Students from Abbey Gate College’s sixth form took an early train to London for a visit to Westminster and the Houses of Parliament.
After a brief stop at Downing Street the students negotiated the security at Portcullis House and enjoyed an audience with Stephen O’Brien, MP for Eddisbury.
Students quizzed him on issues ranging from backbench rebellions, the voting age and Conservative relations with their coalition partners, before grabbing another photo opportunity.
From there they walked through to Westminster Hall and toured both the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
After lunch in the Jubilee café, the students descended into the Cabinet War Rooms following a brief walk past the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Here the keen historians investigated Churchill’s enormously varied political life while the wannabe politicians picked up a sense of how business was done in these exceptional circumstances.
A final walk through St James’ Park to Buckingham Palace saw the group then squeeze into a Victoria Line tube train before heading back to Chester.
Head of history and government and politics, Mike Dickins, said: “It was fabulous for the students to see the buildings, locations and people who are discussed and studied in lessons, and our sixth formers were fantastically enthused and behaved throughout. I can’t thank them enough.
“Our huge thanks once again go to Stephen for making the time to see us.”