Students given insiders' view of our parliament
POLITICS students were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the Houses of Parliament by one of the country's most influential statesmen.
A class of 13 teenagers from Therfield School were guided around the building by Lord Hutton, a former Labour MP and defence secretary.
The AS-level government and politics students were shown – and told about – the House of Commons, the House of Lords, Westminster Hall and the Queen's Robing Room.
Year 12 student Amelia Woodhouse said: "It was a great and memorable experience to hear from someone who has been so influential in our political system.
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"The trip was highly beneficial to my education, especially as I have spent the last year learning about it."
She added: "It's completely opened my eyes to the UK political system and how it all works."
Students were also shown the Royal Gallery, which includes paintings of former monarchs, and the Member's Lobby, which contains a famous statue of Sir Winston Churchill.
Lord Hutton then held a question and answer session, where he talked about his time as a cabinet member for Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and shared his views on the current coalition.
Speaking after the tour on June 25, Therfield's head of history David Ridsdale said: "This was an invaluable experience for the students, learning within a classroom environment about our political system and then having the opportunity to see it for themselves.
"To speak with Lord Hutton, who had a massive impact on our system during his years in government, was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, which the students clearly relished."
He added: "This was a great opportunity to see first-hand where decisions are made that have an impact on them and their country."