Budding Politicians and Legal Eagles Visit the Capital
Posted on 8th November 2017
In October, Hereford Sixth Form College’s budding politicians and legal eagles went off on the annual trip to London.
Something of a departmental tradition, the first day was devoted to parliament. Westminster is always an impressive place to visit and for most of our students it was special as it was their first visit. Assigned to two tour guides, students were taken to the Great Hall for a talk and then to the public galleries to see a debate in the Commons chamber. Afterwards, there was a specially designed parliamentary participation game, where students practiced their debating skills. In the evening, students went to the award winning musical Wicked in the West End.
Day two was dedicated to law. The first stop was a visit to the Old Bailey, where the tour guide (an ex journalist), took students down to ancient underground cells where prisoners awaited their fate. The eerie atmosphere brought home the real history of the criminal judicial system. The next hour was focused on current criminal law watching the summing up stages of a current trial. In the afternoon, students visited the Supreme Court and benefitted from a talk on its role today. Students sat in the chairs of the Supreme Court judges and couldn’t resist taking a few “selfies”.
Marco Martinelli, Tutor of Politics