Sheffield pupils gain peek into heart of power at No 10

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Pupils from two Sheffield schools had a day to remember when they were invited to 10 Downing Street by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

The four 14 and 15-year-olds from King Edward VII School and Firth Park Academy were all winners of the Inspiring Youth Awards scheme run by South Yorkshire Police.

The day in the capital also took in a visit to the Houses of Parliament.

Inside Downing Street the students were able to see first hand how Government works and they were given the opportunity to sit around the cabinet table - in the same seats used by the Prime Minister and foreign heads of state.

Alireza Fadayevatan from King Edward VII said the visit was ‘humbling but allowing priceless memories to take away’.

Naima Kohar from Firth Park and Sandra Koroma from King Edward VII’s verdict was: “It was amazing and a once in a lifetime experience.”

Omar Mafoof from King Edward VII said: “It just shows that hard work does pay and can get you far in life. The whole trip was unbelievable.”

Rosie Gray, Mr Clegg’s assistant, organised the visit while officers and volunteers from the SYP Inspiring Youth Team chaperoned the four students during their day out.

The Inspiring Youth Award is a developmental programme run by South Yorkshire Police in partnership with schools in Sheffield and Rotherham.

It aims to development the potential in young people to perform better in school, at home and in their own community.