Seventeen girls from Upton Court Grammar School attended a workshop about law and debating at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 5 February. The visit was part of a wider project aimed at motivating academically gifted girls to transcend gender barriers that still exist in modern Britain, and aim for future careers suitable to their ability.
The tour of the Houses of Parliament including visiting a statue to which members of the Suffragette movement chained themselves to in protest of inequality in voting rights for women in 1918, and viewing art portraying the legislations they influenced.
The students observed MPs debating Brexit issues, as well as Lords discussing about women in politics, which spurred interest in a workshop to debate closing the gender pay gap.
The visit was part of a more able girls’ project being run across all schools in the Pioneer Educational Trust.
Head of Upton Court Grammar School, Mark Pritchard, said “At Upton Court Grammar School we aim to give all students the necessary access and exposure to people and experiences that will inspire them and help them to fulfil their aspirations. I am incredibly proud that our school is part of this pioneering project that aims to empower young women. These students are a credit to our school and, I am certain, will be tomorrow’s leaders.”
Image attached: Upton Court Grammar School students inside the Palace of Westminster, Houses of Parliament, London.