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Watch: Adcote pupils become new school rulers

Shrewsbury | News | Published:

Order! Order! Girls from a school became a law to themselves for the day as they donned all the trappings of legislative office.

Nicky Candler, deputy head of lower school at Adcote School for Girls near Shrewsbury, entered a lottery last term for a temporary loan of a parliamentary box to share with the girls as part of their citizenship curriculum.

And it arrived at the school with various props and goodies – a cloth backdrop of the House of Lords and the House of Commons, the speaker's official black robe, a clerk's wig, a bill, despatch box, ceremonial mace, and division bell.

"The loan box is a wonderful opportunity to handle a range of parliamentary objects which are so important to our democracy," said Mrs Candler.

"The girls are very excited to wear the wig and gown of the speaker of the House of Commons and to use that famous gavel to call order to school proceedings."

Mrs Candler also intends the box should play a role in the launch of a brand new debating club at Adcote.

The girls at the school near Baschurch study Parliament, The Queen and the law in the new citizenship scheme.

The loan box is a free teaching resource for schools provided through Parliament's education service.

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