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Matilda from Norfolk interviews the Prime Minister

North Walsham's Matilda with Mr Brown

Downing Street assignment for pupils

Two rookie reporters from North Walsham High School have achieved the ambition of many top journalists by being granted exclusive access to interview Prime Minister Gordon Brown inside Downing Street for BBC School Report.

A pair of reporters from North Walsham High School have been dispatched from the classroom to Downing Street for their biggest ever assignment: to put their probing questions to the Prime Minister.

Matilda and Kieran in maroon jackets with Mr Brown

Matilda and Kieran in maroon jackets with Mr Brown

Matilda and Kieran, from the north Norfolk school, have earned the envy of the world's top political journalists after they were given special access to Gordon Brown for BBC School Report.

The two pupils caught the train to London and were whisked into the cabinet room inside Number 10 Downing Street for a personal audience with the country's leader.

Deadline day

Matilda and Kieran met Mr Brown to ask him two questions about issues close to their hearts, two days ahead of filing their articles for the BBC School Report News Day on Thursday, 13 March, 2008.

Putting a brave face on their nerves, Matilda questioned the Prime Minister on nuclear power, while Kieran took the opportunity to ask about a possible new law to make students stay at school until they're 18 years old.

In his subsequent report Kieran described what it was like to tread inside Downing Street - normally the preserve of respected political journalists.

"When he arrived he was very friendly," said Kieran.

"He is a very nice and confident man who answered all the questions that we asked positively and very clearly.

"He also gave us a copy of his book Courage which he signed.

"After interviewing Gordon Brown in person I can say that it has completely changed the way I see him," he added.

Political balance

Pupils from three schools in the east took their turn to interview Gordon Brown, while budding journalists from other parts of the country met Conservative leader David Cameron and new Liberal Democrat boss Nick Clegg.

The interviews with the politicians have been published on bbc.co.uk/schoolreport - with North Walsham High just one of 250 schools nationwide taking part in the scheme.

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