Students have a capital time

Cambo school trip to London.'Sir Alan Beith with the schoolchildren.
Cambo school trip to London.'Sir Alan Beith with the schoolchildren.
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SCHOOLCHILDREN loved every minute of their big city experience – and they even got to make their own law.

A range of activities and sight-seeing were packed into Cambo First School’s three-day trip to London, which was paid for after months of fund-raising.

This included going on the London Eye, watching a performance of War Horse at the theatre, receiving a guided tour around the House of Commons and the House of Lords, visiting the British Museum and looking at locations of interest on both land and water in an amphibious vehicle (known as a Duck Tour).

The main reason for going to the capital was to develop the school’s Citizenship curriculum and a few days before they went down there, the MP who covers Cambo – Sir Alan Beith – popped in to speak to the pupils about his position and his roles in Parliament.

Headteacher Paula Cummings said: “We all had a fabulous time and the trip was life-changing for a lot of our children. Some of the adults were as excited as the pupils because they had never been to London before.

“We packed in as much as we could to make the most of the opportunity and enjoyed all the activities. They found the Houses of Parliament very interesting, they really enjoyed the theatre show and going into the water on the Duck Tour was exciting.

“They had lots of great memories to take from it, even the little funny things such as when the bus got stuck down a narrow lane. In saying that, our driver was fantastic during the three days and the facilities were fabulous.

“We’re grateful to Sir Alan for coming in to see us. He told us what to look out for in the Houses of Parliament and the pupils listened intently to his talk.”

After the tour of the Commons and Lords, the group were taken to a special room and an education officer led a workshop about developing a law.

The children won the vote to have a four-day week and a three-day weekend, much to their delight.