Colburn pupils celebrate end of primary school with London trip

Year 6 pupils at Colburn Community Primary School celebrated their SAT results and completing their primary education with a two-day trip to London.

The students stayed at a youth hostel in central London which they used as a base to experience the sights and sounds of the capital.

Pupils and staff visited the British Museum to explore all the periods of history that they had studied during key stage 2.

They had a tour of the Houses of Parliament to learn how the government makes decisions and they watched a performance of Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre, walking back to their hostel through the lively streets of Covent Garden and Leicester Square.

The school party was invited into Wellington Barracks to watch the practise of the changing of the guard, try on the uniform of the Irish Guards and meet the Irish Guards’ mascot Seamus, an Irish wolfhound.

Staff say the highlight of the trip was a visit to 10 Downing Street to meet Prime Minister and Richmond MP Rishi Sunak.

After photos on the doorstep of no 10, the school party was invited inside.

The children sat at the table in the Cabinet Room with Mr Sunak and asked and answered questions about the work of a Prime Minister.

The meeting with Mr Sunak was followed with a tour of three floors of no 10; pupils met Larry the resident cat, viewed paintings and photographs of every prime minister in British history and sat on chairs from 1730 when King George II gifted the house to Sir Robert Walpole.

Year 6 pupil Ella said: “I had the best time ever; it’s better to see something once than learn about it hundreds of times.”

Headteacher Yousef Abdo said: “The visit to London was made possible through many generous donations from local organisations.

“We thank them greatly for their continued support.

“For our children, the visit to the capital was an amazing opportunity to do and see many new and exciting things, from Westminster to the West End.

“The icing on the cake had to be meeting our local MP and Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak.”

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