18 JAN 2013

Gove Praises Schools' Excellence

Today I accompanied the Education Secretary Michael Gove to a visit of Castle Community Academy. We joined classes and saw poetry being studied as well as the use of statistics in a maths class.

We had a discussion about educational changes in Deal and Walmer and Michael praised the great strides that Castle has made in improving education standards and outcomes.

I write this following the decision by KCC that Castle and Walmer Science College are to merge. I know this has been a very sensitive issue for many parents in the area and so I have been keen to ensure KCC makes the right decisions for Deal and Walmer children. KCC tell me that they wish to see the merged school have a new name and new uniform, to see the Walmer site kept for education in the long term and for the best teachers from both schools to be kept.

My priority is to see the merged school have excellent educational provision and have the best educational outcome and opportunities for the students of Deal and Walmer.

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