Students at Corby Glen’s Charles Read Academy visit the Houses of Parliament

Monday, February 12, 2018

Year 9 students from Corby Glen’s Charles Read Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, had the opportunity to meet with MP for Grantham and Stamford, Rt Hon Nick Boles, at the Houses of Parliament.

Mr Boles, who supported Charles Read Academy when the school faced closure before joining the Trust in 2013, spoke with students about why democracy is so important and gave an insight into his role as a Member of Parliament in Westminster and in the local community.

Students then had the chance to debate the role of their school within the local community and ask questions about the key issues that MPs face.

As part of the visit, students were also given an exclusive tour of Westminster Palace, the House of Lords and the House of Commons, where they found out more about the functions of the two houses, how voting takes place and how a government is formed. Students were also able to learn more about the history of Parliament and some of the previous Prime Ministers including Sir Winston Churchill and Grantham-born Margaret Thatcher.

Molly Greenhalgh, a Year 9 student at Charles Read Academy, said: “I really enjoyed the trip. I now know a lot more about why we have a Parliament, how it represents the people and how it maintains our freedom and democracy.”

Robert Sloan, Principal at Charles Read Academy, said: “Visits like this are so valuable for our students, helping them to shape their understanding and to learn about such a fundamental part of British society.

“This visit is just one of many outstanding learning experiences we offer as part of the David Ross Education Trust’s pioneering enrichment programme. Through these incredible opportunities, we inspire our students to be intellectually curious, interested in the broader community and world in which they live, and keen to absorb and embrace knowledge at every opportunity.”