House of Lords Visit

To celebrate the launch of the Historical Association Quality Mark for schools we were very pleased to accept an invitation to the House of Lords on Monday 2 February. As you will remember, the History department was assessed as part of the pilot scheme in October and we are proud to be the first secondary state school in the country to qualify for the award. Mr Burton and I were accompanied by Holly Clarke and Freya Thomson from Year 10.

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On arrival at the House of Lords, we had photos on the terrace and then an opportunity to mingle with a variety of influential guests. The girls were asked their opinion on the future of the new GCSE by the Head of the AQA History exam (who also apologised to them for the Controlled Assessment tasks!) They also chatted to Lord Guthrie about York. Douglas Hurd, Antonia Fraser, Al Murray and Baroness Shirley Williams were also among the guests.

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We were then lucky enough to be invited for a whistle stop tour of the parliament buildings, ending with a chance to watch the final part of a Commons debate on lowering the voting age to 16 – very topical! At the end of the debate, we were bustled out the back entrance as the house was just about to divide and we made it back to Kings Cross, just in time to catch the last train home. What a busy Monday evening!

Mrs Lingard, Joint Head of History