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On a glorious autumnal day in November, Years 10 & 11 GCSE Economics students embarked on an exciting trip to London where they visited The Bank of England Museum and the Houses of Parliament.

At the Bank of England Museum the students learnt all about fascinating history of the museum including some of the famous characters involved with the bank, and experienced some interactive displays including getting to lift a gold bar worth £22,000!

After the bank, it was onwards to the Houses of Parliament. This was a particularly exciting time to be visiting Parliament, as the students got to watch a debate on the controversial “Paradise Papers”, where there were many famous faces involved including Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn and Liberal Democrat Leader, Vince Cable.

Our students also got to experience the more sedate House of Lords, which was a stark contrast to the energy of the Parliament debate. The students then took part in a work shop on policy making and voting, which they really enjoyed and fully engaged in. Finally, we were joined by our local MP David Warburton for a Q&A session on lots of current topical issues.

The rapport between the students and David was excellent with both parties enjoying the lively debate. David has already arranged follow up sessions with the students at Frome College in the New Year – watch this space!

The students then returned to the coach after what had been an action packed day which they thoroughly enjoyed, and an experience which they will remember for the rest of their lives, particularly when they watch debates in Parliament on the news.

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