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Students at Margaret Thatcher's former school says she is an 'inspiration'

Students at the Lincolnshire school where Margaret Thatcher was a pupil say she is an inspiration to girls wanting to reach the top.

On Wednesday, Britain's only woman prime minister will be laid to rest in a ceremonial funeral in London.

Margaret Thatcher was a pupil at Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School in Grantham between 1935 and 1943. In her last year, she was a Head Girl.

Margaret Thatcher's secondary school: Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School Credit: ITV News Central

The school bears a plaque dedicated to her, and her name - Margaret Roberts, as she was then - appears on a Board of Honour.

Students told ITV News Central her rise to the top of the male-dominated world of politics shows what all women can achieve.

Armed Forces personnel rehearsing in central London for Margaret Thatcher's funeral Credit: PA Wire

Between 1930-35, Mrs Thatcher was a pupil at Huntingtower Primary School in the town.

Old log books from the time mention a school trip to the local Wyndham Park for a Pageant of Youth. Among those who attended was Margaret Roberts, aged nine - her name appears in her own handwriting in a list of pupils.

This Wednesday, Year 5 and 6 pupils will watch the funeral on television. They say it feels very special to be at a school which produced a Prime Minister.

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