Houses of Parliament Visit

On June 16th a group of Year 9 pupils went on an educational trip to the Houses of Parliament as a follow-up to taking part in the Peers in Schools Programme with Lord Touhig in October.

After an early start they arrived in London and spent a couple of hours visiting the famous sights including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, 10 Downing Street and the Senotaph. After a circular tour on the River Thames they arrived at the new Educational Centre in the Houses of Parliament. They visited the Royal Chamber where the Queen puts on the Imperial State Crown and her ceremonial robes before making her way to the House of Lords for the State Opening of Parliament, as well as the House of Commons and House of Lords chambers.

Following the tour the pupils took part in a one hour educational workshop on the topic of ‘making laws’. Our pupils were split into 2 opposing groups. The debate was quite lively and many of them were determined to have their say!

After the debate the MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, Mr. Gerald Jones, came to meet the pupils and the pupils were able to ask him about his work in Westminster.