Pupils from East Hampshire schools have taken charge at East Hampshire District Council this week as part of a national scheme to introduce children to the workplace.
More than 400 school children were given a tour of the council offices at Penns Place, Petersfield, and found out about the scores of services the council provides its residents daily.
EHDC has joined other organisations around the country in throwing open its doors to Year Six pupils as part of National Takeover Day.
Cllr Richard Millard, EHDC Leader, said: “East Hampshire District Council delivers around 100 different services every day to our residents. From planning to pollution and from bin collections to managing elections our staff handle a huge variety of work.
“National Takeover Day gives these young people a chance to see some of the things we do here and understand how local government influences their lives.
“Children are naturally very proud of where they live. We have to make sure they carry that pride with them throughout their lives and events like this one are a great way of doing that.”
During their visits the pupils toured the offices, met some of the services and took part in special activities, such as holding debates in the council chamber and taking on a recycling challenge.
Visits from local schools took place during the week, from Monday 19 November to Friday 23 November.
Schools taking part were Herne Junior School, Four Marks Primary School, Woodlea Primary School, Greatham Primary School, St Matthew’s Primary School, St Mary’s Bentworth Primary School, Buriton Primary School, Sheet Primary School, Chawton Primary School, Steep Primary School, Langrish Primary School, Wooteys Junior School and Grayshott Primary School.