As soon as the children arrived at the Houses of Parliament they were taken on a tour and were able to sit in the galleries of both the House of Lords and House of Commons and watch debate at the highest level. A few lucky children in the Central Lobby managed to see Boris Johnson rusb by surrounded by a very large entourage! Following this the children had an Election Workshop which showed the children how democracy works, what manifestos are, how people vote in their constituencies etc. A wonderful experience and one that won't be forgotten.
After lunch and a short walk in front of Parliament the children arrived at the architecturally extraordinary Westminster Abbey. Class 5 have been studying Charles Darwin and Evolution and so the children were able to view Darwin's grave as well as those of many, many other very famous people, Sir Isaac Newton, Queen Elizabeth I, Henry VII, Charles Dickens to name but a few.
A long journey home was broken up by a stop off at Fleet Services and, with the help of one wonderful security guard, the coach was able to park (remember the recent fire?) and the children could go and grab something to eat.
A very big thank you to all the pupils of The Levels Academy Trust - you all behaved beautifully and were a delight to be with, to Berry's coaches for having such brilliant and amusing drivers, to the staff at the Houses of Parliament who were very accommodating, to the aforementioned security guard and finally to the verger at Westminster Abbey, who despite it not being his job, took a lot of time out of getting ready for a service to talk to the children.
A brilliant day!