Pupils take up invitation to Parliament

Baroness of Calow with the pupils from Calow Primary School on their visit to Parliament.
Baroness of Calow with the pupils from Calow Primary School on their visit to Parliament.

Pupils from a north Derbyshire were special guests of a baroness when they spent a day in Parliament.

Baroness Richardson, who has a close association with Calow Primary School, spent time with the school’s Year 6 pupils to give them an insight into the workings of Government.

The children were welcomed by the baroness in the Great Hall, where she told them stories of events that had happened there of significant historical importance such as the trial of the Gunpowder Plot conspirators and the trial of King Charles I.

The group then went to the House of Lords to listen to debate there, before going to the House of Commons to hear their debate.

The children then had time with those from Parliament who have a close link with the local community including Bishop Alistair of Derby, Natascha Engel (MP for North East Derbyshire) and Toby Perkins (MP for Chesterfield).

Headteacher Martin Thacker said, “This was a very special visit to Parliament that included representatives from both sides of the House. It was exciting as a Church School to catch up with the Bishop of Derby in the Lords, as well as having time with elected members from the locality.

“We are so fortunate to have Baroness Richardson take such a keen interest in our school.”