On Monday 23rd March Mrs Padden took a group of 20 Year 12 Government and Politics A level students to London. They visited the UK Supreme Court, then went to Portcullis House and met Nadia who works for the Education Department in Parliament. (She arranged the Clyst Vale video link with Mr Speaker Bercow in January 2015.) Following this the students went to the House of Commons, watching the Speaker’s procession and two hours of debate. They heard Rt Hon Theresa May answer home affairs questions and the Prime Minister reporting to the House on his European Council of Ministers meeting. Finally the group moved on to Downing Street and met, by chance, Rt Hon Michael Gove.
A long day but all of the students learnt a great deal from the visits to Westminster and Whitehall.