Government ministers impressed on visit to Passmores Academy
Education / Tue 10th May 2022 at 08:09am
TWO senior government ministers were very impressed with the provision for special needs and mental health at Passmores Academy in Harlow.
Minister for Education, Will Quince MP and Minister for Social Care, Gillian Keegan along with Harlow MP Robert Halfon came to the school on Monday morning.
After a general tour of the school, the MPs took part in roundtable discussions with students where the promotion of good mental health was discussed.
The Head Girl and Head Boy both stressed how sporting and creative outlets were very important.
Escorted by joint heads of Passmores Academy Vic Goddard and Natalie Christie the group then went to the Special Educational Needs (SEND)) base where the students also led a roundtable discussion on life at the school.
YH spoke to the two ministers, to reflect on their experience at the award winning school.
We also spoke to Harlow MP Robert Halfon about the visit, of what benefit is it to Passmores Academy and the whole education estate in Harlow. We also asked if both ministers will appear in front of his education select committee in the near future.
Finally, we spoke to the chef executive of Passmores Learning Community, Vic Goddard about the visit and what he hoped the ministers can do for the school.
Brilliant! Great publicity for the school and the whole Trust, highlighting the fantastic work they do. Let's hope it influences national policy.