School children from Coventry were among just 700 young people from across the UK chosen to join the Royal family and senior politicians at a service celebrating the Commonwealth in London.

Eight children and two teachers from St John Fisher Catholic Primary School attended The Commonwealth Service: A Celebration of the Commonwealth at Westminster Abbey.

The theme of the event, which was attended by the Queen and other members of the Royal family, was ‘Towards a Common Future’ and was broadcast live on BBC1.

The annual event celebrates the 53 Commonwealth countries, and this year included a performance from One Direction star Liam Payne.

The school, which is part of the Romero Catholic Academy, was invited to the service after successfully applying for tickets which were distributed to young people across the UK.

Vice Principal Linda Edge said: “It was absolutely amazing to be able to attend such a prestigious service, and all of the children had a brilliant day.

“We had fantastic seats where we could see everyone including the Royal family and Prime Minister Theresa May walk in, and it was a lovely service which was very traditional.

“The event was also attended by Commonwealth Games athletes and the children were able to hold their medals and see them up-close.

“The tickets were distributed to schools and youth groups, and we were extremely lucky to receive them. It was very difficult to choose the eight children, but each one was selected for doing something extraordinary or going above and beyond.

“As well as the service, we travelled on the tube to visit Buckingham Palace, Downing Street and other London landmarks. The children learnt so much from the day and had a great time.”

Eight children from St John Fisher travelled to London to attend The Commonwealth Service.

Header image: Key Stage one leader Colette Cunningham and Vice Principal Linda Edge with the children from St John Fisher at The Commonwealth Service.