Sixth Formers Explore London's Politics

St Peter's School

Sixth Formers Explore London's Politics

Westminster

Lower Sixth From Politics pupils took in all the elements of our political system on a busy day in London.

The pupils started their trip outside the Tower of London, home of the Crown Jewels, before crossing Tower Bridge to visit Norman Foster’s stunning new City Hall, seat of the London devolved government under Mayor Sadiq Khan and the Greater London Assembly. After lunch at Borough Market, they crossed to Westminster to tour the Supreme Court Building. Will, one of the pupils, particularly enjoyed the Supreme Court: “Not many people have visited it and I even got to try out the President’s Chair in one of the Courtrooms!”

Next, the group walked up Downing Street. Outgoing Prime Minister, Theresa May, was in Japan for the G20 but Larry the Downing Street cat and his Foreign Office rival, Palmerston, were both there to greet them. “Downing Street looked more ordinary than I expected from the front, but when we walked around the back to Horse Guards we got more of a sense as to how big and impressive it is” commented India.

Finally, the Lower Sixth Formers enjoyed an access all areas tour of Parliament. “It was good to actually stand in the House of Commons Chamber – I was surprised as to how small it was.” said Tom.

Many thanks to Ben Fuller for this Report