Abbey Gate College infant and junior school pupils had stars in their eyes when they met astronaut Tim Peake.

The co-educational Chester-based school took part in a national rocket science competition run by Space Agency UK and the Royal Horticultural Society, comparing the growth of seeds which spent time in space against seeds which stayed on earth.

They submitted their findings in a time-lapse video which won them a place at the Principia Schools Conference at York University.

After listening to Tim speak to schools from all over the country about life on the ISS, his experiences and space travel, the children later met the astronaut in person and had the opportunity to speak to him.

Teacher Helen Courtney, who attended the conference, said: “It was fantastic to meet Tim and listen to him speak about his work as an astronaut. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet someone with his experiences and on top of that, he was also a nice man who took the time to speak to each of our children. It was certainly a day none of the children will ever forget.”