GCSE Politics Trip

On Tuesday 12th December Grosvenor’s Year Eleven GCSE Politics students made the short journey to Parliament Buildings, Stormont, where they enjoyed a series of activities designed to facilitate their understanding of Northern Irish Politics.

The day began as the GGS contingent bumped into Assembly speaker Robin Newton in the main lobby, before receiving a tour of the Assembly chamber where pupils took part in a debate concerning the right to vote at the age of sixteen - the motion being unanimously passed 11-0. 

Following this the pupils got the chance to walk through the voting lobbies, as MLAs themselves do, before heading upstairs where a committee clerk spoke informatively about reservoirs as well as her work in the Agriculture Department (DERA). 

Finally the students enjoyed an extremely worthwhile Q&A session with three MLAs: Chris Lyttle (Alliance) Stephen Agnew (Green) and former GGS pupil Joanne Bunting (DUP) before heading back to school following what had proven a most enjoyable and worthwhile excursion, helping to bring to life much of what they study, during class, as part of their GCSE specification.

Many thanks to everybody at Stormont who facilitated this most enjoyable trip, as well as GGS Teacher in Charge of Politics Mrs Lander who organised the entire event as well as accompanying the pupils on the day.

We now look forward to this experience contributing to some excellent results come the culmination of the pupils’ GCSE course at the end of year twelve. 

Grosvenor's GCSE Politics students on the famous main staircase at Stormont during their trip to Parliament Buildings on Tuesday 12th December.