Politics Students had a treat last week when they headed up to London to see for themselves all that they had learnt about Parliament. The tour started in the Great Hall, the oldest part of the building and also the place where people such as King Charles 1st and Guy Fawkes were put to trial.

Their guide then took them on to the Central Lobby where most of the business between citizens and their MPs used to take place, and is also how the term ‘lobbyist’ came about. The tour proceeded to the House of Lords which the students felt was surprisingly small. There they saw the throne for the Queen when she opens Parliament. They then walked to the other side of Westminster to the House of Commons – a green version of the previous chamber, which led out to the Aye and No lobbies where it was explained about its importance not only as a way of physically registering the votes of MPs but also as a place where a lot of business is done between MPs.

There was also time for a spin on board the London Eye to see all of the key London landmarks through fortunate clear skies. A final stop at Trafalgar Square allowed a last soak up of the London atmosphere plus lunch. Pupil, Jamie McKay said: “It was an incredible trip and allowed us an insight in to the reality of where and how politics takes place in the UK.”