14 students attended the National Finals of the Dame Kelly Holmes Project in London on Monday 23rd January 2017. After a long trip starting of at 0500 the team arrived in time at the Crowne Plaza City hotel. John Whitgift Academy had a team of 8 students in the final who were outstanding in their presentation to a selected board of judges. Also tweeting about the event were MP Melanie Onn and Dame Kelly Holmes.
The judges raised questions and thanked the team for all their effort with their community idea. The group along with 3 other schools taken from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales with have their ideas implemented onto a National Program that the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust with run throughout the UK before 2020.
The final event of the day was to meet with MP Melanie Onn at the Houses of Parliament and to have a guided tour. This also resulted in the group having the opportunity to observe ministers questions from the balcony within Parliament.
Finally the students were shown Downing Street, Horse guards parade, Buckingham Palace and the Cenotaph and the Globe theatre.
All the students were fantastic and it was a pleasure to taken them on a such a wonderful opportunity.