The new Baroness of Moulsecoomb took a trip down memory lane as she visited her primary school for the first time in 59 years.
Moulsecoomb Primary School yesterday welcomed back London Assembly member Jenny Jones, who has gone from living in Newick Road to becoming a representative in the House of Lords.
Baroness Jones returned to her roots and addressed the school at a special assembly before taking a tour of the facilities which she admitted had changed 'a fair bit' since she was there last.
She said: “I was very nervous on the train on the way down because the last time I was here I was 11, so I wasn't sure what it would be like.
“But they have all been so kind and it's fascinating to see how the school has developed.”
The former Lewes Road school pupil admitted she was “a bit naughty” when she was at the school, “talking in class and turning up late”.
She added: “I remember the headmistress, Miss King, had some King Charles Spaniels that we used to take for walks every lunch time.
“They did a good job of teaching me to enjoy reading and finding things out and I think so that was a good platform for me.”
Two year six school ambassadors, Daizy Gravett and Siddica Aysha, escorted Baroness Jones around the school before sitting down for a traditional school lunch, which had improved from her memories of eating in the canteen where her mother was a dinner lady.
She said: “Daizy and Siddica were brilliant and very funny as well.
“The school is doing some really valuable stuff here - and I intend on coming back.
“I hope to help with the funding of the Breakfast Club, because I think that's just so important.”
Baroness Jones added: “If someone like me, from a real working-class family can go into politics, get elected and into the House of Lords then virtually any one of these kids here can do the same. “ Headteacher Charles Davies said: “It's great for our children to meet someone who went to our primary school and has achieved such success.
“We place great importance on fostering aspirational goals, encouraging our children to believe they can achieve anything if they put their minds to it and work hard.
“Jenny is such a shining example of this.”