Sixth Form Visit to Downing Street
The last day of the winter term saw year 12 and year 13 A level Politics students take a tour around 10 Downing Street followed by a careers talk in the cabinet office on how to enter the civil service. Students and teachers alike were incredibly excited to go inside such an iconic and important political building. The first task was, of course, to get pictures outside the infamous door which has seen three Prime Minsters come through in the last year. We then received a private tour into the cabinet meeting room, through to the press room in which the COVID briefings took place. Students sat in the chairs which global leaders like Barak Obama have been received, it was altogether a once in a life time opportunity. The tour was followed by a breakfast meeting in which students learnt about the specifics of the work of the government. The morning finished with a fantastic careers talk in which a range of people who work at different levels of the cabinet’s communication team shared about their roles and how they got into their positions. Students were able to learn about the different pathways into the civil service and ask questions about how they can stand out in applications. Altogether the experience really was a once in a life time opportunity. We are very grateful to Alex Aiken, Director of Communications at the Cabinet office for helping us organise this visit.