (Palace of Westminster), St. Paul's Cathedral, Tate Modern, Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe, Tower Bridge and much more!

Overall it was a lovely day, and a real pleasure to take our House Form MPs to London to celebrate their involvement in Acle Academy parliament this year.

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