A visit to the Houses of Parliament
On Wednesday 27 April, students in Years 10, 12 and 13 had the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament and were also able to meet their MPs in Westminster Hall.
Westminster City School and Sixth Form students were hosted by the Sergeant at Arms, Ugbana Oyet who is also a governor at Westminster City School. Ugbana reminded students of the plethora of jobs that are available at Parliament, varying from engineers working on lighting, ICT experts and culinary ‘superstars’ in the kitchens.
Those in attendance were given the chance to have a tour of the Palace of Westminster, as a result, they were able to discover lots of interesting facts about the background and history of the buildings.
The experience continued as they visited the House of Lords, which is currently being prepared for the Queen’s visit where she will formally open Parliament and deliver her speech on Tuesday 10 May 2022.
Ms Slater, Head of History at Westminster City School who arranged for the visit to the Hosues of Parliament said:
“At the end of the trip, we were able to see our Sergeant at Arms, Ugbana, in his element, leading the procession of the speaker into the House of Commons for Prime Ministers Questions. Hopefully on our next visit we will be able to go into the House of Commons to listen to some of the debates!
“This was a fantastic opportunity for students to have such an intuitive experience that they can reflect on and gain further knowledge about how MPs and Parliament work.”