Rowan Prep School

On Friday, I visited Rowan Prep School in Claygate to speak to the Year 6 leavers, at the invitation of Year 6 co-ordinator Mrs Lewis and head teacher Mrs Clarke. I talked to the girls about the role of a Member of Parliament, and the kinds of things the job includes, like helping individuals with […]

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The Esher College Success Story …

Last week, I visited Dan Dean (Principal) and Terry Price (Chair of Governors) at Esher College. After really feeling the pinch of the public financial pressures in recent years, it was good to be able to meet up after the Chancellor’s Spending Review, with news that the national base rate funding per student in colleges […]

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National Citizen Service

This week, I joined the National Citizen Service (NCS) for the third week of one of their summer programs – at Sandown Park in Esher. A team of 12 volunteers (16 – 17 year olds) from across Surrey were working on the theme of social inclusion. Their first week involved them travelling to Devon, completing […]

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Downside Nursery Sportsday

Last Friday, I visited Krystyna Griffiths and her fabulous team at Downside Nursery, for their annual sportsday (pictured below). Many parents also joined the occasion, creating a wonderful atmosphere in the glorious sunshine. The children were fantastic – incredibly well-behaved, and very enthusiastic about the races! I also got the chance to catch up with […]

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Top of the Class

Last week, I visited Walton Oak School in Walton for the Top of the Class final. Organised by our brilliant Walton Rotary Club, it is an annual competition between Year 6 pupils at schools right across the borough. This year, 18 schools fought it out in several rounds, until we got down to the final […]

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Rosalita Edwards’ Nursery Sports Day

Last Friday, I was delighted to join Rosalita Edwards’ Nursery for their Summer Sports Day, at Imber Court in Thames Ditton. The weather held up for some fiercesome competition in the various events – most notably the hotly-contested grandaprents’ races. But, the whole event was conducted in the wonderful spirit that Rosalita and her team […]

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Visiting Esher High School

Today, I visited Esher High School, one of our top local secondary schools. It was a great opportunity to meet the (still relatively) new headteacher, Mike Boddington, tour the school to see the impact of the expansion (now almost complete), and of course talk to local pupils. The facilities have undergone major improvement, and there […]

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Bell Farm Primary School – on the Up!

On Friday, I dropped in on Anne Cooper, Headteacher at Bell Farm Primary School (as pictured below). Ms Cooper led the school through a tough patch, taking the school from an Ofsted rating of ‘Inadequate’ to a rating of ‘Good’ in just 18 months. Ofsted singled out the senior leadership of the school for praise. […]

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