On Thursday, February 5, Victoria Spires in Year eight and Harrison Layden-Fritz in Year nine travelled to Leeds with Calder Valley Conservative MP Craig Whittaker to attend a political event hosted by the Chancellor and Prime Minister.
The day began in style, as Victoria and Harrison accompanied Mr Whittaker and his campaign manager Scott Benton in the MP’s car.
Upon arrival in Leeds, Victoria and Harrison were introduced to Mr Whittaker’s team.
The group then proceeded inside the venue and were each given a security pass, allowing them privileged access inside the event. The atmosphere was electric and the hall was bursting with national press and political commentators.
Security was high as Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne were both hosting the event.
The political briefing was arranged to announce the long-term economic plan for the North of England. Every word was closely monitored by members of the press.
After an articulate and informative 45-minute speech from both Mr Cameron and Mr Osborne, the group proceeded into the meet and greet room.
Mr Whittaker, Mr Benton and his campaign team were magnificent with the students, giving them lots of information and guiding them throughout the visit.
Once the room was full with the media, politicians, businessmen and invited members of the public, the Prime Minister and Chancellor emerged and began to talk to individual groups.
As they were standing chatting, Mr Osborne approached Harrison and Victoria and enquired about the Hipperholme School house badges.
The Chancellor was very pleasant and engaging, revealing that he had been the vice captain of his house when he was at school - just like Harrison.
A few moments later the Prime Minister himself approached and introduced himself to the students.
Harrison and Victoria were actually chatting with the PM - what an immense privilege.
They continued their conversation with Mr Osborne and Mr Cameron. If the Chancellor and PM were not familiar with Hipperholme Grammar School before the event, they certainly were afterwards.
After ensuring that Victoria and Harrison had their photograph taken with Mr Cameron and Mr Osborne, Mr Whittaker and the students were driven back to school.
Back at school, Mr Whittaker sat down to a delicious buffet lunch with Harrison, Victoria and a group of other excited students. The students then joined Mr Whittaker in a question and answer session.
After lively and enjoyable discussions, Harrison and Victoria bid farewell to Mr Whittaker, thanking him for such a memorable experience and magnificent opportunity.
It had been a truly unforgettable day.