Pupil speaks of ‘great privilege’ seeing how City of London is run

Onyinye Udokporo visists the Old Bailey
Onyinye Udokporo visists the Old Bailey

A Year 13 pupil from Christ’s Hospital had an amazing experience, after finishing her IB exams last month, to spend a week shadowing The Town Clerk & CEO of the City of London Corporation.

Onyinye Udokporo was able to see how the City of London is run and gave her knowledge of local government.

She said: “It was a great privilege to be able to shadow the Town Clerk and CEO of the City of London Corporation. During my time at the Guildhall I was able to see how the City of London is smoothly run. It became clear to me how much hard work goes into keeping the City a safe and friendly work and living space. It was wonderful to work in a space that has such enriching history that has not been lost till this day. What I found most interesting during my time there was being able to see the work the Town Clerk does to improve equality and inclusion in the City and this has motivated me to work hard so that one day I might be in his position. The experience has given me further insight into what it takes to work in, as well as expanding my knowledge of, local government.

“I’m sure the workers taking their lunch break in Paternoster Square enjoyed seeing a group of teenagers in a Tudor style uniform. What was most enjoyable for us was being able to see first-hand action in court at the Old Bailey. It was a thrilling experience, especially because we were sitting very closely to the dock in the press box. It was good to see Barristers in action and for me it affirmed my desire to become a barrister one day. Following our time in Court we had a question and answer session with the Judge which gave us all the opportunity to receive advice about our possible future careers in Law.

“Going to the Guildhall for the Sherriff Voting Day and Armed Forces Day was a very new experience for me and one that will be in my memory forever. It was brilliant to see all those involved dressed in their various uniforms.

“I would like to express my thanks to all those who made my experiences possible.”

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