Pupils from Ealing’s Insights School and Skills Academy were among 1,942 pupils from across the country to visit Buckingham Palace as part of its first ever schools week which took place between 25 September 2023 and 29 September 2023.
The independent West Ealing school which supports children with special educational needs, saw State Rooms of Buckingham Palace, the Royal Mews, and The Queen’s Gallery, London. They were among the last members of the public to visit Buckingham Palace which is now closed to public visitors until summer 2024.
The special tours saw young people aged between four and 18 take part and a tour to themselves to discover all about Coronations from the past to King Charles III in May. The pupils had an opportunity to see paintings from the Royal Collection as well as getting up close to seeing the robes and historic items used in the Coronation of Their Majesties.
Marcel, 16, a pupil at Insights School and Skills Academy said: “I loved my experience at Buckingham Palace – it was such a privilege and honour to walk through the same halls as the Royal Family. It was very engaging and interesting, and I learnt plenty about the history of the monarchy and much more. I am so grateful.”
Other highlights of the tour included seeing objects on display in the State Rooms, including the Throne Room, the Blue Drawing Room and the Music Room where they took part in creative writing sessions.
Will Graham, learning manager at Royal Collection Trust said: “Although school groups have visited Buckingham Palace for many years, we have never had the opportunity to have school pupils in on their own before, so having the State Rooms to themselves has been a real treat.”
Mr Graham added: “We were keen to give the kids a truly memorable and educational experience. It has been fantastic having so many children visit and be immersed in the rich history of Buckingham Palace.”
Barbara Quartey MBE, founder and executive director of Insights School and Skills Academy said: “We truly value the privilege of being able to bring our students who have a range of additional needs to experience Buckingham Palace. The staff ensure that our students get the most out of the workshops, resources and tours which brings to life the place and its historical legacy.”