Minister goes back to school

Stephen Barclay MP and Nick Gibb MP (Minister of State for School) at Thomas Clarkson School
Stephen Barclay MP and Nick Gibb MP (Minister of State for School) at Thomas Clarkson School

MINISTER of State for Schools, Nick Gibb MP, visited three schools on Thursday, accompanied by Fenland MP, Steve Barclay.

He visited Leverington Academy and headteacher Rosie Simmonds said he went into all seven classes and spoke to pupils. He also watched Year 2 teacher Nancy Irvine teaching phonics.

School's minister Nick Gibb opening of new science blocks at the Wisbech Grammar School 'Callum Gurbutt and Nick Gibb

School's minister Nick Gibb opening of new science blocks at the Wisbech Grammar School 'Callum Gurbutt and Nick Gibb

Mrs Simmonds had prepared a booklet about the school and also spoke about the work of the Wisbech Schools Partnership. She said she was proud of the pupils and the school.

At the Thomas Clarkson Community College Mr Gibb was shown around the new school buildings by John Lucas, director of learning for 14-19 year-olds, and some of the students.

The school is undergoing major rebuilding as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme and is also due to become an Academy from next year.

At Wisbech Grammar School, the Minister officially opened three state-of-the-art science laboratories following refurbishment.

He also toured the senior school with head boy Joshua York and head girl Alice Wong and then attend a remembrance assembly with pupils at Magdalene House.

Headmaster Nicholas Hammond said: “Last year ten per cent of the sixth form went on to study medicine and we have a commitment as a school to studying subjects which are vital to the national interest, including science and modern foreign languages.

“This is a complete refurbishment of three laboratories, which demonstrates our investment in study in science and gives us facilities which rival those of higher education establishments and the health service.”