Academy kids see the sights in Westminster

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Youngsters were treated to a special visit around the buildings where the country’s leaders make the big decisions and took in the sights of London.

Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker invited the Year Six class from St John’s Primary Academy to take a tour around the House of Commons and got to stand outside 10 Downing Street.

Headteacher Helen Lever said the visit has been two years in the making after the MP came to the Clifton school for a question and answer session when the class was in Year Four.

“It has taken a long time to come about but it has really been worth it. Everybody was really helpful and it was an amazing experience.

“Mr Whittaker really connected with this particular class and has been in touch with them ever since.

“The kids feel like they know him and for him to do this and meet us made it more special for them.

“It really got the children thinking that it is somewhere they would like to work in the future.”

The pupils were up bright and early to catch the Grand Central train to London at 7.20am.

When they arrived they were taught about the history of democracy and how it started and were then shown round the House of Commons.

Mr Whittaker met up with the class and showed them around the secret passages around Big Ben before answering their questions.

The pupils have been working on writing letters to the Prime Minister David Cameron and were given permission to stand outside the famous black door and have their picture taken.

They then took a cruise along the River Thames and got to see the famous sights in London illuminated before returning home.