Palgrave Primary pupils visit 10 Downing Street

Pupils from the Federation of Gislingham and Palgrave Primary Schools had an unexpected treat during a recent trip to London – the chance to stand outside 10 Downing Street.

The children were in the capital to visit the Houses of Parliament when they were invited through the security gates at the top end of Downing Street and offered the rare privilege of posing in front of the Prime Minister's official residence. A policeman also gave them a talk on interesting facts about all the buildings in Downing Street.

Earlier in the day the Year 5 and 6 students toured the House of Commons and the House of Lords, in a visit arranged by local MP Dan Poulter. The tour included the debating chambers of both houses, the royal rooms where Her Majesty the Queen prepares for the State Opening of Parliament, and numerous historical paintings and statues.

After the visit to the Houses of Parliament, the children were taken on foot for a brief sightseeing excursion that encompassed the Cenotaph, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Admiralty Arch, the Mall and Buckingham Palace.

Headteacher Andrew Berry, said: 'Trips such as this are not only educational, but also broaden the children's experience of the world in general. Our invitation to stand outside Number 10 Downing Street is an experience I think we will all remember for a very long time.'

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