On Monday 12th November, fifty-three Year 10 students travelled to London to visit the Houses of Parliament and meet our local MP Sir Oliver Letwin. When we arrived at Parliament students went on a tour to see both the Commons and Lords and they watched some fascinating debates. In the House of Commons, students watched a Minister from the Home Office answer an Urgent Question on Stop and Search and the methods that the police use when using this policing tool. In the House of Lords, students observed a debate on the European Union. Following this students visited the only original remaining part of Parliament, Westminster Hall which dates back to the 11th Century where numerous leading politicians from across the world have given speeches.
For the second part of their visit students took part in a workshop on representation and voting. Students had to come up with their own policies and have a mock election. Students came up with manifesto points including making the school day shorter and giving more money to the NHS.
Finally, Oliver Letwin came to answer a number of their questions. It was brilliant to see so many students ask questions about local issues focusing on the bus service and local housing. Cara Hatch asked a good question about West Dorset having enough jobs if the population kept increasing and Jacob Jobson asked about why the trick factory closed down as Oliver Letwin attended meetings linked to this. Oliver Letwin told Jacob to email him, as he would like to help support finding a new home for the trick factory.
A fantastic day was had by all of the students and I would like to give a special thank you to Mr Clifton and Mr Morse who came with us on the trip, the Education team from Parliament and Charlie from Bluebird Coaches.