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Members of our School Council and Rights Respecting Schools group visit the Houses of Parliament
On Wednesday 3rd February four pupils from Key Stage 4 visited the Houses of Parliament with Mrs Strudley and Mr McKay.
Grace, Stephen, Ed and James are all members of either the School Council or Rights Respecting Schools Award group.
We would like to thank Alok Sharma MP and Great Western Railway for the kind donation of tickets to allow the pupils to travel to London to meet Alok and have a personal tour of The Houses of Parliament.
We travelled to London by train, and were lucky enough to go in First Class! On arriving at Paddington, the group then travelled by underground train to get to Westminster – we went up and down 15 escalators in total!
We had a tour around Parliament from John who told us lots of really interesting things about the building, we saw the angels on the roof of Westminster Hall, lots of statues of former Prime Ministers, heard about all the famous people who come to the Houses of Parliament to speak to the Houses of Commons and Lords, and we saw the stairs that the Queen uses when she comes to open Parliament. We went into the Queen’s Robing Room which has real gold on the walls and the ceilings before going into the House of Lords. We were shown the Queen’s throne where she sits when she opens Parliament and heard about all the different people who sit in the Lords.
We could not go into the House of Commons because it was Prime Minister’s questions, but it was really busy with lots of MPs going in and out of the House of Commons.
Later on we met Alok Sharma, the MP for Reading West. We had some photographs taken with him, before we went into Portcullis House to talk to him about being an MP. He spent lots of time telling us all about his job and answering our questions. It was really interesting to find out about what an MP does during the week; it sounded like lots of hard work.