Eighteen students and two teachers from Sleaford Joint Sixth Form flew just before the holidays to France to visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The party spent two nights in a hotel in St Louis and on the first evening hopped over the border into Switzerland to see Basel’s Christmas light display and enjoy the evening market there.
The main event was a visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. As part of the tour, the students were able to witness a debate in the Plenary Chamber and took part in a question and answer session with Andrew Lewer, one of the five MEPs who represent the East Midlands.
In this discussion topics ranged from the Referendum and its impact on business to mental health and local government.
Year 13 student Ama Peters from St George’s Academy said: “It was an inspiring and informative visit and all students left with a better understanding of the Parliament and its functions.
“The students also enjoyed an afternoon of shopping around the famous Strasbourg Christmas Market, the opportunity to visit Strasbourg’s historical cathedral and some excellent local food.”
The students were grateful to Andrew Lewer MEP for giving them this opportunity.
The trip came just a few weeks after the Academy hosted a French language debating event involving other schools from the area, launched by guest speaker, East Midlands MEP Emma McLarkin.