East Ham MP gives pupils insight into world of politics

St Bonaventure's pupils outside the Houses of Parliament. Picture: St Bonaventure's

St Bonaventure's pupils outside the Houses of Parliament. Picture: St Bonaventure's - Credit: St Bonaventure's

While most pupils put their feet up over February half term, ten students took a trip to Parliament.

The MP for East Ham’s politics school offered just 10 students the chance to learn all about the world of democracy and politics.

The lucky few, who had applied to the week-long placement before Christmas, visited the Palace of Westminster and worked on policies including Brexit.

Other stops included Silvertown’s Tate and Lyle factory and a meeting with the CEO of Westfield Stratford City shopping mall.

“This enrichment opportunity will really help our students focus their learning plus they will have gained excellent skills that they can utilise their whole lives,” said Wayne Templeman, sixth form director of St Bonaventure’s.


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The Catholic school in Boleyn Road, Forest Gate, had two Year 12 students taking part in the scheme: Jamie Halliwell and Brendan Smith.

Both described their insight into the life of an MP as “really engrossing”.

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