County Councillor Naomi Tweddle, former student of St Peter and St Paul, was invited to be our Guest of Honour at Awards Evening last Summer. We really enjoyed listening to Naomi and hearing what she had achieved since leaving us. Following Awards Evening Naomi kindly invited the Student Council to visit the Guildhall in Lincoln.

The Student Council are often invited to visit places of interest in the County and I’m privileged to be able to go with them.

On Monday 24 April, Mr Wilkinson and I accompanied our students to the Guildhall. We were met by Mr Joe Cook the Mayors Officer. We spent an hour with Joe, who was extremely informative; explaining the role of the County Council, the Mayors duties, how the council is run and who is allowed access to the floor to speak. We were able to sit in the main Chamber while Joe gave us an historic account of the building. We were allowed to take photos and ask questions. Following this talk we were taken to the Robing Room where there were photographs of every Mayor and Sheriff that has served the City of Lincoln. We went down a flight of stairs into what appeared to be a cellar – which had originally been the Debtors Prison! This is where the Silver is kept, some of the pieces go back hundreds of years. We saw Charles 1st Mayors mace, and Richard 2nd Royal sword.   Historically, the Silver housed in the Guildhall has many famous attachments.

Due to examinations not all of the Student Council were able to come along, as this is an incredibly busy time in our academic calendar. However, we had representation from students studying Government and Politics and younger students who are part of the Core Council.

Joe Cook imparted vast amounts of information about the Guildhall, and how all the most important issues affecting Lincoln and the district are debated and discussed at council meetings for the benefit of residents and visitors to our beautiful city.

This visit was an invaluable education for our students and as usual their conduct was exemplary. They conducted themselves in a mature and polite manner at all times. They were a credit to the academy and themselves.

Liz Scumaci (Governor to the Student Council)