Parliament's brand new Education Centre, opened officially by Professor Brian Cox in July 2015, is a world-class education facility that inspires and connects young people with Parliament and democracy. It makes use of creative and immersive technology to create a unique learning experience that generates a sense of anticipation in groups entering the space, and from which groups depart feeling inspired and excited about their Parliament.
Towcester C of E Primary School, which has gone from strength to strength under the excellent headship of Richard Camp, visited the Education Centre late last month. From all accounts, the students and staff had a wonderful time and left Parliament highly recommending the experience.
Jo Brown, Deputy Head, said of the trip:
"On Wednesday 28th September, Year 6 students from Towcester C of E Primary School took the train up to London to visit the Houses of Parliament. There, they had a tour of the Palace visiting the Queen's Robing Room, the Royal Gallery, the House of Lords, the House of Commons and Westminster Hall.
"They had two guides who were brilliant at explaining all the different rituals and processes that make our society democratic.
"The children enjoyed looking at the ornate rooms and paintings and finding out about the history of the building and parliament itself. After the tour, the children took part in a workshop where the children explored statements and made a stand for what they believed and why.
The motto of the Education Centre is 'Parliament is relevant, Parliament is yours and Parliament is evolving'. These elements were clear to us on our visit. It was a truly fantastic and memorable experience and the children enjoyed the opportunity."
I would encourage any school in South Northamptonshire who would like to visit the Education Centre to get in touch with my Constituency Office Manager, Hilary Edwards, on 01327 353 124 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and she would be happy to help you arrange this.