Students impress Prime Minister

Westleigh High School head teacher John Banks with Year 8 pupils and some of the artwork which prompted a congratulatory letter from Prime Minister David Cameron

Westleigh High School head teacher John Banks with Year 8 pupils and some of the artwork which prompted a congratulatory letter from Prime Minister David Cameron

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PUPILS received a letter from the Prime Minister after impressing him with their passion for getting children the best education.

The pupils at Westleigh High School designed a series of artworks about the ideal teacher.

This was done as part of the Send my Friend to School campaign, which highlights the struggles of millions of poor and disadvantaged children around the world to access classrooms and learning.

The year eight pupils’ work, which also included colourful paper cut-outs of teachers, made its way to Downing Street after it made a big impression on Leigh MP and Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham, who passed it on to the other side of the House of Commons.

The project left PM David Cameron equally impressed, and he wrote the pupils a letter thanking them for their enthusiasm for the issue of education across the globe and promising them the Government would act to ensure young people were able to go to school.

In the letter, Mr Cameron said: “I would like to assure you that we are working hard, with others, to deliver a better future for every child on our planet.”

Westleigh head teacher John Banks said he was pleased the pupils’ efforts had impressed the PM.

He said: “The lack of education is a serious issue and by highlighting it, it may inspire some of our students to consider teaching as a future career.”