Students from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College visited the seat of the British Government and walked the corridors of power on a visit to Westminster during which they learnt about democracy and voting.

Thirty students from Year 7 and Year 8 travelled to London where they visited Parliament’s Education Centre and took part in an engaging, and interactive, workshop which taught them about democracy, representation and voting. The students also had opportunity to tour the Parliament building during which they viewed live debates, from the public gallery, in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

While in the capital city the students took the opportunity to take in some of the city’s sights, and also visited the Imperial War Museum’s Churchill War Rooms which were used as the Government’s base in the Second World War.

Achievement Leader, Dan Phelan, said “The students really enjoyed seeing the debates taking place and by chance education funding was the topic being debated in the House of Commons. Afterwards it was great to hear the students asking questions about the workings of Parliament and seeing them engage in the democracy workshop.”

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said “Trips such as this bring our work around British Values to life. Many young people, indeed many adults, do not understand the workings of Parliament, therefore opportunities such as this give our students an insight and greater understanding.”