AS Politics visit to Parliament Buildings, Stormont

On Wednesday 20th November Grosvenor’s AS Politics students, accompanied by their teacher Mr Elliott, made the short trip to Parliament Buildings, Stormont where they received the opportunity to speak with a range of important figures within or related to the Northern Ireland Assembly.    

During a busy but worthwhile morning the group were given the opportunity firstly to listen to a Committee Clerk who provided an overview of the role of the Assembly’s various Committees; statutory, standing and ad hoc, before Alliance Party MLA for East Belfast Judith Cochrane took time to speak to the group, providing particular encouragement to those girls in attendance and expressing her hope that some would potentially progress to increase the numbers of females at Stormont.

Following this Sinn Fein sent along one of their press officers, Dale Moore, who answered a broad range of questions - especially on the party’s education policies while the DUP’s Mervyn Storey left his position as Chair of the Education Committee to answer questions, again on the theme of education.

Michael Copeland of the UUP was next to be put on the spot and he was followed by the Green Party’s candidate for the European elections, Ross Brown, who kindly delivered a party political broadcast on behalf of his party. 

Following participation from each of the aforementioned, the group was then offered the chance to enter the Assembly Chamber where so much of the Assembly’s day-to-day business takes place.

In all the morning proved highly worthwhile and will only serve to help the School’s AS students in their understanding of local politics - particular thanks  to the Education Service at Stormont’s Marina McConville for offering this opportunity and organising such an interesting programme of events.