A Hop Across the Pond for Sixth Formers

St Peter's School

A Hop Across the Pond for Sixth Formers


Pupils from St Peter’s Sixth Form flew out to Washington D.C. this half-term to explore the political heart of one of the most influential countries in the world.

Pupils visited Congress and the Supreme Court where they got a first-hand view of the place where the laws and legislations of the nation had been and are still passed. Exploring the National Mall the group saw where so many protests and rallies had taken place over the years. Some of the group got involved in their own political debates, where others had argued out their opinions and beliefs over the past two centuries.

As the trip is one half of an exchange visit with Walt Whitman High School, the pupils engaged with their American counterparts through politics classes and debates. As part of this, the pupils got to learn what life is like as an American citizen, their experiences of living under American politics and the differences between British and American policy making. In addition to political discussion, Walt Whitman High School invited the pupils from St Peter’s to watch some of the school’s competitive American football and soccer matches, getting them involved in all aspects of life as an American high school student.

Ben Fuller, Head of Politics at St Peter’s School said: “As the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. is the political heart of America. With American politics making up a key part of St Peter’s A-Level politics curriculum, the trip proved to be a valuable opportunity for our pupils to learn about its origins and history through to the present day. We look forward to welcoming students from Walt Whitman High School to visit St Peter’s in the New Year to complete the exchange trip.”