With their summer holidays on the horizon, Gordon has met with the pupils and staff at St Nicholas C of E Primary, where he was given a taster of some of their success.
Gordon was shown around the school by head teacher Andy Mellor, and introduced to several year five pupils on his visit, who showed him their home grown fruit and vegetables.
He commented: “I was pleased to see Andy Mellor, whom I’ve known as an experienced and enthusiastic head teacher and it was good news to hear about the progress being made in key areas such as reading, writing and maths.
“I am also pleased that St Nicholas continues to show a strong community and moral ethos, which fits with their Church of England status. I was particularly impressed by the home grown fruit and vegetables the children have been growing, as well as their commitment to the local environment, including the recent installation of solar panels on the school roof.”
Gordon also used the visit to discuss issues around traffic congestion and parking on School Road with Mr Mellor, an issue, which has come up in his local casework.
“I am acutely conscious of the problems the school has been facing for its students around traffic congestion and parking. This is also reflected in the concerns that local residents have brought to me about it,” Gordon explained.
“I have already written to the Council about the issues concerned and they have been positively engaging with residents. I know the school are also doing all they can and last year launched their own “Park and Stride” scheme for students, which I supported. There is also a responsibility for the safety of students that road users have to bear in mind when driving in the area.”
Three days later Gordon followed up the onsite visit, again meeting up with Mr Mellor and pupils from St Nicholas, but this time in Westminster, as part of a trip organised by Parliament’s Educational Unit.