Category Archives: GCSE

Digital Surgery with Andy Burnham

Last week GCSE Citizenship students took part in a Digital Surgery with Andy Burnham. Students were able to question him about his target to end rough sleeping by 2020. They explored the topics of sustainability and how to make Manchester more environmentally friendly. Our students joined force with students from across Manchester to explore issues that affect young people. This was a fantastic opportunity to have a conversation with a high profile politician. Andy explored his journey into politics and gave our students exciting ways to get involved in politics.

Houses of Parliament Trip


Houses of Parliament tripThe first day back after the Christmas Holiday’s saw the Year 11 and year 10 GCSE Citizenship classes go down to London for the annual Houses of Parliament and Supreme Court trip. The day was full on and busy, however incredibly informative and lots of what we learnt linked to the GCSE course. The tours and workshops linked to our learning in Theme B and Theme C. A highlight was watching both the House of Commons and the House of Lords in session. The debates were relevant and some heated exchanges were made, we really saw democracy in action.

After a long day we walked from Westminster to Euston taking in more of the wonderful London sights including Downing Street and Trafalgar Square.

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Explore the key highlights from conference season

Want to know the key headlines from each political party conference as the conference season draws to a close. Did that cough distract you. Find out more here about all the different party happenings.

Shadowing an MP – Year 10 student

AGGS Mock Election Results

Apologies for the delay in these being published… Please see below our AGGS Mock Election results:

Labour: 365 – 46% of the vote

Conservatives: 183 -23% of the vote

Lib Dems: 100- 13% of the vote

Greens: 121 – 15% of the vote

UKIP – 29 – 4% of the vote

AGGS winning party is LABOUR

 Total number of votes cast: 798 which is a 77% turnout

Houses of Parliament Visit

GCSE visit to PHM & Crown Courts


On Friday the 7th October, the GCSE Citizenship students went on a trip to Manchester. While we were there, went first to the People’s history museum. We learnt about the Suffragette movement and how women gained the vote by watching a drama performance of a lady called Hannah Mitchell. Hannah Mitchell, a self-educated Socialist and suffragette, was born in Derbyshire. Later, she served on Manchester City Council. The Hard Way Up, her autobiography, is seen as a classic account of life by a working class woman. We then did a range of activities such as debating how to get equal rights in education for girls and boys and learnt about different methods of protest. Some even suggested kidnapping a teacher!

In the afternoon, after eating a foot long at Subway, we visited the Crown Courts. We were taught of the different positions in a case and even rein acted one in court 16. This linked to what we learnt in the People’s history museum as two suffragettes, Christabel Pankhurst and Annie Kenney, were on trial in our case. We even tried on judge’s wigs and robes! After a long, exciting day, we got the tram back to Altrincham.

Overall, our day in Manchester was fun and informative. Some highlights were:

  • Getting involved it the dramatic performance.
  • Looking round the museum at all the exhibitions
  • Dressing up as judges
  • Shouting at our peers in court!
  • Safa falling asleep standing up on the tram back

We all enjoyed the trip and are looking forward to our trip to the Houses of Parliament next year.


By Ariella Basger and Lizzie Poyner in 10-4

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