Students see through ‘law’ on cycle helmets

Shoreham Academy's school council in the committee room at the Houses of Parliament
Shoreham Academy's school council in the committee room at the Houses of Parliament

SHOREHAM Academy students had a first-hand experience of Government when they visited the Houses of Parliament.

A group of 29 school council members saw inside Westminster Palace and took part in a workshop on making laws during the day.

School councillor Bonny Hazelwood said the trip was made even more adventurous when they became caught up with hundreds of Ghurkha veterans marching on Downing Street to demand equal rights.

During the visit, the students watched a live debate in the House of Commons, went inside the House of Lords and visited the Great Hall, the oldest building in the Houses of Parliament.

Bonny said: “This was followed by a lively interactive debate on how laws are made in the UK.

“Students were asked to think of a law that they would like to see introduced in the UK.

“Some of the ideas included banning homework, and making the school day longer but extending school holidays in exchange.”

Aiden Miles was made Prime Minister after making an excellent contribution to the discussion and was allowed to don a bowler hat for the rest of the session.

The group chose to see through a ‘law’ to make cycle helmets compulsory.

They completed all the required stages of a real law, including debating, voting, readings and amendments.