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Posted on: February 2nd 2018

Y12 Politics visit to the Supreme Court, 10 Downing Street and Parliament

On 1st February 2018, the year 12 Politics class journeyed to the Supreme Court, 10 Downing Street, and the Houses of Parliament. Having travelled over an hour to Victoria, we headed to Parliament Square, gawking at the buildings surrounding us once there. We entered the Supreme Court first, going through an airport style check - a common event throughout the day - before being allowed into the modern yet beautifully decorated building. We went into all 3 courts, witnessing a hearing, however briefly, between two independent companies on the validity of verbal agreements. We next moved on to 10 Downing Street after a short break. Flanked by armed guards we entered the home of the PM thoroughly enjoying the tour, made possible by Helen Alderton, an ex-Highworth student who now works as a policy adviser at No.10. We all seemed surprised by the sheer amount of silver, but the best part of the day was Larry the cat. Finally we went to the Houses of Parliament, first to the Lords, then to the Commons. In the Lords we were surrounded by the imposing figures of the Lords that forced the signing of the Magna Carta, and in the Commons we looked down upon the few members who had turned up for the minor debate on hospital car parking. Arguably the best parts of this were the stunning paintings outlining various events in British History. We had a short workshop afterwards where we debated the most important issues of the day, followed by a brief meeting with our MP, Damian Green, before heading home. 

Bradley Rolfe

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