It was with huge surprise that Dean Close pupils from the Prep and Senior schools greeted the Prime Minister, Theresa May, when she walked up to their activity stand at this year’s Cheltenham Science Festival. Located in the centre of the Discover Zone inside the Town Hall, Mrs May appeared late in the afternoon just a couple of days before the General Election.

Accompanied by a swarm of press photographers, the Prime Minster said hello to all the Dean Close team and spent several minutes talking to the children about the Periodic Table bookmarks which were being made at the Dean Close stand. She seemed thrilled to be given her own bookmark with her name made up of the correct elements.

Pupil, Hannah Porter said, “It was really exciting, the Prime Minister was very nice
indeed and asked us about the activities we were doing. We all shook hands with her
and we had our photograph taken, I think we evenmade it onto Sky News! Today was a
fantastic experience which I willremember for a very long time.”

At the Dean Close stand visitors could learn all about the Periodic Table, the elements it
contains, why it isorganised the way it is, some of the latest elements to be discovered and
fascinating facts about their properties. Theycould also have a go at the Dean Close
‘Goggleeye challenge’whichis anactivity to demonstrate how the eye works. Wearing a
pair
of inversion goggles visitorscould take part a variety ofchallengingtasks.