A 10-year-old budding politician at a South Derbyshire school has received a personal letter from the Prime Minister.
Jack Creswell, who attends Belmont Primary School in Swadlincote, wrote a letter to David Cameron as part of the ‘Be the Best You Can Be’ project – and was delighted when he received one back.
The project encourages children to think about their aspirations for the future and includes inspirational speakers visiting the school to talk to pupils.
As part of the scheme, some students wrote letters to people they admire. They included Sebastian Coe, paralympian Ellie Simmonds and swimmer Ross Davenport.
Jack decided to write his leter to David Cameron – a fitting choice as Jack is Prime Minister of Belmont’s school parliament.
He was thrilled to be voted in by his fellow pupils.
He said: “I actually ran for two positions – Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.
“I didn’t think I would get Prime Minister so was really excited. All my mates jumped on me – it was really cool.”
With help from South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler, Jack’s letter reached David Cameron.
His reply congratulated Jack on his well-written letter and for his enthusiasm. It started “I write as one Prime Minster to another…”
In his role as head of the school parliament, Jack attends meetings in which pupils discuss any changes or improvements that could be made to the school, as well as accompanying visitors on tours and occasionally taking assemblies.
He said being Prime Minister is a job he would consider doing in the future.
Members of the school parliament also get involved in anti-bullying projects, eco community schemes and make suggestions for the curriculum such as reading books.
Jack said pupils will continue to write letters to inspirational people.
He added: “But I don’t think it will get any better than David Cameron!”