Economists visit the City

By Reuben Thompson, 6.1

The first Friday in March was an early start for 6.1 economists who visited the City of London. Upon arrival at Société Générale, we were given three short presentations – the first one was based around France’s second largest bank as a whole, the next about the investment projects the bank funds and finally the way in which the bank helps the outside community. The next stop on our visit was the London Metal Exchange, which was one on the most ‘on edge’ places I have ever been to. One thing that really stuck me was the volume on the trading floor as professionals shouted at one another in order to communicate and also used hand signals to ensure communication was clear. The atmosphere was almost indescribable. Finally, we headed to The Bank of England where one of the museum’s managers gave an insight into just a few of the duties of the UK’s Central Bank, for example promoting and maintaining monetary and fiscal stability for a healthy economy. It was truly incredible to see economics in action!

Bedales School - Bank of Englad


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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