Hartlepool pupils enjoy Andy Murray magic at 10 Downing Street

Dyke House Sports and Technology College English teacher Martin Dorset-Purkis with Year 10 student Beth Scott.
Dyke House Sports and Technology College English teacher Martin Dorset-Purkis with Year 10 student Beth Scott.

THE Prime Minister welcomed staff and students from a Hartlepool secondary school into 10 Downing Street – and they were joined by Andy Murray the day after his Wimbledon glory.

Dyke House Sports and Technology College headteacher Andrew Jordon, English teacher Martin Dorset-Purkis and Year 10 student Beth Scott stepped inside the famous address for an afternoon reception and all three got the opportunity to speak to David Cameron individually.

And the once-in-a-lifetime experience got even more surreal for the town trio on Monday when they all realised they were there at the same time as history-making Andy Murray who ended Britain’s 77-year misery at Wimbledon with a straight sets victory in the final the day earlier.

After chatting to Mr Cameron, Mr Jordon said the Prime Minister was “extremely switched-on” about education in the town.

The school got the invitation to Downing Street to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Teach First, a scheme which trains and supports people with leadership potential to become inspirational teachers in schools in low income communities across the UK.

Dyke House was the first school in Hartlepool to work with the scheme more than two years ago and teacher Mr Dorset-Purkis completed the programme.

Headteacher Mr Jordon said it was a “fantastic experience” to visit 10 Downing Street.

“There was around 200 people in total at the reception but a dozen of us got the opportunity to meet Mr Cameron individually.

“He spoke to each of us for around four or five minutes and he knew about the school.

“He asked questions about the job situation in Hartlepool and about the aspirations of our students.”

The trio from Dyke House were joined by headteachers, teachers and students from other schools at Downing Street as well as Education Secretary Michael Gove and representatives from the Department for Education.

Mr Jordon added: “It’s not every day you get the opportunity to visit 10 Downing Street.

“It was a fantastic experience and a great day and an extremely good opportunity to speak to others.

“We walked past Andy Murray, who was there as well. “We didn’t get the chance to speak to him, though.”