Children join sporting stars for Christmas party at No 10

In the party mood outside 10 Downing Street are pupils, from left - Jade Blenkinship, Amaron Dwyer, Nalini Barrett and Chloe Hulland. With them are Pippa Walker, Vincent Brittain and Stephen Tapley.

In the party mood outside 10 Downing Street are pupils, from left - Jade Blenkinship, Amaron Dwyer, Nalini Barrett and Chloe Hulland. With them are Pippa Walker, Vincent Brittain and Stephen Tapley.

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NOT many youngsters can say they had a kick-about in the back garden of 10 Downing Street, but four pupils of a Grantham school can.

They were chosen to represent Isaac Newton Primary School at a special Christmas party at the Prime Minister’s London home, where they made friends with sporting stars Mark Foster, Jason Gardener and Audley Harrison.

The Grantham primary school was one of only six schools from across the country invited to the party by the Secretary of State for culture, Olympics, media and sport Jeremey Hunt, in recognition of the opportunities it provides for children in PE and sport in lessons and after school.

The youngsters were joined by teacher Pippa Walker, headteacher Stephen Tapley and Vincent Brittain from school sport charity Inspire Plus.

Mrs Walker said: “SATs are important but it’s great when the importance of other areas of the curriculum are recognised.”

Mr Tapley added: “I think this is national recognition for all the schools and teachers in Grantham who go out of their way to provide the children in their care with the some of the best sporting opportunities in the country - and we got goodie bags.”

My Tapley went on to express his dismay at not crossing paths with Prime Minister David Cameron for a stern talking to on the subject of public sector pentions.

Mr Brittain described the day as “memorable” for the youngsters. He added: “It’s not every day you get to go to a party at No 10 Downing Street.”

The buzzing group was also given a guided tour of the Prime Minister’s home and the chance to meet some reindeer.