Axe Valley Community College Pupils get tour of Parliament!

On Thursday 17th July, ten ASPIRE students from the Axe Valley Community College embarked on an exciting trip to The Capital.  The ten students had taken part in the ASPIRE Law project run by the college in partnership with Exeter University for year 5 to year 13 ASPIRE students. 

The project ran from January to March and gave pupils an opportunity to learn about Law, gave them an insight into career opportunities and the chance to work with Law students and professors from the Law department at Exeter University.  Sixth Form Law students and practising lawyers worked alongside them during the event and a final celebration was held at Exeter University.  Ten of the students were picked out as highest achievers and they were treated to a special day in London.  MP Neil Parish invited the winners to a private tour of The House of Commons and drinks with him on the Terrace at the Palace of Westminster.  It was a magnificent day with the sun showing parliament at its best.  The ASPIRE students learnt a great deal about parliament history as they went on a private tour with Timothy Jenkins and were given the chance to watch a live debate from the gallery of The House of Lords. 

Mrs Slade, ASPIRE Co-ordinator at the College said, “This was an amazing opportunity for the prize winners, they were able to get a real feel of how parliament works whilst watching the live debate, the students really appreciated the tour and being able to ask our local MP, Neil Parish questions and talk about current issues that affect them.”