A THURROCK councillor was quizzed by pupils at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Tilbury, recently.

Tory Tunde Ojetola gave pupils in years three to six at the school a crash course in what a local councillor does.

Pupils asked questions about the decision to offer free school meals to key stage one pupils and his thoughts on the upcoming change to the national curriculum.

Cllr Ojetola joked he was pleasantly surprised to be “grilled” by the pupils.

He said: “The children were lovely and showed a good level of engagement.

“Some of the questions were quite hard, which was nice. It’s good that they are so aware of the issues going on around them.”

James Bradley, headteacher at the school, which is currently top of the league table for SATs results in Thurrock, said: “The children were very pleased to get to talk to Tunde and it was really worthwhile to tune them into the political process.

“They asked some relevant questions on issues they can make a real-life connection to.”