Year 12 Politics Trip

On 13th November, Year 12 A-level Politics students embarked on a journey to the epicentre of British democracy – the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court. The trip was an immersive experience, featuring a captivating exploration of the institutions that shape the nation’s governance – highlighted by our personally-guided tour by Croydon Central MP and former Old Palace student, Sarah Jones.

The day commenced at the historic Palace of Westminster, home to the iconic Houses of Parliament. As we walked through the corridors, we stepped back in time to the Tudors and Elizabethans, gaining insights into the UK’s complex political history and the intricate workings of its legislative process. We were expertly guided by Sarah Jones MP, who led us through the Commons and Lords chambers, providing a firsthand glimpse into the heart of parliamentary debates and decision-making. It was remarkable and inspiring to walk the halls that have and will shape British laws for centuries.

The visit to the Houses of Parliament was complemented by a Q&A session with Sarah Jones, who generously shared personal experiences and perspectives on life as an MP. This interactive session allowed us to gain valuable insights into the challenges and responsibilities of the representatives that the citizens of this country elect.

The second half of the day took us to the Supreme Court, where we delved into the realm of judicial authority. A guided tour through the courtrooms highlighted the significance of the highest legal authority in the land, emphasizing the principles of justice and the rule of law. After spending time in the Court’s interactive gallery, we all had a deeper understanding of the delicate balance between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.

The Year 12 A-level Politics trip to the British Parliament and the Supreme Court provided a tangible connection to the democratic foundations and legal intricacies that govern the United Kingdom. The experience not only enhanced our academic understanding but also inspired the next generation of political leaders and legal minds.